XPNFest Recap: Caitlin Rose made a charming appearance on the Marina Stage

Caitlin Rose | photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Caitlin Rose | photo by Michelle Montgomery |

With raindrops beginning to drizzle down, Nashville’s Caitlin Rose brought us a strong dose of imaginative country rock ‘n’ roll on the Marina Stage.  Backed by Los Colognes from her hometown, Rose played songs from her 2014 LP The Stand-In, along with a pair of covers and old favorite.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann |
Photo by Kate McCann |

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

Wiggins Park
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
Old 97’s
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Man Man
Nicole Atkins
Diego Garcia
James Cotton
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Dave Hause
Jeremy Messersmith
Caitlin Rose
Bear’s Den
The Lawsuits
Marian Hill
Ginger Coyle
Our Griffins
Viv and the Revival
Commonwealth Choir

Susquehanna Bank Center
Ryan Adams
Jenny Lewis
Band of Horses
The Districts


Nashville Sense of Place: Watch Caitlin Rose take World Cafe’s David Dye on a bar crawl

SOP_CaitlinRoseAll week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Nashville and its rich heritage in country music and beyond. Today, travel through the town’s popular and lesser-known watering holes as up-and-coming singer-songwiter Caitlin Rose takes David on a bar crawl. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caitlin Rose at MilkBoy, The Virgins/ Shorty Boy Boy at Johnny Brenda’s, The Naked Sun at The Fire

CaitlinRoseCountry singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose will be playing at MilkBoy tonight. Rose hails from Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of country, and it shines through her music. To date, she has released an EP, two albums, and a seven inch record, and her latest album, The Stand-In, was released just last month. The album was released on According To Our Records (or ATO) and can be purchased via Rose’s website, or through ATO’s website. Also through Rose’s website, you can listen to “I Was Cruel” off of her new record, as well as watch a teaser video to her album. Tickets and information for 21 and up show with Andrew Combs and August John Lutz II (of Levee Drivers) can be found here. Below, check out Caitlin Rose’s teaser trailer to her new album The Stand-In.

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Watch Caitlin Rose perform “Only a Clown” off of her new LP The Stand In (playing MilkBoy on 4/3)

CRoseNashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose got back from an overseas tour just in time to release her sophomore record The Stand In via ATO last week.  Carrying the torch from her 2011 debut, The Stand In showcases Rose’s knack for writing personal, confessional style songs that are catchy and relateable, highlighting the melting pot of genres in the Nashville music scene.  Lead single “I Was Cruel” was featured as a My Morning Download in January (grab a copy here).  Tickets and information for Caitlin Rose’s 21+ show with Andrew Combs and August John Lutz II at MilkBoy can be found here.  Watch Rose perform “Only a Clown” live in Bristol, UK below.


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Caitlin Rose, Arctic Splash, Rev. John Wilkins

Pissed Jeans sure know how to make the most of two and a half minutes.  The first single from the local band’s upcoming Honeys LP is called “Cathouse,” and it’s a relentless punk jam with a killer shred explosion two minutes in.  Honeys will be out on Sub Pop on February 12th, with a record release show at Underground Arts on February 15th.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Download the song via Soundcloud here. Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “I Was Cruel” by Caitlin Rose (playing Milkboy Philly in April)

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Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose releases her sophomore album, The Stand-In , on March 5th on ATO Records. At the core of Rose’s musical heart, she’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Blending confessional song with a strong penchant for storytelling, Rose’s unique voice and a talent for writing strong pop melodies sets her miles ahead of the alt-country-rock pack. She’s matured greatly as a songwriter since her 2011 debut Own Side Now and her new album is filled with pedal steel guitars, ballads and swinging rock and roll songs. Above it all floats her warm, inviting and sultry vocals. Caitlin plays Milkboy Philly on Wednesday, April 3rd. Tickets go on sale today at Noon. Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show.