On Friday, March 17th, WXPN and four other public radio stations across the country — WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis, KUTX in Austin and KXT in Dallas — will present the VuHaus Radio Day Stage at SXSW. The stage will host performances by Spoon, Hippo Campus, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and more. If you’re like me and don’t have the opportunity to attend the festival this year, you’re in luck, because you can still stream it via VuHaus webcast. Find a full lineup and set times below. Continue reading →
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.
In the past several years, destination festivals have changed the live music landscape in the U.S. and Canada. The core summer music festivals always used to be ones with the seemingly made-up words – Lollapalooza, Bonaroo and Coachella – but in the past five years alone, great new gatherings like Firefly, Hangout Fest, Made in America, Governor’s Ball, and Shaky Knees have sprung up. As a result, the festival scene is getting harder to keep track of, which if you think about it, is a pretty great problem to have.
To help you keep tabs on all the major music festivals going on this summer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest ones, which Philly bands are playing which, other notable bands, and any other additional festival facts you might want to know. Stay tuned for a second list to be released during the second half of summer, which will include late summer festivals like Made in America, Osheaga, and Bumbershoot. On to the list! Continue reading →
It’s a wrap: Here are the Top 200 Songs of the Year as voted on by the XPN community. Hozier placed six songs in the countdown; The War On Drugs and Spoon each placed five songs. Petty, Strand Of Oaks, Ryan Adams, Sam Smith, Courtney Barnett, and St. Vincent each had four songs in the countdown. These were the albums that you were clearly captivated by. Some of you have noted that a few of these songs came out in 2013; we debated long and hard about whether to include them in this year’s countdown and we decided to leave them in for the fact while Hozier and Courtney were introduced to our listeners at the end of 2013, they had their most reach and impact in 2014. Sometimes you gotta let the people decide. Thanks for voting, and listening and your support. Here’s to a rockin’ 2015. Continue reading →
Beanie Sigel dropped his much-anticipated sixth album today, and it’s a boisterous return to form for the South Philly-bred rapper and actor – and another Philadelphia hip-hop institution as well.
This Time is the first release on a newly-relaunched Ruffhouse Records, the locally-based / Columbia-distributed label that put out an impressive string of albums between 1989 and 1999 – The Goats’ Tricks of the Shade, Cypress Hill’s Black Sunday, both Fugees full-lengths as well as and the modern soul classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It also ventured into the local alternative rock scene, releasing records by popsters Trip 66 and the still-active Ben Arnold.
Label founder Chris Schwartz says he didn’t think twice when deciding would usher in the new era of Ruffhouse – Sigel is, in his words, “a cornerstone artist.”
“At the end of the day, the guy made an incredible record. It’s unfortunate he won’t be here to do some of the things he needs to do behind it,” Schwartz says, referencing Beanie’s looming two-year prison sentence for tax evasion. “But in our humble estimation, it’s the best record he’s made since The Truth. We have an artist – we have a credible, real artist – and making records is what we do.” Continue reading →