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The Week’s Best Free mp3s, incl. Dave Hause, Strand of Oaks, Kate Faust

Dave Hause
Dave Hause | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

NYC Taper paid a visit to the XPoNential Music Festival to record the Saturday performances, capturing the sets of wonderful acts like Dave Hause and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Both of those recordings are now available to download for free.  Take a listen to “Here It Comes” by HFTRR below and download both complete sets here.

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XPNFest Recap: Hurray For the Riff Raff energized the River Stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

New Orleans favorites Hurray for the Riff Raff blanketed the XPoNential Music Festival in a stirring set of soulful folk-blues on Saturday afternoon. Led by the charismatic Alynda Lee Segarra, the five piece band’s blend of rootsy fiddle leads intermingling with gospel organ accents and a punchy upright bass energized the crowd at the River stage. Continue reading →

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Non-COMM Recap: Hurray for the Riff Raff brings southern folk fun to the downstairs stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Cameron Pollack

New Orleans-based roots group Hurray for the Riff Raff showed off their winning blend of southern folk, bluegrass and rock and roll on the last night of NonCOMM. Frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra started the show out with a solo performance of “The New SF Bay Blues” and brought the full band up for a lively set punctuated by their single “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Allright)” and wrapping with the clever number called “Fiddlesticks.” Most of the band exited so fiddle player Yosi Pearlstein could play center stage while Segarra sang and tapped the neck of the fiddle with two small sticks; it created an very unique melodic / percussive effect that brought the performance to a short and sweet close. Check out photos from the set below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Watch #xpnfest artist Hurray For The Riff Raff shine on Conan

Photo by Sarrah Danziger

There’s enough Hurray For The Riff Raff to satisfy your classic country cravings from now til the XpoNential Festival. Last night, frontwoman Alynda Segarra donned an interesting pastel-colored suit for the band’s solid performance of “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)” on Conan. All fashion choices aside, her vocals were stellar and the late night buzz doesn’t stop there. The Louisiana natives will be musical guests on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 26th just before their tour kicks into full swing and brings them to local fans on July 26th for the XpoNential Festival. Get tickets here.

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Download a free new music sampler with music from Old 97′s, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Old Crow Medicine Show and more


#XPNFest artists Old 97′s, Hurray for The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are four of the artists whose new singles are available to download for free on a 15 song ATO Records Spring Sampler. Other artists on the collection include Built To Spill, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kaiser Chiefs, Midlake, Benjamin Booker, Midlake and more. The Old 97′s are represented with “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” from their new album Most Messed Up. Below, download the sampler. Get tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival here.

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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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Hurray For The Riff Raff rally the World Cafe Live crowd for the second time in a weekend

Photo by Kate McCann | http://katemccannphotography.com/index2.php#!/HOME
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

New Orleans based indie-folk group Hurray For The Riff Raff returned to World Cafe Live last night, just a few days after last week’s Free At Noon. Singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, who fronts the band, thanked the crowd who saw them last time and started off their set with sweet folk tunes, her voice lulling the audience as a fiddle and stand-up bass joined the instrumentation. After a handful of songs, fans were singing along and bopping with Segarra’s flouncy movements as she played songs from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s new album, Small Town Heroes. By the end of the evening, Segarra picked up her harmonica and banjo, to finish out a solid set of tunes.

Another New Orleans resident, rocker Benjamin Booker made his Philadelphia debut last night and opened the show. Ready to warm up a mellow crowd with his soulful tunes, Booker began to wail on his guitar and slyly dance in his Dr. Martens. The singer and his band appeared ecstatic to share their music with the slowly growing crowd. Fans moved away from their dinner tables and up to the foot of the stage to listen to his set, which included his just released single from his forthcoming ATO Records debut Violent Shiver.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wild Child at Johnny Brenda’s, Hurray for the Riff Raff at World Cafe Live, The Sounds at Union Transfer

Photo via facebook.com/wildchildsounds
Photo via facebook.com/wildchildsounds

Folk-pop outfit Wild Child is in town tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The band released their second LP The Runaround back in October which found them sticking to their earnest songwriting and striking string arrangements. Emerging from Texas just a few years ago, they’re paving their own path with each heartfelt lyric. Watch “The Runaround” below and get tickets here.

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Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff preview their World Cafe Live show during Free at Noon

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buzzing New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff brought their breezy spin on folk and blues to Free at Noon yesterday. The band plays a headlining set at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, April 8th, so the show yesterday gave the lunchtime crowd a taste of what’s in store. Listen to the performance and see a gallery of photos from the set below, and check out the setlist after the jump.

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