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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

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.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paws at The Barbary, Alkaline Trio at The Electric Factory, Hayden / Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle and more

PAWS | Photo via www.facebook.com/wehavepaws
PAWS | Photo by Kasper Volgelzang

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.

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My Morning Download: “Penitentiary” by Houndmouth (playing World Cafe Live 11/16)

houndmouth 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.

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Watch XPN’s June Artist to Watch, Houndmouth, perform on Conan

Photo by Tyler Zoller
Photo by Tyler Zoller

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).

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Houndmouth announce tour, playing World Cafe Live in April

Photo by Tyler Zoller
If you’re not familiar with the indie-roots band Houndmouth then it’s time for some due diligence. The hotly buzzed Kentucky based four piece released their debut self-titled EP last August to well-deserved excellent reviews. They’ve kept a fairly low profile up until now, however they are going out on tour and the future sure looks bright for them. They’ll be out on tour with Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka and by the time they finish up their dates in Austin, Texas at SXSW our prediction is that music fans will be gushing. Good news for Philly is that Houndmouth has announced a show on Saturday, April 6th at World Cafe Live. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 15th. Below, watch the band perform “Penitentiary.”

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