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Is that Amos Lee up there on the XPN Vinyl At Heart billboard?

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Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Perhaps you’ve seen some of WXPN’s new Vinyl At Heart campaign signs around the city on billboards and on the sides of buses and trains throughout the city. There are three distinct images being used that include photos of musicians, and we’ve heard from XPN listeners asking “Who’s on that billboard?” and “Who’s on the side of that train?” Continue reading →

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Firefly Music Festival Day One: Courtney Barnett, Amos Lee, Local Natives, Phosphorescent and more

Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

The 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival is taking place this weekend at Dover, Delaware and we are there to capture all four days of live music. Last night, the festival opened with performances from Amos Lee, Local Natives, Courtney Barnett, Phosphorescent, Parade of Lights and more.

Amos Lee | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Amos Lee | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Phosophorescent | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Phosphorescent | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tuf | joedeltufo.com
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: First Aid Kid at Union Transfer, People Under the Stairs at Johnny Brenda’s and Amos Lee at American Music Theatre

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Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit will play tonight at Union Transfer. Made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the duo has been making a name for itself since it became a Youtube sensation with its cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” in 2008. That same year the sisters released their debut album, Drunken Trees, and have been growing in popularity since. The indie duo released its latest album, Stay Gold, in June of this year and is currently on tour with the album. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.

Los Angeles People Under the Stairs will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The hip-hop group, consisting of Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal), formed in 1998 and has been completely DIY from the start — pioneering the way for many hip-hop artists. The group is on the second leg of its tour to promote the new album, “12 Step Program.” Listen to the single, “1 Up Til Sun Up,” below and go to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information.

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is a little bit of everything. With some folk, a hint of twang country, a lot of rock and a ton of soul, the Philadelphia native covers a wide range of genres with his music. Lee and his band opened for Jack Johnson this past Friday to a sold-out crowd at the Mann Center and will play again tonight at the American Music Theatre (sans Jack Johnson). Check the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information about the show. Below, check out a fan video of Amos and Jack Johnson singing “(Sittin’ By) The Dock of The Bay,” from Friday night’s show at the Mann.

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Jack Johnson and Amos Lee serenaded a sold-out Mann Center crowd

Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson took the stage at the Mann Center to a sold-out show on Friday night. Playing an impressive non-stop two hour set of a mix of new songs off his latest LP, From Here To Now To You, and many old favorites from his previous five studio albums, Johnson got the audience clapping and singing along throughout the night. Special guest and Philly native Amos Lee joined Johnson onstage midway through the show to perform “Inaudible Melodies” and an energetic cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay.” Johnson was backed by multi-instrumentalist Zach Gill, percussionist Adam Topol, and bass player Merlo Podlewski.
Johnson closed the main set performing “Good People”  but the crowd couldn’t get enough of his laid-back sound, so heand his band returned to the stage for a unique five song encore. Johnson slowed it down with acoustic performances of “I Got You” and “Do You Remember.” Lee then joined Johnson on stage for the rest of the encore. 
Earlier in the evening, Lee opened the show with a set of folksy, bluesy tunes in support of his newest album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. Check out the setlist and photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at TLA, Divers at Boot and Saddle, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee at The Mann and more

via facebook.com/mrkishibashi
via facebook.com/mrkishibashi

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Kishi Bashi just released his latest album Lightght (pronounced “Light”) this month. The latest album, named after a controversial one word poem by Aram Saroyan, features uplifting indie pop with chaotic yet beautiful mix of violin and technology. K. Ishibashi also is an utility player in of Montreal as well as a founding member of Jupiter One. Watch him perform live at the TLA; get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It! from Geoff Hoskinson on Vimeo.

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XPN Welcomes Amos Lee at American Music Theatre June 9th

Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Philly’s Amos Lee has added another local stop to his summer tour that brings him to Lancaster’s American Music Theatre on June 9th. The new date falls right in between his sold out Mann Center show with Jack Johnson and performance at this year’s Firefly Music Festival. Why not ring in the summer season with Amos Lee’s folksy acoustic soul? Get tickets here and watch him perform “Chill in the Air” from his latest album Mountains of Song, Rivers of Sorrow on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.

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Amos Lee performs songs from Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Philly local artist Amos Lee performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.  If you missed the episode, you can check out his performance of “Chill In the Air,” one of my favorite songs on his latest album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, and “Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps,” which was a web exclusive, below.  Lee will be back in the area for shows on April 18th at The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ, June 9th at The American Music Theatre in Lancaster PA and Firefly Music Festival in Dover DE.  Tickets and information for all shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar here.

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Just Announced: Jack Johnson brings special guest Amos Lee to The Mann on 6/6

Jack Johnson | photo by Emmett Malloy
Jack Johnson | photo by Emmett Malloy

Jack Johnson has announced a summer tour with a stop at The Mann Center on June 6th with special guest Amos Lee.  Johnson released a new record last year called From Here To Now To You on his Brushfire Records label, his sixth studio effort since debuting in 2001.  Philadelphia favorite Amos Lee also released a new record last year called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.  Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale Friday, January 31st, with a WXPN presale happening on Thursday, January 30th.  Tickets and information will be available here.  Below, listen to “Radiate” off Johnson’s recent LP followed by a trailer for Lee’s Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.

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Just Announced: XPN welcomes Amos Lee to The Music Box at the Borgata on 4/18

Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Amos Lee continues to tour behind his 2013 LP Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song with an east coast tour this spring, stopping in Atlantic City for a show at The Music Box at the Borgata on April 18th.  Lee was recognized by Mayor Nutter in November, acknowledged for his extensive work with charities like Musicians On Call.  Learn more about the commendation here.  Tickets and information for the New Jersey show will be available here on January 10th.