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Tyler The Creator and Vince Staples go big, introspectively, at the Liacouras Center

Tyler The Creator | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Vince Staples and Tyler, The Creator are showing serious growth from the now-disbanded Odd Future crew. With more attention spent on interactive stage settings at the Liacouras Center last week, each artist was able to deliver a more introspective set then we’ve seen from them in the past. Continue reading →

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Tyler the Creator sets the mood at NPR’s first nighttime Tiny Desk Concert

Tyler, the Creator | screenshot from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Hip-hop’s resident bucket-hat strange boy, Tyler, the Creator, stopped by NPR’s offices to perform not only his own Tiny Desk debut, but also to induct the first evening version of the Tiny Desk gig. Distinguishing the switch, instead of the custom clear natural light setting across the afternoon cubicles, vibrant backdrop lighting of deep fuschia, electric blue, and blood red drenched the typical work space, as it transformed into an intimate club atmosphere. Which, according to NPR, was the result of Tyler’s own request and the work of his hired lighting team. Continue reading →

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Governor’s Ball Day 3: Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, James Blake, The Head and The Heart and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday wrapped up our third day exploring Randall’s Island and the sights and sounds of this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival.

Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

New York City rock band Skaters turned up the heat on an already scorching Sunday afternoon.

Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Rapper Earl Sweatshirt emerged on stage decked out in beachwear while fans sang along to the lyrics from his latest album, Doris. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Twin Forks and Commonwealth Choir at North Star Bar, Brad Hinton Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Kid Cudi at Festival Pier and more

Twin Forks
Twin Forks

Americana folk band Twin Forks, led by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, released a five song EP this month. These songs are reminiscent of Dashboard, but they have a much more carefree and laid back attitude that is soaked in a folk rock sound. You can hear a preview of their energetic live show with the acoustic Folkadelphia Session that XPN held a few months ago. Doylestown locals, Commonwealth Choir will also be playing at this show, bringing their new EP Shirtless to life. Just released this week, this EP offers a blend of indie and folk rock that grooves and begs to be sung along to. Check out the recent review of the EP here.Tickets for the event can be found at North Star Bar’s website.

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Tyler, The Creator embarks on his first solo tour alongside Kid Cudi (playing Festival Pier 9/26)

 tyler the creator

Tyler, The Creator, one part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, is about to embark on his first solo tour alongside Kid Cudi.  Both artists released new albums this past April, Cudi with his third LP, Indicud, and Tyler, The Creator with Wolf.  Both albums bring the two rappers back into the game in new ways; this is Kid Cudi’s first rap album since 2010, while Tyler’s effort sees him testing the waters on writing music that wasn’t centered solely around gruesome themes.  The tour stops at Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing at the end of September.  Listen below for a taste of their new LPs.