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.

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Watch Dave Hause record his new Devour LP with members of Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket and the Watson Twins

Photo by Andrew Stuart

Dave Hause probably gets tired of being called a “punk troubadour”, but it’s a title that fits him so well. There are those tatts, the anthemic hooks, and the hardcore background in bands like Paint it Black, The Curse and The Loved Ones. But there’s also his knack for melody, attention to songwriting detail, and the circles he moves in as a touring and recording artist.

For his latest record, Devour, Hause put together an all-star cast of musicians to work with: My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster, Social Distortion’s David Hidalgo Jr., Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, and harmony duo the Watson Twins. Even that lineup spans both words – heartland Americana and punk n’ roll.

This week, American Songwriter revealed some details on the new record, due out October 8th on Rise Records, and shared a trailer video showing Hause in the recording studio with his band. In an accompanying interview, Hause reveals the personal undercurrent of the new songs:

“The lyrical content on Devour was pretty extreme; I was writing my way through some significant mid-thirties heartbreak, and I was coming to terms with how my own demons — and the appetite that’s hard-wired into American culture — can end up haunting you as you get older. It was a really difficult album to finish. I wanted to find a silver lining, and it took a while to figure out how to end on a hopeful note. That ended up being the last third of the record.”

Watch the Devour album trailer below; for more, listen to Hause’s new single “We Could Be Kings,” released last month.



Listen to new music from Philly punk troubadour Dave Hause

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If you follow tattooed troubadour Dave Hause in the social media universe, you will notice something very quickly: dude really likes to tour. Somehow, in between the photos we see of him performing and partying with his punk rock brethren, Philly’s Hause made his way into the studio and recorded a followup to his 2011 debut Resolutions. The album, Devour, will be released October 8th through Rise Records, and features collaborations with Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, and The Watson Twins, to name a few.

Today, Hause premiered a new track called “We Could Be Kings” on Rolling Stone, and you can tell that all the time he’s spent on the road with Gaslight Anthem and the Revival Tour has rubbed off. It’s a very rousing, anthemic slice of populist Americana, an exciting progression from the poppy punk rock he played in The Loved Ones. Hause tells Rolling Stone that the song, in a way, looks at the point where the American Dream clashes with reality:

Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in America in the 1980s involved all kinds of promises. If you believe in this God, if you go to this school, if you work hard, if you are a good person. . . you could seemingly have it all. Seeing what those promises and expectations really shook out to be for so many people is a very different scenario than what was hoped for. This song is for those people.

Listen to “We Could Be Kings” via Rolling Stone’s premier here.



Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Freelance Whales to The Abbey Bar, Dave Hause opening for Flogging Molly at The Electric Factory, XPN Welcomes The Stray Birds to World Cafe Live, Sour Mash at City Tap House

Brooklyn indie kids Freelance Whales head out to Harrisburg for a show at The Abbey Bar tonight.  The quintet followed up their 2009 debut with Diluvia last year.  The sophomore effort sees Freelance Whales expanding their sound and their narrative with more intricate arrangements and a complex sci-fi concept running through the tracks.  What hasn’t changed with the new release is the band’s accessible and appealing indie pop sound that got the buzz started in 2009.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hundred Waters can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Spitting Image.”

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Beth Ann Downey’s top five rock collaborations from Philly-area natives

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, contributing writer Beth Ann Downey ranks her top collaborations from regional artists.

We music lovers read, browse, skim, agree with, disagree with and soon forget so many of these lists this time of year. But if you’re a rock/punk/alternative lover from in or around Philadelphia, hopefully you’ll remember this one.

Collaborations amongst hard-working artists are undoubtedly how the best music is made. And in a time when folk, hip-hop and electronic music seem to top most of these other lists this year, I wanted to highlight the local singers, instrumentalists and producers who work together to do what they love despite what’s popular.

Collaborations are also where we see scene veterans training or complimenting emerging talent, and vice versa. Whether it’s bringing them out on tour or asking them to provide guest vocals on a new track, it’s great to see bands helping each other, or big-time producers working diligently on what they think should become the next big thing.

Here are five examples, in no particular order, of just how much love and talent the city of Brotherly Love has to go around. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest Photo Recap: Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog and more at Susquehanna Bank Center

Day number two of the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival wrapped up with a high-energy lineup at the Susquehanna Bank Center. On the main stage was the much-anticipated triple bill of Wilco, The Avett Brothers and Dr. Dog, and on The Key’s side stage were Dave Hause (joined on guitar by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem) and The Bailey Hounds. Check out a full photo recap of the night in the gallery above.

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Download The Key’s XPoNential Music Festival 2012 Sampler!

The 2012 XPoNential Music Festival is upon us, and we’re happy to say that, along with the national big names Wilco and Counting Crows headlining, we’ve got a solid offering of some of our favorite homegrown music on the bill. Dr. Dog and Dave Hause on Saturday, the Good Old War On Work Drugs triumverate across the weekend, singer-songwriters Matt Santry and Dana Alexandra, synth poppers City Rain and gothic Americana four-piece The Bailey Hounds. Most of those musicians have recorded for WXPN in one form or another, and as we get ready to open the gates at 5 today, we present you with The Key’s XPoNential Music Festival 2012 Sampler. You can download the entire thing here, and load it onto your iPod for the car ride over to Wiggins Park tonight. Tracklisting after the jump. Continue reading →

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This Just In: Dave Hause’s XPo-Fest guitarist is Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem

Photo by Mike Drzal

This just in from Dave Hause‘s tour van, heading our way from points west: joining him on guitar for his XPoNential Music Festival appearance on Saturday evening will be one of his current tourmates: Brian Fallon of New Brunswick, NJ rockers The Gaslight Anthem. Hause hinted at this yesterday, tweeting “Getting fired up to play @wxpnfm festival on Saturday. Gonna be full band, but im gonna need to find a guitar player….”, following up with “Guitar players. Guitar players. Well, I am riding on the bus with a few of them after all….” Today, he was more direct:

To me, the pairing couldn’t be more perfect. Both artists have roots in DIY punk rock, both broadened their sound over time with excursions into Americana tones and ambitious pop-rock arrangements, and both have a natural knack for hooky songwriting and singalong anthems. The only thing that could make this more of an insanely satisfying collaboration is if some of The Menzingers somehow hopped onboard, but that might be too much awesome for me to take. As it is, I’m calling it: Hause’s set on Saturday is sure to be a sleeper hit of XPoNential Festival. Below, you can see Hause starring in The Gaslight Anthem’s video for “Bring It On,” and download an exclusive acoustic version of “C’Mon Kid” that he recorded for The Key last year. Dave Hause, backed by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, plays The Key Stage of the Susquehanna Bank Center at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

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Dave Hause, The Fleeting Ends and Bailey Hounds added to XPoNential Fest

Photo of Dave Hause by Mike Drzal

Dave Hause, The Fleeting Ends, and The Bailey Hounds were recently added to XPoNential Festival’s line-up for Saturday, July 21st at Susquehanna Bank Center, along with Wilco, The Avett Brothers, and Dr. Dog. The all-ages event starts at 6 p.m.; 3-Day Festival Passes include lawn admission to the show and can be purchased here. Tickets to this show can also be purchased separately here.

Listen to Dave Hause’s cover of Kathleen Edwards’ “The Cheapest Key” below.

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Dave Hause to Johnny Brenda’s

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Tonight, XPN Welcomes The Loved Ones’ lead singer Dave Hause to Johnny Brenda’s. Opening for Hause is Cory Branan and Turning Violet Violet. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 – $12. We spoke with Hause last April about Hause’s recent solo album, Resolutions (released last January) and his work with his punk rock band, The Loved Ones. You can read the interview here. Below, watch the video for the song “C’mon Kid.”

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