Just Announced: Son Little will headline World Cafe Live in November

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen him last, but Son Little just announced a U.S. tour for the fall, with a Philadelphia stop at World Cafe Live On November 29th, he will perform at World Cafe Live. North Carolina based folk singer, Christopher Paul Sterling will open the show.

While Son Little — the stage name of guitarist / producer Aaron Livingston — grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in New York and New Jersey, he established roots and started his career as electro-soul singer-songwriter singer in Philly. With The Roots being one of his biggest inspirations (and a past collaborator of his), and first concert experience being at the Tower Theater, there’s a special place in his heart for this city. It will be exciting to see him back onstage in his stomping grounds. Continue reading →


Delaware’s Jea Street Jr. bridges art and activism at Firefly

Jea Street Jr. | photo by Joe del Tufo for WXPN

As the sole Delaware-based band at Firefly, Jea Street Jr. had a lot on his shoulders kicking off the festival from the South Hub as the rain subsided on Friday. Street and his all-star band did not disappoint. With a set billed as Artivism, with activism and social justice embedded in most of the lyrical content, Street connected well with a crowd that grew with each song. Continue reading →


Just Announced: 070 Shake will play the TLA this fall

070 Shake | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A rising voice in hip-hop, 070 Shake gave a captivating performance at Firefly this past weekend. Now, the up-and-coming artist has announced a fall tour that will bring her to Philly for a show at the Theatre of Living Arts on October 12.

A North Jersey native, 070 Shake has been teasing her forthcoming debut album, Modus Vivendi, with the singles “Morrow” and “Nice To Have.” Although no release date has been announced yet, 070 Shake has a steadily growing fanbase, and can claim Kanye West as a mentor — many first heard her voice when she sang a standout verse on the ye track “Ghost Town.” Continue reading →


Dido and philly fans have a Saturday night sing-a-long at Union Transfer

Dido | photo by Ellen Miller |
Dido | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN |

British singer-songwriter Dido is back on the road with her new album Still on my Mind and she brought the show to the Union Transfer on Saturday night. Her longtime fans were eager to see her again, so much so that they began lining up on Spring Garden street at least three hours before doors opened. English-Italian singer songwriter, Jack Savoretti, who is on the road with Dido for a bit of the tour, opened up the night in Philadelphia. He also has a new album out this year called Singing to Strangers. Continue reading →


Lizzo performs “Truth Hurts” at the BET Awards, rocks an insane flute solo

Lizzo | still from video

Rising star Lizzo killed her performance at the BET Awards last night, singing her Cuz I Love You hit “Truth Hurts” and getting a standing ovation from Rihanna when she and Sasha the Flute rocked an incredible solo.

Lizzo and her dancers strutted the cake-themed up, down, left and right. Midway through the trap banger, Lizzo grabbed Sasha to bust out a wild solo. Simultaneously twerking and blowing her heart out on the flute, Lizzo leaves it all out on the stage. Continue reading →


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 →


Firefly On The Fly: Sunday sundown with Vampire Weekend, Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest, Jessie Reyez and more

Vampire Weekend | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The third and final day of this year’s Firefly Festival was a hot one for audiences and artists alike. Many people were spotted hanging more along the sides of the stage for shade and more than a few artists made comments along the lines of “It’s hot as fuck up here!” While it appeared that the daytime attendance was up on Sunday, the “Super VIP” section was lacking some Super VIPS and many were upgraded to get closer to their favorite artists. Continue reading →


Firefly On The Fly: Saturday heat from Travis Scott, Death Cab For Cutie, Tank and the Bangas, Little Simz and more

Travis Scott | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

If day one of the Firefly Music Festival was a great experience discovering new artists, day two was time for adjusting expectations. While there were plenty of highlights, some artists that have been talked up as the next big thing did not exactly deliver, while others performed strongly but were slotted on stages and at times that didn’t work. Continue reading →