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XPN Fest Recap: Darlingside has the best of the best of times on the Marina Stage

Darlingside | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Darlingside is a somewhat unique group in this era of music. The four-piece group formed in Boston, Massachusetts, but their folk-pop genre is what makes them stand out. Their use of folk instruments, such as a violin and cello and their strong vocal harmonies define their sound.

The band brought all of these elements to the Wiggins Park Marina Stage to play the last day of the festival, and people of all ages could be seen enjoying their performance. Continue reading →

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Watch #XPNFest artists Darlingside make a long-awaited appearance at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Darlingside at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert | photo by Eslah Attar via NPR Music

Just one song into Darlingside‘s Tiny Desk Concert, it becomes clear that the band has been waiting a long time for this moment. And they came prepared — with some banter about a quiche, far-reach comparisons of themselves and NPR’s Bob Boilen, and three delicate, harmony-filled songs. Continue reading →

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XPNFest adds artists incl. Darlingside, Blind Boys of Alabama, Harmony Woods, &More

clockwise from left: Darlingside | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN // Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist // Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // &More | photo by Dejanaya Spicer | courtesy of the artist

These are exciting times, folks. As if this year’s XPoNential Music Festival lineup wasn’t already stacked enough, today we’re thrilled to announce several more artists that will be joining us this summer on the Camden Waterfront. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Colonial Theater, Darlingside at Musikfest Cafe, Jon McLaughlin at Ardmore Music Hall

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Singer-songwriter vets, collaborators in The Both and good buds Aimee Mann and Ted Leo bring their fall tour to the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville tonight. Unlike their holiday extravaganza that hit Union Transfer a few years back, this show is simply two exemplary songwriters with new music under their belts; Mann released her latest record Mental Illness in the spring, while Leo dropped the excellent LP The Hanged Man in the fall. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Darlingside saves the day and woos the crowd with a stunning performance

Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

No matter how profusely Darlingside refuses to accept that their playing a show today was a huge favor to us, don’t believe a word they say. WXPN is thankful to the Cambridge-based band for playing our Free at Noon show on such short notice after Adia Victoria got sick and was forced to back out of the show.

The four man indie-folk outfit charmed over the summer at XPN Fest and did so again today at World Cafe Live. Their set gave the audience a taste of the autumn air that we’ve been missing (especially on 70 degree days like today) with their warm performance, their grassroots brand of folk music, and nostalgia-inducing lyrics like “Apple cider signs” from their song “White Horses” — which was inspired by an apple orchard that one of the band members used to go to as a child. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at The Ardmore Music Hall, AlunaGeorge at Wells Fargo Center, Worriers at PhilaMOCA, and more…

Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Darlingside is set to bring their enchanting folk style to the Ardmore Music Hall for what will surely be an enchanting, cathartic event. Their simple, acoustic arrangements help highlight their gorgeous four part harmonies on their most recent release, Birds Say. In addition, they will be joined by Frances Luke Accord. Find tickets and more information on the 21+ event here. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview with Solange, Darlingside & more!

Darlingside
Darlingside | Photo by Robb Stey | courtesy of the artist | robbstey.com

With the Fall Fund Drive behind us (and a BIG thank you to all our new members!) we turn our attention to all the NEW music that’s come in over the last week. Included in the stacks is a new song from David Gray, something new from Dirty Projectors AND a former member of the Dirty Projectors.  Plus, we’ll hear what Nada Surf sounds like backed by an orchestra and dig into the new Phish record too.  Here are a few more things we’ve got planned for you tonight at 8 o’clock on XPN …

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