As much as Alessia Cara‘s songs might be about finding yourself, the singer-songwriter’s self-possessed nature betrays an old soul; as her drummer pounded out the intro to “I’m Yours” on Monday night, Cara took to the TLA’s stage with a presence that announced nothing less than that. Continue reading →
Moving on from clubby beats and auto-tuned hooks, the latest from Moosh & Twist is surprisingly hard-hitting, and it’s awesome to hear. These suburban Philly natives have already shown how much they excel in the world of pop bangers – here we see they can do the same with the more aggressive forms of hip-hop. Continue reading →
Jersey-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Pete Yorn is releasing a new album this spring and just announced his return to The TLA on Thursday, May 17th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 22nd at 10 a.m. Continue reading →
If you haven’t watched Jill Scott‘s moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” you need to check it out here. If you have seen it and can’t get enough of it, then catch Miss Jill Scott tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The three-time Grammy winner will be performing with classic R&B artists Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition. Don’t miss this Holiday Jam tonight; get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Fools Gold” below. Continue reading →
Beer and Philly music? Better yet, new beer and new Philly music? Yeah, you can go ahead and sign us up.
Local West Philly beer connoisseur’s Dock Street Brewery are teaming up with funky Philly rockers Flightschool for what promises to be a unique and awesome show. The folks at Dock Street are brewing up a draft specially made for the event which will serve as a release party for a single off of the band’s debut effort. Continue reading →
How does the old saying go? Nothing lasts forever? In music it should be “Nothing ends forever.” Sounds like the name of a bad Bond flick. But here it is a mere 5 years after the breakup and we’ve got not only a new album, but a new tour from Florida based Copeland. So, just when you thought your lonely nights of crying yourself to sleep were over… Continue reading →
The lights go down. The intro music plays. The band makes their way onto the stage wearing their trademark flamboyant clothing. Armed to the teeth with Les Pauls and stacks of Marshalls behind him, lead guitarist Dan Hawkins places his left-hand fingers on the fret board in the necessary position to play the opening riff of “Barbarian,” the band’s lead single from the new album, Last of Our Kind. But instead of the sounds of head-banging, mind-blowingly loud-ass rock and roll blasting through the Marshall cabs, an annoying crackle is emitted — the result of a loose output jack on Dan’s guitar. This was how the concert began.
But don’t worry, it got better. In fact, it got a lot better. The band’s performance may have started with a minor hiccup, but in the end it proved to be inconsequential. In fact, if there’s a phrase to best describe the atmosphere of Friday night’s appearance by The Darkness at the TLA, it’s this: Anything Goes. The concert was anything but typical, as it featured a little girl in a Halloween costume; event security from “Dave from Asbury Park,” and the on-stage appearance of a local Philly artist. But more on that later. Continue reading →
“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”
Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.
For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →
If you are a fan of beer and Philly’s own Man Man — and, uh, who isn’t — than The Brooklyn Brewery Mash may be the thing for you. The event, which the brewery describes as, “America’s largest traveling food and arts festival” will hit Philly the week of October 17 and will feature food, comedy, film, music and of course beer. Continue reading →
The Philadelphia Record Exchange has been a Mecca for music obsessives for the past 30 years, and today it’s celebrating its anniversary with a block party mega concert on Frankford Ave in Fishtown featuring Strapping Fieldhands, Purling Hiss, Bardo Pond side project Aye-Aye (who you are playing PRX above) and many more. Get the full schedule via Facebook here. Continue reading →