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Let Them Roll: Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show wrap up XPNFest with maximum energy

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Okay, Brandi Carlile, I promise to never again pigeonhole the wonderful thing you do as “singer-songwriter” or “roots / Americana.” Just keep slaying like you did from the BB&T Pavilion stage on the closing night of XPN Fest.

The Seattle-rooted musician and longtime XPN favorite took the stage last night not only with Tim and Phil Hanseroth – aka “The Twins,” her longtime collaborators on guitar, bass and vocals – but with a rousing full band that elevated her songs to arena rock proportions befitting the huge amphitheater they were performing in. On drums, Brian Griffin propelled the music forth; on cello and keys, Josh Neumann added nuanced, atmospheric accents; on guitar, Gibb Droll rumbled and roared. Carlile is gripping as a solo performer, no doubt — she made all of NonCOMM cry back in 2015, after all — but seeing her with this lineup is next-level.

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Download a sampler from XPN Fest artists Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show

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Brandi Carlile | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN

In their latest showing of camaraderie, Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show have put together a joint sampler on Noisetrade. This free download comes after the artists covered each other’s songs last month. Carlile contributed “Mainstream Kid” from last year’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter and a live cut of “The Eye,” while OCMS shared “O Cumberland River” from Remedy and live versions of “Bootlegger’s Boy” and “White Face.”

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year End-Mania: Ten videos not to miss on VuHaus

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.

We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.

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The Best of 2015: Download a World Cafe version of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto
Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto

As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.

Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Chelsea Sue Allen’s brooding new single, “Creeks and Moans”

Photo by John Galla via facebook.com
Photo by John Galla via facebook.com

Chelsea Sue Allen has described her music as that which, “resides in the bones” and it is hard to argue with that description after hearing “Creeks and Moans”, the newest single from her upcoming album.

“Creeks and Moans” — which you can check out below (h/t The Deli Philly) — is an unassuming, slow building indie-folk track that is reminiscent of some of Brandi Carlile’s more reserved work. It is a song that gives the distinct feeling of falling leaves and rapidly cooling temperatures, making its timing all but perfect. Continue reading →

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Download “The Things I Regret” by Brandi Carlile, and watch her perform on VuHaus

Brandi Carilie and Phil and Tim Hanseroth | WXPN's Non-COMMvention | Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Brandi Carilie and Phil and Tim Hanseroth | WXPN’s Non-COMMvention | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

As we get ready to start making our lists of the best albums of 2015, let’s not forget that singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile released The Firewatcher’s Daughter last March of this year. Her fifth studio album, and her first for ATO Records, Carlile has spent most of the year on the road, mostly with “The Twins,” Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Continue reading →

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Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner, Mister Wives, and more to open Fillmore Philly

Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hall & Oates | Photo via facebook.com/hallandoates

Philly’s newest venue, The Fillmore Philadelphia, located in Fishtown’s historic Ajax Metal Company building, has announced their opening lineup of bands playing in October.

Opening the new venue on Thursday, October 1st are the legendary Hall & Oates. Tickets to all the shows go on sale this Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading →