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Just Announced: James Taylor and his All-Star Band headed to Wells Fargo Center with Bonnie Raitt in July

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James Taylor | Photo by Kate McCann | flickr.com/photos/126156760@N07

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his aptly named backing All-Star Band recently announced his plans for a 13-date US tour to take place this summer with Bonnie Raitt coming along to support. The mostly-east coast dwelling tour kicks off in Jersey on July 6th, only to bless the Wells Fargo Center on July 9th. Releasing his latest album Before This World in 2015, Taylor’s massive hits “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire & Rain” keep his die-hards coming back for more, and this tour should be jammed-packed with them.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen Jesus at Johnny Brenda’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers at Wells Fargo Center

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Queen Jesus | photo courtesy of the band

Local outfit Queen Jesus open up for Kyle Craft at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The quintet of active musicians ended 2016 with the release of their sophomore effort Tar Ranch, a low key, country-and-psych-tinged collection that’s easy to put your feet up and sip a lemonade to. Check out “Bleach Factory” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Whaler at The Barbary, Stevie Nicks at the Wells Fargo Center

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Whaler | photo by Frank Apollonio | www.frankapollonio.com

Surfy pop outfit Whaler play The Barbary tonight. The Philly-based four piece made waves with a pair of singles released earlier this year, dipping their toes back in the recording game after releasing a debut LP called Natural Barriers in 2015. “Deep End” and “The Weather Lately” were recorded with Jeff Zeigler – stream them below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

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Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Just Announced: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Trombone Short will play Wells Fargo Center

Red Hot Chili Peppers | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Hold on to your seats, people — it might get funky.

California-till-they-die alternative rock heroes Red Hot Chili Peppers just announced a major headlining show in Philadelphia on February 12th, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center. The band’s latest LP, The Getaway, came out back in June, and their tour in support of it has them joined by the ever-entertaining Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Continue reading →

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Rihanna to work on Wells Fargo Center this weekend

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Hard to believe it’s been over ten years since Rihanna first whined her way into our lives with the dancehall fluff of “Pon de Replay.”  While other promising R&B diva-lets of that era (Amerie, Cassie, JoJo, Kelis, Ciara, Christina Milian) have fallen off the radar or struggled to maintain relevance, RiRi, for whatever reasons – Jay-Z’s magnanimous patronage; a timely embrace of ‘80s-cribbing electro-dance; force of elusive, weirdly chameleonic personality – has only grown in prominence, becoming one of the most inescapable pop stars of our times, racking up a dozen-plus #1 singles.

Which brings us to ANTI.  After blitzing us with seven full-lengths in eight years (including four consecutive Novembers), Rihanna took a three-year breather from the album cycle – although she was hardly absent in the interim – resurfacing recently with a curious collection that is, if not quite her best album (both Good Girl Gone Bad and Loud still make for mighty compelling front-to-back listens), certainly her most intriguing. 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →

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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 →