The soft spoken Taylor Goldsmith, lead vocalist of the band Dawes, recollects stories of grief and sorrow in a very appropriate acoustic version of their track “Now That It’s Too Late Maria,” from their new album, All Your Favorite Bands. Dawes reveals an intimate performance with Pink House Sessions with a stripped down vibe that pays dividend to the overall meaning of a song written to tug on our hearts, one that ruminates on the “who knows” and “what might have beens” in our own lives. Continue reading →
The XPoNential Music Festival is almost a month away, and what better way to gear up for Friday night’s headliner than to catch a fantastic performance of Dawes’ “Things Happen”, the opener off the band’s new album, All Your Favorite Bands, on the Conan O’Brien Show. The Los Angeles natives have embarked on a huge tour in support of their new album with a tour that includes stops at tons of festivals and even a trip across the pond for a few shows in Europe. Continue reading →
XPN Fest band Dawes will release their next record All Your Favorite Bands this June, following up 2013′s Stories Don’t End. NPR Music’s First Watch has premiered the LP’s first single “Things Happen” along with a video that is both fun and meaningful.
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 →
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: