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XPNFest Recap: Rodrigo y Gabriela bring the first day of #xpnfest to a close on the River Stage

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela closed out the first night of the festival with a striking set on the River Stage.  The fusion / rock pair performed songs from their three albums, going for long stretches of time before addressing the audience.  That was fine by everyone in the crowd though, as they were happily wrapped in the trance of an eclectic and electrifying instrumental set.

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XPNFest Recap: Harmonica maestro James Cotton revvs up the Marina Stage

James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Mississippi harmonica master James Cotton took to the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival tonight, showing the crowd what blues is all about. He was backed by a lively three-piece rhythm section that riffed on an introductory number before the 79-year-old Cotton took the stage. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: The Hold Steady rocked the River Stage on Friday Night

The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this.”  Keeping with the theme of the night, The Hold Steady‘s Craig Finn made sure the riled-up River Stage crowd knew just how much it means to the band to still be playing music ten years into their career.  The set was a career-spanner, pulling tracks from 2005′s Separation Sunday, this year’s Teeth Dreams and everything in between.

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XPNFest Recap: Houndmouth’s hard rock harmonies win over the Marina Stage

Houndmouth | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The energy was high as the crowd swarmed the XPoNential Music Festival Marina Stage for midwestern rock four-piece Houndmouth. Fists were pumping and and voices were raised singing along with songs from the band’s 2013 release From the Hills Below The City. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Lucius perform an inspired set on the River Stage

Lucius | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
Lucius | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Brooklyn art-pop outfit Lucius started off a stellar night on the River Stage with a tight set and laidback banter, backed by a setting sun reflecting off of center city across the Delaware.  Frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig wore their “Pepto Bismol, Good ‘n’ Plenty outfits” just for Philly (check them out in the photos below) and were sincerely grateful to the XPN community for supporting them over the last year as they seriously rocked the crowd.

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XPNFest Recap: Marian Hill brings soulful sundown synthpop to the Marina Stage

Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

“This is the first festival we’ve played outdoors in the daytime,” joked Marian Hill frontwoman Samantha Gongol. The Philly / Brooklyn synthpop band took the Marina Stage at XPoNential Music Fest as the sun was beginning to set, and though the setting may have been new to the band, they rocked it with style and charisma. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Viv and The Revival kickstart the festival on the Marina Stage

Viv and the Revival | photo by Noah Silvestry
Viv and the Revival | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

The opening notes of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival were power chords played by Viv and the Revival, a local group set to release a new album called The Introduction next month.  Playing tracks off of the record, the band kept the energy high and the mood edgy as they sung about living life to the fullest, staying young and generally having fun at all times.

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: Catching up with Our Griffins

Our Griffins | Photo by Daniel Jason Savage
Our Griffins | Photo by Daniel Jason Savage

Atmospheric rock ensemble Our Griffins released its debut full-length Michael Boyd in September and has spent the ten months since establishing its presence in Philly and beyond. Led by Easton’s D.J. Brown, the band has sharpened its game as an evocative live act – some moments recall Bon Iver, others explode like The Appleseed Cast – appearing on the Communion Music showcase in the spring and being spotlighted in Root Down in the Shadow’s Cover Club series. “It’s been solid,” Brown tells us. “I definitely learned a lot from the whole cycle of things.” Continue reading →

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Hear the inspiration behind How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart”

Photo via facebook.com/howtodresswellmusic
Photo via facebook.com/howtodresswellmusic

Earlier this summer, How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) recently released his excellent third album, What Is This Heart? This week, he released “Let U Know”, a partial cover of a song by oFF Love. Krell stated that the inspiration behind his newest album came from this song. In fact, as he was singing it, he “discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning.” Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Music by the river, dance at Suzanne Roberts, classic cars in the street!

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Of course, the biggest event for XPN is our annual  XPoNential Music Festival!  It’s the highlight of a year filled with musical discovery and a chance to celebrate down by the river.  We hope you can join us and if not, please tune in and enjoy the music on our airwaves or on our live stream. Continue reading →

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