Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “High Ball Stepper” by Jack White

Photo courtesy of the artist

Last week Jack White announced he was releasing a new album, Lazaretto, on June 10th. The first song from the record that he’s released is an instrumental, “High Ball Stepper,” a bluesy, psychedelic guitar jam. White will release the title song of the album on April 19th as part of Record Store Day. He’s billing it as “the world’s fastest released record in the history of mankind.” According to his web site:

At 10am in the morning, Jack will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will then be rushed over to United Record Pressing, who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans.

Below, listen to “High Ball Stepper.”


The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Photo by Eric Ashleigh |

Interview: Talking wood nymphs and a show at Ortlieb’s with Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore. [link]

Hear a new song from Nothing, sign up to be in their Key Studio Sessions audience. [link]

Interview: Craig Hendrix of Philly’s Auctioneer on songwriting and Shaking Through. [link]

Lehigh Valley jazz-psych duo XVSK stop by to record a Key Studio Session. [link]

Photos of a spellbinding night at Union Transfer with Beach House. [link]

Breaking down the numbers of WXPN’s 885 Songs that Rock countdown. [link]

Watch a jangling new music video from Low Cut Connie, filmed at the North Star Bar. [link]

Get a taste of the new record from Freeway with his Freedom of Speech mixtape. [link]

Listen to The Dead Milkmen recorded live on WXPN…25 years ago. [link]

Download a free mixtape from Black Dub’s Trixie Whitley. [link]

Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]

Couldn’t make it to Austin City Limits? Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s entire set is streaming. [link]

Also in Austin, Philly sons The War on Drugs played a killer “Arms Like Boulders.” [link]

Jack White dances and beatboxes in his music video for “I’m Shakin’.” [link]


Watch Jack White’s jivin’ new video for “I’m Shakin’”

Jack White released his first solo record, Blunderbuss, earlier this year, and fans immediately latched on to the all-out rock tracks like “Love Interruption” and “I’m Shakin’”.  In the new video for the latter single, White faces off against himself (and beatboxes) in a warehouse in the midst of rockin’ out compatriots.  The color scheme might be the same as “Love Interruption” but the energy is definitely kicked up a notch.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Wanda Jackson at World Cafe Live

"Who is that d-bag in the tight pants, and why is he allowed to sit next to Wanda Jackson?"

More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.