XPN Fest Recap: Mondo Cozmo reps Embiid while playing stadium anthems on the River Stage

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Natalie Piserchio |

Bucks County-bred, Los Angeles-based Mondo Cozmo took the River Stage full of gratitude as frontman Joshua Ostrander reflected on how he’s been sending music to WXPN host Helen Leicht since he was a kid, and now here he is. They kicked off their set with “Come With Me,” as well as a quick reveal of Ostrander’s Embiid basketball jersey. Do we love him or do we love him?

Following the release of Your Motherfucker, of which Leicht joked that 88.5 can’t play the title track on the radio, the band played a special censored rendition just for our crowd. Continue reading →


Listen to Mondo Cozmo’s Josh Ostrander in conversation with Helen Leicht on the XPN Midday Show

Helen Leicht and Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Anthemic modern rockers Mondo Cozmo, the project of Southampton’s Josh Ostrander, will return to Philly to night for a headlining gig at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia, a teaser of their sure-to-be knockout set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer.

As a warm-up to the show, Ostrander stopped by WXPN studios for an on-air chat with midday host Helen Leicht — whom he says he’s been sending songs to since he was a kid. When he heard that Leicht was enthusiastic about the band’s debut single “Shine” last year, he said “I couldn’t believe you were finally playing my music!” Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Mondo Cozmo, &More, Dr. Dog, Paramore and more

Paramore | photo by Phoenix Johnson | via

Maybe it’s those 90+ degree temps. Maybe it’s just that a lot of the best gigs are sold out. But it’s a quieter week than we’ve seen in a while for live music here in Philly. But that still means shows almost every day, including the possibility of setting up camp at Festival Pier on Friday night and staying straight through Paramore on Sunday. Here are nine concerts to see in Philadelphia in the next seven days.  Continue reading →


Mondo Cozmo offers a moving response to mass gun violence in “The Ballad of Vegas”

Mondo Cozmo | Firefly Music Festival | Photos by John Vettese

Local singer-songwriter and WXPN favorite Mondo Cozmo, the project of Bucks County native Josh Ostrander, released a new song today entitled “The Ballad of Vegas.” A direct response to the mass gun violence recently plaguing our nation, “The Ballad of Vegas” is hauntingly beautiful and deeply moving. Crooning “But my words are only prayers, and my prayers are only wind. Real change comes with the lifting of a pen,” Ostrander follows up the line by reading the litany of recent mass shootings. Ostrander’s husky voice seems to muster the strength to continue to the next line at the end of each previous phrase. Continue reading →


Mondo Cozmo finds its calling at Union Transfer

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

After bouncing around in a few bands earlier in life, including Laguardia and Eastern Conference Champions, Bucks County native Josh Ostrander finally found his calling with Mondo Cozmo in 2015 where he and his band began to pick up steam with the first single, “Shine.” Eventually, one great song would eventually turn into ten when the band released its debut album, Plastic Soul, early last month while the band was on tour playing Lollapalooza in Chicago.

All of the songs off this album were performed last night at a homecoming show at Union Transfer with a few extra covers to boot: The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mondo Cozmo at Union Transfer, Jake Clemons at World Cafe Live

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Mondo Cozmo have been one of our new favorite bands for quite some time now, and after memorable performances at NonCOMM and Firefly in recent months, we’re happy to welcome them back for a headlining gig at Union Transfer. The project of Joshua Ostrander, the LA-via-Philly rockers are sure to bring a heavy dose of their signature energy. Mondo Cozmo is touring in support of debut album Plastic Soul, released in August. Opening acts Flagship and Illinois are worth arriving early to catch. Watch Mondo Cozmo’s video for “Automatic.” Continue reading →


Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo, Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

Chance The Rapper | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photos by John Vettese

Day Three of the Firefly Music Festival brought out superstar performances from Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, and The Weeknd, but it also brought out some of Philly’s finest including Mondo Cozmo, Chill Moody, Hardwork Movement, Vita and the Woolf, and a DJ set from the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. Some great sets by Bishop Briggs, Sunflower Bean, and Kesha. Continue reading →


NonCOMM Recap: Mondo Cozmo shine with hits and tributes

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

At last year’s NonCOMM Music Meeting, Songline’s Sean Coakley played a new track that turned out to be “Hold On To Me” by Mondo Cozmo — the west coast band of Bucks County native Josh Ostrander. It was well received by the usually critical crowd, with XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis declaring Cozmo one of her favorite bands. A year and many radio plays later, Ostrander and his five bandmates filled the downstairs stage at World Cafe Live with an intoxicating string of rock songs.

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