XPN favorites Dawes just announced a run of spring tour dates opening for the legendary Bob Dylan, all surrounding the April 9th release of their latest full-length Stories Don’t End. They will play the University of Delaware in Newark on April 12th and the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem on April 18th. And even though there are no dates in Philly proper yet, we have it on very good authority that local crowds will be hearing some live music from Dawes on their radio very soon. Below, watch an in-the-studio with Dawes documentary that premiered on Paste Magazine this afternoon, and listen to their set from XPoNential Music Festival in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
With so much of our life’s activities spent playing virtual games, it’s refreshing to know that gaming still exists in real time and real life. This is where XPN member and business woman Debbie Gold comes in. Gold is the founder and owner of Gold Standard Games, a company that released the highly successful Grateful Deadopoly in 2009. Following up on Deadopoly, Gold just launched Rediscover Puzzles, the first volume in a series of classic album cover jigsaw puzzles. That’s right: good old fashioned, old school jigsaw puzzles; and these are cool. The concept is simple: take both sides of an iconic album cover and turn them into high quality, double sided, 300 piece, 16″ X 16″ sized puzzles. For the first volume, Gold nailed some pretty heavy classics including David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Late For The Sky by Jackson Browne, the Grateful Dead’s Aoxomoxoa, At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold As Love, Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Nirvana’s Nevermind and Let It Bleed by the Rolling Stones.
Gold is an uber music fan who has been in music business for many years. She produced Bob Dylan’s 1992 album Good As I Been To You and has worked closely with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen. Born in Mt. Airy, she spent her young teen years in Wyncote and went to Cheltenham High School. Two years into college, her life took a quick turn into the deep ends of rock and roll and the music business. The Key caught up with Gold via e-mail. Continue reading
XPN2′s Folkadelphia just announced its latest showcase on November 13th featuring Chicago’s Angel Olsen; Philly artists Meg Baird and Brendan Codey to be held at Studio 34. Olsen, formerly of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Cairo Gang band, just released her first full-length LP, Half Way Home in September to critical acclaim. Baird also collaborated with Billy’s Cairo Gang, and her 2011 record Seasons on Earth, was well received by critics, with NPR putting her in a league among Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Codey, whose EPs and singles are available digitally and as limited-edition cassettes, has had his music described as “a meditative hailstorm, placing the listener right in the eye of the storm looking out” by the Deli Magazine-Philly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $8.00 in advance; more information can be found here. Watch Olsen’s new video for “Acrobat” below.
Tempest, Bob Dylan‘s 35th studio album (!) is being released on September 11, and his fall tour brings him to the Wells Fargo Center on November 19. Today NPR Music premiered the first single from Tempest, a twangy and shuffling tune called “Duquesne Whistle.” NPR’s Ann Powers writes:
The music starts faintly, as if in a vintage pleasure palace, with the band — the stalwarts who’ve played with Dylan for a while and join him on the Never-Ending Tour — playing rock and roll ragtime off in the corner. The electric guitars sound almost like clarinets. Everybody’s swinging! But what’s that in the distance? Dylan himself unleashes the rubbery guitar chord change that repeats for the rest of the song, sounding just like a locomotive blast. Is he hopping that thing? Is somebody he loves on it? Both are possible.
Listen to “Duquesne Whistle” here. Tickets for Dylan’s Wells Fargo show go on sale on Friday, September 14.
Bob Dylan just announced a North American tour this fall with legendary British guitarist Mark Knopfler (founder and lead guitarist of Dire Straits) in support of Dylan’s upcoming 10-song release, Tempest. The album drops September 11th, which will give local fans plenty of time to learn the new songs in time for his show at the Wells Fargo Center November 19th. Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35thth studio album from Bob Dylan and marks his 50th anniversary as a recording artist. For the full list of Dylan’s upcoming tour dates visit his official website here, and stay tuned for information about when tickets will be available.
Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan is a fantastic four disc, 76 song collection of Dylan covers honoring 50 years of Amnesty International and celebrating the work of Dylan. More than eighty artists contribute their versions of Dylan classics and lesser known songs including “All Along The Watchtower” by the Dave Matthews Band, “You’re A Big Girl Now,” by My Morning Jacket, Sting’s cover of “Girl From The North Country,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” a collaboration between Jeff Beck and Seal and “Corrina Corrina” by Pete Townshend (see video below). Below, download “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” by Jackson Browne compliments of Amnesty International.