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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ahleuchatistas at Johnny Brenda’s, Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Whitaker Center, The Wailers at World Cafe Live at The Queen

Ahleuchatistas | Photo by Scott Hubener via Facebook

Experimental band Ahleuchatistas bring their new album Arrebato to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Formed in 2002, Ahleuchatistas is a duo consisting of Shane Parish on guitar and Ryan Oslance on drums. The two really push some musical boundaries — considering they describe themselves as “on a musical odyssey of pure imagination, limitless in influences, combining tight-knit composition with improvisation, and delivering powerful live shows.” Sign me up. If you need some proof, take a listen to Arrebato single “Sundowning” below. Then head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details on the show, which also includes Mary Lattimore, Eric Slick, and Shimmer.   Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Internet at The Trocadero, Doomtree at Underground Arts, The Wailers at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

the internet
The Internet | photo via Facebook

Los Angeles / Atlanta project The Internet headline The Trocadero. The soul-hop sextet, which features members of Odd Future, released its third LP Ego Death earlier this summer. Listen to “Girl” featuring Kaytranada below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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XPNFest Recap: Grace Potter and George Ezra shut down the festival with a pop / rock finale

Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Like any good music festival, XPoNential requires stamina for those dedicated enough to take it in from top to bottom, front to back. This year was no exception, but those who stuck around to catch the closing night SBC show headlined by Grace Potter and George Ezra were in for a treat. Both performers were totally captivating and engaging, but in different ways – Ezra putting on the storytelling charm and crafting intimate moments with just his voice and guitar, Potter getting all in-your-face with a big and bold six-piece band. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Grace Potter, George Ezra and The Wailers will headline SBC on Sunday night at XPNFest

George Ezra | photo by Pip | www.bypip.co.uk | courtesy of the artist // Grace Potter photo courtesy of the artist
George Ezra | photo by Pip | www.bypip.co.uk | courtesy of the artist // Grace Potter photo courtesy of the artist

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The lineup for Sunday, July 26 of the annual XPNFest is in, and we’re psyched to announce that Grace Potter, George Ezra and The Wailers will headline the third day of the fest at Susquehanna Bank Center. Chances are you’ve heard ’em on WXPN, but catch a few tracks from these headliners below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wailers at World Cafe Live, American Babies at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by William Richards

Legendary reggae group The Wailers will perform Bob Marley’s 1979 album Survival in-full at World Cafe Live tonight.  The release of Survival followed criticism of Marley’s previous record Kaya for being too easy-going and non-influential in subject, which may have played a part in Survival‘s unmistakable call-to-action message for African unity.  Since Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers have performed with Sting, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and others, with bass player Aston “Family Man” Barrett leading the group alongside singer Koolant.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with special guest and Wailers historian Roger Steffens can be found here.  Below, watch The Wailers perform “Zimbabwe” from Survival with Bob Marley.

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Get to know local hip hop/reggae band I&I (playing Sellersville Theater Saturday)

I&I is a progressive hip hop group from Sellersville, PA. The three-piece group combines Imani Williams’ rap vocals with Daniel Faga on horns and drums and bassist/guitarist Ryan Chud’s reggae grooves using looping and sampling to create a sound much fuller than the sum of its parts. I&I is opening for the legendary Jamaican reggae band The Wailers at the Sellersville Theater Saturday, July 28th. The show starts at 8PM and are on sale for $33 here.The band is also headlining a 21+ show at The Fire on August 4th with support from Jo(h)n Band, Chalk & the Beige Americans, and Mike Brenner (of Slo-Mo).
The show starts at 9PM and I&I will be taking the stage around midnight. Tickets are $8.

Listen to I&I’s song “Anthem” off their self-titled EP in the player below.