Firefly Under the Radar: Conner Youngblood

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If you’re heading out to Dover, DE later this week for the Firefly Music Festival, don’t miss Texas multi-instrumentalist Conner Youngblood.  A recent Yale graduate in American Studies, his music is a melting pot of seemingly incongruous genres and techniques that makes for an exquisite and transcendent outcome.  Youngblood’s blending of acoustic and electronic instrumentation with a focus on narrative lyrics is not so surprising, though, after learning he lists Bob Dylan, James Blake and Ray Lamontagne as influential touchstones.

The singer-songwriter released two EPs in quick succession last year – Sketches Pt. 1 and Sketches Pt. 2 – and is currently working on new recordings. Both of last year’s EPs can be downloaded for free here.  Catch him on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at The Porch; more information for the festival can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of “Australia” and stream “The Warpath,” which was featured as a My Morning Download last August.


Firefly Under the Radar: LEAGUES

LEAGUES While catching headliners like Tom Petty or Vampire Weekend, will certainly be a thrill at this years Firefly Music Festival, happening in Dover, DE this coming weekend, there’s also a certain exhilaration to be found in discovering new bands whose popularity has yet to really take off. If you’re looking for this kind of excitement, the kind that only comes along with hearing an artist for the first time and instantly loving them, then look no further than Nashville natives LEAGUES. The Tennessee trio released its LP You Belong Here earlier this year. A promising debut, the band displays a sound reminiscent of U2 or The Police, while maintaining a more modern sensibility, drawing equal inspiration from more recent acts like Phoenix, as well. The band showcased its delightful pop-rock in a World Cafe Session back in April when David Dye traveled to Nashville, and it is something surely not to miss at Firefly this weekend, where they’ll be performing at the Lawn stage, this Friday, June 21st. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the video for their track “Spotlight”, below.


Hit the arcade in The Spinto Band’s new “Amy + Jen” video (playing Firefly Festival)

ThomasAndThomasIt doesn’t seem all that unusual to find Delaware’s The Spinto Band trapped in a world of 80s computer game graphics. With a herky-jerky flair reminiscent of early They Might Be Giants videos, this one for “Amy + Jen” – which premiered on last night – sees each of the five Spintos pop on and float around a screen saturated with bright neons and strobing backdrops you might have seen coming out of a Nintendo console or flickering in an arcade 25 years ago. Watch it below; “Amy + Jen” comes from the band’s 2013 release Cool Cocoon, and next Friday it plays Firefly Festival‘s Porch Stage at 2:15; get the details here.


Free Download of He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (playing Firefly Festival)

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are embarking on a long summer tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, including a stop at next weekend’s Firefly Festival.  In addition, the folk-rock group have put up a live version of their song “How’m I Gonna Get Back Home” on their Bandcamp.  It’s a swinging blues-folk number about partying a little too hard.  Check it out below and download it for free via their Bandcamp page.


Vampire Weekend have dinner with friends in the new video for “Diane Young” (playing Firefly Festival this month)

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Vampire Weekend have made increasingly imaginative music videos during their career and the quirky creativity continues with the new one for “Diane Young.”  The song comes from the band’s latest Modern Vampires of the City LP and gets the visual treatment with help from a table-full of indie favorites.  Riffing on “The Last Supper,” the New York City indie pop / afrobeat outfit is flanked by the likes of Sky Ferreira, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Santigold, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and more.  Despite the dream guest list, the dinner disintegrates into a food fight / nightmare before the band is left at the table alone with a mysteriously masked man.  Vampire Weekend plays the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, happening June 21-23.  Three-day passes are sold out but single-day tickets are still available here.  Watch the video for “Diane Young” below.


Watch Vampire Weekend live in concert from NPR Music

vampire2 Vampire Weekend released their new album, Modern Vampires of the City, on Tuesday and recently performed a 12 song set at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica for KCRW and NPR Music. Vampire Weekend play the Firefly Music Festival on Sunday, June 23. Video, set list below.

“White Sky”
“I Stand Corrected”
“Diane Young”
“Diplomat’s Son”
“Ya Hey”
“Oxford Comma”
“One (Blake’s Got A New Face)”


Firefly Music Festival announces daily lineup, single day tickets available now

vampire weekend Firefly Music Festival has announced its daily lineup of bands that you can check out here. The festival is June 21-23 in Dover, Delware. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing on Friday, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on Saturday evening, Foster The People, Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend on Sunday. Single day tickets are also now available here. WXPN will be at the festival broadcasting live and we look forward to seeing everyone!


Watch the lyric video for “Ya Hey,” a new song from Vampire Weekend (playing Firefly Festival this June)


As The Swollen Fox shared earlier this morning, Vampire Weekend have shared a lyric video for another new song off of their upcoming Modern Vampires of the City LP.  In the video, the lyrics of “Ya Hey” appear over scenes of seemingly ritualistic champagne-popping.  Vampire Weekend will release the new album on May 14th, followed by an appearance at the Firefly Festival in Delaware on June 21-23.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Ya Hey” below.