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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at Johnny Brenda’s, Teen Men at Kennet Flash, The World is A Beautiful Place at Chameleon Club and more

Photo by David Kain | Bitby.tv
Photo by David Kain | Bitby.tv
Longtime local favorite Joey Sweeney will celebrate Long Hair, his new album which comes out October 29th, at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Sweeney has conquered the worlds of music and journalism having fronted many bands (including The Trouble with Sweeney) and written for Philadelphia Weekly and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His latest pop-rock effort is an album that surely compliments his track record in the industry. Check out Sweeney and his band’s first live show, which was recorded for our Key Studio Sessions, here and watch a trailer for the album below. Tickets are available here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mount Moriah at Johnny Brenda’s, Auctioneer and Heyward Howkins at PhilaMOCA, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Academy of Music

mount_moriah_stairwell_bgThere’s a whole bunch of blissed-out folk to be heard at Johnny Brenda’s tonight as Mount Moriah (from North Carolina) and Blessed Feathers (from Wisconsin) play one of the last shows of their tour together. The two acts are an appropriate pairing; Mount Moriah plays stripped down, rootsy country/gospel that focuses on highlighting Heather McEntire’s pop croons, while Blessed Feathers play a more updated kind of indie-folk, full of ambient two-part harmonies and driving melodies. The two sounds complement each other very well, and opening act Edison is definitely in the same realm, offering ambient space rock with hints of violin. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information can be found at the venue’s website. Watch Mount Moriah’s video for “Plane” below.

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SXSW Recap: Watch Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform “Chase the Feeling” at the Public Radio Rocks showcase, and listen to their entire set

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell | Photo by Laura Fedele |  WFUV
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV
American music icons Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are longtime friends, first-time collaborators on their new album Old Yellow Moon, and they performed together in the Public Radio Rocks showcase at South by Southwest, put on by WXPN, The Current, WFUV, KUTX and KXT. Below, watch video shot by WFUV of Harris and Crowell performing “Chase The Feeling”, and listen to their set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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SXSW Dispatch: Public Radio Rocks! showcase with Charles Bradley, Pickwick, Vampire Weekend and more

Yesterday a stacked, eclectic lineup took the Austin Convention Radio Day Stage for an afternoon-long show thrown by Triple-A public radio stations WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, KUTX in Austin and WXPN.

The Public Radio Rocks! showcase kicked off with gritty rockers Divine Fits; went into introspective mode in a collaborative set by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and a solo performance by Iron & Wine‘s Sam Beam; spotlighted classic soul showmanship care of Daptone Records all-star Charles Bradley; introduced the crowd to new soul-rock outfit Pickwick, from Seattle; brought perennial favorites Dawes out to regale the room with tunes from their new record; and wrapped up with Vampire Weekend playing to a massively packed house.

Check out scenes from the day in the photo gallery above, and watch videos of Vampire Weekend playing “A Punk” and Iron & Wine playing “Woman King” below.

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XPN broadcasting Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Dawes, Vampire Weekend and more

TP Vampire Weekend 09  On March 15th in Austin, TX, XPN will will co-present the South by Southwest Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, broadcasting live performances from Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Charles Bradley, Dawes, Divine Fits, Iron & Wine, Pickwick and Vampire Weekend. From XPN’s Bruce Warren:

WXPN has participated in past years on the SXSW Radio Day Stage with some fantastic bands like The Lumineers, Father John Misty and Caitlin Rose. This year, working with my colleagues, we’re taking it to the next level: great radio stations banding together to present great music. And we’re doing it in a way that’s unique for public radio audiences.

XPN has teamed up with NPR affiliates across the country for the day-long event including KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, WFUV in New York and The Current in Minneapolis. The broadcast / webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST on March 15th.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch a video of The Lumineers performing at last year’s XPN Showcase, filmed by Bands in the Backyard.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Lohse, Wooden Wand

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have teamed up for an upcoming album called Old Yellow Moon, out through Nonesuch Records on February 26th.  “Hanging Up My Heart” was chosen by WXPN as its contribution to NPR’s new 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing feature.  XPN welcomes Harris and Crowell to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio; tickets and information can be found here.

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My Morning Download: “Hanging Up My Heart” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (XPN Welcomes to the Academy of Music in March)


5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing is a new feature at NPR Music. Each month, various public radio stations pick a new song that they are playing, share it, and make it available as a free download. This month, we’ve chosen “Hanging Up My Heart” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell from their forthcoming new album of duets called Old Yellow Moon. The album is out on February 26th on Nonesuch Records. Other songs included in this month’s feature are from indie-rockets Parquet Courts, gospel singer Bishop Richard “Mr. Clean” White, Project Trio and singer-songwriter Amy Cook.

Harris and Crowell are both legends in the world of country and folk music. The singer-songwriters have released seminal solo records over the years, but they began their working relationship way back when Crowell became a member of Harris’ Hot Band in the mid-’70s. Their new album of duets, Old Yellow Moon, sounds classic in every sense of musical accomplishment: from their gorgeous singing and inspiring studio performances to their excellent choice of material, including covers of songs by Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson and originals by Crowell. It hearkens back to classic recordings like Harris’ Elite Hotel and Crowell’s Diamonds and Dirt, and brings the best out of the two veterans. WXPN Welcomes Emmylou and Rodney to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Just Announced: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell playing The Academy of Music in March with Richard Thompson Electric Trio

This winter, country music icon Emmylou Harris and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell are embarking on their first official collaboration since 1975. On February 26, they will release the album Old Yellow Moon, and will tour in support of it with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, who also has a new EP titled Electric. The tour comes to Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 26 at the Academy of Music – onsale information will be announced shortly. Below, watch archival video Emmylou and Rodney collaborating on “If I Could Only Win Your Love.”

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Photo Recap: XPoNential Music Festival Day 3 (Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, Carbon Leaf, Shemekia Copeland, + more)

For photos (and audio + video) of local artists performing at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival—including Clap Your Hands Say YeahJukebox The GhostSun AirwayMatt DukeKuf KnotzNicos Gun, and more—take a look at our Local Spotlight posts.

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Emmylou Harris added to the lineup at the XPoNential Music Festival

Emmylou Harris has been added to the lineup of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru on July 22, 23, and 24 at Wiggins Park in Camden, New Jersey. She joins a lineup including Ben Folds, Sun Airway, Shemekia Copeland, Ra Ra Riot, North Mississippi All Stars Duo, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, and more. Emmylou has a new album out called Hard Bargain. Below, watch her perform “Six White Cadillacs” during her appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. Tickets to the music festival are available now to WXPN new or renewing members here.

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