• White Denim and UNI Remind a Packed JB’s of How Girls and Boys Rocked in the ‘70s

    Last Sunday a super-sold out Johnny Brenda’s was feeling extra nostalgic (for a time prior to the births of the vast majority of the capacity audience).  Headlining the evening was Austin quartet White Denim, who kicked out a two-hour, 23-song set of their extra-jammy, prog-infused, Southern Rock (the majority...
  • 5 Amazing Moments From As The Crow Flies at the Electric Factory

    Although XPN essentially panned As The Crow Flies’ Philadelphia debut last Wednesday at the Electric Factory as Chris Robinson’s Black Crowes cover band, lacking the chemistry and musicianship that he long had with brother Rich and drummer Steve Gorman, and having the audacity to play a set chock-full-o-hits (something...
  • Still Gauging the Success of Billie Eilish (Live at Coda)

    Last October electropop chanteuse Billie Eilish played an alarmingly packed show upstairs at World Café Live, selling out the 200-capacity months in advance.  For the next leg of her Don’t Smile at Me Tour she was booked at the 600-capacity Coda…  Well, her booking agent is obviously still a little...
  • Welcome To A 1970s Rock’N’Roll Nightmare

    Is it just me… or was pop culture allowed to be weirder in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Not necessarily better (although, let’s be honest, it was that, too), but weirder… This Friday, September 9th, Eagle Rock Entertainment is putting out 1975 ABC TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare on...
  • Blondie/Garbage @ The Mann

    Last Wednesday, August 2nd, Blondie and Garbage brought their Rage and Rapture Tour, which Shirley Manson fittingly referred to as, “the best summer camp ever,” to the Mann Center, in Fairmount Park.  And although neither band are exactly in their prime (Debbie Harry turned 72 last month and Butch...
  • “Pretty much the greatest Rock’N’Roll show you’ll ever see…”

    So I realize it’s fun (and easy) to make fun of Motley Crue, but I think they just might be the greatest “hard rock,” band of all-time (Now whether that’s something to be proud or ashamed of is an entirely different argument.)  I mean, sure they’re basically bros who’ve...
  • In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up to the Opera… Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    I’ve been onstage with Iggy Pop four times   The godfather of punk has also kicked me in the head mid-stage-dive, salivated me...
  • Black Kids Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia

    Black Kids are Coming to Town Doing ‘Obligatory Drugs’ – Are You In?

    This Friday, October 28th, Black Kids are back in Philly with new tracks from their upcoming (yet to be named) 2017 album, including their latest release: Obligatory Drugs, headlining at Kung Fu Necktie. Whether you remember a time you had danced at a DIY basement party with a fervent...
  • The Stones, Stripping Again

    This November it will be 21 years since I bought my first Stones album… No, it wasn’t Sticky Fingers or Exile or some best of comp… but Stripped (which I’m almost sure was also the first album I ever bought on release date… which would go on to lead...