John the Conqueror will take over Spruce Street Harbor Park for the first installment of this summer’s monthly music series, curated by The Key. The Waterfront Sessions will bring local music to the beautiful park setting next to the Delaware River all season long. John the Conqueror are a band of “blues-rock rabble rousers” that just got home from a European tour. Welcome them back at the free show tonight along with Song Dogs; more information can be found here.
XPN welcomes indie/folk rock up and comers Hey Marseilles and The Apache Relay to Milkboy tonight. The Seattle-based seven piece Hey Marseilles released their second full length album Lines We Trace back in March, and have been gaining popularity for their pop folk songs and heart melting lyrics. Think Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers, but with a more authentic feel. Their single “Heart Beats” is a great example of the band’s ability to go from a verse with soft singing and guitar to a chorus with pounding drums. The Apache Relay is a suitable opener, with folk music that is driven by guitar and catchy vocals, they could be compared to River City Extension. You can find tickets for the show here.
Last night’s headlining XPoNential Music Festival show at the Susquehanna Bank Center gathered a variety of artists from across the XPN universe, from the chamber-indie tones of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles to the rousing rock and roll of Philly’s Dr. Dog; the electro-beat dance pop of Minneapolis’ Polica to Denver’s new folk torchbearers The Lumineers.
“It was a thrill having David Dye introduce us,” Lumineers frontman Wes Schultz told the crowd. “We played this festival last year; it’s good to be back.” Their set drew largely from their self-titled album, mixing in their singalongable tracks like “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines” with covers like “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” by fellow Colorado artist Sawmill Joe, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan (who headlines XPo Fest tonight). They rushed out to the lawn to perform an impromptu mini-set of “Darlene” and “Elouise” among the fans in the XPN members’ section, and even worked a few new songs in the mix.
Dr. Dog unveiled three new songs as well – the vibey “The Truth,” which was released as a lyric video last Monday, a chug-a-lug rocker called “The Distant Light” and the joyous “Love.” Their new album, B-Room, is out in October.
Check out photos from their sets, as well as openers Hey Marseilles and Polica, in the gallery below.
Hey Marseilles‘ latest LP Lines We Trace brings them to MilkBoy on October 11th. Released this past March, the new record is the Seattle six-piece’s follow-up to its 2008 debut To Travels and Trunks. Lines We Trace continues to break folk and pop molds with its chamber / art orchestral focus on storytelling, surfing the crests and troughs of love and loss amidst both dark and bubbly arrangements. Opening for them is Nashville band The Apache Relay, which continues to tour behind its 2011 album American Nomad. Since the release, the revival roots band have practiced what they preach, hitting the road for the better part of the last year and a half. Tickets for the 21+ show go on sale Friday at noon. More information will be available here. Below, watch the video for Hey Marseilles’ “Heart Beats” and The Apache Relay perform “Home is Not Places” live in Knoxville.
Seattle chamber-indie outfit Hey Marseilles stopped by The Sellersville Theater last week for a headlining show in the elegant digs of the Bucks County venue; brightly-dressed Brooklyn indie pop group Lucius played an opening set. Check out of photos from the show in the gallery below.
Seattle indie band Hey Marseilles play Sellersville Theater tonight with stellar duo Lucius. After releasing a highly acclaimed debut, To Travel and Trunks back in 2010, Hey Marseilles followed up with another gorgeous record, Lines We Trace last March. This band has mastered the art of making songs that are both catchy and meaningful. Check out the video for their latest single, “Heart Beats” below (watch Lucius’ “Don’t Just Sit There” video too) and click here for tickets and more information.
For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, one of our favorite Philly bloggers, Kevin Kennedy of The Swollen Fox, shares his five albums he can’t wait to hear in 2013.
It’s been a great year for music fans, but it’s time to start looking ahead to 2013. While you ponder your new year’s resolutions, take some time to look at upcoming concerts and releases—there’s a lot of stuff to get excited about. Some of my favorite artists are putting out new albums next year, and most have already scheduled Philly shows as well. Here’s a list of the 5 albums I’m most excited to hear in 2013. Continue reading →