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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 →

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Watch Dawes cover Billy Joel’s “Big Shot” at #XPNFest

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Dawes | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of the biggest highlight of the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival was Dawes‘ Friday night headlining set (read a recap here), and one of the highlights of that set was an encore cover of “Big Shot” by Billy Joel.

Drummer Griffin Goldsmith took lead on it, and his delivery is so spot-on similar to Long Island’s favorite son that I was over in the production tent wondering why we were blaring 52nd Street over the PA. (Don’t judge – it had been a long day.) Revisit the cover below in a video recently posted to VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Here are all our favorite covers from this past weekend’s XPN Fest

George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Missed out on the festivities this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As entertaining as it was seeing some of our favorite bands play some of our favorite songs at XPN Fest, it was equally fun seeing them play some of their own favorite songs. Without fail, there is always a fantastic collection of covers played by the various performers throughout the festival, and we’re here to break down the best of the weekend for you. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Dawes gives Philly fans the set they’ve been craving

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Dawes | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you’re an #XPNFest regular, I probably don’t even have to tell you the story. Los Angeles rock and roll four-piece Dawes played in 2012, and it rained during their set; they returned in 2013, and it rained even harder, so much so that their set had to be called off. In 2014 they were back, this time on the Susquehanna Bank Center stage opening the night for Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams…but fans were crushed that they only got to play a five-song / 25 minute set. Which brings us to tonight, with Dawes headlining the first night of XPNFest 2015 and nary a cloud in the sky. Continue reading →

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Watch Dawes perform “Now That It’s Too Late Maria” at the Pink House Sessions

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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 →