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XPN Fest Recap: The Dream Syndicate lays it all out on the Marina Stage

The Dream Syndicate | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

“Who says you can’t freak out in the broad daylight? I never said that.” And freak out The Dream Syndicate did. The 80’s indie rock band from California rocked NonCOMM back in May, and today they performed as a complete band for the first time ever at XPoNential. It’s been 30 years since the group released their last album Ghost Stories and only five since they reunited, but from today’s tight set it would be easy to believe that they never stopped.

The high-energy performance was filled with heavy electric guitar riffs (and guitar battles), old classics, and previews from the Dream Syndicate’s upcoming album, set for a September release. Frontman Steve Wynn introduced the new track “Out of my Head” with the unbelievable statement “This is from a new Dream Syndicate record. I haven’t said that since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How Did I Find Myself Here?” by The Dream Syndicate

Steve Wynn | The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The Dream Syndicate are back with their first new music in almost thirty tears and are still rocking as good as they ever have. On September 8th, the seminal indie rock rockers will release their fifth studio album, How Did I Find Myself Here? It’s the band’s first album since 1988’s Ghost Stories. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: The Dream Syndicate show that fuzz-guitars still reign supreme

The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Iconic indie rockers The Dream Syndicate gave the crowd a taste of exactly what was to await them from the very first chord of their NonCOMM night three set: utterly crunchy, fuzzed-out guitar jams.

It’s been thirty years since the band’s 1988 album Ghost Stories, but it seems like they picked up right where they left off. Don’t believe me? Tell that to guitarist, Jason Victor, who leapt right onto the tables in front of the stage during the band’s second song — strumming the heck out of his guitar amongst the crowd for an epic solo. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Shannen Moser, Dream Syndicate, Stratus Quartet, Greg Sover and more

Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Welcome to 2018, and welcome to our new concert picks! To aid in your advance planning, we’ll be coming at you weekly with a roundup of shows not to miss for the next seven days — hence, The Week Ahead. This week, indie folksinger Shannen Moser kicks off the Lame-O Records residency at Boot & Saddle, while string-laden new music ensemble Stratus Quartet plays World Cafe Live, bluesman Greg Sover hits The Twisted Tail, plus six other shows. Dig in below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Beautiful World Syndicate, Sea Offs at Kung Fu Necktie, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers at Sellersville Theater, and more

Louie Louie | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photo by John Vettese

There’s nothing better than a Philly band playing a Philly record store — especially when it’s an act we haven’t seen around town in awhile. Louie Louie‘s last hometown appearance was at Spruce Street Harbor Park when the weather was still warm, and after a short break the band is back with a new lineup and new songs — they’re playing Beautiful World Syndicate tonight; Myrrias will also perform. Louie Louie released their debut LP Friend of a Stranger in January, and it’s full of the band’s otherworldly retro pop sound that makes them standouts in the scene. Watch “After Me” from the band’s Key Studio Session below and find more information on the event here. Continue reading →

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Cayetana belong together in dreamy new “Mesa” video

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

There’s a whole lotta new in the world of Cayetana. A new album called New Kind of Normal comes out on their own new label Plum Records on May 5th, which is preceded by this new video for lead single “Mesa.” The track originally appeared on a split with Camp Cope earlier this year but finally gets the visual treatment courtesy of Adam Peditto this week.

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Revisit XPNFest with a 45-song VuHaus video playlist

Drive By Truckers | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The annual XPoNential Music Festival is easily the highlight of our year around these parts, and this summer’s lineup was a particularly strong one. From Rhiannon Giddens to The Record Company, Strand of Oaks to Sweet Spirit, Hardwork Movement to Hurray for the Riff Raff we were covered across the board with sounds and styles and incredible performances. And thankfully, those sets don’t have to remain too far in our memory. Continue reading →

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Stream the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival playlist on Spotify

Clockwise from top left; Jeff Tweedy of Wilco | Photo By Noah Silvestry, Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman, Angel Olsen | Photo by Kate McCann

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is fast approaching, coming to the Camden Waterfront on July 28-30. To get you as ready and pumped for the festival as we are, we’ve created a Spotify Playlist of all the incredible artists performing at this year’s XPN Fest, with a spotlight on a few players to get you started. Don’t have your tickets yet? 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale now and XPN Members save up to 50%! Continue reading →