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XPN Fest Recap: Xenia Rubinos slays her genre-defying set at Wiggins Park

Xenia Rubinos | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you missed the supremely cool Xenia Rubinos‘ Saturday set, do yourself a favor and listen to the live recording that was streamed on WXPN. The Brooklyn-based artist absolutely slayed her set on the Marina Stage, and I can’t imagine any complaints had the schedule allowed for double her stage time.

Xenia Rubinos’ sound defies categorization – one verse she’s funk, the next soul, the one after borderline hip hop. No matter the crazy unpredictability of her songs, the one thing they all have in common (besides being completely awesome) is that they are fun. Rubinos kept the crowd jamming and moving to her beats as she threw her voice and body around the stage with contagious and endless energy; she could dance to her own heartbeat. If I were braver this would have been the moment to clear a circle and let out every crazy dance move that the music moved me to, and some people did just that. At one point Rubinos commented to the midday “It feels like nighttime in my soul, that’s because y’all turned it up.” Continue reading →

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Watch Xenia Rubinos dance up on some strangers in the video for her vibrant new single “L.O.V.E”

Xenia Rubinos | Photo by Shervin Lainez

If you come across something more unequivocally positive than this new Xenia Rubinos single by the time Sunday rolls around, you are having a very good week. “L.O.V.E.” is the latest from the Brooklyn singer/songwriter, and it’s as vibrant, funky, and soulful as you’d expect. With its heartwarming new video, which sees Rubinos dancing with people all over New York, she positions the track as a joyful extension of the olive branch in the face of prejudice, anger, and hate. Stream the track below. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Dave Hause & The Mermaid rep Philly with a rockin’ Marina Stage set

Dave Hause | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

It’s probably pretty hard to be more Philly than Dave Hause. He was born here and became a mainstay in the Philly punk scene for years, spending time with bands such as Paint It Black and The Loved Ones. Saturday afternoon, he shouted out Strand of Oaks and WXPN’s own Bruce Warren and Helen Leicht during his rockin’ set on the Marina Stage. His current band, The Mermaid, covered The Roots’ “The Seed” in the middle of it all. And their newest album, released in February, is entitled Bury Me In Philly. Like I said, it’s pretty tough to out-Philly this guy. Continue reading →

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Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more will play Wiggins Park at XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Drive By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

You’ve heard about the Friday night show at BB&T with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along; you’ve heard that Saturday will be headlined by Spoon, Amos Lee and more. This morning, we bring you the first wave of artists performing at Wiggins Park during the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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King Britt announces Sylk 130 greatest hits LP, plays Johnny Brenda’s this week

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

After putting together a 20th year reunion show at The TLA earlier this month, King Britt has announced the release of a Sylk 130 greatest hits album called What Happened Was…The LP is a collection of unreleased recordings of songs from the Sylk 130 catalog, featuring the legendary Philadelphia musician / DJ / producer’s many collaborators like Ursula Rucker and the late Grover Washington Jr.

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Dig into the archives of Musicians Talk, hear interviews with Alex G, Emily Yacina and more

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Greg from Como Tapes dropped us a line this week to share a podcast he’s been working on for a few years, and boy are we glad he did. The Vermont / New Jersey tape label has been producing its Musicians Talk series since 2013, sitting down with local favorites and national up-and-comers to get into their heads about songwriting and to hear some live performances.

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