Listen to a new, previously unreleased Diego Garcia song, “Jenny And Juan”

Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |
Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |

This Saturday night, October 25th, Diego Garcia returns to Philly to the Tin Angel. The last time he visited town was when he played the XPoNential Music Festival this past summer in July. During his set at the festival, accompanied by his guitarist, Diego performed material from his 2011 debut, Laura, and his latest release, Paradise, that came out in October, 2013. With stand out songs like “Laura,” “You Were Never There,” and “Sunnier Days” in his catalog, now we have a “new” song from Garcia to add to that body of work. Continue reading →


XPNFest Recap: Diego Garcia plays to a swooning crowd on the Marina Stage


Diego Garcia | Photo by Noah Silvestry |
Diego Garcia | Photo by Noah Silvestry |

Diego Garcia reprised his 2012 festival appearance with a stripped down set on the Marina Stage.  The New York musician performed intimate songs from 2011’s solo debut Laura and last year’s follow-up Paradise.  Interspersing some colorful stories about the songs and events in his life over the last several years, Garcia was his usual charming self up on stage.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann |
Photo by Kate McCann |

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

Wiggins Park
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
Old 97’s
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Man Man
Nicole Atkins
Diego Garcia
James Cotton
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Dave Hause
Jeremy Messersmith
Caitlin Rose
Bear’s Den
The Lawsuits
Marian Hill
Ginger Coyle
Our Griffins
Viv and the Revival
Commonwealth Choir

Susquehanna Bank Center
Ryan Adams
Jenny Lewis
Band of Horses
The Districts


Watch Diego Garcia master the art of being cool and inviting in new “Tell Me” video

Diego Garcia | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |
Diego Garcia | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |

As his jet black silhouette does all the talking and emoting in front of a plain white background, Diego Garcia is calm and persuasive in offering his shoulder to cry on in his new video for “Tell Me”. Lifted from his latest release Paradise, “Tell Me” has a simple acoustic arrangement that enhances the smooth texture of the song and Garcia’s sincere lyricism. Watch below and get tickets to his pair of shows at Tin Angel on March 22nd here.


Photos: Diego Garcia and his band serenaded World Cafe Live

10.23.13_TheKey_DiegoGarcia_WCL_DarraghDandurand_40All photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |

Last night Diego Garcia returned to Philadelphia to play a set of songs from his album Paradise for an appreciative crowd at World Cafe Live. Joining him was Arc Iris, the new project of Jocie Adams formerly of The Low Anthem. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Orb at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Diego Garcia at World Cafe Live and more


English electronic duo The Orb bring their 25th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight.  Bandmates Alex Paterson and Martin “Youth” Glover have marked the quarter-century milestone with a new album called More Tales from the Orbservatory, released on Cooking Vinyl this past June.  The album matches the auditory structure of earlier releases, synching European-sounding house music with vocal samples that are usually spoken rather than sung.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a live video of The Orb performing “Little Fluffy Clouds” below.

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Listen back to Diego Garcia’s Free at Noon performance (playing World Cafe Live on 10/23)

Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | All photos by Joe Del Tufo |

Last week, Diego Garcia performed a WXPN Free at Noon concert from the cafe stage of World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Next Wednesday, Garcia and his band make their way to Philadelphia to perform at the original World Cafe Live in support of the new LP Paradise, released this month. Get a taste of what’s in store by checking out the archive of their set at the Queen in its entirety below; click “launch player.”


A gift from Diego Garcia; stream his new album, Paradise, in its entirety

diegogarcia Singer-songwriter Diego Garcia just released his sophomore album, Paradise on Concord Records. Following the critical acclaim of his solo debut Laura in 2011, Garcia recorded another collection of songs with sharp pop melodies and superb, crafty musicianship. Paradise is a captivating and romantic mix of Latin, American and European influenced songs. About his solo career, Garcia says: “For the last four years, I’ve been following my instincts in search of a new sound, a sound that could properly deliver my message on love, or I should say, the malady of love,” he explains. “Minor keys, cello, nylon classical guitars, light drums, and wooden tambourines helped create a vibe for me to accomplish this sound.”

Diego Garcia is doing an in-store performance at Main Street Music in Manayunk tonight at 7PM. WXPN Welcomes Diego to World Cafe Live on Wednesday, October 23rd.

To thank the members of XPN for their support, Diego has made a stream of his new album available in its entirety. Listen to it below, after watching his quick video greeting.

Diego also put together a video playlist of some of his favorite musicians. Watch the playlist here.


Diego Garcia will sing for you at World Cafe Live on October 23rd

Photo by Alex Lowy
Diego Garcia at XPoNential Music Festival 2012 | Photo by Alex Lowy

With a new LP on the horizon, talented singer / songwriter and extremely handsome gentleman Diego Garcia is embarking on a fall tour that brings him through Philadelphia on October 23rd to headline World Cafe Live. Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website. His album Paradise is out October 8th via Concord Records, and we got a taste of the album a couple weeks back via the single “Sunnier Days.” XPN’s Bruce Warren writes that the new album “stays true to the Latin flavors of his previous album yet steps up with a fuller sounding and produced new collection of songs.” Listen to the song below, and get a free download of it at Diego’s website.


The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Dice Raw, Ape School, Diego Garcia


Folkadelphia presented an otherworldly session from Dana Falconberry this week.  The Austin-based musician performed songs from her latest Leelanau LP alongside two tracks .  Stream and download “Crooked River” below and visit the Folkadelphia Bandcamp page here for the full session.

Local rapper Dice Raw is the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session.  The socially conscious artist has a new record called Jimmy’s Back, a project that looks at race and the U.S. prison system in a catchy and narrative style.  Dice Raw’s session pulls songs from the new album as well as two tracks from The Roots’ catalog.  Stream and download “Marching to the Beat of a Drum” below and get the full session here.

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