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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at Boot & Saddle, Restorations at Johnny Brenda’s, Mavis Staples at Berks Jazz Fest and more…

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Wildhoney | photo by Zach Inscho | courtesy of the artist

Baltimore outfit Wildhoney bring last year’s Your Face Sideways to Boot & Saddle tonight. The album blends bright indie pop with refracted shoegaze for a collection of songs that sound like a prism sitting in sunlight. Listen to “Laura” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch Smashing Pumpkins cover Bowie and Hole before their stop at The Tower in April

Smashing Pumpkins | Photo by Kristin Burns
Smashing Pumpkins | Photo by Kristin Burns | courtesy of the artist

Billy Corgan and his mellon collie crew The Smashing Pumpkins recently announced their “In Plainsong” tour, which will feature him and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin playing “an evening of acoustic based music and electronic soundscapes”. Videos from previous tour stop Portland have surfaced online of Corgan covering classics from David Bowie and Hole. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: New Order is playing The Tower on March 12th

NEW ORDER ends with a Joy Division set, as images of Ian Curtis float behind them. It was emotionally stunning.

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Get ready: new wave icons New Order just announced a short U.S. tour in support of last year’s impressive Music Complete LP that brings them to Philadelphia on March 12th to headline the Tower. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket at The Tower Theater; Brother Sun at Lansdowne Folk Club; HiSoft at Boot and Saddle

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

Tonight, My Morning Jacket brings their brand of psych rock to a sold out crowd at the Tower Theater with support from Strand of Oaks. The Kentucky five-piece recently released their sixth studio album, The Waterfall, as well as a video for their song “Compound Fracture.” Get concert info and tickets at the XPN Concert calendar, and watch the cool video after the jump. Continue reading →

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Beirut’s global pop shines at The Tower Theater

Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

On paper, Beirut is the most hipster band ever. A dude from Santa Fe names a band after a city in Lebanon cause it’s a bummer, and goes off on world tours fusing pop rock sensibilities with a flair for world music.

In real life, Beirut is a band full of talented musicians that mix and match genres that you wouldn’t think would work, but heck yeah they do. First of all, brass is massively under utilized in popular music. Period. Beirut makes it happen, though. It adds a somber layer to their sound, for sure. Something that is as equally inspired by funeral processions as it is mariachi bands. Continue reading →

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Get ready for My Morning Jacket’s Tower show with a live video for “Compound Fracture”

My Morning Jacket | Photo courtesy of the artist
My Morning Jacket | Photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

As we reported earlier this month, rockers My Morning Jacket will be returning to the Philadelphia area with a show at Tower Theater in Upper Darby on November 19. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the band when they completely rocked their headlining performance at the XPoNential Music Festival, then maybe their newest video for “Compound Fracture” off their album The Waterfall will effectively whet your appetite. Continue reading →

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The Tallest Man On Earth takes to the Tower stage with confidence

Tallest Man On Earth / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Tallest Man On Earth / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I don’t want to take this for granted,” Kristian Matsson of The Tallest Man On Earth says just before slipping into “Dark Bird is Home,” the title track to his new record. Instead of it just being a small token of appreciation to Saturday’s adoring crowd at Tower Theater, the statement seemed to ground all the light feelings emitting from the stage; almost as if Matsson suddenly realized that the moment was fleeting and he might not have another chance to show his genuine gratitude. Fitting for a performance of his most recent release. Continue reading →

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The Tallest Man on Earth will headline the Tower Theater with a full band

The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com

Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth, has just announced an extensive upcoming tour, in which he will grace the Tower Theater come May 16, a few days after the release of his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home. This is the latest release since 2012’s There’s No Leaving NowTickets will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 27.

Comparable to the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, the Swedish singer-songwriter has given us a taste of the upcoming album with “Sagres,” a notably more involved track than his earlier, acoustic-centric material. Continue reading →

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Belle and Sebastian will headline the Tower Theater in June

Belle and Sebastian | photo via facebook.com/belleandsebastian
Belle and Sebastian | photo via facebook.com/belleandsebastian

Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian just announced an upcoming stop at the Tower Theater. Coming June 9, this concert will mark almost two years since the group’s magical performance at the Mann Center. 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 16 at noon, just a few days before the release of their ninth studio album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, via Matador Records. Continue reading →