MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bono’s surgery forces U2 to postpone “Tonight Show” residency, & watch Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello & Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith- aka “New Basement Tapes” perform on Ellen


Bono has injured his arm an apparent cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair, and has forced the postponement of U2′s week-long residency on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Continue reading →


XPNFest Recap: Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes capped an exuberant second day at SBC

Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

If that image of Ryan Adams in Rock God stance doesn’t give you an indication, the closing trifecta of XPoNential Music Festival day two was high-energy and memorable. A sizable crowd filled out the theater and lawn of the Susquehanna Bank Center to watch as Adams was joined by Jenny Lewis and Dawes to jam out into the breezy Saturday night. Continue reading →


XPoNential Update: Schedule released, Strand of Oaks added, plus a video trip down memory lane of past festivals

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is just one month away. And I’m sure by now you’re familiar with who’s playing this year: we have amazing artists like Beck, Ingrid Michaelson, The Hold Steady, Dawes, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, The Districts, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more on the bill.

What you don’t already know is the daily lineup schedule – and we’ve heard a lot of you asking when it would be released. This morning, we’ll answer your questions, because it’s right here.

Also, we’re happy to announce a new addition to the lineup: XPN Artist to Watch Strand Of Oaks. The Philly quartet rocked hard at this year’s Non-Comm Festival, and impressed us so much with the brand new album HEAL (released this past Tuesday on Dead Oceans), that we decided to add them to #XPNFest, upping the rock and roll quotient.  Here’s a very fun interview The Key’s Elliott Sharp did with Strand Of Oaks front man Tim Showalter the day the record came out: don’t forget to see them this Friday afternoon for a Free At Noon Performance too.

Speaking of things that are awesome, we’ve collected some videos of past XPoNential Festival performances to get you psyched for a great weekend of live music on the Camden waterfront a month from now. Check them out after the jump. Go here to XPN’s Youtube channel to watch more videos from past #XPNfest’s.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performing “Janglin” last year:

Here’s “4 & 4″ by The Districts:

The Lumineers playing “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Hey Ho” from our 2012 event:

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Dawes backs Conor Oberst at a sold-out Union Transfer show

Conor Oberst | photo by Michelle Montgomery
Conor Oberst | photo by Michelle Montgomery

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst took the stage at Union Transfer playing a sold-out show on Wednesday night. Touring in support of his latest solo LP, Upside Down Mountain, Oberst played a guitar-heavy mix of new tracks and old favorites. Since Upside Down Mountain was released just days before the show, many of the country/folk-inspired songs were not previously heard by the audience. Oberst was backed by roots rock band Dawes, who also opened the show. Playing in Philly for the first time since the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival, Dawes played an energetic set in support of their 2013 release Stories Don’t End. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.


Just Announced: Beck, Ryan Adams, Dawes and more headlining the XPoNential Music Festival

Beck | photo courtesy of the artist
Beck | photo courtesy of the artist

The first wave of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival acts has rolled in and it includes some big names.  Headlining the Saturday night portion of the festival over at the Susquehanna Bank Center is prolific alt / country singer Ryan Adams, indie rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis and L.A. staples Dawes, while the enigmatic and trailblazing Beck closes out the three-day event with Americana rockers Band of Horses and Lancaster-bred four-piece The Districts on Sunday night.

Photo by David Black
Ryan Adams | Photo by David Black

The annual summer highlight is happening July 25th through the 27th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Pre-sale reserved tickets for the SBC shows will be available to WXPN members on Wednesday, April 9th (members, check your email Wednesday morning for more details) and will then open up to the general public on Friday April 11th at noon.

XPoNential Music Festival 2014 3-Day Go-Everywhere passes, which include lawn seat admission for SBC concerts, will be released on Thursday, April 17th along with the full three-day lineup. Go here for tickets and info, check out music from the announced acts below and stay tuned for more updates.

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Robert Ellis releases track “Only Lies” off new album The Lights from the Chemical Plant; will play Ardmore Music Hall Feb. 21

Robert Ellis
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Last week, country / folk singer-songwriter Robert Ellis released the raw and unapologetically honest track “Only Lies” from his forthcoming sophomore full length The Lights from the Chemical Plant. The album, out February 11 on New West Records, features collaborations with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes as well as Rob Crowell of Deer Tick. Ellis kicks off his North American tour at the end of this month, and will be stopping at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa on February 21.Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at noon- get them here. See a full list of tour dates here. Stream “Only Lies” below.


Get psyched for XPoNential 2013 by revisiting past performances from Dr. Dog, Dawes, and more

Photo by Ryan Schwarts
Dr. Dog performing at XPoNential Music Festival in 2010 | Photo by Ryan Schwarts

With the XPoNential Music Festival mere days away, what better way to get in the mood than by checking out some stellar perfomances from XPo-Fests past? While there’s certainly a long list of exciting, up-and-coming new artists playing this year, it’s always nice to kick back with some old favorites. Below check out some perfomances from years past by XPoNential vets Dr. Dog, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dawes and The Lumineers! Continue reading →


Dawes announces show in York (playing Strand-Capitol on 9/24)

Americana rock favorites Dawes just added another show to their 2013 tour. In addition to their spot at the XPoNential Music Festival, the group will perform at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA, on September 24th. Tickets went on sale for members of the Center yesterday morning, but will be available for general purchase at 10 am on Friday, July 12th. Check out the video below of a live performance of “From a Widow Seat,” a tune off Dawes’ third (and most recent) album, Stories Don’t End. For tickets and more information, click here.


Listen to Dawes on World Cafe (playing XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Dawes was on World Cafe today. You can listen to the Michaela Majoun’s interview with Taylor and Griffin Goldmmsith and performance from the band here. During the session they performed “From A Window Seat,” “Most People,” “Just My Luck,” and “Someone Will.” Dawes are on the lineup at this year’s XPoNEntial Music Festival July 26-28th. Go here for weekend passes to the show which includes lawn passes to see The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica and Wake Owl at Susquehanna Back Center on Saturday evening, July 27th and the AmericanaramA Festival of Music with Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham at the SBC on Sunday evening, July 28th. Below, watch the video for “From A Window Seat.”


Dawes, Dr. John, Lianne La Havas, Phosphorescent and more playing XPoNential Music Festival 2013

DawesLos Angeles rockers Dawes, New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, UK soul singer Lianne La Havas and Brooklyn Americana outfit Phosphorescent are among the 20 acts announced today for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 26th through the 28th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

Joining the already-announced Saturday night SBC lineup of The Lumineers, Dr. Dog and Polica is Vancouver ethereal roots act Wake Owl. In addition, local acts on the bill include Aaron and the Spell, DRGN King and The Districts.

Weekend passes to the XPONential Music Festival are available now through WXPN membership. New and renewing members will get a pair of weekend passes to Wiggins park and lawn seats to the SBC show for a pledge of $24 month. More information can be found here.

The Lumineers (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Dr. Dog (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Polica (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Wake Owl (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
John Butler Trio
Dr. John
Trampled By Turtles
Michael Kiwanuka
Brett Dennen
Lianne La Havas
Justin Townes Earle
Jose James
Last Bison
Kopecky Family Band
Lord Huron
Fleeting Ends
The Stray Birds
The Districts
Aaron & The Spell
Alo Brasil