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XPN Fest Recap: The Dream Syndicate lays it all out on the Marina Stage

The Dream Syndicate | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

“Who says you can’t freak out in the broad daylight? I never said that.” And freak out The Dream Syndicate did. The 80’s indie rock band from California rocked NonCOMM back in May, and today they performed as a complete band for the first time ever at XPoNential. It’s been 30 years since the group released their last album Ghost Stories and only five since they reunited, but from today’s tight set it would be easy to believe that they never stopped.

The high-energy performance was filled with heavy electric guitar riffs (and guitar battles), old classics, and previews from the Dream Syndicate’s upcoming album, set for a September release. Frontman Steve Wynn introduced the new track “Out of my Head” with the unbelievable statement “This is from a new Dream Syndicate record. I haven’t said that since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How Did I Find Myself Here?” by The Dream Syndicate

Steve Wynn | The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The Dream Syndicate are back with their first new music in almost thirty tears and are still rocking as good as they ever have. On September 8th, the seminal indie rock rockers will release their fifth studio album, How Did I Find Myself Here? It’s the band’s first album since 1988’s Ghost Stories. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: The Dream Syndicate show that fuzz-guitars still reign supreme

The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Iconic indie rockers The Dream Syndicate gave the crowd a taste of exactly what was to await them from the very first chord of their NonCOMM night three set: utterly crunchy, fuzzed-out guitar jams.

It’s been thirty years since the band’s 1988 album Ghost Stories, but it seems like they picked up right where they left off. Don’t believe me? Tell that to guitarist, Jason Victor, who leapt right onto the tables in front of the stage during the band’s second song — strumming the heck out of his guitar amongst the crowd for an epic solo. Continue reading →

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Cayetana belong together in dreamy new “Mesa” video

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

There’s a whole lotta new in the world of Cayetana. A new album called New Kind of Normal comes out on their own new label Plum Records on May 5th, which is preceded by this new video for lead single “Mesa.” The track originally appeared on a split with Camp Cope earlier this year but finally gets the visual treatment courtesy of Adam Peditto this week.

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Revisit XPNFest with a 45-song VuHaus video playlist

Drive By Truckers | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The annual XPoNential Music Festival is easily the highlight of our year around these parts, and this summer’s lineup was a particularly strong one. From Rhiannon Giddens to The Record Company, Strand of Oaks to Sweet Spirit, Hardwork Movement to Hurray for the Riff Raff we were covered across the board with sounds and styles and incredible performances. And thankfully, those sets don’t have to remain too far in our memory. Continue reading →

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Stream the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival playlist on Spotify

Clockwise from top left; Jeff Tweedy of Wilco | Photo By Noah Silvestry, Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman, Angel Olsen | Photo by Kate McCann

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is fast approaching, coming to the Camden Waterfront on July 28-30. To get you as ready and pumped for the festival as we are, we’ve created a Spotify Playlist of all the incredible artists performing at this year’s XPN Fest, with a spotlight on a few players to get you started. Don’t have your tickets yet? 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale now and XPN Members save up to 50%! Continue reading →

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Wowzers! Check out the 2017 NON-COMMvention performance lineup

Photo by John Vettese

WXPN’s NON-COMMvention, the station’s annual music-industry centered conference, announced their nightly performance roster for their 17th iteration. Apart from becoming a hub for the industries’ best, the conference always brings some damn good performers. Brace yourselves: This three-day event is jam-packed with performances from The Pixies, Blondie, Real Estate, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Districts, and a whole lot more.

NON-COMM 2017 takes place May 17th through May 19th; check out the full day-by-day lineup below. Tickets to these performances are only open to XPN Members, so head over to the pledge page to become a member and get access to this incredible show — and get acquainted with the artists in the playlist below.

Non-Comm performances will be broadcast live on WXPN with video webcasts on VuHaus.

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Step up to the plate with The Baseball Project this summer at World Cafe Live

Steve Wynn & Scott McCaughey of The Baseball Project at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman

When The Baseball Project‘s Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey paid a visit to the XPN studios last month, they promised they’d be back for a full band show sometime in the not too distant future. Sure enough, a full-band show has just been announced for World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Monday, July 28th. Arriving just a few week’s after the MLB’s own mid-summer classic, The Baseball Project’s starting lineup will include Wynn and McCaughey (also known as founders of The Dream Syndicate and Minus 5, respectively), utility drummer Linda Pitmon (The Miracle 3) and bassist Mike Mills (now a free agent following the 2011 breakup of R.E.M.). The crew just released a stellar new album, 3rd (Yep Roc), whose songs range from the historical (“Pascual On The Perimeter” and “The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads”) to the personal (“Box Scores” and “The Baseball Card Song”). If past Baseball Project shows are any indication, classics from each member’s other bands and some choice covers are sure to be in the mix as well. Tickets will be available here (they go on sale Friday 5/9 at 10a.m.). Stream 3rd below: