Tom Petty headlining Wells Fargo Center in September

Tom Petty | Photo by John Vettese
Tom Petty | Photo by John Vettese

Journeyman rocker Tom Petty just announced a summer tour with his long running band The Heartbreakers in support of the new Hypnotic Eye, out July 29th on Reprise Records. The album, says David Fricke of Rolling Stone, is “Petty’s decisive return to the concise Sixties-rock classicism and drive of his first great New Wave-era albums, 1976′s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and 1978′s You’re Gonna Get It.”

The tour brings them to Philadelphia on September 15th to headline Wells Fargo Center with Steve Winwood. Tickets for the show go on sale May 31st at noon. Below, sample some of the new album as a playful Petty offers a taste of the album on vinyl, and watch a couple of songs from the band’s set from last year’s Firefly music festival.

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Firefly Day Two Roundup: Jim James, Edward Sharpe, Chvrches and more

Jim James | Photo by John Vettese
Jim James | Photo by John Vettese
Wow, we saw so many bands at day two of Firefly Music Festival! To keep this recap from getting too unwieldy (since there’s a whole other day of the festival to get to), we’ll keep our thoughts to one or two sentences per artist.

Japandroids: two-piece garage punk is dicey in a festival setting, and the sound was muffled and muddy, but “The House that Heaven Built” ruled. Hi fives to all crowd surfers as they exited the pit.

Seattle’s string-laden Hey Marseilles was lush, pretty, but kind of boring. The handclap / crowd-participatory “Rio” saved their set.

Jim JamesRegions of Light was transcendent in the close quarters of Johnny Brenda’s and Union Transfer; it lost a bit of its cosmic potency in open air. But James is still a tremendous performer, showman, dancer and must have been roasting in that suit with the afternoon heat.

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was an energizing stage presence and had the crowd hanging on his every rhyme. Scotland dance pop trio Chvrches was also charismatic and fun (see them at Union Transfer tonight) while Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros got us excited for our own festival.

Next: a double shot of dynamic front women. Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs has always rocked the stage with an unbelievable energy, whether it was the Church basement for 300 people or this festival for 10,000 people; “Zero” was unreal, the inflatable eyeball bouncing around the crowd was a nice touch. And New York rapper Azealia Banks, backed by a DJ and two dancers, gave a spitfire performance of songs from her 1991 EP, her Fantasy mixtape and the (eventually) forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste.

Finally, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the day with an uneven but well-received performance. The singalong hits and moments where the Heartbreakers stayed focused a la “Love is a Long Road” were outstanding, but when the band lapsed into drivelly jams, not so much. Still, there’s no feeling like singing “Free Fallin’” at the top of your lungs with a field of people. Photos after the jump. Continue reading →

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From the video vaults: Tom Petty plays “Refugee” at Live Aid in 1985 (playing Firefly Festival in June)

Petty85Tom Petty has always been a hometown favorite and we’re excited that he’s headlining the Firefly Festival in June. We dug through the video vaults and found Petty with the Heartbreakers’ rocking out to “Refugee” duing Live Aid at JFK Stadium in 1985. Petty, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster The People headline the over 60 band lineup on June 21-23 in Dover, Delaware. Go here for more information and tickets.

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Firefly Festival to Dover International Speedway, featuring Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar and more

Photo by Clara Balzary
XPN welcomes the return of Firefly Festival to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21st-23rd.  The line-up is huge this year, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Foster the People headlining the multi-day festival and over sixty of the biggest established and rising acts in the country filling out the bill.  Firefly’s diverse bill includes Vampire Weekend, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Philly’s Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and the Spinto Band, Ellie Goulding, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Grizzly Bear, Toro Y Moi, ZZ Ward, Matt and Kim, Dispatch, and new favorites HAIM, Wild Belle and Foxygen. Check out videos of some of the bands we’re most excited to see this summer and go here to view the full line-up.  Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 21st at noon; more information will be available here.

The Lumineers

Kendrick Lamar

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Watch Neko Case and My Morning Jacket (playing Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks

My Morning Jacket’s current tour with Neko Case is shaping up to be more than just the typical latest-album-replicating circuit. Last week in Pittsburgh, MMJ lead singer Jim James was joined on stage by Neko Case for a cover of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet “Islands In the Stream.” Now, thanks to a fan video, we get to see the two take on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” originally performed with Stevie Nicks. Watch below, via Anti- Label Blog.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case will be performing at the Mann Center on Tuesday, August 23rd. Tickets range from $40 – $55.40 and are available here.


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