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Intimate Communion: The Tallest Man on Earth astounds at the TLA

The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I think the first time I played here in Philadelphia — that was in 2008, opening for Bon Iver at the Trocadero — I was only this tall,” joked Kristian Matsson halfway through his set, motioning his hand at waist height. “Everyone was chattering on as they do during my set, but afterwards you were all so kind. You’re always so kind.” Matsson — known to most as The Tallest Man on Earth —has likely not grown physically all that much in the intervening eight years, the Swedish folkster’s musical career has certainly grown to towering proportions. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: DJ Shadow will headline the TLA in October

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DJ Shadow | photo courtesy of the artist

Where does one begin with electronic music pioneer DJ Shadow? There’s the way he blazed a new sonic trail twenty years ago on his debut LP Endtroducing… – a master stroke of turntablist genius – and on the limited-run singles that comprised his 1998 followup Preemptive Strike. And there’s the way he’s refused to allow himself to be pigeonholed by those early successes, bringing hyphy to the masses on 2006’s The Outsider and one again refining his voice this year on The Mountain Will Fall, his fifth LP. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

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Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese

Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mothers at Johnny Brenda’s, Gepe at World Cafe Live, NoFX at TLA, and more…

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Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

Athens GA indie rockers Mothers will be back in Philly tonight to play at Johnny Brenda’s with Palm and Anomie. The band continues to tour to celebrate the release of their debut When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, which came out back in February. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Into It. Over It. at TLA, Christine Havrilla at Tin Angel, and Charles Bradley at Union Transfer

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Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. | photo by Cameron Witting | courtesy of the artist

Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.

Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Harper at The Fillmore, They Might Be Giants at TLA, Dom Flemons at The Abbey Bar, and more…

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals just released their first collaborative LP in 8 years, Call It What It Is, and they just played a Free At Noon for World Cafe Live at The Queen in Delaware last week. Tonight, they take on The Fillmore for another round of slaying rock & soul. Opening the show will be Christopher Paul Stelling. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Hear a new Colleen Green song before her stop at TLA later this month

Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O'Neal, via artist's Facebook
Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O’Neal, via artist’s Facebook

Retro-punk singer Colleen Green can’t stop: her album I Want To Grow Up was released last year to vast critical acclaim, and she’s following it up with a self-titled EP out in May.

This week she shared the EP’s first single, the 70’s inspired “Between The Lines.” Ornamented with a static drum beat and a catchy, melodic guitar lead, Green makes singing about death fun as hell. Continue reading →

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Get Ready to Get 2 On with Tinashe at the TLA

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Tinashe | Photo by Smallz & Rasking | photo courtesy of the artist

For someone who has always had a soft spot for icy, idiosyncratic R&B and the women who perfected it (RIP Aaliyah), Tinashe has been a breath of, if not exactly fresh, then certainly refreshed air on modern radio. Though upstarts like Frank Ocean and Miguel took the lion’s share of credit for revitalizing the genre with their respective breakthroughs channel ORANGE and Kaleidoscope Dream, Tinashe was right there with them back in 2012, unleashing a steady flow of masterful mixtapes that culminated in her own breakthrough album Aquarius nearly three years later. As confident and coherent a debut as any I’ve heard in recent memory, it echoed classic albums by Janet Jackson and contemporary artists like Cassie in equal measure. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Cake for Every Creature at the First Unitarian Church, Jerry Blavat’s Salute to Street Corner Harmony at The Kimmel Center, Naughty by Nature at the TLA and more…

Free Cake for Every Creature
Free Cake for Every Creature | Photo by Alyssa Yohana | courtesy of the artist

It’s never a good idea to judge a band by its name — except in the case of Free Cake for Every Creature,  the rare instance of a band name whose charming and playful name happens to perfectly mirror their music. With lyrics like “For you I’d steal a 50-cent machine / and we won’t need money or anything / cause we’ll have gumballs,” the Philly-via-Upstate New York four-piece emit a delighful lo-fi pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Double Double Whammy label-mate Frankie Cosmos. They’re gearing up to release their newest record Talking Quietly of Anything With You in April, and tonight you can find them at the First Unitarian Church. Grab tickets to the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →