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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Indigo Girls to Scottish Rite Auditorium, Father John Misty at Union Transfer, Kimbra at TLA, Sea Wolf at North Star Bar


XPN Welcomes the Indigo Girls to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood tonight. The folk rock duo, whose career spans over two decades, are on tour playing old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Power of Two” in addition to tracks from their 2011 record Beauty Queen Sister. Tickets for the 7:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their “Making Promises” from Beauty Queen Sister.  Continue reading →

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Father John Misty announces fall tour dates; playing Union Transfer in October

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
The fantastical Father John Misty will once again grace us with his presence. Having played at SXSW this year, as well as our annual Non-Comm, we have grown fond of not just his debut album Fear Fun (which is spotlessly melodious, especially the master-crafted tune “Hollywood Cemetery Sings”) but also his live performances. The Father really knows how to get wrapped all up into his songs that discuss his pains and his pleasures, his sorrows and his irateness, and his feverish, wondrous dreams. He returns to Philadelphia on October 21st at Union Transfer with supporting acts including La Sera and Jefertitti’s Nile. Ticket sales TBA. Below, you can check out his live performance of “I’m Writing a Novel” from WXPN’s Non-Comm in May. You can listen to the entire performance here.

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Listen to Father John Misty’s performance from WXPN’s Non-Commvention


Father John Misty performed at WXPN’s Non-Commvention last Thursday evening, May 17th. You can listen to the entire performance here.

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My Morning Download: “Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty (playing Thursday night Non-comm broadcast)


Father John Misty is the musical persona of Josh Tillman, who has been recording and releasing solo albums since 2003 (as J Tillman) and who recently departed the Fleet Foxes after playing drums since 2008. Tilmman’s debut as Father John Misty – Fear Fun – was recently released on Sub Pop Records. The record was produced by Jonathan Wilson (himself a singular singer-songwriter) and has musical touchstones on it that may bring to mind George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass and Harry Nilsson. Download the song “Nancy From Now On” from Tillman’s Fear Fun below. Father John Misty is playing this Thursday evening as part of WXPN’s Non-Commvention along with War On Drugs, Polica, and Beth Orton. The complete schedule of live broadcasts is here.

Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On by Bella Union

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WXPN broadcasting Non-Commvention shows with Grace Potter, War On Drugs, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Polica, Norah Jones and more


Next Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 17th WXPN’s annual music conference, the Non-Commvention, rolls in to World Cafe Live and WXPN. This is the 12th year for the industry conference started by WXPN’s Dan Reed when he worked at WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky. Hundreds of music industry personnel will be in town from various radio stations across the country alongside industry publicists, labels representatives, digital media folks, managers, and listeners and members of WXPN. The lineup for this year’s Non-Comm includes dozens of bands who will be performing at World Cafe Live Wednesday through Friday night, and a listener appreciation Free At Noon on Saturday at Penn Park. WXPN will be broadcasting and webcasting the following sets live:

Wednesday, May 16
8:00 PM – The Key Studio Sessions Live with Graham Alexander, Find Vienna
10:00 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thursday, May 17 Free At Noon
Noon – Joseph Arthur
12:30 – Citizen Cope

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Father John Misty
9:35-10:05 – Beth Orton
10:45-11:25 – The War On Drugs
12:05-12:45 – Polica

Friday, May 18 Free At Noon with Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Diego Garcia
9:35-10 – Nada Surf
10:40-11:10 – Good Old War
11:50-12:30 – J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Saturday, May 19 – Listener Appreciation Free At Noon from Penn Park:
12-12:20 – Dex Romweber Duo
12:25-1:05 – Rufus Wainwright
1:15-1:45 – Sons of Fathers
1:55-2:25 – Elle King
2:30-3 – Nick Waterhouse

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My Morning Download: “Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty (playing WXPN’s Non-Commvention in May)


Father John Misty is the musical persona of Josh Tillman, who has been recording and releasing solo albums since 2003 (as J Tillman) and who recently departed the Fleet Foxes after playing drums since 2008. Tilmman’s debut as Father John Misty – Fear Fun – is being released on Sub Pop Records on May 1st. The record was produced by Jonathan Wilson (himself a singular singer-songwriter) and has musical touchstones on it that may bring to mind George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass and Harry Nilsson. Download the song “Nancy From Now On” from Tillman’s forthcoming album below.

Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On by Bella Union

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SXSW photo recap: Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas

Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.

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WXPN broadcasting live from SXSW this Friday with The Lumineers, Delta Spirit and Father John Misty

Cara Robbins

This Thursday, March 15th, starting at 4 p.m. WXPN will be broadcasting live from SXSW in Austin, Texas from the SXSW Radio Day Stage. The broadcast features The Lumineers (4-4:30 p.m.), Delta Spirit (5-5:40 p.m.) and Father John Misty (6-6:40 p.m.). Below, watch a new video from The Lumineers.

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My Morning Download: “Hollywood Cemetery Funeral Sings” by Father John Misty


Father John Misty is Josh Tillman, drummer for the Fleet Foxes who recently left the band to start this new musical project. Sub Pop Records is releasing the band’s debut album on May 1st called Fear Fun. Tillman has been releasing a steady stream of gorgeous solo records since 2004 and before he played drums for Fleet Foxes, Tillman was a member of the Philly based Saxon Shore. He recorded the album in a studio in Laurel Canyon, working with producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson. Below, download the song “Hollywood Cemetery Funeral Sings.”

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