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XPNFest recap: Israel Nash delivers an earthquake of alt-country

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Israel Nash | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Alt-country rocker Israel Nash turned up the volume to 11 on the Marina Stage this afternoon. Nash and his band came all the way from Dripping Springs, Texas to jam in front of the XPN Fest day three crowd.

Nash is no stranger to songwriting. His debut solo album, New York Town, was released in 2009. It wasn’t until his second album that he decided to include the backing band that joined him today: Joey McClellan on lead guitar, Aaron McClellan on bass guitar, Josh Fleischmann on drums, and Eric Swanson on pedal steel.

His most recent album, Rain Plans, quickly became an NPR favorite and spread to other radio stations such as KEXP and our very own WXPN. In January 2015, Israel Nash was featured in a World Cafe session. Continue reading →

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Recap: Israel Nash ends the night at NonCOMM with rollicking guitar jams

Israel Nash | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Israel Nash | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Northeast by southwestern guitarist / singer / songwriter Israel Nash brought down the house on the final night of NonCOMM with a well-recieved set of his guitar-heavy psych-rock jams. He and his band are often compared to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and the set of expressive songs from his 2014 album Rain Plains fit that tag nicely. Listen to Nash’s performance in its entirety below, check out a gallery of photos and catch Nash and his band again this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Pond PA at Union Transfer, Israel Nash at Kable House, The Left Banke at Sellersville Theater

Matt Pond / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Matt Pond / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Acoustic indie favorites Matt Pond PA play Union Transfer tonight to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album Several Arrows Later. Released at the point when the Philadelphia / New York City outfit was beginning to emerge beyond the basements and bars where they built their fan base, it sounded like an arrival, with songs that crossed over into a bigger pop sound. Listen to “Halloween” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Wesley Geiger, Ember Schrag and more…

Wesley Geiger
Wesley Geiger | Photo courtesy of the artist

Wesley Geiger‘s new El Dorado is an impressive debut steeped in the country traditions of Texas and California. Bruce Warren pinpoints moments of Gram Parsons, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt on the record, which features collaborations with Midlake’s McKenzie Smith and The Texas Gentlemen. Download “As The Crow Flies” below.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Woman At The Well” by Israel Nash

Israel Nash photo by Pooneh Ghana
Israel Nash photo by Pooneh Ghana

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Israel Nash was recently on World Cafe for an interview and performance of songs from his recent album, Rain Plans.

His third album, Rain Plans, was recorded by Nash after he moved from New York to Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin. Many of the reviews of Nash’s recent album point out comparisons to the music of Neil Young. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The Hold Steady, Cookie Rabinowitz, Sugar Tongue Slim

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The Hold Steady | Photo by Kelsey Stange for WXPN

XPN members at the Special Producers level got a treat from The Hold Steady recently when they performed and recorded an interview with David Dye live for World Cafe.  You can listen to the full World Cafe appearance here, which includes performances of “Stuck Between Stations,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” and “The Ambassador.”  “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You” is available as a free download below. Continue reading →