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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Watch Indigo Girls play “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” at #XPNFest via VuHaus

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Indigo Girls | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Heritage artists of the singer-songwriterscene, Indigo Girls played an energetic and well-received set last month at the XPoNential Music Festival. Playing a career-spanning set on the River Stage on Sunday, they closed the Wiggins Park portion of XPNFest on a high noteContinue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Indigo Girls play to the faithful, closing out the day at Wiggins Park

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Indigo Girls | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Longtime XPN favorites Indigo Girls ended this year’s XPoNential Music Festival with a rewarding set of old and new songs.

They got things kicked off with the poignant “Shame on You,” and kept the momentum going throughout.  Songs like “Least Complicated,” and “Joking,” involved much audience participation.  Singer and guitarist Amy Ray performed a blistering “Spread the Pain Around” from their new album One Lost Day,proving that Courtney Barnett and the Indigo Girls have more in common than many of XPN’s younger listeners may think.   Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Indigo Girls


At this point from my end, it’s hard to say anything about the Indigo Girls that hasn’t been said before. Emily and Amy are complete legends and also wonderfully down-to-earth humans. They’re hard working, prolific, politically active, and positively fantastic performers. Their influence is untold and they continue to influence time and again with each new release. Growing up in New Jersey, I always heard the name, but never made the connection with the music. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: “Buy This Fracking Album!” w/ Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls & Steve Earle, and Ex-Nirvana member joins Modest Mouse on next album.

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Two dozen artists including Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti have contributed songs to a two-disc compilation intended to educate listeners about the controversial method of “hydro-fracking:” The contentious process of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. Continue reading →