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#XPNFest set times announced, single day tickets available, Katie Frank replaces Forth Wanderers

photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The 2018 edition of the XPoNential Music Festival is right around the proverbial bend, and this morning we’ve got a few items of interest for all you music lovers converging on the Camden Waterfront in a couple weeks.

First, the set times have been announced — and while XPNFest, for the most part, does not make you choose between competing sets like so many other summer festivals might, it’s still a helpful detail to plan out your weekend. You can peruse the rundown of who’s playing when at the XPNFest Website, or in the handy dandy graphic at the bottom of this post. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Forth Wanderers

Forth Wanderers | Photo by Eric Schuman for XPN

Joining us for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is an up-and-coming New Jersey band that proves the power of friendship. Forth Wanderers formed in 2013, when singer Ava Trilling and guitarist/songwriter Ben Guterl were in high school. What began as a casual songwriting partnership quickly blossomed into a full-fledged band, rounded out by guitarist Duke Greene, bassist Noah Schifrin, and drummer Zach Lorelli. The group’s newly released self-titled album is their second overall and first for Sub Pop. The morning after their show at the First Unitarian Church, Forth Wanderers dropped by to perform some of the new songs live.

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XPN Fest Recap: Katie Frank kicks day two into gear with a little country, a little rock

Katie Frank | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Happy day two of XPoNential Music Festival! We’re sad that Forth Wanderers couldn’t make it, but their replacement local artist Katie Frank gave a kickass performance to start the festivities, playing a bit of country and a bit of rock and roll to the Marina Stage audience.

The show started with nice and smooth with her single “Something I Can’t Deny,” then things got a little rowdy as she preformed “Cold, Sad World.” Continue reading →

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Janelle Monae, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Miguel top Made in America lineup

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Janelle Monae | still from video

The Made in America lineup is finally here, and this year, the highly-anticipated annual festival will bring a diverse, dozens-strong roster of artists to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival will take place September 1 and 2 — just about 90 days away, not that we’re counting.

Up in the top headlining slots are rappers Nicki Minaj and Post Malone, but this is the kind of festival lineup that merits more than a glance at the smaller print. Some of the standouts include the eclectic and awesome Janelle Monáe, fresh off the release of her new album Dirty Computer, as well as R&B star Miguel, and pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara. Meek Mill, who has become somewhat of a hometown hero lately, will also appear for what is sure to be a triumphant set. Continue reading →

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#XPNFest announces more artists, incl. Natalie Prass and The National Reserve

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen // Fantastic Negrito // The National Reserve | photo by Michael Cooper // Forth Wanderers | photo by Julia Leiby // all photos courtesy of the artists

77 more days, 11 weeks left, a little over two months to go – however you want to say it, you better believe XPNFest is coming up quickly! Kicking off on Friday, July 27 across the river in Wiggins Park, NJ, the annual festival is returning for its 25th rendition. Today, we’re pleased to announce four more artists set to appear at the fest.

Joining the Wiggins Park crowd on Friday is Brooklyn’s The National Reserve, who just wrapped up a Free at Noon set earlier this afternoon. The Brooklynites show off their bluesy brand of Americana rock on their latest album, Motel La Grange, which just so happens to be out today. Give the album a spin if you missed the band’s set, or relisten to some of the tracks the band played earlier on air. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: King Krule, Mdou Moctar, Get Better Fest, Sheer Mag and more

King Krule | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

This week, your options include mysterious surprise sets and high-profile pop shows, roots and blues (Robert Randolph, Deb Callahan) as well as indie-minded benefits (The Districts playing for Beyond The Bars, the two-day Get Better Fest). Here are 16 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →

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Watch Shannen Moser perform “Alex (282)” for Folkadelphia and The Key; preorder her vinyl reissue via Lame-O

Shannen Moser | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

After a few years making a name for herself in the Philly house show scene, singer-songwriter Shannen Moser released the very impressive Oh, My Heart tape this winter, and it was an arrival. Building on the promise of her low-fi 2015 debut, you shouldn’t be doing that, the LP showcased haunting, heartrending songs embracing Moser’s roots in folk and country music with stunning arrangements made in collaboration with guitarist Eric Muth.

Folk has always been in Moser’s blood; she grew up in Berks County, she remembers hearing her dad play Townes Van Zandt’s “Be Here In the Morning” in his truck, and to this day sacred harp singing is one of her favorite forms of music. She says it makes her feel most at peace, and Oh, My Heart opens with a 28-second sample of “I’m Going Home” from a Sacred Harp concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

This confluence of factors is certainly why I gravitated to it, and my enthusiasm was shared by the team at Folkadelphia radio. This winter, we teamed up for a collaboration between Folkadelphia and The Key Studio Sessions to record Moser and her band. Today, we’re excited to bring you a video from that session, as well as some news — Moser’s Oh, My Heart will receive a vinyl reissue via Lame-O Records this spring. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sorority Noise heads to Union Transfer in June for massive headliner

Sorority Noise | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

After the saddening news of Modern Baseball’s canceled spring tour, Sorority Noise knew they still had to get out on the road this year. After a couple hectic weeks, the band announced a full US headlining tour with (and get ready for this) Sinai Vessel, Walter Etc., Mat Kerekes, Forth Wanderers, The Obsessives, and Shannen Moser. Lucky for us, Union Transfer will be blessed on June 14th with the latter three opening for the Connecticut-based rockers.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Son Bison at The Fire, Adult Mom at PhilaMOCA, Beyonce at Lincoln Financial Field

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My Son Bison | photo by Mikhail Bezruchko | courtesy of the artist

Experimental folk-rockers My Son Bison perform tonight at The Fire for the last night of the Sundrop Music Festival. Also performing will be Hodera, Slingshot Dakota, Water Polo, and Bad Orb. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Cat Power announces new album Wanderer, playing the Mann in September

Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via Domino Records

If you’ve been wondering what Cat Power‘s been up to since the release of her last album Sun in 2012, today’s announcement brings some answers. Over the last few years, Chan Marshall, the artist behind Cat Power, has been taking the story of her life’s journey as a touring musician and turning it into song; the result is a new album, aptly called Wanderer. The album will be released on October 5 via Domino Records, and you can preorder it here. Continue reading →