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Unpredictable things will happen when you see Todd Rundgren in October

ToddRundgrenA 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 →

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Watch Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket perform “Open My Eyes” at Philly Folk Fest

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
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.

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The Key’s Week of Folk: Impressive Saturday sets from Spirit Family Reunion, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and The Mavericks

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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.

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New (Big!) Additions to the Philly Folk Fest: Todd Rundgren, David Bromberg, Asleep at the Wheel

ToddRundgrenAThe 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.

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When Todd Rundgren remixed Tame Impala (playing Electric Factory with Light Heat on June 19)

tameimpala 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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: James Blake at TLA, Todd Rundgren at Trocadero, Geoff Rickly at North Star Bar

james-blake-500Electronic 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.

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The 6 best Todd Rundgren albums you need to own (playing The Trocadero tomorrow night)

ToddRundgrenA Todd Rundgren plays The Trocadero tomorrow night, Saturday, May 11. On our last count, since 1970 when he launched his solo career, Rundgren has released 23 albums, including his new record State. That said, while Todd’s solo recording output has been prolific (including his pre solo work with Nazz as well as the band Utopia), I think Rundgren purists (counting myself as one), would agree that the work from his debut, Runt, through the early Eighties, is the best of his oeuvre. With that, here’s the six best Todd Rundgren records for you to consider. We begin the top six albums with #6 here.

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Todd Rundgren releasing new album, STATE, in April, and playing the Trocadero in May


Todd Rundgren, responsible for releasing one of the greatest double albums of all time (Something/Anything), not to mention more than a handful of classic records (A Wizard A True Star, The Hermit of Mink Hollow), is releasing a new album, STATE, on Tuesday, April 9th. He plays the Trocadero on Sunday, May 5th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15th at Noon. In addition to his solo material and his work with Nazz, Rundgren’s work with prog-pop group Utopia spawned hit songs including “Love Is The Answer,” and “Set Me Free.” As a producer, Rundgren has worked with Grand Funk Railroad, Patti Smith, the Psychedelic Furs and XTC. With such an impressive resume, we’ll let him slide for that New Cars project. Below, a few reasons why we love Todd.

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Todd Rundgren remixes Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala (playing Union Transfer in November)


Rolling Stone has premiered a Todd Rundgren remix of “Elephant” by Tame Impala. The Australian psychedelic-rock band release their new album, Lonerism, on October 9th on Modular Records. Tame Impala play Union Transfer on Thursday, November 8th. Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show. The band tell Rolling Stone their their love affair with Rundgren began when they discovered his now classic, A Wizard a True Star. Below, listen to the remix and the original version of “Elephant.” And of course, some Todd. Move over Utopia, here come Tame Impala.

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Listen to Todd Rundgren’s latest album, Todd Rundgren’s Johnson (playing the Tower Theatre on Nov. 19th with Utopia)

Todd Rundgren’s Johnson is the latest album from Todd Rundgren. The album is a tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson to commemorate the centennial of his birth. The album was recorded at Rundgren’s studio in Kauai, Utopia Sound. Todd played everything except bass, which was played by Utopia band mate Kasim Sulton. Todd Rundgren’s Utopia are performing Saturday, November 19th, at the Tower Theatre. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, stream Todd Rundgren’s Johnson in its entirety.

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