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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 →

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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian Scott at South, Caroline Smith at Johnny Brenda’s, Bob Weir at Tower Theater and more…

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Christian Scott | photo via Facebook

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.

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Reliving the magic with Brian Wilson at the Tower Theater

Brian Wilson | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN
Brian Wilson | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

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 →

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Just Announced: Temple of the Dog reuniting, kicking off tour at the Tower

Temple of the Dog | via Rolling Stone

Chris Cornell is getting the band back together.

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.

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Missed Gallant at Firefly? Catch him around town this summer

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Gallant | photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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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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