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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at Union Transfer, Dar Williams at Arden Gild Hall, Moses Sumney at First Unitarian Church, and more

Against Me! | photo via facebook.com/AgainstMe

Against Me! released their latest LP Shape Shift With Me a year ago, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Union Transfer with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil. The gritty folk-punk band are known for emotional, personal tunes penned by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace; their last two albums reflect on her experiences navigating relationships and life as a transgender woman. Listen below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Dar Williams (ft. Jill Sobule)

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dar Williams is something of a legend. She lives in this special reserved space in my music mind, occupied by few, whose names are said with inherent pride, whose music is deeply coveted, and whose work is held up as an example for all. Histrionics? A little, but not far off the mark. In my case, this mostly plays out on regular basis that when I hear “Dar Williams, such and such,” I think, “Man, Dar Williams is great,” or, if I see news or a link to her music, I’m very inclined to click. Small, but significant gestures in an ordinary life. I think many people out there are right with me in my Dar Williams’ feeling.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Roots at The Borgata, Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Dar Williams at World Cafe Live at the Queen

The Roots | Photo by John Vettese
The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

The Legendary Roots Crew ventures out of its late-night talk-show gig tonight for a performance at The Borgata in Atlantic City. The hardworking Philly icons released their 11th LP …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin in 2014, so some new music action may be in the cards for 2016. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Dar Williams playing New Hope Winery tomorrow night

Dar Williams | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Dar Williams | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is playing tomorrow evening at the New Hope Winery in support of her recent album, Emerald.

Since the release of her 1993 debut, The Honesty Room, Williams remains one of the genre’s most enduring story tellers with a catalog of  wonderful songs including “Are You Out There,” “Iowa (Traveling III),” “The Christians and the Pagans” and more. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “FM Radio” by Dar Williams

Lyrics to "FM Radio" | via http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2015/04/song-premiere-dar-williams---fm-radio.html
Lyrics to “FM Radio” | via http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2015/04/song-premiere-dar-williams—fm-radio.html

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams recently released 10th studio album, Emerald. Crowd-funded by her fans, the album features an impressive lineup of contributors including Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, the Milk Carton Kids, Jim Lauderdale, Angel Snow, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to a new song by Dar Williams, “Something To Get Through”

Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams, is releasing her new album, Emerald, tomorrow. The acclaimed singer and songwriter recorded the album around the country in Nashville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia; New York; and Weehawken, New Jersey, with an incredible list of guest musicians and co-writers, including Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Milk Carton Kids, and Jill Sobule.

Emerald is Wiliams’ first new album since 2011’s In the Time of Gods, a series of songs that melded the imagery and narratives of classical mythology with modern day issues and themes. It’s also her first album that she is releasing independently, as she decided to crowd-fund the album via Pledge Music. Continue reading →

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Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: Dar Williams performs “The Christians and The Pagans” live

Dar Williams

It’s just 3 days ‘til The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day!

Another highly-requested song each year comes from an XPN-fave, Dar Williams. By now many of you already know the song “The Christians And The Pagans” – but what you might not know is how close to home that song is to Dar and her family. Here, in a 2011 recording, she explains the creation of this holiday staple before performing the song live.

Be sure to join me for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.

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Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts announces Summer series lineup; highlights include Dar Williams, Steve Forbert, and Stephen Kellogg

Photo of Dar Williams by Amy Dickerson
Photo of Dar Williams by Amy Dickerson

The schedule for the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series has been announced. The concerts are held Saturdays at 7 PM at the Bryn Mawr Gazebo. Highlights include: Dar Williams June 22nd, John Gorka with Lucy Kaplansky on June 29th, Steve Forbert on July 13th, and Stephen Kellogg on July 20th. Get the complete lineup here. Below, listen to a song from Dar Williams’ recent album, and in exchange for your e-mail address, download a new song from Stephen Kellogg, “Thanksgiving” from his forthcoming album, Blunderstone Rookery, out in June.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Six Organs of Admittance at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Dar Williams to Tin Angel, Pink Martini at Keswick

Experimental neo-folk guitarist Ben Chasny, better known by the stage moniker Six Organs of Admittance, is playing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Chasny, who is also part of Comets on Fire and Rangda, dropped Ascent in August, which has been received as being an especially psychedelic and heavily gnostic release. The 21+ show tonight starts at 9:15; tickets and information can be found on our concert calendar here. Stream “Wasawasa,” the shredding first track from Ascent, here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Leithgow Oktoberfest at The Fire, Drivin N Cryin at Milkboy, Dar Williams at the McCarter Theatre, Paoli Blues Festival

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion continue their Meat and Bones tour this week in Philadelphia. The new album, which came out September 17th, is the ensemble’s first original album since 2004’s Damage. Their performance tonight at Underground Arts begins at 9 and more details can be found here. The band tore it up at yesterday’s Free at Noon concert, and you can listen to that performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Below, watch the video for “Black Mold” from Meat and Bones. 

All weekend, The Fire will host Leithgow Oktoberfest sponsored by the Philadelphia Brewing Company. This year’s line-up includes The Circadian Rhythms , iNFiNiEN, TheMuffinManIsABand, Store Cats, Sunset Recorder, and Anjuli Josephine. The Oktoberfest activities will include a pumpkin carving contest and craft vendors. This event is all ages and free. More details can be found here. Below, listen to the Circadian Rhythms’ track “Sunday Nights.”

Southern rockers Drivin N Cryin are performing tonight at MilkBoy Philly. Last May the band  announced plans to release four EPs over a twelve month period, the first of them being Songs From the Laundromat in June, which was met with enormous success for the single “R.E.M”. That was followed up by this week’s EP entitled Songs About Space, Cars and The Ramones. More ticket information for the 21+ show tonight can be found here. Below, watch the video for “R.E.M.”

XPN Welcomes singer/songwriter Dar Williams to the McCarter Theatre tonight in Princeton. Williams, who has enjoyed a career spanning over two decades, is currently touring after the April release of her fourteenth album, In The Time of Gods. The show tonight starts at 8; more details can be found here. Listen to her track “I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything” below.

The Paoli Blues Fest is happening today from noon to six in the Paoli Village Shoppes. The line-up for the event includes Midnight Shift, the Randy Lippincott band, Porkroll Project, Georgie Bonds, Brooke Shive and the 45’s, and Steve Guyger and the Excellos. The event, which is rain or shine, is free and is being partially sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.