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The Lumineers are coming to town, but not till next summer

The Lumineers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Next month, The Lumineers will release their album, III, and next year they’ll track around North America performing it. The Denver folk group will play BB&T Pavilion on Friday, June 5th. On one hand, it’s a real bummer that we have to wait so long to see them, but on the other, we have tons of time to learn the new album. The long wait for their show is far from ideal, but hey! At least they’re coming at all!

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The Lumineers use new music and a video series to show the reality of addiction

The Lumineers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

It’s no secret that The Lumineers have had overwhelming success since they debuted their self-titled album in 2012. Their sophomore effort Cleopatra in 2016 perpetuated their uniquely alternative folk sound and so have their various EPs and singles. Now we’re awaiting the release of III on September 13th, but The Lumineers have kept us more than occupied while we wait. Last week, the band released the first chapter of a music video series that will have a total of — you guessed it — three chapters.

The new album will have ten songs plus three bonus tracks. The first three songs— “Donna”, “Life in the City”, and “Gloria” — have been released thus far, making up Chapter I. The next three songs will be Chapter II, and the remaining four songs will be Chapter III.

Each chapter focuses on a different character from three generations of the same family, and how addiction affects the character and those around them. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Lumineers cover Willie Nelson’s holiday song “Pretty Paper”

The Lumineers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Folkish favorites The Lumineers have joined in the holiday spirit with a cover of a Christmas classic: Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” The Denver trio released the recording as a fundraiser for the Brown Paper Bag Movement, a New York City-based grassroots organization that provides food and clothing to the city’s homeless population. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Lumineers cover the late Tom Petty

The Lumineers | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN / Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Today marks one year since Tom Petty tragically passed away. To pay homage to the great rock legend, The Lumineers shared a cover of Petty’s “Walls.”

Vocalist Wesley Schultz commented, “Tom Petty is a musical hero of mine, and ‘Walls’ is such an incredible song. When I got married, my wife walked down the aisle to the song.” The tribute emphasizes Schultz’s vocals, which strains with bottled emotion, backed acoustic guitar and accordion harmonies, a staple of their folksy style.  Continue reading →

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The Lumineers light up the Mann Center, front to back


The Lumineers | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The background music faded away and The Mann Center went dark as the crew tore down the black curtain, revealing The Lumineers’ brilliant stage set up for the night. The crowd exploded into cheers and applauds as the Colorado folk rock favories ran onto stage and kicked off their set with “Sleep on the Floor,” going right into “Ophelia,” the first single from their new Cleopatra and a fan favorite. It was the kickoff night of The Lumineers’ North American tour, and it sounded wonderful. Continue reading →

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It’s here! Listen to a new song by The Lumineers, “Ophelia”

The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist
The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist

It’s been almost four years since The Lumineers released their self-titled debut album in April, 2012. During that summer, and throughout the fall and winter, the single – “Ho Hey” – steadily worked its way into the mainstream, becoming internationaly massive.

The Denver trio’s unassuming hit, a folkie stomper, was a song you couldn’t escape hearing on radio stations, supermarkets, commercials, and Wawa’s. The Lumineers – Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites and Nyka Pekarek – went from playing small clubs and stages (i.e their Marina Stage performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music festival in 2012) to major amphitheaters (their sold-out appearance at XPNfest at the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2013). It seemed like the band kept growing and growing in popularity and on April 8th, The Lumineers return with their long awaited followup to their debut, Cleopatra. Continue reading →

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Firefly Music Festival Day Four: Childish Gambino, The Lumineers, Phantogram, Weezer and more

Childish Gambino | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Childish Gambino | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

We’re finally getting the ringing out of our ears, the dust out of our sinuses, have caught up on sleep and made our way through a final round of photo edits from Firefly 2014. So much action on the fourth day, from Liverpool based singer and songwriter Dan Croll kicking it off with bright and breezy African-influenced pop jams to Childish Gambino bringing the show to a close with an absolutely dynamite performance. In between, we were duly impressed by Swedish electropoppers NoNoNo, alt rock icons Weezer, cerebral dance band Phantogram, Philly singer-songwriter Casey Alvarez and more. Check out a roundup of our best photos from day four below.

Silent Disco | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Silent Disco | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Dan Croll | Photo by John Vettese
Dan Croll | Photo by John Vettese
Philadelphia Songwriters' Project winner Casey Alvarez | Photo by John Vettese
Philadelphia Songwriters’ Project winner Casey Alvarez | Photo by John Vettese
Casey Alvarez fans | Photo by John Vettese
Casey Alvarez fans | Photo by John Vettese
Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: The Lumineers cover Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”

Photo by Jade Ehlers
Photo by Jade Ehlers
The Lumineers recently released a Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut. The expanded collection includes 5 bonus songs, a DVD of videos, live concert footage and interviews, and a 28 page booklet of photos and studio notes. One of the bonus songs is a cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads – which has long been a live favorite at the band’s concerts, including this summer’s appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival. It’s also this week’s XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week. Listen below.

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XPoNential Fest: A stunning Saturday night with The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica and Hey Marseilles

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

All photos by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

Last night’s headlining XPoNential Music Festival show at the Susquehanna Bank Center gathered a variety of artists from across the XPN universe, from the chamber-indie tones of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles to the rousing rock and roll of Philly’s Dr. Dog; the electro-beat dance pop of Minneapolis’ Polica to Denver’s new folk torchbearers The Lumineers.

“It was a thrill having David Dye introduce us,” Lumineers frontman Wes Schultz told the crowd. “We played this festival last year; it’s good to be back.” Their set drew largely from their self-titled album, mixing in their singalongable tracks like “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines” with covers like “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” by fellow Colorado artist Sawmill Joe, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan (who headlines XPo Fest tonight). They rushed out to the lawn to perform an impromptu mini-set of “Darlene” and “Elouise” among the fans in the XPN members’ section, and even worked a few new songs in the mix.

Dr. Dog unveiled three new songs as well – the vibey “The Truth,” which was released as a lyric video last Monday, a chug-a-lug rocker called “The Distant Light” and the joyous “Love.” Their new album, B-Room, is out in October.

Check out photos from their sets, as well as openers Hey Marseilles and Polica, in the gallery below.