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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

la Santa Cecilia
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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at World Cafe Live at the Queen; Julia Rainer at The Fire; The Skatellites at World Cafe Live

Photo by Josh Weisgrau
Photo by Josh Weisgrau

Not many blue-collar artists made it onto the White House’s summer playlists curated by POTUS himself. In fact, only one DIY style artist, Low Cut Connie, made the cut of the two twenty-song playlists. The Philly rock band’s frontman Adam Weiner told Digital Music News that he wrote the song, “Boozophilia,” about “all these lunatics and weird-balls and gorgeous individuals who populate dank barrooms all over the USA.  People with big hearts and busted up dreams and dirty jokes and so much love.” Low Cut Connie released their third studio record, Hi Honey, in April of this year. You won’t want to miss their wild performance tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Images and videos of the band’s performances show Weiner standing on his piano bench while he slams the keys and sings. Get tickets and more show information here. And watch Low Cut Connie’s video for “Boozophilia” below. Continue reading →

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Get on board with Gooch and the Motion’s bluesy debut

Gooch and the Motion / Photo courtesy of the artist.
Gooch and the Motion |  Photo courtesy of the artist.

There’s always roadblocks on the way to success. Resources. Location. Scheduling conflicts. Through these trials, many artists still enjoy a degree of freedom in their ability to break off and let the music do the healing.

For Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, music was the only way to recover, but the ability to play remained just out of reach.

In 2004, Gooch (who was 18 years old at the time) was injured in an accident that left him a C7 quadriplegic, unable to move at all below his neck. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Album Leaf at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Marah at MilkBoy, QQQ at The Fire and more…

Album Leaf
The Album Leaf | photo via Facebook

The Album Leaf brings a short tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. Jimmy LaValle began the electronic project in California in the late nineties, collaborating with Conor Oberst and touring Japan before signing with Sub Pop in 2004. His last record was 2010’s A Chorus of Storytellers, though he’s performing new tracks on this current run of dates. Pick up tickets for the show here and watch the video for “Always For You” below.

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