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Hozier headlines #XPNFest’s Friday lineup, with Dawes, Bettye LaVette, Japanese Breakfast and more

Hozer | photo courtesy of the artist // Dawes | Magdalena Wosinska // Bettye LaVette | photo by Mark Seliger | courtesy of the artists

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru returns to the Camden Waterfront in just a few short months, the weekend of July 26, 27, and 28.

Headlining the BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26 is Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, who debuted in 2013 with “Take Me To Church,” a ubiquitous song that led his 2014 self-titled album to double-platinum status. He returned earlier this month with his sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby! Watch him perform the opening track, “Nina Cried Power,” on World Cafe below.  Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Dawes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thin Lips, Steve Gunn and more

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

If you happen to get caught up in a Bill Murray-esque existential loop this Groundhog Day, rest assured that there are plenty of concerts that would be simply wonderful to see for the rest of eternity. The week leading up to it isn’t too shabby, either — but that’s live music in Philly for you. Here are 19 concerts to see in the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes will headline The Fillmore in February

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

After opening the Jeff Lynne’s ELO show at the Wells Fargo Center a few weeks back, Dawes has announced their return to Philly for a headlining show of their own. The second leg of the band’s tour behind their recent album Passwords will bring them to The Fillmore on February 1 for a special two-set performance. Continue reading →

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hermetically Sealed: Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Dawes at the Wells Fargo Center

Jeff Lynne’s ELO | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

In a perfect world…. well, that’s it, isn’t it? A perfect world when it comes to tightly-strung, genius Anglo pop maestro Jeff Lynne and his airless-yet-wildly accessible ELO – itself, a differentiation in name and roll call from what 70s fans knows as Electric Light Orchestra, and the intentions of co-founders Roy Wood (who left after the first album in 1972) and Bev Bevan (who left, rejoined, left, then formed Electric Light Orchestra Part II).

When you entered Wells Fargo Center on Friday for Lynne’s ELO with opening act Dawes, you stepped into a world (literally, as dark universes, epic myth, spinning planets, and spiraling-out-of-control earth drama made metaphorically intimate are crucial to their live landscape) apart from the tonic usual, especially any sound relatable to the present. For Lynne’s songs – despite their lonely boy lost sci-fi-lite touch and future-forward sleekness – is singularly, melodically, rooted in the past: Lennon and McCartney, Mercury and May, Shostakovich and Beethoven, Chuck Berry and George Harrison and Barry Gibb. ELO may have released albums such as ZOOM and Alone in the Universe in the 21st Century, but the glory and grandeur of Friday night’s long-sold-out show was a love affair with the 70s and 80s, his and his audience’s. Continue reading →

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Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.” Continue reading →

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Dawes returns with two new songs, “Living In The Future” and “Crack The Case”

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Next month, Los Angeles rockers Dawes will return with their sixth album, Passwords, and today the XPN favorites raised the curtain on two teasers of the record that with a remarkable dynamic range.

First, there’s “Living In The Future,” a track that XPN program director Bruce Warren has been playing daily at maximum volume from his office ever since an early stream of it arrived at the station a few weeks ago. It’s Dawes at their biggest and boldest, yearning and desperate, screaming into the void about the despair of modernity — it opens on a note of quiet tension, and builds to an explosive refrain that hits borderline Imagine Dragons territory. It’s going to sound massive in the arenas that Dawes are playing this summer opening for Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dawes at Grand Opera House and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at SteelStacks

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Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

California favorites Dawes are out east to play a gig at the Copeland Hall at the Grand Opera House. Their folk-rock sound houses some catchy pop hooks with psychedelic instrumentation, producing a sound with the heart of Springsteen and the strumming of Mumford and Sons. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes expand tour, playing The Fillmore on 6/10

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Dawes | photo by Clara Balzary | courtesy of the artist

After the surprise live album release of We’re All Gonna Live a couple of weeks ago, Dawes have decided to add on a few more dates to their An Evening With Dawes tour. This means that in addition to the previously announced March 10th date at The Grand Opera House in Delaware, the California outfit will also be making a stop at The Fillmore on June 10th. Tickets and information for the all-ages show will be available via the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch “Roll With the Punches” below.

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