Sometimes unlikely combinations on paper make for good bedfellows in the studio. Such is the case with Cody ChesnuTT who collaborated with Gary Clark, Jr. on “Gunpowder On The Letter,” from ChesnuTT’s new Landing on A Hundred: B-Sides and Remixes. In addition to Gary Clark, Jr., ChesnuTT invited Questlove of The Roots, Danny Swain, Jay West and Manuel Sahagun to remix several songs from ChesnuTT’s original Landing On A Hundred studio album. Below, download “Gunpodwer On The Letter.” Clark and ChesnuTT play off each other well, trading verses and guitar solos on the rollicking, driving, clap along song.
Kings of Leon take over the Wells Fargo Center tonight, with support from blues rock musician Gary Clark, Jr. The Tennessee natives (and family band) released their sixth studio record Mechanical Bull in September. XPN Fest alum Gary Clark, Jr. has been getting a lot of mileage out of his 2012 LP Blak and Blu, winning a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home” earlier this year. Tickets and information can be found here. Check out Kings of Leon’s video for “Beautiful War” below.
During a recent trip to his hometown of Austin, TX blues / rock musician Gary Clark Jr. stopped by KUTX, pizza in hand, to perform a pair of acoustic songs from his 2012 full-length Blak and Blu. Without the fiery passion of his electric guitar, Clark shows an impressive ability to translate his usually-explosive live show into an intimate and stripped-down setting. Gary Clark Jr. will perform at the 6th Annual Roots Picnic on June 1st; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the video via NPR Music below.
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You had to crack a smile as Gary Clark Jr. sang to a sold out crowd “you’re gonna know my name by the end of the night” – the signature line to his trademark song “Bright Lights”. But trust me; there was nobody at the TLA this past Saturday night who didn’t know the name Gary Clark Jr. In fact, between nearly every song the crowd showered the Austin-based guitarist & songwriter not just with applause, but with chants of “Gary! Gary! Gary!”. It was a fanatical response to one of the most dynamic new artists in music. And on the heels of his full length debut Blak & Blu, Gary gave Philly a performance that lived up to all the hype and all the expectations one could’ve expected. He and his band sizzled on straight ahead blues-rockers like XPN-favorite “Don’t Owe You A Thang” and album standout “Travis County”. And yes, the new tunes from Blak & Blu came to life on Saturday night. “Blak and Blu” and “Ain’t Messin’ Around” were comfortable fits alongside some of Gary’s more traditional blues-rock staples. No one was safe from the bone-rattling close to the set as Gary and the band brought all the thunder the TLA could handle with the anthemic “Bright Lights”. Well, that until his encore of “Numb” – which may have had the walls shaking and sweating. The only downside of the night was when it ended. Continue reading →
XPN Welcomes five-piece Philly folk-pop band Low Road as they reunite tonight in celebration of the Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary. Low Road’s popularity in the nineties, ignited by frontman Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s prevalence in the Philly music scene, led to two albums on Caroline Records. The band will be playing a sold-out show at 7 pm, but tickets are still available for the 10 pm show, which you can find here. Both shows are 21+. Below, check out Low Road’s “The Devil’s Pocket” from their 1994 album of the same name.
Funk-and-soul man Gary Clark Jr. gets the room moving in his new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” off of his latest LP Blak and Blu. The Austin musician rocks the party in the video the same way he rocked the crowd at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival, with his big-band sound and blues-infused vocals. Gary Clark Jr. will be in town on Saturday when XPN welcomes him to The TLA with Kat Edmonson. Tickets are still available here for the all-ages show.
Get an exclusive listen to modern day guitar demi-god Gary Clark, Jr.’s debut album, Blak and Blu, accessible on iTunes here. Clark’s album will be available for purchase next Tuesday, October 22nd, and shortly after he’ll be performing in Philly at the Theatre of the Living Arts on November 10th. Tickets for that show are available here.
Yesterday, Gary Clark Jr. debuted a new song, “Numb” at Complex Magazine. Clark releases his major label full length album debut, Blak and Blu, on October 22nd. Listen to “Numb” below. The amazing guitarist returns to Philly on Saturday, November 10th to the TLA after two blistering performances at Made In America. Go here for tickets and more information on the show. And speaking of Made In America, that would be Jay Z with Clark, pictured above, in Philly at Made In America.