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Commence Freaking Out: Pearl Jam headlining two nights at Wells Fargo

Pearl Jam | Photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist
Pearl Jam | Photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Look out, you rock and rollers – Pearl Jam is headlining two nights at the Wells Fargo Center this spring. The Seattle rock icons, who we last heard from in 2013 with the release of their 10th LP Lightning Bolt, will be in town Thursday, April 28th, and Friday, April 29th; tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 29th at noon. No word yet if a new music is enroute along with these shows, but you can revisit Lightning Bolt in its entirety below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jill Scott at Wells Fargo Center, Flightschool at TLA, Deb Callahan at World Cafe Live

Jill Scott | via facebook.com/missjillscott
Jill Scott | via facebook.com/missjillscott

If you haven’t watched Jill Scott‘s moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” you need to check it out here. If you have seen it and can’t get enough of it, then catch Miss Jill Scott tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The three-time Grammy winner will be performing with classic R&B artists Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition. Don’t miss this Holiday Jam tonight; get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Fools Gold” below. Continue reading →

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You’ve got twelve more hours to listen to the new Fetty Wap album on NPR Microphone Check

Fetty Wap | via facebook.com/FettyWap
Fetty Wap | via facebook.com/FettyWap

Patterson, New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap has been somewhat inescapable this summer, whether you’re talking about “Trap Queen” bumping out of car speakers and at DJ nights or or “679” getting spun between bands at shows. His self-titled debut album drops tomorrow, and a 24-hour stream went up at NPR Microphone Check at midnight. We’re right now about twelve hours deep, which means you’ve got time to spin it about 10 or 11 times before you have to pay. Continue reading →

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Paul McCartney delivers a knockout show at Wells Fargo Center

Paul McCartney | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Paul McCartney | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Memories. Their recollection and creation were at the center of Paul McCartney’s sold-out Wells Fargo show last night. Pulling on the legacy of The Beatles and Wings, as well as some of his more recent solo work, McCartney displayed his dazzling showmanship for nearly three hours.

Utterly genuine and joyous throughout, he waved, smiled and took every ounce of applause in. At 73, he shows the musical prowess and desire that only a handful of his contemporaries still have. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stevie Wonder at Wells Fargo Center, Sloan at Boot and Saddle, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at The Sellersville Theater

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Funk / soul legend Stevie Wonder headlines the Wells Fargo Center tonight, performing his landmark 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety. The double-LP is perhaps best known for the infectious hit “Sir Duke,” though it contains a robust selection of deep cuts. Here are five you should listen for tonight. Tickets and info on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Philly Sings Philly at The Fire, Royal Canoe at Boot and Saddle, Usher at Wells Fargo Center

Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese
Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese

The annual Philly Sings Philly series continues tonight at The Fire with another handful of local artists covering their Philadelphia favorites. Local blog Root Down in the Shadow curates this week’s lineup, which features Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dollhouse, recent Key Studio Sessions artist No Stranger, Cold Roses, Ladybird and more. Information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to Dirty Dollhouse’s “Married in the Aviary” below. Continue reading →

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Fleetwood Mac begins an ecstatic new chapter at Wells Fargo Center

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Fleetwood Mac | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Fleetwood Mac is a band that continues to grow through the good and bad times,” Lindsey Buckingham told the sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd on Wednesday night. “Especially in the moment when Christine returned. I can say we have begun a beautiful, poetic and profound chapter.”

It certainly was a nostalgic evening as the legendary rock outfit – reunited with Christine McVie for the first time in 16 years – ripped through hits from their top-selling albums including Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours (1977) Tusk (1979) and more. Continue reading →

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Five songs that will take tomorrow’s Fleetwood Mac concert from awesome to amazing

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac plays the first of two sold-out Wells Fargo Center shows tomorrow

Tomorrow night, Fleetwood Mac comes to Philadelphia for its first of two sold-out shows at the Wells Fargo Center. While we cannot wait to witness Lindsey’s guitar acrobatics, Stevie’s poetry and twirls, and Mick and John’s dependable rhythm section, what has us really excited is that keyboardist/singer/songwriter Christine McVie is appearing with them in the area for the first time since 1997. We know they’ll play “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “So Afraid,” and I’m sure they’ll tell that story about a Welsh witch. But what else will the band treat us to? Here’s five choices that would make this Fleetwood Mac fan very happy. Continue reading →