Dar Williams playing New Hope Winery tomorrow night

Dar Williams | Photo via
Dar Williams | Photo via

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is playing tomorrow evening at the New Hope Winery in support of her recent album, Emerald.

Since the release of her 1993 debut, The Honesty Room, Williams remains one of the genre’s most enduring story tellers with a catalog of  wonderful songs including “Are You Out There,” “Iowa (Traveling III),” “The Christians and the Pagans” and more. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “FM Radio” by Dar Williams

Lyrics to "FM Radio" | via
Lyrics to “FM Radio” | via—fm-radio.html

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams recently released 10th studio album, Emerald. Crowd-funded by her fans, the album features an impressive lineup of contributors including Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, the Milk Carton Kids, Jim Lauderdale, Angel Snow, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Listen to a new song by Dar Williams, “Something To Get Through”

Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook |
Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook |

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 →


Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: Dar Williams performs “The Christians and The Pagans” live

Dar Williams

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, The Whisky Gentry at MilkBoy, Adrien Reju at Kennett Flash and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Like a punkier Philly version of TV On the Radio, indie-rock quartet DRGN King headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Though the group hasn’t released anything new since 2013’s Paragraph Nights, they’ve been more than active playing at festivals, recording a Daytrotter session, recording videos (i.e. this cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”) and more. Oh, and they’ve been playing a ton of shows. Come hang out with them tonight at 9:00 along with local rockers Mumblr and New York-based band Porches. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 and can be purchased here.

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The Week So Far: 13 must-read stories on The Key (incl. PIFA, Kurt Vile and Kate Nash)

freeenergyFree Energy will play the North Star Bar on May 4th with Deap Vally [link]

Local rapper Mic Stewart releasing PEACEWORLD on April 23rd, shares his new video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn” [link]

Moon Palace takes part in this week’s Folkadelphia Session, recording a selection of songs with a full band [link]

Dar Williams, Steve Forbert, Stephen Kellogg and more have been scheduled for this summer’s Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series [link]

Wilkes Barre, PA’s Cherokee Red and their song “Vaya Con Dios” were Monday’s My Morning Download [link]

Sensual soul duo Rhye and their beautiful track “Open” were featured on this week’s XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Download a free remix EP from Mock Suns, a local alt-psych trio that opened for Hey Marseilles at Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday night [link]

Weathervane Music shared this month’s Shaking Through episode with Night Panther; get a free download of “Fire” and watch the session video [link]

Anjuli Jospehine stopped by for a Key Studio Session and plays The Tin Angel this Saturday [link]

A student-produced documentary takes a look at the basement and DIY show scene in Philadelphia [link]

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts kicks-off tonight and will run through April 27th with performances, lectures and exhibitions looking back at historic events in time [link]

Kurt Vile is throwing a parade this Saturday and wants you to be there [link]

Check out photos and a review of Kate Nash‘s appearance at Johnny Brenda’s [link]


Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts announces Summer series lineup; highlights include Dar Williams, Steve Forbert, and Stephen Kellogg

Photo of Dar Williams by Amy Dickerson
Photo of Dar Williams by Amy Dickerson

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Six Organs of Admittance at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Dar Williams to Tin Angel, Pink Martini at Keswick

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.

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Weekend’s concert picks: Drake, Jonathan Richman, Bleeding Rainbow, Grace Bernicker, Matthew Sweet, Strand of Oaks and more

Drake performs Saturday at the Susquehanna Bank Center

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)