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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.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18
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.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19
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.

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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.)

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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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Foxygen joins the XPoNential Music Festival 2017 lineup

Foxygen | photo via facebook.com/foxygen

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 →

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World Cafe Live at the Queen announces farewell show with David Bromberg, Sin City Band, and more

David Bromberg | photo via facebook.com/DavidBrombergBand

In January it was announced that Wilmington music venue World Cafe Live at The Queen would be closing this spring, hosting a final run of shows leading up to a big farewell event on May 25th. Details for the free final concert are now available, which will happen on the beautifully-restored former hotel/movie theater’s last day in operation and highlight many of the beloved Wilmington-area musicians who helped support the venue during its six-year tenure.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Main Street Music’s best-selling records of 2016

Wilco listening party at Main Street Music | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN
Wilco listening party at Main Street Music | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, we bring you Main Street Music‘s 20 records that flew off their shelves.

Manayunk’s resident record store celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year, so they know a thing or two about selling vinyl. Their customers also seem to know their stuff: the shop recently shared a list of their best-selling records of 2016 on Instagram, and it’s packed with great bands that also made the XPN rotation this year like Car Seat Headrest, Pinegrove, Dr. Dog and more. View the full line-up and dig into a video playlist of the albums below.

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