1959 – Chuck Berry releases “Memphis.”
1959 – Chuck Berry releases “Memphis.”
Tonight’s Communion Residency at Milkboy features Athens, GA based outfit Mothers. Performing in the gritty rock and roll vein of Those Darlins’ and Alabama Shakes, Mothers are prepping for the release of their debut LP When You Walk a Long Distance. Listen to their latest single “Copper Mines” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ showcase here.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s ten great classic songs to celebrate the day, from some legendary Philly artists including The Delfonics, Teddy Pendergrass, Hall & Oates, Patti Labelle and others. Continue reading →
Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight. The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010’s critically acclaimed Down the Way. While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle. Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.
Often when you see an artist billed as “A Special Evening With,” it usually means it’s going to be an acoustic performance, often a solo one. Todd Rundgren’s upcoming show at the Keswick Theatre is billed as “An Unpredictable Evening with” Todd Rundgren. This tells fans right up front to that he isn’t going to play Something/Anything in its entirety. Continue reading →
Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket each performed a set at this year’s Philly Folk Festival on Saturday night, however, during the In The Pocket set, Rundgren came out to perform his classic “Open My Eyes,” which was one of the highlights of the night. Watch the video below, and check out our recap of the show here.
This past Saturday at the Philadelphia Folk Festival was a breezy, sunny perfect summer day topped off with some excellent performances from some new names and familiar faces. XPN’s Helen Leicht curated and hosted the Camp Stage with performances from local musicians Ali Wadsworth, Juston Stens and The Get Reak Gang, Modern Inventors, Lile Mae, and Ginger Coyle. Over on the Lobby Stage, New York’s Spirit Family Reunion became everyone’s favorite new band, playing an upbeat set of folk-rock bluegrass Americana influenced stompers. On the Main Stage, the music got underway with local hero Ben Vaughn and his Quintet, and continued with excellent sets from Black Prairie(who were joined by Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding), a high energy set from The Mavericks, and a gorgeous performance from the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Ending the evening’s Main Stage performances were sets by Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket who were joined by Rundgren during their set. Photos by John Vettese and Abi Reimold.
The Philadelphia Folk Fest just announced some huge additions to their already awesome lineup this August!
Local classic rock veteran and producer Todd Rundgren joins the lineup, after finishing a tour with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band earlier this year. He also released a new album, State, this April. Here’s an old goodie by Rundgren.
Another Philly local, David Bromberg, has been added to the bill. He’s known for both his solo material and work with artists from Willie Nelson to Jerry Garcia. Check out this recent Bob Dylan cover Bromberg did at a radio session.
Texas-based country heavyweights Asleep at the Wheel will also play at the festival. They’ve been around for decades and are currently on tour across the U.S. Reminisce with a performance of arguably their most famous song, “The Letter that Johnny Walker Read.”
The Philadelphia Folk Fest happens August 16th through August 18th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville; tickets and information can be found here.
The Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala have gone on record as being big fans of Todd Rundgren. Tame Impala’s recent album, Lonerism, was released in October, 2012, and the band had a song from it, “Elephant,” remixed by Rundgren. On Rundgren’s remix, he turns up the sonic seasonings, stretching the original song by two minutes by adding his brand of noodle-y electronics and Utopia-esque prog-rock sound effects. Listen to the original and the remix below. Tame Impala are playing the Electric Factory on Wednesday, June 19th with Light Heat. Go here for tickets.
Electronic singer/songwriter James Blake stops by the Theatre of Living Arts tonight. In April, Blake released his sophmore album Overgrown. The new album brings back Blake’s beautiful voice and rhythmic electronics. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Below, check out the music video for “Retrograde” off of Blake’s new album Overgrown.