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Download a free Firefly fest mixtape ft. Fitz & The Tantrums, Robert DeLong, Arkells, Guster and more

Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Joseph Cultice | courtesy of the artist

Firefly Music Festival is just six weeks away. Featuring over a hundred bands, headliners include Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, and Two Door Cinema Club. Forty of the bands playing are on a new mixtape that you can download for free via NoiseTrade; stream it below, and catch Firefly Fest in Dover, Delaware from July 16 to July 19th. More information can be found hereContinue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Guster play “Dumpster Set” in snowy Pittsburgh alley, stream Bloc Party’s new album, see Neil Young perform for Paris billionaire

That was awesome PGH! #DumpsterSet

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Guster had to cancel their show @ The Fillmore Philadelphia this past weekend because of the snow so instead they played an intimate little performance in Pittsburgh…outside in the snow…in front of a dumpster!  Watch. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Guster performs new and old songs to a sold-out crowd

Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack

World Cafe Live hosted legendary modern rock band Guster this afternoon for a Free at Noon performance. The set featured songs from a variety of albums, including old hits like “Satellite” and new jams like “Simple Machine.” The band’s catalog, which spans over 20 years, drew a crowd from a variety of ages, all of which were singing and clapping along. Notably, band members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds showed off their musicianship by playing a variety of instruments throughout the set, including the guitar, bass, xylophone, tambourine, and keyboards. Continue reading →

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Guster’s Evermotion tour will bring it to The TLA with Kishi Bashi in April

Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic
Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic

Alt rock faves Guster recently announced a spring 2015 tour with soundscaper Kishi Bashi opening on several dates, including their Philadelphia stop at the TLA in April. The tour comes after the release of their seventh studio album, Evermotion, due out January 13. The Boston four-piece took a break from their acoustic tendencies for some experimental noise rock on this album with the help of the Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist, Richard Swift. Evermotion was recorded at Swift’s Cottage Grove studio in January 2014, and will be released via Guster’s own label, Ocho Mule Records. In addition to the new album, the band is  celebrating 20 years together, and performs at the Theater of Living Arts on April 24 with Kishi Bashi. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN concert calendar. You can listen to a teaser of the new album below. Continue reading →

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]

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Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster playing The Mann on July 18th

benfoldsfive The “Last Summer On Earth Tour,” featuring Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster comes to town at The Mann Center on Thursday, July 18th. Also performing is singer and comedian Boothby Graffoe. Barenaked Ladies are releasing a new album on June 4th and each ticket purchased for the performance includes a voucher for a free digital download of the new album. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 22nd at 10 AM. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch Guster perform a live version of “Do You Love Me.”

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Guster at The Keswick Theatre

Pleasing the fans is Guster’s top priority. The Boston pop-rock band has kept its listeners satisfied with six studio albums full of the same cheerful, fast-paced melodies they’ve yearned for during the past two decades. Guster impresses fans by using a wide array of instruments, ranging from keyboards to bongo sets, and—though the band has yet to reach mainstream status—its music encompasses much of the popular genre with catchy choruses and love-centered lyrics. Long-time fanatics have come to expect contact with the band, what with its consistent online studio updates, road journal entries, capacious touring schedules, and love for signing post-show autographs. This band radiates with adoration for its fans that other less enthusiastic artists should note; here’s to many more years of Guster fan appreciation. Guster performs with Yellowbirds at 8 p.m. at Keswick Theatre; tickets to the all-ages show are $30. —Lisa Henderson