Amy Winehouse‘s second and final album, Back to Black, turns 10 this year. To pay tribute to the singer, who passed away in 2011, a number of local musicians have teamed up to perform a benefit concert on June 24 downstairs at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →
RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →
Philadelphia local Kenn Kweder brought highenergy and an entertaining show to World Cafe Live for today’s Free at Noon concert. Backed by the band The Hipster Mind Tricks, Kweder performed a set for fans to dance and sing to.
The Upper Darby-native is no stranger to WXPN, having been a figure in the Philadelphia music scene since the 70’s, which brought out fans new and old to the Free at Noon scene. Kweder just recently was just featured in a documentary about his career and old group Kenn Kweder and The Secret Kidds. Continue reading →
I’m a list fan.Top 10 lists, bottom 10 lists, doesn’t matter.When it comes to music, outside of the annual, quarterly, monthly, bi-weekly, and Bey-weekly lists, my favorite is the Mercury Prize shortlist.It’s a prestigious list that celebrates British and Irish musicians, and it is the place where I discovered a little trio called Gogo Penguin.
When I first saw the name, the immediate thought that popped in to my head was “quirky indie rock band.”A tried and true formula for success.I quickly discovered that I was deliciously incorrect. Gogo Penguin is, at their heart, a jazz band.
Athens GA indie rockers Mothers will be back in Philly tonight to play at Johnny Brenda’s with Palm and Anomie. The band continues to tour to celebrate the release of their debut When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, which came out back in February. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Brazilian rock outfit Boogarins kicked off the Friday afternoon by bringing their psychedelic rock sound into World Cafe Live for this week’s Free at Noon concert. The band made an appearance in Philadelphia not too long ago during their tour with Andrew Bird, and they decided to make one more stop before heading up to Brooklyn. Their tour is in support of their second and most recent album Manual, which was released back in October 2015. Continue reading →
I could sit here and regale you with stories and stats about the Prison-Industrial Complex all day, but is that going to do anything? Even for the most #woke among us, it’s hard to know where to start to deal with something as massively unassailable as a for-profit prison system that funnels young lives straight into jails. But—much like music—it’s best to start with stories. Sunday night at World Cafe Live, Philly organization Beyond the Bars hit home with a massive benefit show incorporating both to strike back.
By going into prisons and teaching music to incarcerated youth, Beyond the Bars staff and volunteers are able to bring hope and respite to members of society that most people have already written off as a loss. “Even though they’re in prison, they’re still people, man. Just people,” said Bars staff member Christopher Thornton. Continue reading →
Bob Boilen and the NPR Music Tiny Desk team swings through Philly tonight to celebrate the city’s 130+ submissions to the national Tiny Desk Contest. Performing are three stand-out artists from the ranks, including art-pop ensemble Tutlie, singer-songwriter Joy Ike and rapper The Bul Bey (who totally knocked out a performance at Sunday night’s benefit show for Beyond the Bars). Tickets are free with RSVP, so sign up here and see you tonight! Continue reading →
World Cafe Live was full of high energy Friday as UK natives The Heavy walked out on stage for Free at Noon. The funk band came out to debut their new album Hurt & The Merciless for Philly, a stop before they headed out to the West Coast for The Coachella Valley Festival. Continue reading →
Matt Wheeler often performs with a backing band, but on his new EP Matt Wheeler On the Hill, the Lancaster singer-songwriter experiments with a solo acoustic sound.The record features a mix of old and new — while it begins with some reworked acoustic versions of songs that Wheeler has already recorded, the EP’s second half includes the two new tracks “Cedars” and “Lexington.” Continue reading →