Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts redefine “explosive” at World Cafe Live

The Districts | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

I had long resigned myself to the bittersweet fact that since I’ve always been unlucky in catching The Districts live, the first time I’d finally see them would be in some large, sold out venue given the skyrocketing trajectory of their career and fanbase around the world that will only grow once their newest release Popular Manipulations reaches the ears and hearts of the masses.

Fortunately, this was not the case. A week after the crazy sold out Union Transfer record release show (read our review here) found The Districts back in Philadelphia to perform for XPN’s Free At Noon series at the smaller, more intimate World Cafe Live. It appeared that the rareness of this opportunity was not lost on fans, as the line stretched up the stairs and out onto the sidewalk long before doors opened and filled the venue to capacity by the ten-minute mark. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Belle And Sebastian
Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →


Get details on Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah Anyhow LP, see them at World Cafe Live

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Last month, vibey Americana outfit Hiss Golden Messenger shared the track “Standing in the Doorway,” a leftover from the Heart Like a Levee sessions, and now they’re one-upping that gift by announcing a fall tour and new album titled, Hallelujah Anyhow — which will be out on September 22nd via Merge Records. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Waxahatchee brings Out in the Storm to life

Waxahatchee at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert on 7/14/17 | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The relentless summer rain was no deterrent for the crowd that turned up en masse at World Cafe this afternoon, and for good reason: today is all about Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee. Her excellent fourth record Out in the Storm dropped today on Merge Records, the full band performed for WXPN’s Free At Noon, frontwoman Katie Crutchfield will be a guest DJ on John Vettese’s show What’s the Frequency at 7 p.m., and the day caps off when Waxahatchee plays a hometown show at Union Transfer with Cayetana and Snail Mail to begin an extensive US tour.

Fifteen minutes before Free At Noon began, the front row of the World Cafe stage was already claimed and the rest of the crowd was slowly trickling in, shaking off umbrellas and grabbing a drink. Five minutes before, the floor was packed and the anticipation palpable when Waxahatchee made their entrance (featuring #ladysuits) to begin a set that showcased entirely new tracks.

Opening with my personal favorite from the new album, the burning “Recite Remorse,” Crutchfield’s voice echoed around World Cafe to create an ethereal, chills-inducing sound that built to an anthemic conclusion. The catharsis found in the lyrics was tangible, finding release and relief for singer and audience alike. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at World Cafe Live

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Ebru Yildiz
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Ahead of their upcoming fourth LP The Echo of Pleasure, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is touring though the US with friends Beverly and Ablebody. The indie pop band has released two lead singles, the aptly dance-y “When I Dance With You” and the sincere, serious “Anymore,” both extremely excellent singles that make the wait for the September 1st release of The Echo of Pleasure feel that much longer. Catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight at World Cafe Live (downstairs) – click here for tickets and more information. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Sistahs Attune at World Cafe Live

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese

We’ve long moved past the band’s slightly concerning name and it’s time you do to – it is in no way indicative of the quality of their music. Diarrhea Planet have been around for a few years now, and every time the Nashville six-piece comes through Philadelphia it is a night of face-melting rock and roll. Diarrhea Planet will be at Underground Arts tonight along with Nashville tourmates Daddy Issues and Philly’s own Hound. Check the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the 21+ show. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Joan Shelley at Boot and Saddle

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his quartet of experimental jazz instrumentation with hip-hop (and a little bit of everything else) undertones to World Cafe Live tonight. The quartet’s album Black Radio won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album, several tracks featuring Philly’s own Bilal. They are currently touring following last year’s ArtScience. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Greg Sover at World Cafe Live, Joshua Stamper and Crossing Choir at Crane Arts

Greg Sover | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly rocker Greg Sover will be tearing it up at World Cafe Live tonight, where he’ll debut a new song called “My City.”  Serving as a tribute to our wonderful dwelling of brotherly love, the song features a variety of Philly artists as well as vocal talent from children at the North Light Community Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit North Light, so the night just got even better. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

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