Okay, so we’re obviously pumped about Key Fest this weekend, and hope to see many of you there. But that’s just one of the many many live music options going on in the Philly region. Here are a few others, beginning with midwestern roots rockers Houndmouth, who headline Union Transfer tonight. They’re still touring hard on the strength of Little Neon Limelight, released in 2014; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Midwestern indie-roots crew Houndmouth is heading out on a spring tour this year in support of their rollicking 2015 outing Little Neon Limelight and just announced a Philly stop on April 22nd to headline Union Transfer. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, January 22nd at noon. Continue reading →
Houndmouth are quickly becoming listener (and industry) favorites thanks to their sing-along friendly choruses and repurposed country pop / rock sound. One of the younger acts on NonCOMM’s bill, the three-year-old band performed a high-energy set of songs from their Rough Trade sophomore LP Little Neon Limelight. “Sedona” was a set centerpiece, while “15 Years” channeled a boot shuffling honky tonk and “Gasoline” showcased a softer side to the Indiana outfit. Check out photos and the set list below. Continue reading →
Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Indiana-bred southern rockers Houndmouth put on an amazing set at today’s Free at Noon, leaving the audience mesmerized. The band’s new album, Little Neon Limelight, is due out next Tuesday, and their setlist featured songs from the new records such as “Black Gold,” “Sedona” and the funny “My Cousin Greg,” all from the new album. Continue reading →
The energy was high as the crowd swarmed the XPoNential Music Festival Marina Stage for midwestern rock four-piece Houndmouth. Fists were pumping and and voices were raised singing along with songs from the band’s 2013 release From the Hills Below The City. Continue reading →
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.)
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.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Viv and the Revival
Susquehanna Bank Center
Band of Horses
Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.
Roots rockers Houndmouth released their debut album, From The Hills Below The City in June to well deserved acclaim. The quartert from New Albany, Indiana – right across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, includes Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Shane Cody and Zak Appleby and formed the band in 2011.
“Penitentiary,” one of the songs on From The Hills Below The City is currently being featured on NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation and was selected by World Cafe host David Dye as one of his “songs he can’t stop playing.” Here’s what he says about the song:
I missed the Louisville band Houndmouth’s debut album, From the Hills Below the City, when it came out earlier this year. Oh, I knew it was there and my colleagues seemed to like it; I just never listened to it. I couldn’t handle another alt-country band; I was Mumford-ed out. That changed when Houndmouth came in for its World Cafe session, where I discovered that this album is filled with superior writing about cocaine, casinos and trains. The dirt behind most of the writing — combined with the “cleanness” of the stacked vocals and arrangements — echoes the best of The Band and makes for a near-perfect album. “Penitentiary” is one of the first songs Houndmouth wrote, but more importantly, it’s one of the best.
Below, download “Penitentiary,” See then band live on Wednesday, November 13 at World Cafe Live.
Houndmouth is a bluesy folk-rock band hailing from Indiana, and they’re stirring up quite a buzz this year. For starters, they’re XPN’s Artist to Watch for the Month of June. From the Hills Below the City, Houndmouth’s debut album, was released on June 4, and the band performed their track “On the Road” on Conan this week as well. It’s a cheery, smile-inducing tune with a hint of country twang that you can check out below. They’ve embarked on a U.S. tour this summer, hitting a ton of music festivals on the way and making another late-night TV appearance, this time on the Late Show with Dave Letterman. Houndsmouth played World Cafe Life this past April, and as of now they have no Philly tour stops in the near future (we’ll keep our fingers crossed, though).