Soul singing legend Mavis Staples is still going strong at age 78 and has just released a new song called “Build A Bridge” from her soon to be released new album If All I Was Was Black, which she recorded with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Continue reading →
It had been three years since Tori Amos‘ last concert in Philadelphia prior to her appearance at the Tower Theater on Saturday night, and the anticipation of her return was palpable as the crowd filled the house. Continue reading →
Icelandic rock royalty Sigur Ros are gracing us with their presence at the Mann Center tonight. Get swept away in their myriad of hits — whether in Icelandic or the band-created musical language of Hopelandic (like c’mon, how cool is that)– for an atmospheric, open-air performance of dynamic, otherworldly soundscapes. Find more info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Festival,” a.k.a. one of the most beautiful songs to ever exist, below. Continue reading →
Singer and songwriter Dallas Green will bring the full-band version of City and Colour to headline The Tower tonight. C&C’s latest, If I Should Go Before You, was released back in October, and it explored cathartic, emotive spaces as well as tightly-constructed pop gems. Listen to the thrilling, 7-minute “Woman” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Last night, Tame Impala took the Tower Theater stage to a sold-out crowd of eager fans awaiting their first taste of live music from the band’s third studio album, Currents. After much anticipation, the opening “Let It Happen” set the tone for the evening of truly immersive audio and visual experience. Highlights included “Alter Ego,” “Eventually” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and midway through the set, lead singer Kevin Parker took a passionate fan’s request for “Half Full Glass of Wine” to the crowd’s delight. Check out photos from the show, the setlist and videos below. Continue reading →
Belle and Sebastian released their first album in five years, entitled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this past winter. The title reflects the attitude of the band’s new-found live energy: they’re at a fairly peaceful time in their career, and they really just want to dance.
Who can blame them? After years of dreamy, sleepwalking twee pop, the band has adopted a more accessible, club-worthy sound that still showcases their knack for songwriting.
Don’t like it? Well, Belle and Sebastian don’t care, simply because they’re Belle and Sebastian. They have the experience and magic charm to turn even the most top-40-sounding melodies into indie hits. Then they’ll just pull you up on stage and dance the negativity out of you. Literally. Continue reading →
Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2’s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →