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Scranton’s Peach Festival announces 2017 lineup including Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket and more

My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

The lineup for 2017’s Peach Festival in Scranton was just announced, and we’ve got ourselves a doozy.

Taking place August 10th through the 13th at Montage Mountain, Widespread Panic (who will be performing two sets) are joined by My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends and Joe Bonamassa as headliners, complemented by sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan and a whole lot more. This is the jam band festival of the decade, my friends, so do yourself a favor and head up north for a weekend. Continue reading →

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It’s been 20 years since Jerry Garcia died. Here are 20 current artists every Deadhead should be listening to.

Jim, Jerry, and Adam all carry the same torch
Jim, Jerry, and Adam all carry the same torch

We’re coming to the end of the proverbial Days Between on the North American calendar – that week and change between the anniversary of Jerry Garcia‘s birth (August 1, 1942) and his death (August 9, 1995). For many music fans, it’s a bittersweet time.

Sweet because Garcia was a gifted guitarist, singer and songwriter, but also more than that. He was a cultural icon who taught his devoted followers about love and peace, about being free and finding inner happiness, about being true to oneself. He was a tremendously positive force and this is a time of year to celebrate him and his art.

Bitter, however, because his art is no more. It’s been no more for two decades at this point. Try as relentlessly as his surviving bandmates might – through festival-scale “final concerts” followed by new tour announcements; through documentary appearances and 50th anniversary retrospectives; through an endless, endless parade of live collections mining the legendary Betty Boards – the Grateful Dead are a thing of the past. And the more time passes, the more Garcia and his music drift into the catacombs of memory. But that doesn’t mean his legacy is no more. Continue reading →

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The Key’s ultimate guide to 2015 North American summer music festivals – Part One!

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

In the past several years, destination festivals have changed the live music landscape in the U.S. and Canada. The core summer music festivals always used to be ones with the seemingly made-up words – Lollapalooza, Bonaroo and Coachella – but in the past five years alone, great new gatherings like Firefly, Hangout Fest, Made in America, Governor’s Ball, and Shaky Knees have sprung up. As a result, the festival scene is getting harder to keep track of, which if you think about it, is a pretty great problem to have.

To help you keep tabs on all the major music festivals going on this summer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest ones, which Philly bands are playing which, other notable bands, and any other additional festival facts you might want to know. Stay tuned for a second list to be released during the second half of summer, which will include late summer festivals like Made in America, Osheaga, and Bumbershoot. On to the list! Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wiggz and Wooten at The Fire, Beano at Underground Arts, The Revivalists at The TLA and more

Photo via Broad Street Music Group
Photo via Broad Street Music Group

Philly hip-hop pop duo Wiggz and Wooten headline The Fire tonight. Affiliates of the HomeGrownPhilly collective, the duo has been around for a year and a half, released a string of digital singles and collaborated with other locals like Mic Stew. Check out their single “Local Love” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When I’m Able” by The Revivalists

The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Soulful and rocking, The Revivalists are a seven piece band based in New Orleans. With horns a plenty, pedal steel and keyboards complementing the guitar, bass and drums setup, the band formed in 2007 and since then has become a major touring band and a fixture on the local New Orleans music scene. Fronted by David Shaw, the band’s recent album, City of Sound was self-released in 2012 and was re-released with bonus live songs on Wind-Up Records last March. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Hard Working Americans will play Union Transfer on 1/25

Hard Working Americans | Photo via www.facebook.com/HardWorkingAmericans
Hard Working Americans | Photo via www.facebook.com/HardWorkingAmericans

Jam band supergroup Hard Working Americans have announced a tour that kicks off early next year, following their debut this December in Colorado.  The band was a brainchild of Todd Snider, who brought together Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools on bass, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Neal Casal on guitar and vocals, Great American Taxi’s Chad Staehly on keys and King Lincoln’s Duane Trucks on drums.  Hard Working Americans will release their debut on January 21st.  Tickets and information for the show at Union Transfer on January 25th can be found here.  Watch a short documentary on the band below.