90’s alt-rock supertour coming to The Fillmore with Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr., and Living Colour

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Jane’s Addiction | Photo courtesy of the artist

90’s nostalgia has been in full swing recently. Most bands who made it big during that time period have become their own version of “classic rock” and each been celebrating their own milestones and anniversaries. 90’s alternative rock icons Jane’s Addiction have just announced a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 2nd LP Ritual de lo Habitual, and they will be bringing the party to The Fillmore in July.

The “Sterling Spoon Tour” leads up to the band’s performance at Lollapalooza this summer, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jane’s Addiction headlined the first Lolla (frontman Perry Farrell founded the festival) so history will be repeating itself. The band will be joined on this tour by fellow 90’s rock luminaries and 90s-era Lollapalooza vets Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darwin Deez at the First Unitarian Church, The Cave Singers at Johnny Brenda’s, Living Colour at The Keswick

PartyOnDarwinIndie rockers Darwin Deez play the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The Asheville, North Carolina band formed in New York City in 2009, feeling at home at the Sidewalk Cafe, a launching pad for off-beat pop acts including Kimya Dawson and Adam Green.  The band released their self-titled debut of upbeat, dance-along tracks shortly after in 2010.  Now the Darwin Smith-led quirk pop outfit are working the road for sophomore effort Songs For Imaginative People, released via Lucky Number in February.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church with Caged Animals and Cheers Elephant can be found here.  Watch the video for Darwin Deez’s “Free (The Editorial Me)” below.

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Living Colour celebrate anniversary of Vivid at The Keswick Theater on 4/4

Funk/metal rock band Living Colour have announced a 25th Anniversary tour to celebrate their double platinum record Vivid, released on May 3rd, 1988.  Discovered by Mick Jagger during a gig at famed NYC punk club CBGB’s, Living Colour went on to win Grammy and MTV Awards for their Vivid debut following the mainstream success of the album’s single “Cult of Personality.”  The 25th Anniversary tour swings Corey Glover and the band through town on Thursday, April 4 for a show at The Keswick Theatre, where they will perform Vivid in full.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Living Colour’s music video for “Cult of Personality.”


What’s happening at The Living Room at 35 East? We discussed the burgeoning venue with owner Laura Mann

The Living Room | photo courtesy of Laura Mann

In early 2018, The Living Room at 35 East opened on Ardmore’s Lancaster Avenue. Since that time, the intimate forty-seat venue has grown widely popular for its eclectic mix of events: rock shows, acoustic shows, classical and jazz performances, poetry readings, film screenings and more. Earlier this summer, Philadelphia Magazine named The Living Room the area’s Best Small Music Venue in its Best of 2019 issue. The venue has also recently announced a Grand Re-Opening on September 8th, new weekly hours and the opening of a new café.

To hear about the evolution that has been taking place at The Living Room in the past year, we spoke to the venue’s owner Laura Mann — who is also a singer-songwriter with an album release show at World Café Live coming up this October — and publicity director Fern Brodkin. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Continue reading →


Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live music around town in July

Arnetta Johnson | photo by Wil Moore

Philly jazz enjoyed a tremendous night of celebration last month at a packed Union Transfer, culminating with the Sun Ra Arkestra taking the stage to the audience singing “Happy Birthday” to its 95-year old bandleader, the unstoppable Marshall Allen. That set was preceded by the equally thrilling reunion of the Arkestra’s Germantown neighbors, Sounds of Liberation. While health issues prevented him from playing, founding member Khan Jamal took the stage and struck a few notes on the vibes to a warm ovation. Continue reading →


#XPN5050: 1991

For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Mike Vasilikos is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1991.

1991 was “the year punk broke.” It was the year grunge became a mainstream phenomenon, with the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten, and Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger. It also saw the release of adventurous psychedelic classics, like the acid house fueled Screamadelica by Primal Scream, or the dub-heavy trip-hop of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines. The year also saw singer-songwriter classics like Bonnie Raitt’s Luck of the Draw, and golden era hip-hop essentials like A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory.   Continue reading →


#XPN5050: 1988

For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Bruce Warren is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1988.

It’s 1988, and your Walkman collection of cassettes game is strong. You’re holding a new album by this a new Philly hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, few new releases by The Jungle Brothers, Eric B & Rakim, and some new band called N.W.A. was about to make musical history. New Jack Swing was in full effect, and while you were bummed about Bobby Brown leaving New Edition, you’d wind up playing side one of his solo sophomore release, Bobby, over and over. Continue reading →


Ahead Of Their Time: The 40-year journey of inspiring Detroit rockers Death

Death | photo by Samdarko Eltosam | via

As an Afropunk, interviewing an all-Black punk band called Death might be the most existential thing I could possibly do on a Tuesday afternoon in 2019, but five minutes into the discussion, this writer also realized another thing was true: it was one of the most revealing.

Death’s start began in 1971, when three Detroit brothers — guitarist David, bassist Bobby, and drummer Dannis Hackney — turned on their instruments in a room in their parents’ modest home and got to channeling the raucous sounds of The MC5, the grandiose rock of local upstart Bob Seger, and The Who, much to the chagrin of their slightly more buttoned up neighbors. Despite their reverence to the most obvious, looming musical influence of the city at the time, Motown, and in a move especially treacherous for Black musicians, the brothers instead decided to play music that wasn’t going to get them booked at any R&B studio sessions: rock n roll. Continue reading →