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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Union Transfer

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

So Dave Grohl’s cast is reportedly off, but its unclear whether tonight’s Foo Fighters headlining show at Susquehanna Bank Center – their second Philly-area gig of the summer – will be played via throne or or in traditional standing stance. Either way it’s cool, since the previous Camden show reportedly ruled. Below, check out two fan videos of the July 6th SBC show: an acoustic rendition of “My Hero” matched with a driving electric take on “Pretender.” Need more convincing? Here’s a then-and-now comparison of Foo Fighters Philly-area concerts. Tickets and more information on tonight’s encore gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch vintage footage of Foo Fighters rocking the Electric Factory in 1997

Dave Grohl in simpler times, onstage at the Electric Factory in 1997 | via Pilgrim's Progress
Dave Grohl in simpler times, onstage at the Electric Factory in 1997 | via YouTube

There was a time, many moons ago, when Dave Grohl wasn’t the in-yer-face rocker dude taking the stage at arenas around the globe with a guitar and a broken leg on a somewhat ridiculous throne. When his Sonic Highways HBO series didn’t have devotees trying to convince us that the was the lone savior of a vanishing generation of rock n’ roll (a point up for discussion among the music intelligentsia).

There was a time when Grohl was a goofy, humble former drummer of a colossally successful 90s rock band who was starting over in a solo project and hoping that some fans would be along for the ride. 18 years ago this weekend, Foo Fighters came through Philadelphia on tour in support of their sophomore album The Colour and the Shape. It was a hot July night; Supergrass opened the show. Some people came just for them, left early and are probably kicking themselves today. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Modern Baseball at Chameleon Club

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Foo Fighters | photo via Facebook

After a massive 4th of July show in D.C. over the weekend, Foo Fighters bring their tour to Susquehanna Bank Center tonight. The fate of the national tour was in question a few weeks ago after lead singer Dave Grohl fell off of a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, but he’s back together and ready to rock out the band’s extensive catalog. Check out the video for “Best of You” below and pick up tickets to the outdoor show here.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch David Lee Roth join Foo Fighters on some Van Halen classics, SEE rare video of a 1980 Talking Heads concert in NJ, and stream Belle & Sebastian’s new album

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday, a few days early, this past Saturday night in LA with a big, all-star concert that included an appearance from Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, among many others. Grohl’s birthday is Jan 14th. Continue reading →

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Firefly Music Festival Day Two: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Girl Talk, Bleachers and more

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

Yesterday we wrapped up our second day at Firefly Music Festival, which was best described by one word: ROCK!!! Here’s some of our photo highlights from day two.

Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

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OutKast, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Arctic Monkeys top Firefly 2014 lineup

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OutKast | Photo courtesy of the artist via outkast.com

The third edition of Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival announced its initial lineup today with reunited Southern rap groundbreakers OutKast leading the weekend’s headliners along with alt-rock heroes Foo Fighters and mellow singer-songwriter-surfer Jack Johnson.

Also on tap are veteran brit-rockers Arctic Monkeys, Newark-based electro-pop duo Mean Lady and Wilmington folkies New Sweden, soulful Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee, folkies The Lumineers – making up for their cancelled appearance on 2013’s Firefly lineup – orchestral Americana Iron and Wine, as well as Band of Horses, Jake Bugg, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Sleigh Bells and more.

The festival takes place from June 19th to June 22nd at The Woodlands, an expanse of field and forest alongside the Dover International Speedway. The grounds have been expanded this year to accommodate an anticipated 80,000 attendees, and the addition of a larger stage called The Forest Stage, and a smaller one The Big Break stage, a showcase for unsigned musicians (read more). Check out the full lineup of 100+ bands after the jump. Continue reading →