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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 →

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XPN Fest Recap: The Suffers radiate feel good energy with their soul funk specials

The Suffers | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
The Suffers | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

With a spirited intro by Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin, and, of course, an Eagles chant, The Suffers joined us on the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage for XPoNential Fest. The Houston, TX (remember that!) ten piece was as big, bright and beautiful as their music. Lead vocalist Kam Franklin wanted all first time concertgoers to take two things from the show — the band’s name and the city where they’re from. As their set progressed though, there was much more that the crowd would be able to take with them from the band’s performance. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ridge Summit at Bourbon and Branch, Lion Babe at The Foundry, The Suffers at Long’s Park, Nuevofest at FringeArts

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Dan Ferry of Ridge Summit / The Chimeras | video grab via Philebrity

The Chimeras were one of the best things we’ve seen locally this millennium, so it wasn’t easy to have them slowly fade out of the scene a few years back. Thankfully though, Dan Ferry of The Chimeras returned last year with a new band called Ridge Summit — and they play Bourbon and Branch tonight. The project has kept alive the hard rock spirit of The Chimeras, and with plenty of guitar solos, howling vocals, and even a hint of blues, this EP from Ridge Summit, released nearly a year ago, is just what we all need right now. Take a listen below, and head to the XPN Concert Calendar to snag tickets to tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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After they play #XPNFest, see The Suffers at World Cafe Live in September

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Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Oh how we love Kam Franklin and The Suffers. Ever since they hit our radar back in early 2015, the Houston soul band have been on the move.

Last time we saw The Suffers, they opened for Lake Street Dive and brought the house down. Actually, they brought the house to their feet, which is what happens everytime the charismatic Franklin and her band take to the stage. Continue reading →

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Lake Street Dive and The Suffers bring down the house at The Fillmore

Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Friday night’s show at The Fillmore was all about tons of dancing and stellar front-women. The sold-out event began with The Suffers, from Houston, Texas, rocking the stage, as lead vocalist Kam Franklin strutted the stage in a green sequined dress. Franklin really warmed the crowd up with her soulful voice, big stage presence, and inspirational story of finding a second career in music. The ten-piece band is touring behind a couple EPs and their self-titled LP, and has gained a strong following for a band whose debut album is only a month old.

By the time Lake Street Dive arrived, the crowd was ready to keep dancing after chugging a few more cocktails at one of the many bars. Singer / frontwoman Rachael Price began their set with a similar enthusiasm as Franklin, as she danced and smiled with each sultry lyric. The band just released their fifth LP, Side Pony, with Nonesuch Records, and with it came a new energy and a clean look; Price donning high heels and a skirt as she stands at center stage. By the middle of the set, Price pulled a scrunchy out of her hair, shot it into the audience and the band went into the title track “Side Pony,” which really got the audience boogying. Continue reading →

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Get funky with The Suffers’ new “Peanuts,” see them at The Fillmore

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Houston funk-soul faves The Suffers are releasing their debut LP on February 12th, and this week we got a first taste of it with the song “Peanuts.” The song swings in a classic Stax style, with Kam Franklin’s vocal taking center stage. Check it out below (along with The Suffers’ Tiny Desk concert) and see the band when they open for Lake Street Dive at The Fillmore on March 18th. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Hezekiah Jones, The Suffers and more

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Hezekiah Jones | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

This week’s Key Studio Session features the ambitious music of Hezekiah Jones. The outfit’s new record In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw was just released yesterday, and they treated us to live performances of several album tracks in this session. Listen to “Strange Dream” below and download the full set here.
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What a bill! Lake Street Dive and The Suffers are playing the Fillmore in March

Lake Street Dive | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/lakestreetdive
Lake Street Dive | Photo via facebook.com/lakestreetdive

Lake Street Dive have announced their debut album for Nonesuch Records, Side Pony, out on February 19th, almost two years after the band released Bad Self Portraits to widespread acclaim.

The Boston-bred four-piece blew some minds at WXPN’s XPoNential Music festival in 2014 with their fun-filled, high-energy show, and throughout 2014 and 2015 gave Philly a few spirited appearances at Union Transfer and Longwood Gardens. We’re excited that the band returns to Philly at the Fillmore on Friday, March 18th with opening support from another of our favorite bands, the Houston R&B/soul band The Suffers. Continue reading →

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Download the debut EP by The Suffers via NoiseTrade

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s been an incredible year for the Houston, Texas R&B/soul band, The Suffers. In January, they released their self-titled four song EP, and since then, the band has been garnering rave reviews for their live shows. The band has been in Philly several times this year, including a sold out show at Boot & Saddle, and an incredible performance at Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better foundation fund raiser at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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