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Listen to #xpnfest band Lucius cover Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

Lucius at Governor's Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius at Governor’s Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Lucius are releasing a limited edition 7″ single of “Genevieve,” featuring a cover of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” The band are playing the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru on Friday, July 25t at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. Purchase tickets here. Below, listen to the band’s near reinvention of the Tears For Fears classic.

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From North Wales, PA to Arkansas to the Hoagie Nation: An interview with John Oates

John Oates
John Oates | photo by Greg Vorobiov | courtesy of the artist

Anyone who knows the platinum-plated duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates gets that they are two men separate yet equal and as far apart from each other as sausage and silk. It is when the famed twosome come together in soul-filled harmony that they ever-so-gloriously unified and of one mind.

Currently living in Nashville, and making solo music far apart from the R&B-based rock, it is Oates that seems farthest from where he started; North Wales, PA to North Philly’s Temple University campus, where he met Hall. For all of the soul-pop the duo is renowned for, Oates’ recent solo career – or at least his last four studio efforts 1000 Miles of Life (2008), Mississippi Mile (2011), Good Road to Follow (2013), and now, the newly-released Arkansas – is ingrained in the coffee house folk that he loved as a young troubadour.

On his way to an Arkansas-based live showcase at World Café Live this Tuesday, February 6, Oates rapped about his new music, his still new autobiography Change of Seasons, and – of course – the just-announced second iteration of Hoagie Nation, Hall & Oates’ showcase of locally-curated bands and meat products, which returns to Festival Pier on Saturday, May 26, this year featuring their new summer tour partners, Train. Continue reading →

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Hall & Oates bring back the so incredibly Philly HOAGIENATION fest this May

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Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Philadelphians know what they like: hoagies and Hall & Oates. To break this trusted formula would be a travesty, so in other words, HoagieNation is set to return for a triumphant second round at Festival Pier on May 26th.

Last year’s inaugural lineup featured artists such as Tears for FearsG Love & Special SauceSon LittleAllen StoneMarahKandace Springs, Vivian Green, and of course, the Philly duo curators themselves. Though not much info is known on the bill as of yet, what is known is that the Mr. Hall and the Mr. Oates will be headlining the gig once more. Continue reading →

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Hall and Oates to return to Philly with headlining set at brand-new self-curated festival HOAGIENATION

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Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Remember that scene in The Office where there’s a fire in the office and Michael Scott is yelling at everyone to “stay f*cking calm”? Well, we’re trying.

The legendary Philly pop / soul hitmakers  Hall and Oates are coming back to Philly this summer to headline their personally curated (and aptly named) HOAGIENATION Festival. Taking place on May 27th at Festival Pier, the festival is a “celebration of everything Philly”, from an array of multi-genre performances from Tears for Fears, G Love & Special Sauce, Son Little, Allen Stone, Marah, Kandace Springs, Vivian Green, and more to “Philly-centric food offerings, craft beer, and spirits.” Continue reading →

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Fitz and the Tantrums take The Fillmore back to the last days of disco

Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

With kaleidoscopic disco lights and a neon-lit stage setup very reminiscent of the movie Tron, the sound that Fitz and the Tantrums brought to The Fillmore on November 12th was everything but futuristic.

Sticking to a performance of energetic pop funk and jazzy Soul Train vibes, the Los Angeles based band came out to the stage in full dance mode opening with “Get Right Back,” the perfect intro that set the scene for a night of crowd involvement. The chemistry between lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick and singer-percussionist Noelle Scaggs would be intimidating on any dance floor. The two vocalists did not stop moving the entire night, taking frequent pauses from singing to break into choreographed dance numbers while saxophonist, James King and drummer, John Wicks transformed songs like “Complicated” and “L.O.V.” into clap-heavy jam sessions. Continue reading →

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#TBTXPN – Listen to our New Wave Spotify playlist


WXPN has launched #TBTXPN – a musical #ThrowbackThursday summer series, and every Thursday during this Summer through August, XPN travels back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement. This week we put the spotlight on New Wave era, with many of the classics you’d expect; songs from Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Wall of Voodoo, Soft Cell, Ultravox, Human League and many more. Continue reading →