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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

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Ginger Coyle kicks off Philly Local First Wednesday series today at The Porch at 30th

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Singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle will be kicking off our XPN Philly Local First Wednesdays at The Porch series. She performs live and outdoors today from noon to 1 p.m.

We were invited by the University City District to showcase some of our Philly Local artists at The Porch. It’s at 30th & Market Streets in Philadelphia – outside 30th Street Station.  They have gourmet food trucks at The Porch, and on the First Wednesdays of the month you can hear some great music.

Ginger Coyle is a singer/songwriter from South Jersey and we’ve been playing songs on XPN from her recent CD Homeward Bound. Ginger performed last summer at the Philly Folk Festival as part of the XPN Philly Local Showcase. She is currently working on her next album and has also been making guest appearances on other music projects, including a collaboration with American Babies.

Recently Ginger and her band recorded a Key Studio Session. She is bringing the band that did the session to her performance at The Porch. Check out Ginger Coyle on keyboards, Ken Pendergast on bass, Ross Bellenoit on guitar and Charlie Patierno on drums performing “Let It Burn” below.

Coming up Wednesday May 7th, Phil D’Agostino will be at The Porch from noon to 1 p.m.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. John the Couqueror, Ginger Coyle, Bird Watcher and more

Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese
Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese

This week’s best free mp3 downloads include a variety of different sounds. From birds to bears, there was something for everyone. Philly blues band John the Conqueror released its newest single through Rolling Stone this week. Before the band heads out on its European tour, download “Waking Up To You” off of The Good Life below.

Just before Christmas, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse performed her own rendition of “Walking in the Air” from the 1982 film, “The Snowman” at Johnny Brenda’s. For those who weren’t there to see the performance themselves, Lohse has released it for download on her Bandcamp.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ginger Coyle

Ginger1Ginger Coyle is an artist with a tremendous range. The South Jersey singer-songwriter-pianist-guitarist first caught XPN’s attention with the bluesy “Silver Lining” from her 2012 EP Homeward Bound. In her Key Studio Session, though, we get a taste of all the other styles she has going on – spacey improv into raging rock and roll on “Let It Burn,” swinging pop in the vein of Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man on “Homeward Bound,” delicate jazz vocal stylings on “Moon and Back” and “Comfortable,” breathtaking introspection on the unreleased new number “The Big Picture.” Coyle is not a straight-ahead anything, and her powerhouse voice does wonders with whatever style she’s tackling at the moment. She’s spending early 2014 recording a followup to her debut, and will perform on the regular in the meantime – including an appearance on the 2014 Winter Doldrums Festival and Benefit at World Cafe Live on February 15th. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Download this week’s Key Studio Session below, and watch a video of “Let It Burn” shot by Ryan Chowansky.

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Download a new Kuf Knotz song, “Eddie Green” (featuring Joe Miller)

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Kuf Knotz has released a new song, “Eddie Green.” His first new music in almost three years, it’s the first taste of a new album, A Positive Light, that Kuf has been working on. “Eddie Green,” named for Kuf’s father, had a significant inspiration on Kuf’s life. In honor and memory of the anniversary of Green’s death, the song is an emotionally filled tribute to Kuf’s father featuring Joe Miller on acoustic guitar and vocals and Ginger Coyle on keyboards. Download the song below, for a “name your price.” Kuf will be opening for Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Thursday, November 21st at the Ardmore Music Hall.

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Ginger Coyle sings at the Phillies Game Sunday (Playing Philly Folk Fest 6/17)

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Philadelphia singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle will be singing God Bless America at the 7th inning stretch of the Phillies game today at Citizens Bank Park. The soulful, folksy pop singer released her first album of original songs, Homeward Bound, about a year ago, but she’s been in the music industry for over a decade.

And while baseball is the American past time, Folk is basically a Philly past time. Luckily for those of us who don’t understand baseball, Coyle is also performing a show at the Philly Folk Fest on June 17th on the XPN Philly Local Stage. She will be a part of XPN’s Local Showcase at the Camp Stage, from 11am-3pm.

Coyle is currently working on a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first full-length album. Check out her tune “Moon and Back” below.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “It Feels Like Christmas” by Ginger Coyle

Ginger Coyle photographed by Jessica Bratton www.jessicabratton.com
WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues (and actually ends) today with our 12th and final song in the series called “It Feels Like Christmas” by singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle. Coyle, originally from South Jersey, released her most recent collection of songs called Homeward Bound last May. She has several upcoming shows including one tomorrow night at the Library 2 in Voorhees, New Jersey and a show at World Cafe Live on January 17th. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.