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Just Announced: XPN welcomes Dawes at The Grand Opera House in March

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Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After releasing their fifth studio record We’re All Gonna Die in September, California outfit Dawes have announced a supporting tour for next spring. Taylor Goldsmith & co. will bring the album to the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, March 7th, with tickets going on sale this Friday, November 18th.

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Hear the new Dawes album a week early via NPR Music’s First Listen

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Dawes | photo by Clara Balzary | courtesy of the artist

California rockers and XPN favorites Dawes return next Friday with their fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die. It’s a provocative title on the one hand and a statement of fact on the other hand. NPR’s Jason Heller says in his review that the music contained within proves that Dawes, even after seven years together, still strives to outdo itself as musicians and songwriters. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at PhilaMOCA, Tiny Rhymes at Rigby Mansion, GoToBeds at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Wildhoney | photo by Zach Inscho | courtesy of the artist

Baltimore outfit Wildhoney are doing a quick tour with Philly’s Literature, and the pair hit PhilaMOCA tonight. Wildhoney’s dreamy popgaze was put on glistening display with last year’s Your Face Sideways and continues with brand new track “Horror Movie.” The latter is part of a collaborative “mini LP” curated by Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP!. More information for the all-ages show with Hurry and Free Cake for Every Creature can be found here.

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Just Announced: Dawes and Kathleen Edwards will play the Electric Factory in July

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Dawes | photo courtesy of the artist

Two XPN favorites are joining forces this summer when California rockers Dawes and Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards share the stage of the Electric Factory on Saturday, July 16th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15th.

Dawes continues to support last year’s warmly-recieved album All Your Favorite Bands, while Edwards – who stepped back from music in 2014 to focus on running a coffee shop in Ottawa – makes her return to the stage. No word yet on whether new music is involved too, but hey, any Kathleen Edwards is cool with us. Her last release was 2012’s Voyageur. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year End-Mania: Ten videos not to miss on VuHaus

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.

We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Watch the 5 most popular World Cafe videos of the year

Hop Along | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Hop Along | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps five standout videos from the World Cafe YouTube channel.

Over two hundred bands were featured on World Cafe this year, many of whom have been featured on the show’s YouTube channel. Dawes, Hop Along, The Milk Carton Kids, Father John Misty and Kamasi Washington were the top five most-viewed performances of the year, with many more including Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter, Son Little, George Ezra, Joss Stone and Mac DeMarco all delivering incredible performances.

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Dawes powers through a set at The Grand Opera House

Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington was host to a special evening this Sunday with Hiss Golden Messenger and the proven powerhouse that is Dawes.

The theater, with all its personality, set the scene for an extraordinary rock-show soundscape. Hiss Golden Messenger gave the crowd just what they needed with sultry tunes to prepare them for the fearless yet comforting Dawes. Playing with the heat of their latest album, All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes gave us a set list full of the new hits including “Things Happen” and “Somewhere Along the Way.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Car Seat Headrest at Johnny Brenda’s, Darwin Deez at Boot and Saddle, Deerhunter at Union Transfer and more

Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/
Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/

We here at XPN are really into the new Car Seat Headset record — his first for Matador Records — and the man behind the music, Will Toledo of Seattle reminds a lot of our own Alex G. who, like Toledo, made a name himself by releasing an insane amount of self-released work (11 for Toledo and 13 for Alex G.) They also are now both fresh off big label debuts, and you can catch Toledo play songs from intricate, interesting and overall awesome new album, Teens of Style tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →