Gary Clark Jr. premieres a new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” on Rolling Stone (playing The TLA on Saturday)

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.


Listen to a new Gary Clark, Jr. song, “Numb” (playing TLA on November 10th)

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.


Listen to a new Gary Clark, Jr. song, “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” (playing TLA in November)

Jay-Z with Gary Clark, Jr. at Made In America via

Gary Clark, Jr. is finally releasing his debut full length album, Blak and Blu on October 22nd. He recently played Made In America and returns to town on Saturday, November 10th to the TLA. Go here for more information on the show. Below, listen to a new song, “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round,” and watch a version of “Bright Lights” he performed at Made In America.


Radiohead, Weeknd, Black Keys, Grace Potter, Bon Iver, Gary Clark, Jr. play Coachella

Thom Yorke photo by Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / April 16, 2012

The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up yesterday with the second weekend of performances next weekend. Watch some of the festival highlights below from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, the Weeknd, Gary Clark, Jr., Bon Iver, Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dawes.


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.


Listen to Gary Clark Jr.’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

Gary Clark Jr.

From NPR Music:

With three self-produced albums under his belt, Gary Clark Jr. plays more than just blues: He cuts through a stunning blend of reggae, rock and soul. Clark can sing some sweet R&B, but at heart, he’s a blistering blues-rock guitarist who’s about to blow up big. In August, he released The Bright Lights EP.

Clark began playing guitar at the age of 12, and has since expanded his arsenal to the harmonica, bass and drums. He’s also the winner of multiple accolades, including the Austin Music Award for Best Blues Band in three separate years. Though still only in his 20s, Clark has shared the stage with legends like Jimmie VaughanSheryl Crow, and Eric Clapton. Hear Clark’s fiery songwriting and wild guitar work in this performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bon Iver, XPN Artist To Watch Gary Clark, Jr (w/ Questlove!) and Ben Vaughn

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, the indie folk outfit led by Justin Vernon, emerged from 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago with a devoted following and a hefty dose of high expectations for the next album. After For Emma’s romantic mythology (weighty songwriting in a lone cabin, deep in the woods) and wistful, rustic songs meant that Bon Iver had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, Vernon more than delivered with this spring’s self-titled Bon Iver. Bon Iver takes its predecessor’s charms and multiplies them, creating a layered, complex sound that’s more sophisticated by half. Bon Iver plays with The Rosebuds at the Tower Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $35-$45.

Also playing: Fresh from performing at the XPoNential Music Festival, WXPN’s Artist To Watch Gary Clark Jr. is on the bill with ?uestlove (on the wheels of steel) + Voss, Abstract Verses at The Blockley (9 p.m., 21+, $8),

WXPN Welcomes the Ben Vaughn Quintet to The Sundown Music Music Series at Haddon Lake Park in Haddon Heights, NJ (7:30 p.m., all-ages, free)