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Just Announced: Angel Olsen will headline Franklin Music Hall on Halloween

Angel Olsen | photo by Cameron McCool | courtesy of the artist

Back at the outset of her career, “haunting” was a word that got used a lot in discussing Chicago singer-songwriter Angel Olsen: the spacious, unsettling minimalism of her songs, the way she locked eyes with the audience. Her music has grown in the years since to incorporate increasingly robust tones and textures, most recently materializing in an impressive collection of retro-chic indie rock hooks on 2016’s My Woman. But that underlying feeling that sent Olsen on her way remains…so it’s undeniably appropriate that her autumn tour brings her to Philadelphia on Halloween. Continue reading →

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Citizen Cope brings a show of pure emotion to Franklin Music Hall

Citizen Cope | photo by Avi Warren | aviwarren.com

The release day for Citizen Cope’s new record, Heroin and Helicopters, was full of good vibes and enthusiasm, from his Free at Noon at WXPN to a packed house at the Franklin Music Hall. Heroin is Cope’s first album in seven years, and is released on his own label, Rainwater Recordings.

The last time we heard from Cope was on his 2012 album, One Lovely Day, and he came back stronger than ever. At the Franklin Music Hall, hs intricate combination of alternative rock and soul filled the room with smiles from an audience who was very excited for their first listen to the new music. Citizen Cope seemed to be as in awe at his crowd as they were of him. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: George Clinton’s retirement tour brings a funk spectacular to Franklin Music Hall

George Clinton | photo by Jeff Hahne | via Pitchfork

Really, really trying hard here not to make a bad dad joke about George Clinton‘s retirement, like how he’s going to “give up the funk”…and I guess that by acknowledging that, I’ve still made it, right? Doggoneit.

In any case, Clinton — who has been a living legend for as long as I’ve been musically cognizant, and has been musically active since my parents were my nephews’ age (figure out that math) — announced last year that 2019 would mark his retirement from touring. “I would love to keep on doing this,” the Parliament/Funkadelic frontman tells Rolling Stone. “But I’ll be 78 in a few more months. Even though I feel like I’m just getting started, the reality is the group needs to go ahead and keep it going.” Continue reading →