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Listen to Amos Lee’s soulful rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” has to be one of the most emblematic protest songs of the 70’s. The lyrics still ring true in 2018, touching on relevant social issues, so it’s no wonder artists are still covering it. Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Amos Lee is releasing a deluxe edition of his latest album My New Moon, which includes an acoustic rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit. His soulful vocals bestow a new power on the words, preaching a reverberating message: love over war. Continue reading →

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Bob Dylan, Kurt Vile and Amos Lee are on the initial lineup for The Met Philly

Bob Dylan | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Singer-songwriter icon Bob Dylan will be the first artist to take the stage at the newly renovated venue The Met Philly, which opens on December 3rd. The initial lineup was announced this afternoon in a press conference from promoters Live Nation, and it also features Philly son Kurt Vile playing his hometown album release for his new Bottle It In LP on December 29th, and fellow hometown hero Amos Lee headlining on April 6, 2019.

The initial run of shows also includes Toto tribute band Weezer headlining on December 12th, cerebral Bucks County alt-popsters Ween on December 13th, violinist Lindsey Stirling on December 18th, and Germantown rapper PnB Rock on December 28th. Continue reading →

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Summer Break Is Over! Dan & Dan Return with Special Guest, Amos Lee!

Amos Lee with Dan and Dan | photo by Mike Vasilikos for WXPN

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC! 

Summer break is over, and the Dan’s are back in the studio.  Amos Lee just released another wonderful album in ‘My New Moon’.  The Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter stopped by the Dan and Dan Music Podcast to talk about the making of the new album, the inspiration behind it, and he brought his guitar to serenade us as well.  Plus, the guys reflect on the passing of Aretha Franklin in their two-minute drill and offer up new Songs of the Week.

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Amos Lee calls out crooks in his new single “Crooked” from his upcoming album My New Moon

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Amos Lee | photo Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

With his upcoming record My New Moon set to be released next week on Dualtone Records, Amos Lee has released yet another powerful, yet heartfelt single titled “Crooked.” As of now, Lee has shared four out of the record’s ten tracks: “No More Darkness, No More Light”, “Hang On, Hang On”, “Dying White Light” and “Crooked.” Each track digs deep into some heavy subjects, especially from his personal life, and you can hear raw emotion radiating from his voice on every note.

With “Crooked,” the Philadelphia singer-songwriter touches on topics of what he describes as “propaganda, misinformation and lies.” The song is a little over two minutes, which is short, but it carries a message to be noted, saying: “Read a crooked headline on a crooked page / There’s a crooked leader on a crooked stage / He seems to think he’s standing tall / Turns out it’s all crooked y’all.” Continue reading →

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Amos Lee sits down with World Cafe for an acoustic performance of “No More Darkness, No More Light”

Amos Lee | still from video

Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee is gearing up to release his seventh studio album, My New Moon, next month, but he recently took the opportunity to showcase one of the forthcoming record’s singles in a new light. “No More Darkness, No More Light” appears on the album with soulful, twinkly arrangements and a steady groove, but becomes hushed and stripped-down in the solo, acoustic setting, allowing the listener to fully absorb Lee’s touching and heartfelt lyrics. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee’s beautifully aching new ballad “Hang On, Hang On”

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Amos Lee | photo Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Amos Lee released the second single to his upcoming album, My New Moon, out August 31st via Dualtone Records. The slower, ballad-like track appears seventh out of ten tracks on the new album, and is a change of pace from the previously released “No More Darkness, No More Light.”

The new single, titled “Hang On, Hang On,” finds Lee drawing on personal experiences, rather than elsewhere on the album where Lee touches on finding strength in others – from the Parkland survivors to the relationships built through Musicians on Call. From a press release, we learned the track is set around the last night Amos spent with his grandmother. The lyrics “I would’ve stayed forever, but it didn’t work out that way” ache a little extra with this in mind. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee’s new single “No More Darkness, No More Light,” watch his interview with XPN’s Helen Leicht

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Amos Lee | photo Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

Last month Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee announced his seventh studio albumMy New Moon, which comes out on August 31st via Dualtone Records. While initial word indicated that the songwriting was going to be lyrically very personal, his first single from the project — premiered today on Billboard — finds Lee turing his gaze to more universal issues and emotions, spurred on by current events.

“No More Darkness, No More Light” bounces and bops to an highlife-inspired arrangement as Lee sings about making one’s way through troubling times in search of a better world. The song was written, and Lee was in the process of recording it, when 17 people were killed in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Lee re-wrote the lyrics overnight

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Amos Lee is getting personal on his upcoming LP My New Moon

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

No one is more excited about the release of Philly rooted singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s new LP My New Moon than us here at WXPN. The XPNFest and NonComm veteran will be releasing his seventh studio album on August 31st via Dualtone Records.

The folk/soul rock artist has had a lot of success over the years, with his last record, 2016’s Spirit, debuting at number three on the Billboard Rock. For the upcoming LP, he has taken a more personal approach by molding the collection of tracks to reflect struggles throughout a recent period of his life period of his life. Produced by Tony Berg (who has worked recently with Phoebe Bridgers, and Andrew Bird), My New Moon features a number of collaborators such as Blake Mills, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Ethan Gruska, and more. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Amos Lee and Spoon find common ground in groove

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Unexpected match-ups at #XPNFest aren’t exactly uncommon — it’s kind of what we do, bringing together artists and sounds and styles that might not normally be paired together and getting fans of one to consider the other. Mass horizon expansion, if you will.

Last night’s headlining show at BB&T Pavilion was admittedly a puzzler, a little-bit-of-everything mix of The Suffers‘ soul, Chicano Batman‘s psychedelic Latin rock, and a dual headlining set from Austin’s Spoon and Philly’s Amos Lee. The two at the end in particular were a peculiar pair, the former occupying the gritty fringes of aggressive indie rock and the latter a singer-songwriter who takes the stage on stately theaters across the country and around the world.

But they showed that they had more in common than meets the eye — or ear, rather. In a word: groove.
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Spoon, Amos Lee ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Suffers and Chicano Batman will headline night two of XPoNential Music Festival 2017

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Britt Daniel of Spoon | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

This just in — Austin indie rock favorites Spoon will light up the BB&T Pavilion stage on night two of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Co-headlining alongside Britt Daniel and co. are Amos Lee and Friends, featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with The Suffers and Chicano Batman kicking off the show; seated tickets for the concert on July 29th go on sale this Friday, March 10th, at 10 a.m. Continue reading →