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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 →

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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 →