Watch Helen Leicht’s 10th Annual Home for the Holidays concert featuring Ali Awan, Hardwork Movement, Katie Frank, Mutlu and more

The 10th Annual XPN Home for the Holidays concert | photo by Lisa Schaffer |

XPN midday host Helen Leicht has been celebrating the holidays on air since 2009 with her annual Home For the Holidays concert, gathering some of her favorite voices in the Philadelphia region to sing festive music for the final XPN Local show of the year.

For the tenth annual edition of the concert, Helen took Home For the Holidays out of the studio and onto the stage. Recorded on Sunday, December 2nd before a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live, this year’s Home For the Holidays included ten musicians in the round, plus two featured performances and a group singalong to close the night. Continue reading →


RSVP for Helen Leicht’s Home For the Holidays concert featuring Good Old War, Jeremy Keys, Katie Frank and more

WXPN Home For The Holidays

Every December XPN midday host, Helen Leicht, gathers a group of Philly-area musicians in a local studio to record the sounds of the season for a special radio broadcast called Home For The Holidays. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Home for the Holidays, and to celebrate, she’s recording the show live! Continue reading →


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

Katie Frank | photo by Natalie Piserchio |

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 →


#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 →


Katie Frank chases the dream on “The Delusion”

Katie Frank | photo by Kevin Killen | via New Noise Magazine

Katie Frank‘s sound covers just about everything from sparse singer-songwriter folk to full-band blues meets pop meets rock. The Philly artist’s new track takes her a big leap forward in the latter direction — there’s nothing sparse about “The Delusion.”

The latest single from Frank’s forthcoming album All You’ll Get From Greed, “The Delusion” is a dynamic, genre-defying song representative of an artist who has finally found her place in the music scene. On the track, Frank reminds herself to “give into the delusion,” which, in her case, is her dream of being a career musician. Listening to Frank’s music, though, it’s hard to believe she ever considered not pursuing this far-out dream — “The Delusion” is full of the seemingly effortless sound of a natural-born musician, complete with catchy hooks and confident vocals that make us endlessly thankful Frank took the music path. After all, Frank sings, “I’ve got nothing to lose but my money and my mind.” Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Katie Frank

At a West Philly gig earlier this spring, I watched local indie rock band Major Pursuit cover the Dixie Chicks immortal “Goodbye Earl,” an anthem about abuse, revenge and sisterhood. “If somebody hits you,” the band reasoned, “murder them.”

This is pretty much the aesthetic of the latest batch of songs singer-songwriter Katie Frank has cooked up over the past year. After debuting in 2012 with Covered Bridge Road and really stepping into the spotlight on 2014’s Counting Your Curses, the Elizabethtown native returned this spring with a revved up string of rocked up, honky tonk and blues inspired single about betrayal, scorn, emotional neglect and — in the case of “Through Your Window” — a search for a way out, pistol in hand. Continue reading →


Katie Frank gets double vision in new “Safety Net” video

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Katie Frank | photo by Kevin Killen | via artist’s Facebook page

Katie Frank continues her return to the mic with a new video for “Safety Net.” Last month the local singer/songwriter/bandleader announced plans to release her next EP All You Get From Greed later this year, sharing a pair of singles that marked a dive into a rockier, blues inspired sound. Sure enough, “Safety Net” picks up those cues for a gritty lesson in love.

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Katie Frank continues her gritty blues-rock turn in “Something I Can’t Deny”

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If you thought Katie Frank‘s return single “Through Your Window” hinted at a departure from folk singer-songwriting, Frank’s latest track “Something I Can’t Deny” serves as a full-blown swan-dive into gritty, blues-rock territory.

While Frank’s past repertoire showcases singer-songwriter folk, alt-country, and pop rock, her new track, “Something I Can’t Deny,” effectively takes cues from each of those genres in a mature, tactful way. A heavy, steady bass line opens up the track, which builds with a distorted, fuzzy guitar riff. Frank’s clear, confident vocals carry the song, which conveys a total no-bullshit attitude. Continue reading →


Katie Frank returns with fiery rocker “Through Your Window”

Katie Frank | via the artist's Facebook page
Katie Frank | via the artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Philly singer and songwriter Katie Frank. That changes now; she and her band just recently made a return to the stage at Ortlieb’s earlier this month, and she just shared “Through Your Window,” her first new single since 2014. Where she’s only flirted with blues rock in the past, she comes out guns blazing here, and it results in one of the most exciting tracks we’ve heard from her yet. Stream it below. Continue reading →