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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
The Lumineers, who play this Saturday evening at the Susquehanna Bank Center during the XPoNential Music Festival are releasing a deluxe edition of their self-titled album on August 20. “Darlene” (listen below) is one of five bonus tracks including a cover of “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by Talking Heads. Also included is a DVD containing more than 25 minutes of stage performance, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos and interviews, and a 28 page photo booklet of never before seen photos, images and studio notes from the recording sessions. Tickets to this weekend’s festival are available here
Folk-stormers The Lumineers made a late night appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night, covering Talking Head’s “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues. The Denver-based outfit make the classic song their own with jangly tamborine accents and their staccato bass drum pounding away. The Lumineers headline the XPoNential Music Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday evening, July 27th; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the live video below, followed by the Talking Heads’ original version.