A highlight from this month’s Philly Jazz Guide, trumpeter Christian Scott brings his modern take on jazz compositions to South tonight. The New Orleans native released his Stretch Music LP last year, an album that was accompanied by an app that provides an interactive aspect to the listening experience for fans. Check out a behind-the-scenes video of Stretch Music below and pick up tickets for the concert here.
If you close your eyes, it sounds just like it’s 1967 in Santa Monica. Or Pacific Beach or Carmel-by-the-Sea; whichever California beach town you prefer. But when you look around The Tower Theater on this particular fall night in Upper Darby, the room is filled with Beach Boys fans who have certainly been singing along to these surf rock songs for decades. There are also 11 people on stage, instead of the original five, but still creating that same magical, harmonic sound.
Brian Wilson is seated front and center at his piano, like he’s done for weeks as he’s traveled around the country for the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds tour. Al Jardine, former Beach Boy, is next to him on guitar. The crowd stands and cheers as the band comes out, and they open with “California Girls.” Every song ends in a standing ovation, even gooey ballads like “In My Room” and “Surfer Girl.” Continue reading →
In 1990 the Soundgarden frontman gathered some friends together and formed Temple of the Dog as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. The supergroup (which featured other members of Mother Love Bone and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam) recorded an album and then called it quits, but now it’s time for a victory lap.
Los Angeles R&B artist Gallant wowed the Firefly crowed in Delaware last week, performing two sets of songs from his breakthrough Ology LP. But if you missed out on the three-day gathering (or if you just want more Gallant in your summer) you’re in luck – he’ll be in town a few more times before we say goodbye to hot days and music festivals.
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.
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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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →