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WKDU will present its 16th annual Electronic Music Marathon this fall

DJ Roo Girl at the Electronic Music Marathon | photo courtesy of WKDU

WKDU‘s annual Electronic Music Marathon will return for its 16th year this fall. The EMM has become a yearly tradition for local DJs, who will gather at Drexel’s student-run radio station from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14 to present a weekend full of non-stop electronic music. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: JPEGMAFIA won’t disappoint at First Unitarian Church in November

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JPEGMAFIA | photo by Rozette Rago | courtesy of the artist

The description box for JPEGMAFIA‘s latest video only says, “THE DISSAPOINTMENT CUMS SOON.” It’s unclear if this is a threat or a plan, but either way it doesn’t make sense. Nothing the Baltimore rapper has done has been disappointing. From his Backstreet Boys cover to his wild Firefly set, Peggy is always the opposite of disappointing. With his upcoming fall tour, including a stop in November at Philly’s First Unitarian Church, Peggy seeks to disappoint fans nationwide. That definitely won’t happen though.

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The Jonas Brothers bring reflections on growth and next-level camp to Wells Fargo Center

The Jonas Brothers | photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

The Jonas Brothers are truly an anomaly. They have been both Disney pop sensations in their younger years, and become all the rage again as married adults, with a five-year break in between. They are well aware of their good fortune and ferocious fanbase, and their current tour — which touched down at Philly’s Wells Fargo Center last night — reflected upon their growth over the years.

While the Jonases played cuts from their new album Happiness Begins, they showcased an equal number of songs from Joe Jonas’ project DNCE, and touched on Nick Jonas’ solo career with “Jealous.” Of course, the latter portion of the show featured a medley of tunes from the Disney days, while more popular old tracks like “SOS” and “Year 3000” were played in full.

When Nick, Kevin, and Joe arrived on stage they wore brightly colored suits: green, purple, and red respectively. The stages were outrageously elaborate, equipped with fireworks, fire cannons, sky-high elevating platforms, neon circles on an enormous mobile, rainbow confetti, and even giant tube men. It was some next level camp. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Mwesno & the Shakes bring the festival vibe to World Cafe Live

On August 16th, 1969, Woodstock didn’t start its second day of music until 12:33 p.m.  Little did they know that 50 years later, this would allow WXPN just enough time to fit in it’s usual Free At Noon Concert before flipping back to #XPNstock – a broadcast of the entire Woodstock festival, as it happened, 50 years on. Fans listening in early couldn’t have been more satisfied, as XPN booked the perfect band to kick off the day.

Led by Michael Mwenso, Mwesno & the Shakes, a troupe of global artists, brought the festival vibe to World Cafe Live. A set of 3 horns along with two hype men (one on keys and another on stand up bass) start the show, getting the crowd in motion even before Mwesno, accompanied by two singers, joined them on stage. It was quickly apparent that this would be one hell of a set, mixing various styles of Jazz, blues and world music to an all-out party. Continue reading →

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Ringo Starr brings peace and love to The Met, with a little help from his All-Starr friends

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

The one and only Ringo Starr took The Met stage last night alongside his All-Starr Band. The venue swelled with peace and love as the former Beatle and his talented, well-résuméd friends worked through classic after classic, covering decades of hits. “All I can promise is that each and every person in the audience will know at least one song tonight,” Ringo said before the band got grooving, evoking a roaring applause with his signature double peace sign. I think it’s safe to say that everyone knew a lot more than just one song. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Julia Jacklin will break your heart at The Foundry

Julia Jacklin | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

On Crushing, Julia Jacklin recounts the end of a relationship. The album is heartbreaking, yet addicting. The Australian artist writes emotionally potent songs that nestle their way into your heart and make you want to play them over and over again. On Monday, November 11th, Jacklin will bring Crushing to The Foundry. As sad as it may be, you won’t want to miss this show.

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Your guide to YallaPunk 2019

YallaPunk 2019 Official Flyer

The end of summer can only mean one thing. No, not the start of the school year. It means that it’s time for YallaPunk! The multi-platform Philly festival celebrating Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) individuals though art and culture is returning for its third year. Whereas in the past the festival served as a response to lack of representation of SWANA creators, as well as a changing and tumultuous political landscape, this year, the festival is turning its attention to nurturing the community it has built. With a stacked and varied lineup, this year’s YallaPunk promises to be a meaningful and joyful one.

Like the previous two iterations, this year’s YallaPunk celebrates SWANA individuals through music, film, comedy and more. Each night of the festival offers new and exciting opportunities to tap into the creative accomplishments of this resilient community. YallaPunk also provides non-SWANA Philidelphians with the opportunity to learn more about the the art and culture of their SWANA neighbors. Check out our rundown of what to expect at each night of the festival.

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Flamingo Chicks release wild and crazy EP Motorcycle Picnic

Flamingo Chicks | via facebook.com/FlamingoChicksband

Philly indie quartet Flamingo Chicks landed on our radar during 2017’s Items Tagged Philadelphia project. Previously known together as Space Cadets, their sound is a cross between indie pop and punk, but they describe it as “reverb-soaked-indie-dream-fuzzy-post-pop-punk-folk-tier sh*t.” Their newest release, Motorcycle Picnic, presents all of those words and more as it never ceases to surprise. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Big Thief is bringing U.F.O.F. and new album, Two Hands, to Union Transfer in November

Big Thief | photo courtesy of the artist

Taking a break is not on Big Thief‘s agenda. The indie rock/folk band released their third album, U.F.O.F., in May. After completing the album, the band set out to work on its follow-up. Following the U.F.O.F. sessions, the band moved to about 30 miles west of El Paso, to Sonic Ranch studio, where they recorded Two Hands. Out on October 11th, Two Hands is the Adrianne Lenker-led band’s fourth record and second to be released in 2019. In support of their 2019 albums, Big Thief are heading out on a North American Tour this fall. They will play Union Transfer on Saturday, November 9th.

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