Central PA acoustic punk fave Koji is coming out east for a gig at the Voltage Lounge, bringing along The Homeless Gospel Choir, Steve Layman, and Space Cadets to open the show. His most recent release is this year’s Keeping Count 7″. The gig is all ages, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The gospel harmonies and rock and roll fury of Durham, NC family band Delta Rae brought down the house at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. The band was showcasing its second album, After the Fire, released in April. Below, check out videos of “Dance In The Graveyards” and “Chasing Twisters” via VuHaus, listen to their entire set here and check out photos from the band’s recent show at World Cafe Live at The Queen here. Continue reading →
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 →
Return XPNFest-ers Delta Rae played a high-energy set to close out Wiggins Park on XPNFest day two as the sun set over the Delaware.
With their April LP After It All in tow, the band’s energy was palpable from the get-go. The charging “Outlaws” opened the set, “Cold Day in Heaven” had a touch of 80s synthesizer and pop hooks. Dipping back to their second album for “Morning Comes” riled up the crowd to clap along, while “Bottom of the River” was re-imagined with an intense instrumental opening before the thundering drums kicked in. Continue reading →
With nothing more than a kick drum beat and simple piano melody, Delta Rae‘s new song “All Good People” creates a very emotional and touching memorial not only the Charleston shooting victims but to all those affected by violence.
The song shows a sense of self-awareness with powerful lyrics like “We can’t hold our breath forever when our brothers cannot breathe,” and the group’s incredible, gospel-inspired vocal delivery hammers the message home: if you don’t speak up, you’re part of the problem. Proceeds of the song are going to the Emanuel AMA Church in Charleston. Continue reading →
Celebrated indie-folk singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens makes a long awaited return to form on his current album and tour. Rather than being a zany holiday collection or an abstract electronic freakout, Carrie & Lowell is a return to Stevens’ contemplative acoustic roots, very much in the vein of 2004’s Seven Swans, and over the course of 11 songs it is an aching meditation on his mother who died in 2012. Tonight he returns to Philly to headline the Academy of Music and kick off his U.S. tour; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Folk-rock band Delta Rae just announced their 16-stop tour for this spring, and the Americana six-piece will grace the TLA stage on April 9, with tickets going on sale Friday, Jan. 16. Continue reading →
Just recently, Delta Rae put on a sensational show at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware, and they return to our area tonight at the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem. The band is currently working on a new album and has been road testing a number of songs. Opening is Nashville singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon. Get tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar here. Below, download for free a live version of “Bottom of the River” recorded at the Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina.
John Doe of the punk band X plays World Cafe Live tonight. Doe recently released his first ever “best of” collection, including 24 song from his solo albums. Tickets to the show and information here. Tickets and more information here Below, watch John and Kathleen Edwards perform “The Golden State.”
Last night, Delta Rae performed at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. After seeing them at three festivals I was not prepared for the force of nature they’ve become. Having honed their sound from two years of near constant touring, the energy of their set has reached a fever pitch. They opened strong, two drums kicking for the tune “Run”, from their recent release the Chasing Twisters EP, and by the time they got to a thunderous cover of Patti Smith’s “Because They Night”, I wondered if they could keep this sustain this level of energy and excitement.They did. Breathing only for a gorgeous completely unplugged version of a new song called Any “Better,” they left the crowd stunned with their soaring four part harmonies. There is a Fleetwood Mac influence here, but bigger, and seasoned with deep southern influence that shows up in songs like “Bottom of the River,” and “If I Loved You,” both highlights from the night. The vocals of siblings Brittany, Ian and Eric Holijes pairs with the outstanding energy of Elizabeth Hopkins are really something to behold. It’s a show you feel as much as hear. This is a band destined for larger stages; catch them up close while you can.