Five reasons why the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival will be awesome (XPN Welcomes Appel Farm tomorrow)

AppelFarm2013 500x500 artwork for webrevised FINALV2_0 Tomorrow is the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival at Appel Farm in Elmer, New Jersey. Tomorrow’s weather looks sunny and hot for a great day of music (lineup is above). You can get tickets and directions here. Below, five reasons why Appel Farm is bound to be great. See you in Elmer, New Jersey!

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Delta Spirit and family make the TLA feel like home (photos, recap)

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to compare the three touring bands on Friday night’s TLA bill to members of a family. The quasi-dysfunctional, generally loving kind one might have seen eating Thanksgiving dinner the day before.

Los Angeles-based garage punk opener FIDLAR ripped through its set like an angsty, intoxicated teenager. Two-piece hazy rock outfit JEFF The Brotherhood, like a token stoner 20-something, took the stage to a cloud of smoke and played multiple tracks from their summer release, “Hypnotic Nights.”

Then, to a mass of colorful lights and a wall of reverb, headliners Delta Spirit invited the audience on to what felt like a rock-and-roll UFO. In the family mix, the band would be that weird uncle, heartbroken and laden with the scars of life, who always put on the best records and had the best stories to tell. Continue reading →


Watch JEFF the Brotherhood perform “Staring at the Wall” on Conan (opening for Delta Spirit on 11/23)

Nashville grunge-rock band JEFF the Brotherhood stopped by Conan the other night and performed “Staring at the Wall” while modeling the latest in winter hat-wear.  Ok, so maybe the hat was just an interesting accessory.  But the brothers really did perform the track off of their new Dan Auerbach-produced record Hypnotic Nights, complete with a jazz flute solo by Conan’s house band-member Jerry Vivino.  JEFF the Brotherhood (minus the flute player) will open for Delta Spirit on Friday, November 23rd at The TLA.  Tickets and information are available here.


Watch JEFF the Brotherhood’s Video for “Leave Me Out;” Playing TLA 11/23

Tennessee grunge band Jeff the Brotherhood, playing at Theatre of the Living Arts on November 23rd with FIDLAR and Delta Spirit (ticket information available here), have released a new video for “Leave Me Out” from this year’s Hypnotic Nights. The video is a teleport to an ’80s A/V club dream, complete with every green-screen background you could ever want: a car chase, a tropical oasis (with waterfalls!), hot air balloons, psychedlic swirls, a war zone, slot machines, and fireworks. Check it out below.


Beware of drinking expensive beer or FIDLAR will find you (playing The TLA on 11/23)

LA punk band FIDLAR show off their rage for anything than their drink of choice in the new music video for “Cheap Beer.” The video features a riotous biker terrorizing those drinking anything other than beer “with a bag around it” in a rampage of violence and explosives. FIDLAR will be supporting Delta Spirit with JEFF the Brotherhood at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; tickets are available here. Watch the video for “Cheap Beer” below.


Hear a new FIDLAR song featuring Kate Nash (playing the TLA on 11/23)

Last week L.A. rock group FIDLAR started streaming a new track, “AWWWKWAARRRDDD,” from their Tumblr. The song features British singwer/songwriter Kate Nash, and you can listen to it here. Catch Fidlar playing with JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; ticket information for that show is available here. Below, check out FIDLAR’s video for “No Waves.”


Delta Spirit returns to Philadelphia in November; watch a video from their Union Transfer show

Photo by John Vettese
Delta Spirit‘s tour behind its self-titled 2012 album rages on. Today, the band announced a string of new tour dates, including a stop at The TLA on November 23; on sale times and ticket prices will be announced soon. The band just appeared at our XPoNential Music Festival with Counting Crows. prior to that, its last headlining gig was at Union Transfer in March. Check out a performance of “California” from that show – it showcases the band’s geometric lighting rig in full effect.