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Listen to Hiss Golden Messenger on Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

If you didn’t get enough of southern roots band Hiss Golden Messenger at XPNFest, you’re in luck: the band made an appearance on NPR’s show Mountain Stage, taped live at West Virginia’s Civic Center Little Theater. Lead vocalist M.C. Taylor is joined by guitarists Phil Cook and Josh Kaufman, bassist Michael Libramento and drummer J.T. Bates. The band pulled from every era of its expansive repertoire including their latest album Hallelujah Anyhow, and a brand new, never-heard-before song called “Happy Birthday,” which Taylor dedicated to his five-year-old daughter. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Hiss Golden Messenger’s southern folk takes root on the Marina Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Nursing a fresh sunburn and dodging the inflated beach ball being tossed around the crowd, I wove my way toward the Marina Stage. MC Taylor and the accompanying four-piece band of Hiss Golden Messenger dared the audience to match the energy of last night’s set in Newport, where the band was joined by singer Mavis Staples. “I could’ve died after that particular performance…It’s the third day of this festival, nothing matters anymore. This time tomorrow I’ll be in a hammock with my kids,” Taylor said.

What the blues-rock band lacked in dance moves (especially considering that they directly followed that wild Tank and the Bangas set), they made up for in power, giving a vivacious performance that left them toweling the sweat from their faces. Continue reading →

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Watch Hiss Golden Messenger perform “Domino (Time Will Tell)” on Late Night with Seth Meyers ahead of their Philly show

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

XPN favorite Hiss Golden Messenger made a recent television appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform “Domino (Time Will Tell),” from their new album Hallelujah Anyhow. The North Carolina band appears in rare 10-piece form for this rendition, packing the late night stage with their magnetic presence. Hiss Golden Messenger is fronted by vocalist and songwriter M.C. Taylor, who says that the new album is intended to combat the darkness in the world with messages of hope and positivity. Watch the video below. Continue reading →

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Get details on Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah Anyhow LP, see them at World Cafe Live

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Last month, vibey Americana outfit Hiss Golden Messenger shared the track “Standing in the Doorway,” a leftover from the Heart Like a Levee sessions, and now they’re one-upping that gift by announcing a fall tour and new album titled, Hallelujah Anyhow — which will be out on September 22nd via Merge Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Union Transfer, Red Baraat at Exit 0 Jazz Fest and Anderson East at Ardmore Music Hall

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist
Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist

Tonight Union Transfer will host North Carolina-based band Hiss Golden Messenger. The group touches on genres spanning from country, blues and rock. The show tonight is one of many stops on their Heart Like A Levee tour promoting their newest album released on October 7th via Merge Records. Check out the video for “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing” below, and click here for more information on this all ages show. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Hiss Golden Messenger playing Union Transfer in November

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist
Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist

Hiss Golden Messenger has announced a Fall into early Winter tour with a stop at at Union Transfer on Sunday November 13th. Last week the band announced that their new album, Heart Like A Levee, will be released on October 7th. It comes two years after their last release, the critically acclaimed Lateness of Dancers. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See Bruce Springsteen literally “dance in the dark,” hear a new Hiss Golden Messenger track

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have become legendary for their  energetic, never-ending performances, but Monday night in Paris the Boss proved too much for the power supply at AccorHotels Arena as they blew a main electrical fuse during the show- cutting electricity to the stage for about 20 minutes and forcing Springsteen to do a little impromptu dancing in the dark.  Watch.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laura Stevenson at The Fillmore, Family Vacation at Boot and Saddle, Hiss Golden Messenger at Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center

Laura Stevenson | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Laura Stevenson | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Long Island singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson released her fourth studio album, Cocksure, last month via Don Giovani Records. Tonight her tour in support of Matt Pond PA hits the Foundry at the Fillmore. Her set tonight is sure to feature some new songs off of Cocksure, as well as some of her classics from earlier records like 2013’s Wheel. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and check out Laura’s brand new music video for “Jellyfish.” Continue reading →

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Eaux Claires Day 1: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The journey to Eau Claire (pronounced “Oh Clare”), Wisconsin for the inaugural Eaux Claires (EXC) indiefolk mammoth of a festival started like a freak folk dream that never really stopped. From the time we pulled into the two hour wait line outside the muddy camping grounds Thursday night – during which antsy campers skipped up and down the aisles of cars and coolly flaunted their half-shaven haircuts on cig breaks – the party kept rolling with no signs of slowing down.

Lines of hipster drones sweated outside the gates from 10 a.m. Friday morning until they could break through to music mecca curated by the one and only Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. (Our staff photog Jeremy cleverly nicknamed the festival #BonnarooIver.) Make no mistake about it; everything on these grounds felt handpicked by JV from the focus on Midwestern artists – every artist on the bill had a personal connection to Vernon, even those of non-Midwestern descent – to the oddly terrifying family zone – more on that tomorrow. Continue reading →