Friday, April 18, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:37 AM
Juana Molina.

Argentine songwriter Juana Molina plays the Boot & Saddle in South Philadelphia tonight.

As Steve Klinge explained in last Friday's Inquirer, Molina, who used to be a TV comedian with her own variety show - the Carol Burnett of Argentina, if you will - builds shape-shifting songs out of layers of loops in real time, in an often mesmerizing manner.

That Wkend section preview is here. Info on the show, which also features Arc Iris, is here. "Eras" from Molina's new album, Wed 21, is below.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:14 AM
The Hold Steady.

The big Susquehanna Bank Center headliner for the WXPN-FM Xponential Music Festival - Beck, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, et. al. - were announced a few weeks back.

Now comes the rest of the lineup for the more intimate Wiggins Park portion of the Camden summer festival, which happens from July 25 to July 27.

Noteworthy acts include talkative barroom rockers The Hold Steady, indie jazz-soul band Lake Street Dive, veteran Rhett Miller-led roots rock band Old 97s, Brooklyn indie duo Lucious, cacophonous Philly crew Man Man, alt-country comers Houndmouth, fast fingered guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, sharp-eyed Nashville songsmith Caitlin Rose, New Orleans folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff and zydeco stalwarts C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 9:21 PM
Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center on April 5, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour was scheduled to play the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on April 22.

But because she's such a sweetheart, Cyrus has agreed to move her show to the previous day, April 21,  so the Philadelphia Flyers can play the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their opening round NHL playoff series.

All Tuesday tickets will be honored for the Monday performance of the Bangerz show, which so far on the 38 city tour  has included Cyrus soaring over the stage atop a giant hot dog, dueting with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and and singing Bob Dylan's "You're Going To Make Me Lonesome When You Go" to a 60 foot inflatable doll modeled after her recently deceased dog Floyd, who died after being attacked by a coyote. 

POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:20 AM
Joan Jett (C) performs with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca (Getty Images)

After the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclay's Center, the surviving members of Nirvana and guests played a secret show at a Brooklyn club called St. Vitus.

The video below is of Joan Jett doing "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which she  also performed with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the gala, which will be shown on HBO on May 31. Lorde, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth also played with the band at the induction ceremony. The clip is a little rough, but you get the idea.

Previously: Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Springsteen go into the Rock Hall Follow In The Mix on Twitter 

POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:29 AM

It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, cartoon hard rockers KISS and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class.        

Other inductees included ‘70s and ‘80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country rock hitmaker Linda Ronstadt, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood that was one of the musical highlights of the evening.           

The first two managers ever also went into the Hall: The Beatles’ Brian Epstein, who died in 1967, and the Rolling Stones‘ Andrew Loog Oldham, who did not attend the ceremony, which he protested is no longer “the raunchy, no-holds-barred party at the Waldorf-Astoria it once was.” (The show will be aired in edited form on HBO on May 31.)             

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:00 PM
Musician Beck performs onstage during Day 1 of 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival held at Golden Gate Park on August 10, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Trixie Textor (Getty Images)

The headliners for the Susquehanna Bank Center portion of WXPN's annual Xponential Music Fest have been announced.

Carolina songwriter Ryan Adams, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, who's due with new solo album this year, and Los Angeles mellow rockers Dawes play on Saturday July 26. The next night is the big get, with Beck, touring behind is pretty-as-can-be new album Morning Phase, joined by Band of Horses and Philadelphia quartet The Districts on the bill on Sunday July 27.

Tickets for the SBC shows go on sale this Friday April 11 at noon via Ticketmaster.  The lineup for the full three-day Xponential Fest, which will take place next door at Camden's Wiggins Park, will go on sale on April 17, when the complete lineup is scheduled to be announced.   

POSTED: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:46 PM
Dave Hause.

Roxborough native Dave Hause plays a big hometown show at the World Cafe Live on Sunday night.

The former leader of Philadelphia punk-rock band The Love Ones released his second solo album, Devour, last October. My interview with the guitarist and singer, who's now based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is here

When Devour was released, Hause - whose name rhymes with "paws" - played a number of solo shows in the area, but at the WCL tonight, he'll have a full band at his disposal. Check out "We Could Be Kings" below.

POSTED: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:21 PM
Jon Langford. (Dan DeLuca)

The great Welsh rocker Jon Langford - sometimes of the Waco Brothers, sometimes of the Mekons - plays at the Dogfish Head Brew Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 

For this gig, Langford is performing under his own name, with his band Skull Orchard, in support of his new album, Here Be Monsters. As opposed to the emphatic Cash-meets-Clash raw power pf the Wacos or shambling punk-country experimentalism of the Mekons, Here Be Monsters is a set of acutely intelligent rock songs of a slightly folkish bent delivered with trademark biting wit and left leaning political anaylsis.

"Ooh, what did you do in the war?" the longtime Chicagoan asks, singing of guns, blood and business. "Did you make more money than ever before?" The album's centerpiece is "Drone Operator," in which he explores the would-be moral crisis of a technician with the power to cause destruction on the other side of the globe.

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