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Watch Beck’s performance at Coachella; get psyched to see him at #XPNFest

Photo via Consequence of Sound http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/04/watch-becks-full-performance-at-coachella-2014/

Of the many excellent performances at Coachella this past weekend (Outkast, Arcade Fire, Goat, Nas), add one more name to the list: Beck. It was Beck’s second time playing the festival, as he was on the bill at the very first Coachella in 1999. Performing for about an hour, his set list included a cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” as well as a smattering of material from a variety of his albums over the course of his career. This is just a taste of what to expect when Beck plays the XPoNential Music Festival at the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 27th with Band of Horse and The Districts. Purchase reserved seat tickets here.

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Dig into the depths of Beck’s catalog in our Spotify playlist; #xpnfest tickets onsale today!

Beck | photo courtesy of the artist
Beck | photo courtesy of the artist

To say that we’re psyched that Beck is playing this year’s XPoNential Music Festival is a bit of an understatement. We were practically doing backflips when we found out that he was on the bill, and not because we remember that song “Loser” from the 90s and think it was a pretty good song.

Beck Hansen is a remarkably varied and adventurous artist: one who dabbles in blues, folk and bossa nova as readily as party-time funk, hiphop and punk rock. His twelfth album, Morning Phase, might skew mellow and melancholic, but that doesn’t mean the tenor of his Sunday night show will be sad-and-unhappy. Ever-unpredictable, he always mixes things up, whether its bringing uptempo dance moments to his show at Irvine Auditorium on the Sea Change tour or simmering down the Tower Theater on the high-energy Information tour with an aching “End of the Day.”

Tickets for Beck’s appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival with Band of Horses and The Districts go on sale today at noon. (That’s really soon, people.) You can purchase them through the Live Nation website. To provide you with a soundtrack to your ticket-buying, we’ve compiled an 18-track, “Loser”-free Spotify playlist giving you a primer on Beck’s career. The poppy, the introspective, the wild and crazy, the wacked-out and weird. Listen below, and stay tuned for the full XPNFest lineup announcement on April 17th.

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Just Announced: Beck, Ryan Adams, Dawes and more headlining the XPoNential Music Festival

Beck | photo courtesy of the artist
Beck | photo courtesy of the artist

The first wave of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival acts has rolled in and it includes some big names.  Headlining the Saturday night portion of the festival over at the Susquehanna Bank Center is prolific alt / country singer Ryan Adams, indie rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis and L.A. staples Dawes, while the enigmatic and trailblazing Beck closes out the three-day event with Americana rockers Band of Horses and Lancaster-bred four-piece The Districts on Sunday night.

Photo by David Black
Ryan Adams | Photo by David Black

The annual summer highlight is happening July 25th through the 27th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Pre-sale reserved tickets for the SBC shows will be available to WXPN members on Wednesday, April 9th (members, check your email Wednesday morning for more details) and will then open up to the general public on Friday April 11th at noon.

XPoNential Music Festival 2014 3-Day Go-Everywhere passes, which include lawn seat admission for SBC concerts, will be released on Thursday, April 17th along with the full three-day lineup. Go here for tickets and info, check out music from the announced acts below and stay tuned for more updates.

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Song premiere: “Gimme” by Beck

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Today we have a premiere of another new song by Beck. Listen to it below.

Robin Hilton of NPR Music writes:

This is the third single Beck has released this summer. In June he released the woozy, chopped-up cut “Defriended.” He followed in July with the lush and hazy “I Won’t Be Long.” His third and final single in the trilogy is called “Gimme.” None of the singles will be on Beck’s next, and as yet unnamed, full-length record, due out sometime before the end of the year.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “I Won’t Be Long” by Beck

iwontbelong Since his last proper studio album, 2008′s Modern Guilt, indie-rocker and singer-songwriter Beck has been involved in a number or creative projects.

With various musicians he started the Record Club, recording full albums in one day sessions including Velvet Underground & Nico, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Kick by INXS, and Oar by Skip Spence.

He has produced music for Dwight Yokum, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement). He has contributed songs to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, True Blood, the soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and released a single for Jack White’s Third Man Records. He collaborated on Rework_Philip Glass Remixed (a remix album of Glass’s to commemorate his 75th birthday), and he’s collaborated with rapper Childish Gambino. Last year, Beck released Song Reader, a new “album” only available as sheet music. It was a stunningly creative project, brought to life by hundreds of musicians who records their interpretations of Beck’s songs, but not one song actually recorded by Beck. Last month, Beck released a new song, “Defriended,” and on July 2nd he released “I Won’t Be Long.” Listen to the song below, and purchase it here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, Philly Plays Beck’s Song Reader at World Cafe Live, Elk Rhythms at the North Star Bar

The Key kicks off its month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with a special solo performance by local multi-instrumentalist Eric Slick.  Best known as the drummer for Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, Slick will be improvising a set to his new short film Primal Essence, filmed specifically for this event.  Opening up the night will be short sets by Jonathan Pfeffer (Capillary Action) and Michael Johnson (Ape School).  Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here.  Below, watch Slick show off his drumming skills in a Madoff Productions promo video.

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Kuf Knotz, Modern Inventors, The Districts and more to perform Beck’s “Song Reader” at World Cafe Live on 01/08

We’ve all heard about it by now: Beck, the cutting-edge musician who gave us leaf blowers on stage and the 1994 hit “Loser,” set forth his latest release in an unconventional medium – a songbook.  Available this week and distributed by McSweeney’s and Faber, Song Reader: Twenty New Songs by Beck features unrecorded songs in sheet music form, up to interpretation by those adventurous enough to step into its full-color illustrations and lush binding:

“The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.”

Over a dozen local musicians have accepted Beck’s challenge and will perform their interpretations of the compositions at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, January 8th.  The line-up so far includes Sean Hoots, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, The Levee Drivers, Killer Whale, Modern Inventors, Kuf Knotz, Penrose, The Districts, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, Satellite Hearts, The Great Unknown, The Bailey Hounds, and Chris Kasper, with more to be announced soon.  Tickets and more information for the show can be found here.