Watch Neko Case and My Morning Jacket (playing Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks

My Morning Jacket’s current tour with Neko Case is shaping up to be more than just the typical latest-album-replicating circuit. Last week in Pittsburgh, MMJ lead singer Jim James was joined on stage by Neko Case for a cover of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet “Islands In the Stream.” Now, thanks to a fan video, we get to see the two take on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” originally performed with Stevie Nicks. Watch below, via Anti- Label Blog.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case will be performing at the Mann Center on Tuesday, August 23rd. Tickets range from $40 – $55.40 and are available here.



Six new Union Transfer shows announced, on sale now

Philly’s next-to-open venue, Union Transfer, announced six new shows this morning. The venue is set to officially open on September 21st with a (WXPN presents) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah concert, and has already announced over 30 shows running through December. UT will be located at the former Spaghetti Warehouse (1026 Spring Garden Street), and will have a capacity of approximately 600 people. Better yet, it’s going to be air-conditioned.

Today’s newly announced shows include dates for Toronto electro duo Zeds Dead, locally-based festival favorite Langhorne Slim, indie-folk world fusion group Enter the Haggis, Jamaican-inspired ska band The Slackers, and several more artists. A full schedule of the newly announced shows can be found below.

9/30: Zeds Dead – $15 – tickets
10/12: Langhorne Slim w/ Dan Mangan – $15 – tickets
10/26: Butch Walker and the Black Widows – $20 – tickets
11/4: Enter the Haggis w/ Scythian – $20 – tickets
11/20: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – $20 – tickets
12/15: The Slackers + The Pietasters – $15 – tickets


Watch a new video from Digitalism, playing HARD Tour tonight at the Blockley

Just in time for their stop tonight at the Blockley as part of HARD Summer Tour, German electro pop duo Digitalism have released a new music video for “Circles,” the third track from their sophomore LP, I Love You Dude. Released on June 20th, the highly diverse electro-house/rock/everything album explores loads of new territory and features a track co-written by Julian Casablancas.

This video for “Circles” is somewhat less groundbreaking (albeit nicely edited), finding Digitalism’s Jens “Jence” Moelle and ?smail “Isi” Tüfekçi energetically performing the track for a wild, loving crowd.

Digitalism will headline HARD Summer Tour tonight at the Blockley; other performers will include NYC-based duo Designer Drugs, Switch of Major Lazer fame, and HARD founder Destructo. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and costs $28; tickets can be found here.

Below, check out the new video for “Circles,” as well as the superior clip for I Love You Dude‘s first single, “Blitz.”



Check out “Believe,” the new single from CANT (performing at Johnny Brenda’s Oct. 27th)

It seems Chris Taylor is trying to remain optimistic, at least in terms of his song and album names. “Believe” is the latest track to be released from the Grizzly Bear bassist/producer’s solo project CANT’s upcoming debut Dreams Come True. It’s almost amusing to compare it to Taylor’s work with Grizzly Bear; the new track is an ultra suave, synthy jam quite unlike anything found on GB’s most recent LP Veckatimest.

An initial single from Dreams Come True, “Answer,” was released last month; you can listen to that track here. The album is set to be released on September 13th via Taylor’s own label Terrible Records, and he’ll be stopping by Johnny Brenda’s on October 27th in support. Opening the 21+ show will be Luke Temple and Blood Orange; tickets cost $13 and are available here.

CANT – Believe (taken from Dreams Come True – Terrible Records / Warp Records) by Warp Records


Philadelphia Folk Festival’s 50th Anniversary kicks off tonight, runs through Aug. 21st

Since 1962, the non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society has presented the Philadelphia Folk Festival, a four-day music and arts festival that takes place annually during the third week of August. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, which begins tonight, August 18th, and runs through Sunday, August 21st. The event is run with the help of 2,500 volunteers, and has grown to host over 5,000 campers each year on its 40-acre location at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township (near Schwenksville, PA).

This year’s festival theme is “collaboration,” according to a press release from Artistic Director Richard Kardon. “Imagine the possibilities,” said the other Artistic Director, Jesse Lundy. “What if Arlo Guthrie is backed up by the David Bromberg Big Band? Perhaps Jorma Kaukonen and Roy Book Binder will discuss the impact and play the music of the Reverend Gary Davis. Or, maybe Tom Rush, Tom Paxton and David Amram will perform together.”

WXPN Folk Show host Gene Shay has played a large role in Folk Fest, and in the Philadelphia and national folk music scene as a whole. As one of the “founding fathers” of PFF, he was instrumental in producing the first festival in 1962, and has since served as the emcee/master of ceremonies for every year since. Shay has been called “The grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as “The dean of American folk DJs” by The Philadelphia Daily News.

The WXPN connections don’t end there. On Thursday night at 7:20, World Cafe host David Dye will hold an exclusive concert featuring Terrance Simien And The Zydeco Experience, Amanda Shires, and Joel Plaskett Emergency. The concert as well as interviews will be broadcast on WXPN and World Cafe. Only attendees with All-Festival with Camping tickets will be eligible to attend. There will also be a Philly Local Showcase hosted by WXPN’s Helen Leicht featuring Suzie Brown and Jim Boggia on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Camp Stage.

The complete performance schedule is available online here. A listing of the main stage performers can be found below.

Friday, August 19th (Main Stage)

2:30pm: Hoots & Hellmouth, Birdie Busch, US Rails, Hogmaw, Philadelphia Jug Band

7:30pm: Justine Townes Earle, Roy Book Binder, Alexis P. Suter Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Tempest, Dennis Hangey, John Flynn

Saturday, August 20th (Main Stage)

4pm: David Bromberg Big Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

7:30pm: Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen, Battlefield Band, John Hartford String Band, Angel Band, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, The Campbell Brothers

Sunday, August 21st (Main Stage)

4pm: Dan Bern, Tom Paxton, David Amram, David Wax Museum, Tom Rush, The Wood Brothers, The Levon Helm Band, The Great Groove Band

All-festival ticket prices are listed below. There are many other individual day and evening ticket options, including specials for youths, available at the PFF website. For more information on ticketing, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

All Festival (all day and evening events from Friday to Sunday)  —  $138.00
All Festival Youth ages 12-16  —  $69.00
All Festival Child Camping —  $10.00
All Festival Youth Camping– $94.00
All Festival/Tent Camping (all events from Thursday evening to Sun plus tent camping access)  —  $188.00
All Festival/Vehicle Camping* (all events from Thursday evening to Sunday plus Vehicle camping access)  —  $188.00

*Vehicle camping requires the purchase of an RV Fee ticket for each camping vehicle entering the campgrounds  —  $30.00  If you camp with a friend who owns the RV, just purchase the All Festival/RV Camping ticket.


Listen to Feist and friends cover The Velvet Underground (Feist performs at World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary on Oct. 29th)

Photo credit to Cité de la Musique

As part of July’s Days Off Festival in Paris, a well-known group of artists took the stage to perform a tribute to The Velvet Underground’s legendary 1967 debut record The Velvet Underground & Nico. Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, Air’s Nicolas Godin, Soap&Skin, and The Hot Rats (Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Supergrass’ Danny Goffey and Gaz Coombes) covered the album in its entirety for the aptly titled Velvet Underground Revisited concert. The group was joined by guest vocalist Feist for the album’s third track, “Femme Fatale,” which you can listen to below via TwentyFourBit.

Feist ft. Nigel Godrich, Colin Greenwood, Hot Rats) Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground Cover) by

WXPN will be celebrating World Cafe’s 20th anniversary this October, and the weekend-long festivities will include performances by Feist and Robbie Robertson at World Cafe Live on Saturday, October 29th. Friday’s performers have yet to be announced, while Sunday, October 30th will feature a performance by Amos Lee exclusively for WXPN donors. Tickets for all of the shows will become available on Thursday, September 1st. WXPN is also holding a contest for three luxury trips to the anniversary celebration; more information can be found here and you can sign up to enter here.


MilkBoy Coffee’s Center City location opened this week, live shows start next month (including plenty of local acts)

MilkBoy Coffee’s third location opened earlier this week at 1100 Chestnut Street. The coffee shop, bar, and music venue joins the franchise’s two Main Line locations in Ardmore and Bryn Mawr. Like its sister sites, MilkBoy Philly will serve coffee as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, with many vegetarian options available. The Center City spot is the first to hold a liquor license, and will feature a full bar on each of its two floors. The top floor will feature a 200-person standing room 21+ music venue, for which eight shows have already been announced. One highlight is sure to include a September 29th show with local Eastern European brass band-inspired collective West Philadelphia Orchestra and recent 2nd Street Festival performers, Philly band The Great Unknown. Other local acts with scheduled shows include Gang, Black Landlord, Meeting in the Aisle, and Man Like Machine.

Ticket prices for the concerts are cheap, ranging from $8 – $13.50, so be sure to check out the new venue and support some local music while you’re at it.

Preliminary MilkBoy Philly show calendar:

9/17: Gang w/ Hank & Cupcakes and Pink Skull
9/21: Jim Ward
9/24: Black Landlord
9/28: We Are Augustines
9/29: West Philadelphia Orchestra w/ The Great Unknown
9/30: Meeting in the Aisle (Radiohead Tribute Band) w/ Man Like Machine
10/6: Toubab Krewe w/ Gongo Junction
10/20: Lisa Hannigan

MilkBoy Philly is located at 1100 Chestnut Street. Its hours of operation are from 6am – 11pm. Tickets to all upcoming shows can be found here.


Vice and Vitamin Water announce a free Reading Rainbow (+ more) show on August 27th

Philly is apparently the place to be for free music this summer. Vice and Vitamin Water have just announced a free show to take place next Saturday, August 27th at Sigma Sound Studios. As part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live series, the concert will feature an all-local lineup: Reading Rainbow, Cat Vet, and The Homophones. The evening will be curated by The Raveonettes. The show is 21+ and free with an RSVP, which you can easily fill out here.

A somewhat interesting sponsor/curator/artist partnership, but we’ll take it! Thanks to The Deli Philadelphia for the tip.


Stream Active Child’s new album, You Are All I See (band performs at the Church on Sept. 8th)

Anticipation for Active Child’s full-length debut You Are All I See has been building over the past few months with the release of several acclaimed tracks, including “Hanging On” and the How To Dress Well-featuring “Playing House.” The solo project and album come courtesy of Pat Grossi, an L.A.-based singer-songwriter and harpist who sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir while growing up. Though he has only been performing for a few years, Grossi has already toured with the likes of James Blake, School of Seven Bells, and White Rabbits.

You Are All I See will serve as a follow-up to Active Child’s 2010 Curtis Lane EP, and was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Cass McCombs, Glasser). It’s an enchanting work, featuring shimmering, gorgeously textured synths and harps layered over rolling drum machines. Grossi’s vocals draw influences from his choir-boy days, and are also reminiscent of high-pitched contemporaries such as Bon Iver. “Playing House” is a standout track; the perfect R&B vocals from How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell provide a groovy lo-fi surprise.

Said Grossi of the album:

You Are All I See is an attempt to build a bridge between the listener and I, in that, I wrote these songs for you as much as I did for me. And right now when you are listening to my voice, by yourself, it really is just you and I.”

“The songs focus primarily on the joy and heartbreak of relationships, love lost and rediscovered, battles with monogamy, battles with identity,” Pat says. “It came out much darker than I had intended, but sometimes you only have so much control.”

You Are All I See is due next Tuesday, August 23rd via Vagrant Records. You can pre-order the album here.

Active Child will be performing in Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church (Side Chapel) on September 8th. Tickets cost $10 and are available here.

Stream the full album below, via Hype Machine.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Bob Dylan And His Band at the Mann Center

It seems almost redundant to detail the highlights of Bob Dylan’s career. The icon’s legacy has seeped into nearly every corner of popular music, influencing folk, rock, blues, and beyond. In the 47 years between his debut 1962 record Bob Dylan and his latest proper full-length album, 2009’s Together Through Life, he has won 11 Grammys, an Academy Award, and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Awards aside, Dylan has long remained a symbol for multiple generations during times of unrest and change. Opening the show tonight will be Leon Russell, another Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee who recently collaborated with Elton John on the Grammy-nominated album The Union and a subsequent tour. Bob Dylan And His band perform with Leon Russell at the Mann Center at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$82.10.

Also playing: Dntel + The One AM Radio, Geotic at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $12); WXPN Welcomes the Philly Weekly Concert Series At The Piazza featuring Simple Minded Budz + Mr. Charlie, Jah Works (6 p.m., all ages, free)