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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drive-By Truckers at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Vundabar at Chameleon Club, and Carbon Leaf at Musikfest Cafe

Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers

XPN favorites Drive-By Truckers are out in Wilmington for a gig at World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Alabama-based group reflects on the highs and lows of modern Americana in their critically acclaimed 2016 release American Band. The show is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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World Cafe Live at the Queen announces farewell show with David Bromberg, Sin City Band, and more

David Bromberg | photo via facebook.com/DavidBrombergBand

In January it was announced that Wilmington music venue World Cafe Live at The Queen would be closing this spring, hosting a final run of shows leading up to a big farewell event on May 25th. Details for the free final concert are now available, which will happen on the beautifully-restored former hotel/movie theater’s last day in operation and highlight many of the beloved Wilmington-area musicians who helped support the venue during its six-year tenure.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesca Hoop at Boot and Saddle, Mike Doughty at World Cafe Live, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop heads to Boot and Saddle for performance with Brooke Annibale. Her newest Sub Pop released record Memories Are Now finds a simplistic and intimate sound that would make Lorde jealous, posing the evening to be a wonderful anxiety-breaker. The show is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brenda’s, Foals at Electric Factory, Frank Turner at World Cafe Live at The Queen

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

For the second year in a row, the Sun Ra Arkestra will celebrate Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen, the spirit of enigmatic founder Sun Ra lives on through the Arkestra’s galactic funk and soul performance. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch the band’s Tiny Desk Concert below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Songhoy Blues at Arden Guild Hall, Iggy Pop at Academy of Music, La Santa Cecilia at World Cafe Live at The Queen, and more…

Songhoy Blues
Songhoy Blues | photo courtesy of the artist

Songhoy Blues, a desert blues quartet from Timbuktu in Mali, released their debut album Music In Exile in March of 2015, and they will be performing tonight at the Arden Guild Hall. Opening the show will be Philly locals Ill Fated Natives. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: A fired-up Ben Harper debuts Call It What It Is for a sold out Queen

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s been eight years since Ben Harper teamed up with his long time backing band The Innocent Criminals, but this spring brings the release of the fired-up new LP Call It What It Is, out April 8th on Stax Records. This afternoon at Wilmington’s World Cafe Live at the Queen, Harper and the band – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward – gave a sold-out crowd a taste of the new record with a Free at Noon performance broadcast live on WXPN and on VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Blackalicious at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Blackalicious | photo by Nicole Mago | courtesy of the artist
Blackalicious | photo by Nicole Mago | courtesy of the artist

They had a ten-year break between 2005’s The Craft and last year’s Imani Vol. 1, but Sacramento hip hop duo Blackalicious is back, and in grinding mode once again. MC Gift of Gab told fans last year that Imani was the first part of a trilogy that will be released over the next few years. Tonight the band plays World Cafe Live at the Queen, so maybe we’ll get a taste of Volume 2 in the set. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Big Pink at Johnny Brenda’s, Buckwheat Zydeco at World Cafe Live at the Queen

The Big Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Big Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist

UK dreamscapers The Big Pink are back this winter with a new EP called Empire Underground and a U.S. tour that brings them to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig, giving Philly fans their first taste of new music from the band since 2012’s Future This. Listen to “Hightimes” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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La Santa Cecilia bring new record to World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington in April

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La Santa Cecilia | press photo via The Windish Agency

Los Angeles outfit La Santa Cecilia will perform at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on April 15th in support of their new record Buenaventura. With a Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album already under their belt, the former L.A. street performers continue a career rise that has landed them on stage with John Paul Jones, on TV with Conan O’Brien, and on the radio with David Dye.

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