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The Key’s Year End-Mania: Ten videos not to miss on VuHaus

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.

We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Get Up Kids at The Trocadero, Grace Potter at The Fillmore and more…

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The Get Up Kids | photo via Facebook

Missouri alt-rockers The Get Up Kids bring their 20th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. The “second wave emo” band released five studio LPs over its 20 year career, most notably their 1999 Vagrant Records debut Something to Write Home About. They toured with Weezer and Green Day and count Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Hellogoodbye as fans. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show with Rozwell Kid and Into It. Over It. can be found here. Listen to “I’ll Catch You” from their 1999 record below.

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You heard Grace Potter play new music at #XPNFest. Now listen to her new album via NPR Music.

Grace Potter | Photo via artist's Facebook
Grace Potter | Photo via facebook.com/GracePotter

Grace Potter got her start with band The Nocturnals, playing a blend of rock and soul bolstered by Potter’s huge voice. Since establishing herself as a strong frontwoman, Potter has ventured into the world of solo performance. The XPN Fest headliner is releasing her debut solo album Midnight next week, and the album is streaming in its entirety over at NPR Music. 

Midnight‘s sound is energetic pop-rock, with a taste of the soulful melodies of The Nocturnals sprinkled throughout. It’s perfect for an August road trip, for singing in the shower, or kicking back to reminisce about this year’s fantastic XPN Fest. Continue reading →

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Here are all our favorite covers from this past weekend’s XPN Fest

George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Missed out on the festivities this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As entertaining as it was seeing some of our favorite bands play some of our favorite songs at XPN Fest, it was equally fun seeing them play some of their own favorite songs. Without fail, there is always a fantastic collection of covers played by the various performers throughout the festival, and we’re here to break down the best of the weekend for you. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Grace Potter and George Ezra shut down the festival with a pop / rock finale

Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Grace Potter | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Like any good music festival, XPoNential requires stamina for those dedicated enough to take it in from top to bottom, front to back. This year was no exception, but those who stuck around to catch the closing night SBC show headlined by Grace Potter and George Ezra were in for a treat. Both performers were totally captivating and engaging, but in different ways – Ezra putting on the storytelling charm and crafting intimate moments with just his voice and guitar, Potter getting all in-your-face with a big and bold six-piece band. Continue reading →

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Watch Grace Potter premiere new songs, see her at #XPNFest in July

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Grace Potter | photo by Steve Garfinkel | garfinkelphotography.com

Grace Potter visited Dan Reed in the XPN studio for an on-air interview and acoustic performance yesterday. Potter discussed her surprising career trajectory, the musicians who inspired her path and the difference between being fueled by the art vs. the business. She also premiered new songs “The Miner” and “Empty Heart” from Midnight, a new record that will be out on August 14th.

Catch Grace Potter at the XPoNential Music Festival with George Ezra and The Wailers on Sunday, June 26th (tickets available here) and watch the video interview below.

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Just Announced: Grace Potter, George Ezra and The Wailers will headline SBC on Sunday night at XPNFest

George Ezra | photo by Pip | www.bypip.co.uk | courtesy of the artist // Grace Potter photo courtesy of the artist
George Ezra | photo by Pip | www.bypip.co.uk | courtesy of the artist // Grace Potter photo courtesy of the artist

Drum roll, please…

The lineup for Sunday, July 26 of the annual XPNFest is in, and we’re psyched to announce that Grace Potter, George Ezra and The Wailers will headline the third day of the fest at Susquehanna Bank Center. Chances are you’ve heard ’em on WXPN, but catch a few tracks from these headliners below. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway with The Roots

Questlove and The Roots
Questlove and The Roots

All photos by Noah Silvestry | Silvestography.tumblr.com

Last Thursday evening, July 4th, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway filled with the sounds of music and the excitement of fireworks for the Wawa Welcome America Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks. See scenes from the celebration in the gallery below.

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Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Atlantic City ticket sale and lineup announced


Dave Matthews Band will bring the Dave Matthews Band Caravan to four U.S. cities this summer. Atlantic City, NJ has been selected to host the first of these shows which will take place on June 24th–26th at Bader Field, formerly the site of the Atlantic City Municipal Airport. The series of three-day festivals will feature more than a handful of WXPN favorite musicians with the Dave Matthews Band performing a set each night.

In addition to Dave Matthews Band, the lineup for the Atlantic City “Caravan” will include David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, The Flaming Lips, O.A.R., Damian Marley, Bassnectar, Dr. Dog, Amos Lee, Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Warren Haynes Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Guster, Lotus, Rebelution, Fitz and the Tantrums, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lisa Hannigan, Punch Brothers, From Good Homes, Delta Spirit, Big Gigantic, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, TR3, Vusi Mahlasela, The Budos Band and Bobby Long, special performances by Dave Matthews Band members Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard plus a Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds acoustic set. The festival weekend will also include a number of late night shows at Atlantic City venues.

Tickets will be available as three-day passes only. An online ticket request period for the Atlantic City festival begins Monday, March 14th, at 10:00 AM ET and concludes Monday, March 21st, at 10:00 AM ET at here…For complete presale details go here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 25th, at 10:00 AM ET at . They will also be available by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX.