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

Indigo Girls | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

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 →


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 →


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.


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 →


Folkadelphia Session: Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls)

Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist

Goodnight Tender, the new solo album from Amy Ray, is not a record to be taken lightly. It feels like a project that was mulled over, devised, and labored on for a long period of time. As such it demands our respect and undivided attention. It’s a brave and utterly successful musical step for Ray. Unquestionably different than her other solo albums, as well as her work with the Indigo Girls, it is very much a feat of pure Americana. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Human BBQ at Pi Lam, Amy Ray at World Cafe Live, No Other at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo courtesy of the event's Facebook page
Photo courtesy of the event’s Facebook page

University of Pennsylvania’s punk rock frat, Pi Lam, is ringing in spring the right way: by way of 18 local acts paired with a “face-melting” BBQ (with vegan-friendly items) they call “Human BBQ XXXIV.” On the bill, we’ve got bands like Roof Doctor, Mumblr, Cold Fronts, Secret Plot to Destroy the Universe and Slingshot Dakota with plenty, plenty more. The event costs $15 (that’s not even a buck per band!) and starts at noon and is scheduled to go until midnight at the frat.

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