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POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:45 AM
James McMurtry.

If you're looking for reasons to be cheerful, don't go see James McMurtry. Not many do crusty and cranky better than the Texas songwriter, a sharp eyed observer with an aversion to sentimentality. The son of novelist Larry McMurtry whose son Curtis is also a tunesmith has been at it since 1989's exemplary Too Long In The Wasteland, and "We Can't Make It Here," his embittered 2005 salvo on the diminishment of American hopes and dreams is a modern classic.

McMurtry will release his first album in six years, Complicated Game, in February. "How'm I Gonna Find You Now," is the fast talking banjo-flecked first cut from the album which finds its narrator barreling down the road "washing my blood pressure pill down with a Red Bull." McMurtry plays the Sellersvile Theater in Bucks County tonight. Tickets are here.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:59 AM

This morning's viral content from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon features Harry Potter thespian Daniel Radcliffe. He was  was on the show promoting his new movie Horns,  showing off his high speed rapping (and lyric memorizing skills) on a rapid fire rendition of Blackalicious' tongue twisting "Alphabet Aerobics." The Roots back him up, and Fallon handles Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue card tossing duties.

Check it out below, and find the original by the Northern California rap crew here.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:34 AM
Neil Young and Frank Sampedro (L) of Crazy Horse perform on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park on July 12, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

The second set of the second show of Neil Young’s two night stand at the Academy of Music on Thursday night served as an object lesson on the perils of the intermission.

Which is to say that after a first half that was absolutely sublime, the magical vibe went missing during a 25 minute bathroom break, and for the final hour the 68 year old Young was inconsistent, rambling and only intermittently brilliant.

According to the back of a bootleg T-shirt on sale on Broad Street, these two sold-out nights were the the 36th and 37th times that Young has played Philadelphia (or Camden) since a 1970 gig at the old Electric Factory at 22nd and Arch which he remembered on as consisting of “a half hour of tuning, and then we left the stage.”  

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:40 AM
Lou Reed.

Nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 have been announced. These aren't the acts that are going in. They're the acts who are candidates to get in. Out of these 15, five to seven will be chosen. 

This year, Hall & Oates went in. This year's Philadelphia connections are The Spinners and Joan Jett.

And the nominees are:

POSTED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:23 PM
God only knows who everybody is in this picture.

Today, on the 17th anniversary of the release of their noteworthy all-star version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," the BBC put out a bold faced named super lush promo clip on the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," from their 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds.

Brian Wilson is there, along with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Sir Elton John, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Chris Martin, Steve Wonder, Chrissie Hynde, Jamie Cullum, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith, Baaba Maal, Jake Bugg, Jools Holland, Brian May and Emeli Sande, among others. Bengal tigers, too.

Watch it below.


POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 11:39 AM
Valerie June.

Once upon a time there was a World Cafe - the syndicated radio show hosted by WXPN deejay David Dye - but there was no World Cafe Live, the superb sounding West Philadelphia music venue housed in a former industrial pllumbing building that also is home to the University of Pennsylvania radio station.

Ten years ago that changed when local entrepeneur Hal Real, taken with the idea of "creating live music for grown ups," opened the WCL. My colleague Dan Rubin and I wrote about all about it back in 2004 . Thsi fall, both XPN and the WCL are celebrating a decade of togetherness.  The radio station begins its countdown of the 885 best songs of all time - as chosen by listeners and "celebrity" voters -  on Oct. 20. And the music venue is feteing itself tonight, with a multi-act evening taking palce in both the cozy upstairs and more capacious downstiars rooms.

Acts playing throughout the evening include New York based troubadour Sean Hayes, and headliner Valerie June, the terrific Memphis songwriter with the best hair in rock and roll who describes her a little bit of country a little bit of blues sound as "organic moonshine roots music." After recording three albums admired by a cult audience, she gained wider exposure with the Dan Auerbach-produced Pushin' Against A Stone, which was one of the best albums of 2013.


POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:42 AM
Wiz Khalifa.

Next month, Forbes magazine is putting on its first 'Under 30 Summit' in Philadelphia, a confab aimed at young tech entrepreneurs that aims to be a sort of mini-SXSW, with panel discussions, interview sessions and "Shark Tank"-style competitions taking place all day long at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 20 and 21. 

All manner of bold face names will be in town, from Tinder co-founder Sean Rad to Shake Shack restauranteur Danny Meyer to America Online boss Steve Case to supermodel Petra Nemcova to Paypal's Peter Thiel to Sixers owner Josh Harris to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to, for some reason, Monica Lewinsky.

And of course, there's music. On Sunday October 19, the event kicks off with the 'Under 30 Music Festival,' which is really just one multi-act show happening from 4 to 9 at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties. The headliners are Nick van de Wall, the Dutch DJ-producer better known as Afrojack, and Wiz Khalifa, the weed-loving "Black and Yellow" Pittsbugh rapper whose wife of one year, Amber Rose, filed for divorce from him this week. 

POSTED: Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:26 AM
The Blacks at the Wells Fargo Center. (Dan DeLuca)

No wonder Jack White hates the Black Keys.

Just like the White Stripes, the duo that White used to play in with his drumming ex wife Meg,

The Black Keys are a rock tandem formed around the turn of the millennium with the cojones to attempt to build a mass audience in a hip-hop-pop-country-electro world the hopelessly old fashioned way: by playing the blues.

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