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


Photos: Dave Hause caps off tour with hometown show at World Cafe Live

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philly native Dave Hause ended his North American tour the best way he knows how: with a packed hometown show at World Cafe Live. The venue was filled on Sunday night with fans who sang along to his songs back passionately. Hause’s performance was energetic and powerful, he even hopped into the crowd for the set-closing “The Shine.” For an added surprise, Hause brought Eric Bazilian of Philly-based 80s rock band The Hooters out for the encore to cover their hit “And We Danced.” Opening the show was Canadian singer/songwriter Northcote, whose acoustic performance was stripped down and made for an intimate start to the night. Check out the photo recap of the show below and watch videos of Hause and Bazilian playing together, as well as a performance of “We Could Be Kings.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at World Cafe Live, Shawn Mullins at Ephrata Main Theater

Photo of Dave Hause by Mike Drzal
Dave Hause | Photo by Mike Drzal

Tonight, Dave Hause ends his winter tour with a stop at World Cafe Live. The unconventional punk rock singer/songwriter released his latest album, Devour, in October and it’s got subtle remnants of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty influences, both who have had an impact on Hause’s work. Hear them for yourself tonight – doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. The $12 tickets can be purchased here.

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Go bowling and singing with Dave Hause in the new “We Could Be Kings” video (playing World Cafe Live 4/6)

davehauseThis week Philadelphia punk rock singer-songwriter Dave Hause premiered his new “We Could Be Kings” video on USA Today.

“Oh no! Did it rip you apart? To be told we could be kings when we were dead from the start.” Hause belts from the lanes of a bowling alley. Directed by Rob Soucy and filmed in New Jersey’s Asbury Lanes, Hause tells USA Today “It was lovely to have so many friends and family members involved in the filming of it.”

Hause kicks off his U.S. winter tour in January, with dates through the beginning of April and ending with a hometown performance at World Cafe Live on April 6th. Find all dates and tickets for his upcoming performances on his website here.


Photos: Dave Hause celebrates the release of his album Devour at the First Unitarian Church

Dave Hause | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | All photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |

Before heading out in tour in support of his new LP Devour, Philly’s Dave Hause celebrated with two back-to-back performances in the cozy and intimate Joseph Priestley Chapel on the side of the First Unitarian Church. Being a hometown affair, he had family members backing him up on stage – brother Tim on guitar and vocals, sister Melissa on keyboard and vocals – and his set was focused on the new album, but also touched on older moments (like the classic “C’Mon Kid” from Resolutions. Hause returns home to Philadelphia in April to headline World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 6th; tickets and information on the show can be found here. To listen to Dave’s recent performance for the Free at Noon concert series, click here; for our recent interviews with him about Devour and his back-catalog, go here and here.


C’mon Kid: A Brief History of Dave Hause (On Record)

HauseOkay, so Dave Hause has been in a few bands in the past decade. Things have been going pretty well for him in the “solo guy” (his words) stage of his career, what with a stream of Devour (Rise Records), his massive second solo release, premiering on The Wall Street Journal’s website earlier this week and all of that. No big deal or anything. But if you track his trajectory over the past decade or so, you’ll notice that Hause has gone through a pretty huge songwriting overhaul (but also kind of remarkably remains his own), from his days chiseling out the modern Philly hardcore scene in the early 2000’s, to founding a seminal melodic punk voice in The Loved Ones, to resting on new laurels this decade as a full-on folk rock storyteller. So let’s take a look at that timeline. Continue reading →


Deconstructing the American dream with Philly’s Dave Hause (playing Free at Noon tomorrow)

Photo by Jen Maler Photography
Photo by Jen Maler Photography

“I promised that this wouldn’t happen to me”

A bound and hooded Peregrine falcon perches atop its owner’s leather glove on the cover of Devour (Rise Records), Dave Hause’s second solo LP. The captor’s face, in a soft focus, gazes listlessly into the distance.

“They’re the fastest predators in the world,” Hause explains. “They can fly up to 240 miles per hour. It’s something you need to physically put a blindfold on and keep chained to your wrist. It has this endless, carnivorous intent that’s makes up a lot of the theme of the record.”

It’s also a pretty apt visual for what was originally intended as the third and long-awaited record from The Loved Ones, the Hause-fronted Philly punk band that has been keeping things quiet since he began cementing his solo career with his first full-length, 2011’s Resolutions (Paper + Plastick). About a third of the songs on Devour were written in between the release of the last Loved Ones record, Build & Burn (Fat Wreck Chords), and Resolutions. But before the Loved Ones were set to map out a grander, more concept-heavy record that would have been titled The Great Depression – and as Hause started to realize his potential as a solo artist – he had to stop and take some time to think for a second. “Everybody was a little ambivalent about touring, we had lost a little bit of momentum and I had gained a ton as a solo guy,” he says. “I wanted to be able to deliver the songs in various ways; live, recording them differently and not relying on a band format.” Smoldering, those songs eventually became Devour.

And what about those songs? The end result is, to be frank, a highly realized piece of songwriting, both musically and thematically, that nearly abandons Hause’s punk roots for dirt-caked, teeth-grinding heartland rock. Well-tested pop punk hooks still backbone tracks, like lead single “We Could Be Kings,” but classically American melodies, twinkling keys (played by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster) and Hause’s wounded vocal assure that this is something else entirely- less Loved Ones and more along the lines of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town or Wrecking Ball.

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Listen to Dave Hause’s new song “Autism Vaccine Blues” (playing Free at Noon on 10/4)

HausePhilly’s Dave Hause is releasing his second solo LP Devour on Tuesday the 8th of October, and we’re happy to announce he’ll be joining us for a WXPN Free at Noon concert on Friday the 4th. With two sold-out album release performances at the First Unitarian Church’s side chapel, this is your last chance to see Hause live before he heads out on tour – so RSVP here. Hause yesterday teased another track from the new record, a barn-burner called “Autism Vaccine Blues.” He admits the title is somewhat provocative, and explains it to Esquire thusly:

The title itself is something I’ve had for a while. Between thinking of the title and writing the song, the myth was basically debunked that autism developed from vaccinations given to children. I wanted to still use the title and wanted to examine the irony that in the future we may end up with a vaccine that cures autism. It got me wondering whether the people who had been stricken with the disorder, upon being cured, would prefer to go back to their former state after being awakened and subjected to all of the complications and stress of life in America. The song is written from the perspective of someone who has been recently cured of autism and isn’t so sure they are ready and willing to cope with all that we have to offer here in modern society. I’m not so sure I am either.

Listen to the song streaming via Esquire here, and check out some footage of Hause in the studio recording Devour below.


Listen to Dave Hause’s two-part new single “The Shine” (playing the First Unitarian Chapel 10/8)

Photo by Jaci Downs
Photo by Jaci Downs

With his new LP Devour on the horizon, Philly rocker Dave Hause released a new track from it this week. “The Shine” is a curious two-parter of a singer – begins all bold and rousing, not unlike Hause’s tourmates The Gaslight Anthem, but switches gears at the two-and-a-half minute mark for an extended coda that’s pensive, introspective and almost a second part of the song. It’s got a nice Leonard Cohen reference in the mix too – “I’m just a fool in the tower of song.” Good stuff; listen below. Devour is out via Rise Records on October 8th, the night Hause plays a release show at the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Details on the show can be found here.


Dave Hause returns to the First Unitarian Chapel for his record release show on 10/8

Photo by Jen Maler Photography
Photo by Jen Maler Photography

Philly songwriter Dave Hause is gearing up to release his latest LP, Devour, through Rise Records on October 8th, and just announced an all-ages hometown release show the day it drops. He’ll perform in the cozy confines of the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church – an incredible, intimate place to see live music if you’ve never experienced it firsthand. Hause played there before when the Revival Tour rolled through in 2011. Tickets for the show are $10 and go on sale this Friday, August 30th, via R5 Productions; get more information here. Below, watch a video of Hause in studio with an all-star cast recording Devour, and take a listen to the lead single “We Could Be Kings” here.