Just Announced: Beirut will play The Tower in February, releases new song “Gallipoli”

Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN |

Beirut likes to make us wait for new music. It’s been over three years since the release of their last album No No No, but we now have news that the Santa Fe-based band led by Zach Condon will return with a new album in early 2019. The 12-track album, Gallipoli, will be released on February 1 via 4AD Records, and Beirut will play a show at the Tower Theater on Feb. 15. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Maxwell’s 50-show tour will make a stop at the Tower Theater in December

Maxwell | photo via

R&B powerhouse Maxwell will embark on a massive tour this fall, making 50 stops over the course of nearly three months — and he’ll be performing on smaller stages than usual. The 50 Intimate Nights Live tour will bring Maxwell not to the usual stadiums or arenas, but to small- to mid-size venues across North America, with a stop at the Tower Theater on December 8. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Death Cab for Cutie adds a second show at the Tower

Death Cab for Cutie | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via NPR Music

Right after Death Cab for Cutie shared the first single from their forthcoming album, their October 9 show at the Tower Theater sold out. Coincidence or not, it seems like the promise of the first new Death Cab tunes in three years has folks eager to see the band in action on their upcoming fall tour.

Fortunately for Philly concertgoers, a second show has been added — Death Cab for Cutie will stick around town for an extra day to make a second Tower Theater appearance on October 10. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Death Cab for Cutie comes to the Tower Theater in October

Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

It’s safe to say that Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that people go wild for — with good reason. So when murmurs Death Cab’s return broke with the band’s announcement of a few tour dates in various random corners of the earth (The Netherlands, Brazil, Idaho), we began to wonder. Now, we can safely confirm that the band is indeed expanding its tour to more readily accessible locales, including a stop at the Tower Theater on October 9. Continue reading →


Pretenders and their fans live in the moment at the Tower

Pretenders | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

I was a little bit late to the party. I knew the hits – and enjoyed them – but 80s new wave had never been my scene, and I considered myself to be a casual Pretenders fan at best. That changed in 2016 when the band released Alone, which featured a bluesier, more garage-rock incarnation of their music. The album was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which I’m sure is no coincidence. This was the Pretenders sound that really grabbed me. And then I listened to “Tattooed Love Boys.” Continue reading →


Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile provide comfort and compassion with their new single, “Continental Breakfast”


Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Danny Cohen | courtesy of the artist

Indie singer-songwriter heavyweights Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have returned with another teaser of their upcoming collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, coming out October 13th. The new “Continental Breakfast” is a worthy follow-up to Barnett and Vile’s lead single “Over Everything”; their vocal chemistry is great and they exhibit an ability to mix back and forth lyrical dialogue with seamless harmony-based choruses. Both artists have established themselves as two of the more influential songwriters in the indie rock scene, so this album is shaping up to be a tour de force. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Bob Dylan will headline The Tower for two nights in November

Bob Dylan | Firefly Music Festival | Photos by John Vettese

The title says it all: Bob Dylan. Tower Theater. Not one, but two glorious nights. November just got a whole lot better. The legendary singer-songwriter and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate will be bringing his iconic classics to life on November 11th and 12th as part of a just-announced national tour.
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