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Singer-songwriter Dar Williams, is releasing her new album, Emerald, tomorrow. The acclaimed singer and songwriter recorded the album around the country in Nashville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia; New York; and Weehawken, New Jersey, with an incredible list of guest musicians and co-writers, including Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Milk Carton Kids, and Jill Sobule.
Emerald is Wiliams’ first new album since 2011′s In the Time of Gods, a series of songs that melded the imagery and narratives of classical mythology with modern day issues and themes. It’s also her first album that she is releasing independently, as she decided to crowd-fund the album via Pledge Music. Continue reading →
It’s just 3 days ‘til The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day!
Another highly-requested song each year comes from an XPN-fave, Dar Williams. By now many of you already know the song “The Christians And The Pagans” – but what you might not know is how close to home that song is to Dar and her family. Here, in a 2011 recording, she explains the creation of this holiday staple before performing the song live.
Be sure to join me for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.
A student-produced documentary takes a look at the basement and DIY show scene in Philadelphia [link]
The schedule for the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series has been announced. The concerts are held Saturdays at 7 PM at the Bryn Mawr Gazebo. Highlights include: Dar Williams June 22nd, John Gorka with Lucy Kaplansky on June 29th, Steve Forbert on July 13th, and Stephen Kellogg on July 20th. Get the complete lineup here. Below, listen to a song from Dar Williams’ recent album, and in exchange for your e-mail address, download a new song from Stephen Kellogg, “Thanksgiving” from his forthcoming album, Blunderstone Rookery, out in June.
Experimental neo-folk guitarist Ben Chasny, better known by the stage moniker Six Organs of Admittance, is playing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Chasny, who is also part of Comets on Fire and Rangda, dropped Ascent in August, which has been received as being an especially psychedelic and heavily gnostic release. The 21+ show tonight starts at 9:15; tickets and information can be found on our concert calendar here. Stream “Wasawasa,” the shredding first track from Ascent, here.
Hold on to your hats, folks. There’s so much great music in town this weekend. Here are our picks.
FRIDAY, June 8th
Matthew Sweet Girlfriend tour at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $24)
Jonathan Richman at Union Transfer (Doors at 8 p.m., tickets to the all ages show are $17.50)
WXPN Welcomes Michael McDermott at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $15)
Singer-songwriter Grace Bernicker Record Release party at Milkboy Coffee/Ardmore (8 p.m., all ages, $8-$10)
SATURDAY, June 9th
WXPN Welcomes Francis Dunnery at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $25)
WXPN Welcomes Dar Williams at the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert/Bryn Mawr Gazebo (7:00 p.m., all ages, $10)
Bleeding Rainbow and Creepoid at Morgan’s Pier/R5 Productions Free Summer Concert Series (5 p.m., 21+, Free)
Drake at the Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana (7:30 p.m., all ages, $45 – $205)
Paste Magazine Presents Strand of Oaks at Aloft Hotel (7 p.m., Free – RSVP here)
The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., 21+, $12)
SUNDAY, June 10th
WXPN Welcomes James McCartney at World Cafe Live (9:30 p.m., 21+ $15)
Reagge In The Park with Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond at the Mann Center (12:30 p.m. all ages, $25-$79.50)
The Cult with Against Me! and Icarus Line at the Electric Factory (8 p.m. all ages, $33.15/includes service charge)