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April 6 in Music History: Carly Simon and James Taylor meet, Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album

Bruce Hornsby Harbor Lights

1956 – Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, is dedicated. Resembling a stack of records, it is the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter, housing three new recording studios where Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Linda Ronstadt, and many other stars will lay down tracks. The building becomes an LA landmark, with the red light at the top flashing “HOLLYWOOD” in Morse Code.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up Up Down Down with Hop Along at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes The City of Love Festival to Underground Arts, River City Extension at Fed Live, XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Scottish Rite Auditorium, XPN Welcomes Morrissey to the House of Blues Atlantic City

South Jersey’s Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start reunite for a show at Union Transfer tonight.  Ten years ago the math rock / shoegazing-punk outfit released And Nothing is #1 – tonight, they will be playing the record from start to finish, appeasing fans who have patiently waited for the band to resurface after 2007’s Worst Band Name Ever.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Hop Along can be found here. Read yesterday’s interview with Steve Poponi of Up Up Down Down here.  Below, stream “By Surprise” from And Nothing is #1.

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater to Johnny Brenda’s, Bruce Hornsby to the Keswick Theatre

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XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten + Shearwater to Johnny Brenda’s at 9:15 p.m. Friday, February 10th; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. You can listen to Van Etten’s new album, Tramp, via streaming audio at NPR Music.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Keswick Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11th; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$49.50.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Orange Drop at Bourbon and Branch, Agent Orange at Kung Fu Necktie, The Robert Cray Band at The Whitaker Center and more

The Orange Drop | via Facebook.com/TheOrangeDrop

Whether they’re covering pre-Pompeii Pink Floyd or blissing out crowds with their own tuneage, Philly four-piece The Orange Drop has become a shining light in the local alt-psych scene over the past couple years. Tonight they headline Bourbon and Branch in NoLibs alongside guitar jammers Lightninging; tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to their recent single “J’admets” below. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Cage” by Van Ghost

Photo by Michael Komessar

The Chicago band Van Ghost is fronted by singer-songwriter/guitarist and founder Michael Harris Berg, along with Jennifer Hartswick (long time vocalist with the Trey Anastasio Band), guitarist Grant Tye, and the rhythm section of drummer Greg Marsh and bassist Klem Hayes. The band released an EP called The Effect EP this past February and is set to release a full length album, The Domino Effect on July 19th, produced by Justin Neibank. Van Ghost is a big anthemic and uber-melodic pop and rock band in a similar manner as Train and Five For Fighting with some jamband elements thrown into the mix for the groove. The band are plays at the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 13th with Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers. You can stream and download the band’s EP for a “name your price” here, or below, download “Cage.”