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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bilal at Johnny Brenda’s, Lushlife at Boot and Saddle, Lotus at The Mann Center and more

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Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews

Soul / funk / rock artist and Philadelphia native Bilal headlines a show at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown tonight. In the past, he has worked with big names like Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Kimbra just to name a few. His last solo release was In Another Life, released last year. Opening up for Bilal will be the fellow Philadelphian Ursula Rucker. She is a poet, activist, and recording artist who has been performing for over seventeen years. This show featuring some of Philly’s finest is not to be missed. Tickets and more information about the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Money Over Love” below. Continue reading →

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Band of Horses’ release soothing new track “Whatever, Wherever”

Band of Horses | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN
Band of Horses | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Just a few weeks back, Band of Horses stopped by WXPN for NonCOMM. They played us some old favorites, such as “No One’s Gonna Love You,” but impressed with songs off their upcoming fifth studio album Why Are You Ok. “Casual Party” injected a rowdiness into the crowd, proving the new material is well-received so far. Continue reading →

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Band of Horses announces new LP, will play Non-COMM in May

Band of Horses | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN
Band of Horses | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell has had a reflective week – the Seattle born, South Carolina-based band’s Facebook feed is currently filled with pictures of handwritten lyric sheets, previously unheard demos and outtakes and a photo of the original contract Bridwell signed with Sub Pop back in 2005. All of this was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Band of Horses’ debut LP Everything All the Time. And in the midst of reaching this milestone, the band has also announced a new record to follow up 2012’s Mirage Rock. Why Are You Ok will be out in June, with Bridwell and co. previewing the new material for Non-COMM attendees in May.

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Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell showcase musical friendship at Union Transfer

Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

While walking east towards Union Transfer on Tuesday night, loud rain could be heard in the immediate distance. This was odd because no rain was falling where I was. Then, like out of a movie, I walked into a rainstorm. It was this otherworldly experience that ushered in a night of music with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell.

Playing behind Sing Into My Mouth, a covers album they recently released, Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and Bridwell (frontman of Band of Horses) showcased their musical friendship to a sold out crowd. Trading lead vocal duties and often singing in harmony, these old friends give their own folksy rock take to a number of varying tunes. Standout moments included Sade’s “Bulletproof Soul,” the unexpected Americana turn of Spiritualized with “The Straight and Narrow” and a rousing version of David Gilmour’s “There’s No Way Out of Here.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts, Milky Chance at The Mann

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Awesome Collab Alert: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell come together for Sing Into My Mouth

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

Longtime friends Sam Beam (otherwise known as Iron & Wine) and Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell have come together for their first collaborative album.

Sing Into My Mouth, which is scheduled for release on July 17, will hold 12 tracks that have influenced both men as musicians, such as  “No Way Out of Here,” originally recorded by Unicorn, and eventually released David Gilmour of Pink Floyd’s solo debut. The duo performed this track on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts bring the weekend to a tremendous close

Beck | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Beck | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wow. I really don’t know that there are any other words for it – wow wow wow. What a tremendous way to close this year’s XPoNential Music Festival: an outrageous, high-energy performance from the one and only Beck, with the stage being nicely set by the rousing rock anthems of Band of Horses and an intense performance from Central PA noisemakers The Districts. A triple-header that contained as much bottled-up energy as the rest of the weekend alone.

After the festival attendees were ushered from Wiggins Park to the Susquehanna Bank Center by Philly’s New Sound Brass Ensemble, The Districts took the stage shortly after 7 with an atmospheric and expressive performance of “Long Distance.” It was a bittersweet set for the guys, since it was the band’s last gig performing with founding guitarist Mark Larson. Continue reading →

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Firefly Music Festival Day Two: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Girl Talk, Bleachers and more

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

Yesterday we wrapped up our second day at Firefly Music Festival, which was best described by one word: ROCK!!! Here’s some of our photo highlights from day two.

Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Band of Horses | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Arctic Monkeys | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
American Authors | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Young The Giant | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
The Jezabels | Firefly | Photo by John Vettese
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Airborne Toxic Event | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Wax Museum at Ardmore Music Hall, Plastic Little at Underground Arts, Wake Owl at MilkBoy and more

David Wax Museum classifies their own sound as “Mexo-Americana,” claiming a uniqueness that blends Americana folk and Latin influences into one. Upon the release of their fourth album, Knock Knock Get Up, they were named WXPN’s Artist to Watch  – and for obvious reasons you can hear for yourself tonight at Ardmore Music Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $18 tickets can be purchased here.

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