Four of XPN’s Dan Reed’s favorite Drive-By Truckers songs (playing the TLA with Old 97’s tomorrow night)

Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
WXPN’s Dan Reed is a big fan of the rock, especially the kind of Southern rock that the Drive-By Truckers play. WXPN Welcomes the Truckers to the TLA tomorrow night with the Old 97’s. We asked Dan to pick four of his favorite songs by Patterson Hood and the band, and he said: “Just four? They’re all great.”

Drive-By Truckers “Used To Be A Cop” from Jason Thrasher on Vimeo.

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This Weekend’s XPN Welcomes: Bell X1 at Johnny Brenda’s, Ray Davies at Temple, Drive-By Truckers + more

Photo of Ray Davies compliments of the artist

Here are this weekend’s XPN Welcomes concerts.

Bell X1 is Ireland’s best barely-kept secret. The group, originally known as Juniper, used to feature Damien Rice as its lead singer; unfortunately, it’s still often recognized for that fact, rather than for its Talking Heads- and Flaming Lips-inspired fusion of rock and electronic music. Bell X1 is a sensation in Ireland, nominated for Best Irish Band at the Meteor Music Awards three different times. It was also nominated twice for Best Irish Album and Best Irish Live Performance. However, the band’s success in the states and in the UK barely compares to its fame at home. The chance to see a festival-headlining band up close and personal is rare, but Bell X1’s current international tour for its new album, Bloodless Coup, provides just that opportunity. The new material walks the fine line between early Radiohead and contemporary UK folk like Mumford And Sons and they’ll be performing it at a series of smaller, intimate shows in the states. Bell X1 performs with Favourite Sons at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $18–$20. —Naomi Shavin

Eilen Jewel performs two shows (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.) at Tin Angel. Tickets to the 21+ show are $15.

Intuition and tenacity have driven Ray Davies’ extensive songwriting career. Davies, the prime lyricist of The Kinks, has been deemed responsible for the England-based band’s literate rock ballads. Now, 15 years after The Kinks’ split, Davies is writing more than ever. Recently he stated, “I think it’s an instinct, a desire to want to communicate things to people… you try to find a unique way of doing it.” His most recent album, See My Friends, might be his most unique attempt at communicating yet. The record is composed entirely of collaborations with well-known acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Mumford And Sons. Davies’ determination to create at the age of 67 outshines that of many 20-somethings. So, despite a six-month hiatus due to health concerns and a conflict-ridden relationship with his brother (once-bandmate, Dave Davies), Ray Davies is touring to promote even more new songs (and a few oldies). Ray Davies performs with Dessolf Choir at 8 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $55. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

Chris Smither performs with Andy Friedman at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $30-$40.

Drive-By Truckers perform with Jessica Lea Mayfield at 8 p.m. at the Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets to the 21+ show are $35.


This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Drive-By Truckers at TLA January 1st

Drive-By Truckers

This week, we’ve got a handful of tickets to give away for Drive-By Truckers‘ performance at Theatre Of Living Arts on Saturday, January 1st. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; tickets can be picked up at the front desk in the World Cafe/WXPN building. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to actually get in touch with you if you win.)


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

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Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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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 →


Behind the Scenes at #XPNFest 2017!

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo |

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is under way, and in addition to great sets from Wilco, Spoon, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Drive-By Truckers and more, we’ll be bringing you behind the scenes coverage. Keep checking back here for an ongoing photo gallery of the fans at XPoNential and the people who make the festival happen. Continue reading →


Study up on the XPNFest lineup with these ten World Cafe interviews

Clockwise, from left: Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN // Angel Olsen | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN // Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN // Foxygen | photo courtesy of the artist

NPR’s World Cafe and XPN Fest are two peas in a pod. They’re great pals, they are. They even share some mutual best buds, who all coincidentally happen to be wildly amazing artists. These musical friends stopped by to hang at World Cafe with hosts Talia Schlager, David Dye and Ann Powers over the past year, and are now gearing up to pay XPN Fest a visit. Brush up on your XPoNential Fest artist knowledge and get psyched for next weekend by checking out a list of XPN Fest artist World Cafe sessions below. Continue reading →


Foxygen joins the XPoNential Music Festival 2017 lineup

Foxygen | photo via

I know what you’re thinking: this year’s XPoNential Music Festival could not possibly get any better. What with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along headlining Friday’s show at BB&T,  Spoon, Amos Lee,Chicano Batman, and more headlining Saturday night, and Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more performing at Wiggins Park, it’s like a beautiful, musical dream come true. And we’re here to notch that that dream up another level by announcing that Foxygen is joining the lineup. Continue reading →