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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tove Lo at Electric Factory, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Kool A.D. at Chameleon Club and more

Tove Lo | via windishagency.com

Pop princess Tove Lo is taking over the Electric Factory for an electric performance (heh, get it?) with Phoebe Ryan. She basically owned the Top 40 charts in 2016 with her collabs with Flum, Nick Jonas, and Coldplay, while even charting with her own sexually-charged single “Talking Body”. The Queen of the Clouds’ gig will be all ages, and more information/tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Esme Patterson at World Cafe Live, John Francis at Tin Angel, Parquet Courts at Union Transfer and more

Esmé Patterson | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Esmé Patterson | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The always fun Esme Patterson graces World Cafe Live, bringing her quirky style of alternative pop with local songwriter Abi Reimold. Blending power pop, post-punk and alt-country into a melodic sound is difficult, but comes out terrific on the other side. The gig is all ages, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesberg to bring South Africa’s rich jazz history to World Cafe Live on 4/4

Uhadi | via SFJazz

When you think of the history of jazz music, South Africa doesn’t immediately come to mind. You probably think New Orleans, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker — all Americans. Jazz was an American creation, after all.

But South Africa has its own rich jazz history, even becoming a significant political tool during the anti-apartheid movement.

Enter Uhadi: All Stars of Johannesberg Jazz. They’re playing Upstairs at World Cafe Live on April 4, and they’re coming to give you a history lesson. Continue reading →

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We Are Music will celebrate Philly music and the life of Dante Bucci this December at World Cafe Live

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

The first night in December will be a day of both celebration and remembrance at World Cafe Live during the premiere of the film titled, We Are Music.

The film serves as a snapshot of the city and it musicians, with a focus on one unique Philly musician above all, and one who sadly is no longer with us, Dante Bucci. Bucci was a favorite of many here at WXPN and we were saddened as anyone upon hearing of his passing just before Philly Folk Fest in 2014. It is especially poignant because Bucci was an original member of the We Are Music recording team alongside production team Alison Hilley and John Glaubitz of the band AlyCat. Continue reading →