Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by: Ellen Miller |
Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN |

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


John Carpenter brings horror scores to life at The Keswick

John Carpenter | photo by Kevin Thomas | courtesy of the artist | <a href= target="_blank"></a>
John Carpenter | photo by Kevin Thomas | courtesy of the artist |

Going into Saturday night’s John Carpenter show at the Keswick Theater, I had no idea what to expect. Would he stop the show to check on the latest on the NBA’s Summer League? Would he need to leave to chase Pokemon? Based on his reputation via the internet, anything was possible.

However, once the lights dimmed and the band came out, it was clear that he and his band were there to take John Carpenter film fans on a trip down memory lane. A shot of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin came up on the screen and the crowd went wild as the main theme from the Escape From New York score was performed. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Love On The Streets Festival at Paines Park, Steve Gunn at Union Transfer, John Carpenter at Keswick Theatre

Creepoid | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN |

Love on the Streets Festival is back for its second year today with a super packed schedule of awesome performances, food and drinks, a flea market and more, all right here at Paines Park. The event features the likes of Creepoid, Steady Hands (which features Sean Huber and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball), Mercury Girls, Amanda X, Vicky Speedboat, Hurry, Endless Taile, Weller and RFA on the XPN Mad Dragon Stage. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out songs off of Creepoid’s 2015 Cemetery Highrise Slum below. Continue reading →


The Horror Master: John Carpenter to perform classic scores at The Keswick Theatre in July

John Carpenter | photo courtesy of the artist
John Carpenter | photo courtesy of the artist

John Carpenter, the director/composer known for various cult films such as Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13, has announced the release of his second studio album, as well as a concert at The Keswick Theatre.

Carpenter, who released his first studio album Lost Themes last year, will release the sequel, Lost Themes II, in April. He has shared the album’s first single, “Distant Dream,” a darkly ambient piece of spaced out minimalism that takes the listener out of their world and into his own. Continue reading →