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The Week Ahead: Corinne Bailey Rae, Cayetana, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock and more

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

I hope #XPNFest didn’t leave you too exhausted, because another week of jam-packed gigs is just beginning. From the funky Rebirth Brass Band tonight, to the cross-generation boundary-breaking jazz of Herbie and Kamasi on Sunday, here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philly. Continue reading →

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Behind the Scenes at #XPNFest 2019!

Behind the Scenes at XPNFest 2019 | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

The 2019 XPoNential Music Festival is under way, and in addition to great sets from Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, Dawes, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Nilüfer Yanya and more, we’ll be bringing you behind the scenes coverage. Keep checking back here for an ongoing photo gallery of the fans at XPoNential and the people who make the festival happen. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Sidney Gish, JD McPherson, Kingsley Ibeneche, Lyle Lovett, and #XPNFest of course

Kingsley Ibeneche’s Realms ensemble | photo courtesy of the artist

Okay, friends, it’s the final week in July, and that means one thing here in the XPN universe: the XPoNential Music Festival. So while that is our number one concert suggestion for the week — and who can argue with this ridiculous lineup starring Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Amy Ray, Guster, Dawes, Lucy Dacus, Caroline Rose, Y La Bamba, local folks like Ali Awan, RFA, Foxtrot and the Get Down, and Zeek Burse — there is lots more live music to see this week. From the Glasgow post-punk duo Sacred Paws tonight to the jazz stylings of Lafayette Gilchrist and the retro rock swagger of JD McPherson, here are 13 concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Aimee Mann, Robyn, The Mountain Goats, Mal Blum and more

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange | courtesy of the artist
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange | courtesy of the artist

Wait too long for the big gig and it might sell out — folks who didn’t already snag tickets to Carly Rae Jepsen or Prince Daddy and the Heyena know that feeling this week. But don’t worry: this is Philly, there’s always something going on. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around the region. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Purling Hiss, Nuevofest, Aimee Mann and more

Tedeschi Trucks Band | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

The lazy holiday weekend is behind us, and it’s back to business here in the Philly music scene.  This week we’re fortunate to have a huge variety as ever, from midwestern garage rock to living room jazz, soul on the waterfront and folk/blues in Fairmount Park. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly.
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19 Philly concerts we’re looking forward to in summer of 2019

Tame Impala | photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN // Kamasi Washington | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN // Kacey Musgraves | photo by Heji Shin | courtesy of the artist

Summer concert season is upon us, and once again, the Philadelphia region did not disappoint. We have so many options on the calendar over the next three months that whittling it down to 19 was an incredible difficult task — and we here at The Key wholeheartedly encourage you to peruse the extensive listings in the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the shows that didn’t fit — including Nuevofest at World Cafe Live, Cayetana’s swan song at Union Transfer, Brandi Carlile and Mavis Staples at the Mann Center, and of course our own XPoNential Music Festival.

But those are all gigs you probably could have guessed we were excited about. For this list, we’ve dug a little bit deeper and gathered that aren’t as obvious at first glance. From classic Philly soul to soaring international pop, tripped-out psychedelia and forward-looking jazz, here are 19 concerts we can’t wait to see in summer of 2019. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Octave Cat, Ruby The Hatchet, PnB Rock, Potty Mouth and More

Ruby the Hatchet | photo by Jake Gravbrot | via facebook.com/RubyTheHatchet

On the one hand, it’s a quiet week. On the other hand, I dare you to go to Ruby The Hatchet’s Ortlieb’s gig on Saturday and claim that it’s quiet. From the haunting instrumentals of Hour to the space rock of I Think Like Midnight, the garage rock of Queen Vice and hiphop of PnB Rock, here are ten concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Kristin Hersh, Richard Thompson, Jill Scott, Buddy Guy and more

Richard Thompson | Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz | courtesy of the artist

It’s not a week to stay home — not with this kind of concert rundown on the calendar. From legends like Richard Thompson and Buddy Guy to emerging artists like Blushed and Fawziyyah Heart, there’s something for everyone this week. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Firefly Guide 2019: 20 artists to discover in the Woodlands this week

Firefly | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When it comes to the biggest bands on the bill, Firefly makes things easy — the higher-profile the artist, the fewer people the festival books playing opposite them. It’s at the more emerging artist level that things get all feeding frenzy, and that’s where we come in.

Walking around the greenery of the woodlands and seeing an artist we were only loosely familiar with beforehand playing an intimate set to a tight crowd of devotees — the people who prefer to get up, go out, and seek out music, rather than listen to whatever’s happening off in the distance at the  big stage — is our favorite part of the Firefly experience. Last year, we saw Jade Bird play a tent to maybe 50 people; the previous year, Bishop Briggs delivered a killer set in the tucked-away Treehouse Stage. Both artists are doing pretty well for themselves now.

That’s not to say that every under-the-radar musician on the Firefly lineup is going to blow up in the same way. (Or that every artist playing intimate stages or early set times is necessarily under-the-radar: our love for Philly’s Hop Along is well-documented, and they play two sets on Sunday afternoon.) But not knowing where an artist is headed, and appreciating them for what they bring to their 45 minutes onstage, is an exciting discovery in itself. Here are 20 artists we urge you to discover at the 2019 edition of Firefly.

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The Week Ahead: Selwyn Birchwood, Sun Ra Arkestra, Sinkane, Sweet Spirit and more

Sun Ra Arkestra | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s a big week for shows big and small — noisemakers NOTS taking to Boot & Saddle tonight, The National bringing their sweeping new record to The Mann on Tuesday, Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen celebrating his 95th at Union Transfer on Thursday, Dave Matthews Band settling into the BB&T for a two-night stand this weekend. And that’s just for starters; here are 16 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly. Continue reading →