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Hozier headlines #XPNFest’s Friday lineup, with Dawes, Bettye LaVette, Japanese Breakfast and more

Hozer | photo courtesy of the artist // Dawes | Magdalena Wosinska // Bettye LaVette | photo by Mark Seliger | courtesy of the artists

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru returns to the Camden Waterfront in just a few short months, the weekend of July 26, 27, and 28.

Headlining the BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26 is Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, who debuted in 2013 with “Take Me To Church,” a ubiquitous song that led his 2014 self-titled album to double-platinum status. He returned earlier this month with his sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby! Watch him perform the opening track, “Nina Cried Power,” on World Cafe below.  Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes will headline The Fillmore in February

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

After opening the Jeff Lynne’s ELO show at the Wells Fargo Center a few weeks back, Dawes has announced their return to Philly for a headlining show of their own. The second leg of the band’s tour behind their recent album Passwords will bring them to The Fillmore on February 1 for a special two-set performance. Continue reading →

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Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dawes at Grand Opera House and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at SteelStacks

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

California favorites Dawes are out east to play a gig at the Copeland Hall at the Grand Opera House. Their folk-rock sound houses some catchy pop hooks with psychedelic instrumentation, producing a sound with the heart of Springsteen and the strumming of Mumford and Sons. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes expand tour, playing The Fillmore on 6/10

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Dawes | photo by Clara Balzary | courtesy of the artist

After the surprise live album release of We’re All Gonna Live a couple of weeks ago, Dawes have decided to add on a few more dates to their An Evening With Dawes tour. This means that in addition to the previously announced March 10th date at The Grand Opera House in Delaware, the California outfit will also be making a stop at The Fillmore on June 10th. Tickets and information for the all-ages show will be available via the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch “Roll With the Punches” below.

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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 →