Wow, what a whirlwind of an afternoon! We just wrapped up with the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase starring Damon Albarn, Lucius, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith and Temples – curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show.
Taken from the collection of Andrew Krivine, Pretty Vacant features posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, badges and other graphic materials. For more information, read Shaun Brady’s interview with Krivine about the origins of his collection and how punk design of nearly 40 years ago is still influential today.
In celebration of 2014: the year of the horse, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Organization presents an open air flower market – which contains more than just flowers, but also “traditional candies, fruits, arts and gifts, such as homemade lanterns [and] red envelopes.” The market runs on Saturday and Sunday in Chinatown and includes traditional gifts and art.
Koresh Dance Company presents the Koresh Artist Showcase on Saturday and Sunday. The first show to be performed in Koresh’s new Rittenhouse Square home, the performance features choreography by Koresh Dance Company members and other local choreographers.
Fury is an examination of rage, revenge, and redemption in song, presented by Philomusica Chorale, with works from Verdi to Adele. This 60-member community chorus is joined by professional musicians and the rock band Reckless Amateurs Saturday and Sunday at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland.
Old Academy Players perform Something Intangible through Sunday. Written by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, the play follows the conflict between brothers Walt and Roy Disney as they created Fantasia.
Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.
WXPN welcomes UK singer/songwriter Jake Bugg to the World Cafe Live stage tonight. With a subtle folk rock sound, Beatles-esque undertones, and sincere lyricism, it’s no wonder that Bugg reached the top of UK’s charts with his debut self-titled album in 2012. Find ticket information for tonight’s show here.
The Atlanta-based outfit O’Brother is playing at The Barbary tonight. The five piece is touring in support of their second full-length release Disillusion. Go here for tickets and more information.
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are coming to Tin Angel tonight. The western swing outfit celebrated their release of What A Dream It’s Been this past August. Watch the boogie band perform “Spanish Dagger” below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.
Philly-based rock band Cold Fronts are bringing their raw sound to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s the kickoff of their fall tour with DRGN King, and we can expect some new music in the mix; including “Sum Grls,” the single they premiered on WXPN Tuesday night. Watch the four-piece perform the new song live below. Find tickets and more information about the 21+ show here.
Yesterday, Easton art pop five-piece Our Griffins released its debut LP Michael Boyd, which we’re featuring all week on the Unlocked series (download the song “Blood on My Sleeves” here). Last night, singer D.J. Brown and lead guitarist Travis Hobbie appeared live on the air on WXPN’s Philly Local Show with Helen Leicht for an interview and short acoustic set. From their on-air appearance, watch a video performance of “Come and Wake Me Up” from the album. See the official music video for the song here, and get more information on the album release show at The Fire tomorrow night at the XPN Concert Calendar. And check back tomorrow for our review of Michael Boyd.
With the announcement of his brand new song called “New” and a forthcoming album of the same name, Sir Paul McCartney called WXPN today for an interview with mid-day show host Helen Leicht; you can listen to an archive of the entire interview below.
Their conversation began by talking about New, which will see a U.S. release on Concord Records on Tuesday, October 15th.
McCartney recorded the new album with a team of heavy-hitting producers: Paul Epworth (known for his work with pop sensation Adele), Ethan Johns (he’s recorded Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Kings of Leon), Mark Ronson (popular for his work with Amy Winehouse as well as his solo albums) and Giles Martin (who staged The Beatles‘ Love show). As McCartney explained in the interview:
“The idea was to go do one track for each one and decide who would be the best for the album. I ended up falling for them all. We had such a good time in different ways. Ethan would be a little more acoustically leaning, Mark would be a little more R&B. They each had a different approach, so I ended up working with them all.”
Conversation turned to songwriting in general, and what keeps him at it. McCartney called it “an eternal fascination.”
“It really is just down to the fact that I love it. … If you said to me now that, okay, this afternoon, you’re just going to sit down and write a song. That wouldn’t depress me or frighten me, that would really excite me. I’d go ‘Oh, yeah, great great great.’And then taking it into a recording studio…and eventually you take it out on the road, and you play it for real people. That is the ultimate excitement. If you look at that whole line of stuff, it’s pretty cool.”
On revisiting his Beatles-era music when performing live, McCartney likened it to being somebody else reviewing a young man’s work. “I’m listening to myself as a 24 year old. As I’m singing the songs, I’m reviewing the lyrics and thinking ‘This kid wasn’t bad!’” Some moments, like “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” are downright challenging (“It’s contrapuntal, man!”). When Leicht pointed out that today is the anniversary of The Beatles’ final show in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, McCartney began to reminisce, but with a footing in the present.
“It is great to look at the old newsreels. You go, oh my God, is that really me? Obviously it was another time, and yes, we were younger. It was very exciting in its own way. The 60s were very exciting times, and I meet a lot of younger people who say ‘Wow, I wish I’d been there.’ I say ‘Well, no, don’t wish that, just be here now and enjoy this one, because there’s plenty of cool stuff going on now.’”
Listen to Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney in its entirety in the player below. To hear his new single “New,” go here.
Trumpet/saxophone duo with Daud El Barka and Korey Riker will play in front of the LOVE Sculpture, while musician/promoter Jesse Bermudez will present a performance of Cafe Con Pan Latin jazz held in front of the historic Centro Musical North Philly music store.
Starting at 11 a.m., Center City will be graced with dynamic, piano performances by some of Philly’s finest jazz artists including Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Steve Rice, Suzzette Ortiz, Terry Klinefelter, Farid Barron, and others from the Jacobs Music Company.
Come out and join in the music at this all-day, all-over, all-free event. For more information on the day or to see where/when each artist is performing, click here.
WXPN welcomes Rodriquez at Keswick Theatre tonight. Achieving fame through the Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, Sixto Rodriguez’s music career was given new life as he now commences an incredible tour playing dates all over the world, and popular festivals such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. Although Rodriguez’s early career did not garner high success, his music found an audience in South Africa and then continued to tell his story through the award winning documentary. He has two studio albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality released in 1970 and ’71 respectively, with his most recent releases being a single in 2002 and a compilation in 2005 canlled Sugarman: The Best of Rodriguez. The show, originally planned for Tuesday, was rescheduled to tonight; all original tickets will be honored. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Jenny O can be found here. Below, enjoy Rodriguez playing “Crucify Your Mind” on the David Letterman show.
Yesterday a stacked, eclectic lineup took the Austin Convention Radio Day Stage for an afternoon-long show thrown by Triple-A public radio stations WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, KUTX in Austin and WXPN.