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Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Kishi Bashi just released his latest album Lightght (pronounced “Light”) this month. The latest album, named after a controversial one word poem by Aram Saroyan, features uplifting indie pop with chaotic yet beautiful mix of violin and technology. K. Ishibashi also is an utility player in of Montreal as well as a founding member of Jupiter One. Watch him perform live at the TLA; get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.
This month, and this month only, WXPN is making 20 World Cafe performances available for free. Cafe host and producer David Dye dug into the past year’s archives and each week will release five new songs. The only catch is all 20 of them will disappear on February 28th at midnight. So get ‘em while you can and tell your friends. Enjoy the music.
Jack Johnson has announced a summer tour with a stop at The Mann Center on June 6th with special guest Amos Lee. Johnson released a new record last year called From Here To Now To You on his Brushfire Records label, his sixth studio effort since debuting in 2001. Philadelphia favorite Amos Lee also released a new record last year called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale Friday, January 31st, with a WXPN presale happening on Thursday, January 30th. Tickets and information will be available here. Below, listen to “Radiate” off Johnson’s recent LP followed by a trailer for Lee’s Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.
Jack Johnson has announced a Fall tour with a stop in Philly at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, September 26. Tickets to the show will be available exclusively through a lottery. To enter, go to Johnson’s website here, and select the show you want to attend by June 24 at 10AM ET. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email shortly thereafter. Johnson will release a new album, From Here To Now To You, on September 27. Below, watch a performance of Jack and the band from Bonnaroo, including a cover of “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons. Johnson and the band filled in for Mumford & Sons at the festival, when they had to cancel as a result of Mumford’s bassist Ted Dwane’s illness.
The annual Farm Aid music festival just announced its return to Pennsylvania on Sept. 22 at Hershey Park Stadium, with a solid lineup of XPN Favorites in tow. Headlining the will be festival founder Willie Nelson, who recently appeared at our NonCOMM Convention, along with co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Also in tow are Dave Matthews (performing with guitar wizard Tim Reynolds), Jack Johnson, ALO and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.; listen to Willie Nelson’s NonCOMM set here here.