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Childish Gambino takes Philly to church

Childish Gambino | photo by Greg Noire | courtesy of the artist

If you were at the Childish Gambino concert this past Tuesday, then you might agree that it felt like a Wednesday night church service. Not in the sense that they were worshiping the rapper persona of actor Donald Glover (though there was probably some of that), but more in the energy he brought to the stage. His Philly fans packing the Wells Fargo Center came alive the way folks  might react after hearing a choir and their band go off for hours, and Deacon Gambino lifted their spirits to the stratosphere.

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Just Announced: Florence and the Machine will bring High As Hope to Philly in October

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

Theatrical modern rock faves Florence and the Machine will embark on their biggest headlining tour to date this fall, in support of the band’s upcoming fourth studio LP High As Hope. The record sees frontwoman Florence Welch teaming up with a hit-parade of collaborators, including saxophone luminary Kamasi Washington, electro-soul singer-songwriter Sampha, producer extraordinaire Jamie xx, crooner Tobias Jesso Jr. and more.

The band’s 23-date North American tour comes through Philadelphia on Sunday, October 14th at the Wells Fargo Center, with Grizzly Bear opening the show; tickets go on sale Friday, June 1st at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Openers on other stops of the tour include St. Vincent, Lizzo, Kamasi Washington, and Perfume Genius. Get the full run of dates below, and watch the music video for “Hunger” from High As Hope. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Elton John will bid Philly goodbye in ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour

Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman for WXPN | darraghdf.wordpress.com

At a New York press conference with Anderson Cooper this morning, the Sir Elton John announced his retirement from touring. But don’t worry, not just yet. You can still say your goodbyes to the music legend’s live show as he’s soon embarking on a whopping 300-show run, dubbed the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

In a live-streamed video from the conference, John explains his reasoning to stop touring. He states, “My priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you’d have said I’m gonna stop touring, I’d have said, ‘No no, I’m a working musician. I always play.’ But we had children and that changed our lives.” Continue reading →

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Lorde covers Bruce Springsteen with a dark-folk mashup of “I’m On Fire / 400 Lux”

Lorde | Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.com/

During a recent show at Christchurch, New Zealand, Lorde surprised fans with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Stripping away dramatic theatrics, the rendition played out as a haunting folk tune that, carried by the same guitar melody, later morphs seamlessly into her Pure Heroine track, “400 Lux.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: U2 will play Wells Fargo Center in June

U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist
U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist
After sharing a few singles from their forthcoming album Songs of Experience, rock icons U2 have announced that they’ll be touring behind the record in 2018, including a stop in Philly at the Wells Fargo Center on June 13. U2 shared the album’s first single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” in September, and before that released new song “The Blackout” via a live performance video. Listen to both songs below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian Scott at World Cafe Live, Lady Gaga at Wells Fargo Center, Prophets of Rage at TLA

Christian Scott | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Christian Scott brings his innovative take on jazz at the intersection of popular music to World Cafe Live tonight. The New Orleans trumpeter recently released Diaspora, the second in a trilogy of albums all released in 2017. Check out XPN’s interview with Christian Scott about the new releases here, listen to the record below, and find tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kendrick Lamar at Wells Fargo Center, Ages and Ages at Johnny Brenda’s

Kendrick Lamar | album cover via artist’s Facebook page

It’s Kendrick Lamar, people. I think that’s all that needs to be said in persuasion of the hip-hop king’s Wells Fargo Center show tonight. Not only will Kendrick be performing his acclaimed album DAMN., he’ll also be joined by a solid lineup of Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.. So be there or be square. Check out the latest video release from the album for “ELEMENT” below and get tickets and more information here. Continue reading →

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Boyz II Men, New Kids On The Block, and Paula Abdul shared the Wells Fargo Stage on “Total Package Tour”

Clockwise from top left, Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men performed live at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday June 24th | Photos by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

I am not a New Kids On The Block fan.  I am also not a New Kids On The Block hater.  I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and adopted the persona wholeheartedly.  I watched Saved By The Bell, had a slap bracelet, and saw Cool As Ice in theaters (if you’ve never heard of that, Google it and come back to berate me in the comments).  NKOTB was something that permeated the era, so I knew their songs, I saw their videos, and yes, I memorized some lyrics.  I watched the videos on MTV, and along with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men among many others, would record the video shows on VHS to watch over and over. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: LORDE to headline Wells Fargo Center next April

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Lorde | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

I hope you’ve already bought your 2018 planner, because here’s a date you’ll want to pencil in: LORDE will headline the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, April 2nd. The announcement comes alongside the release of the New Zealand pop star’s sophomore LP Melodrama, which follows up her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch “Green Light” from Melodrama , Lorde’s new album, out now. Continue reading →