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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Jukebox The Ghost

The last local artist for this XPoNential was Jukebox The Ghost, a bouncy indie-pop trio whose infectious tunes have been on XPN’s rotation for some time. As David Dye put it while welcoming the band on the Marina, they gave the World Cafe one of our favorite sessions ever. Today they played from their 2010 release, letting their piano-filled quirkiness filter out across the festival grounds. —Bekah Larsen

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos will be available soon. You can also listen to Mike Vasilikos’ interview with the band here.

Set List
Good Day
Half Crazy
Empire
Summer Sun
Say When
Popular Thing
Hold It In
The Sun (Interlude)
The Stars
Schizophrenia

Visit Jukebox The Ghost’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Matt Duke

The second artist on the Marina stage this year, Matt Duke brought his cool mix of rock, jazz, and folk to hardy XPoNential attendees. Raised in Philly and first signed to the local Drexel label, Duke has been building a large following after signing to major label Rykodisc and releasing some highly acclaimed LPs and EPs. Today, he’s playing from his latest, pulling out some great melodies on his acoustic guitar. Not a bad way to beat the heat–Matt Duke has some awfully cool tunes here at XPO. —Bekah Larsen

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos will be available soon. Last month, Matt Duke came into the WXPN studio to record a Key Studio Session, which you can find here. Matt also appears on our new Key Studio Sessions 2011 XPoNential Music Festival Sampler (which also features exclusive tracks by Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Nicos Gun, Kuf Knotz, and Andrew Lipke).

Set List
Dead Meat
Atrophy On The Brain
M.L.T.
Sex and Reruns
Love You Anymore
Needle and Thread
Kangaroo Court

Visit Matt Duke’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Kuf Knotz

Kuf Knotz offered a nice change of pace to the festival with his clever, well-crafted hip hop. As the first band to take the River Stage for the day, Kuf Knotz certainly did not disappoint. Together with his fantastic backing band, Kuf Knotz’s frenetic, organic hip hop was the perfect way to kick off the day at the River Stage. —Max Ufberg

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos are here. Last November, Kuf came into the WXPN studio to record a Key Studio Session, which you can find here. Kuf also appears on our new Key Studio Sessions 2011 XPoNential Music Festival Sampler (which also features exclusive tracks by Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Nicos Gun, Matt Duke, and Andrew Lipke).

Set List
World Today
The Currency
Fame Us
Soul Music
Clock Tickin’
Sunny Philadelphia

Visit Kuf Knotz’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Kingsfoil

Kingsfoil just kicked off the third and final day of the XPoNtential music festival in style. Hailing from Central PA, Kingsfoil plays a brand of rock and roll in the same vein as Coldplay and The Fray. With plenty of catchy, hummable tunes, Kingsfoil set the tone for what is sure to be a fun-filled day. —Max Ufberg

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos can be found here.

Set List
Albatross
Soldmate
Give It Up Now
Lions Den
Dust of the Cities
Demons

Visit Kingsfoils’ band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had the honor of closing out a fantastic day 2 of the XPoNential Music Festival. As a cool breeze miraculously took hold of the River Stage, concert goers fled to see CYHSY shred through tunes old and new, providing the perfect way to part ways with yet another special day of music. —James Brownstein

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos are available here. You can also listen to Mike Vasilikos’ interview with the band here.

Set List
Sunshine & Clouds
Same Mistake Over & Over Again
Home On Ice
Hysterical
Satan
Misspent Youth
Maniac
Love
Devil
Alien
Motel
Statues
Tidal Wave
Broken Memory
Yellow Teeth
Adam
Heavy Metal

Visit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket

Last night, David Uosikkinen (from The Hooters) performed a nostalgic, rocking set to close out things at the Marina Stage. Featuring a wide range of guest musicians, Uosikkinen’s set – part of his In the Pocket charity series – featured a number of songs written about or in Philadelphia. With classic songs from the 60?s and 80?s in abundance, Dave Uosikkinen gave the crowd a great trip down memory lane. —Max Ufberg

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos are available here. You can also watch Helen Leicht’s interview with David Uosikkinen here.

Set List
Can’t Sit Down
Workout
Everything They Said
Not Your Man
All My Mondays
Hey Little Girl
Womans Got The Power
Soon You’ll Be Gone
Expressway
Open My Eyes
Bent Up Guitar

Visit David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Sun Airway

With the sun finally showing some mercy, fans were able to enjoy Sun Airway’s brand of indie, coming off as a cross between pop and electronica. Playing some older and newer songs, the Philadelphia-bred band was able to showcase their expert craftsmanship. —Max Ufberg

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos are available here.

Set List
Waiting On You
Oh, Naoko
Your Moon
Wild Palms
American West
Shared Piano
Symphony In White, No. 2
Put The Days Away

Visit Sun Airway’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.