Hypothetical question for you this morning: if real life is like Bill Murray, and there’s a concert on Groundhog Day with Jenny Lewis headlining Union Transfer, does that mean that the acclaimed indie rock singer-songwriter will play Philly for all of eternity? I would be so down with that. Continue reading →
I like to think that, even if her job was being the polar opposite of a musician (earplug fitter, I suppose), Jenny Lewis would still find use for a rainbow pantsuit. Her Technicolor garb matches the widescreen sound she’s explored since the last days of Rilo Kiley, right up to this year’s stellar solo effort The Voyager. Lewis brought an abridged version of her lively stage show to our XPoNential Music Festival this past summer, which featured guest appearances by members of Dawes and The Voyager‘s producer, Ryan Adams. Back on her own (and aided by a real wrecking crew of a backing band), Lewis returned on an unseasonably balmy evening for a sold-out show at Union Transfer. Continue reading →
We’re back to full power on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! That is, we’ve got a full two-hour show to share with you starting at 10pm on XPN. Tonight, we’ll spotlight the new album from Zammuto, the solo project of Nick Zammuto (ex-The Books) and hear brand new tracks from TV On The Radio, Lia Ices, The New Pornographers and more!
Get your ticket-clicking fingers warmed up, Jenny Lewis fans. The singer-songwriter and indie rock icon just extended her fall tour with a round of dates that brings her to Philadelphia on November 11th to headline Union Transfer. Continue reading →
If that image of Ryan Adams in Rock God stance doesn’t give you an indication, the closing trifecta of XPoNential Music Festival day two was high-energy and memorable. A sizable crowd filled out the theater and lawn of the Susquehanna Bank Center to watch as Adams was joined by Jenny Lewis and Dawes to jam out into the breezy Saturday night. Continue reading →
Jenny Lewis releases her new albun, The Voyager, next Tuesday, however you listen to the album in its entirety via NPR Music here. Lewis will likely be playing some of her new material this coming Saturday night, July 26th at the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Lewis is performing with Dawes and Ryan Adams at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
Writing about the new album Ann Powers from NPR Music says:
Like Lewis’ great 2006 album with The Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat, The Voyager plays the way a short-story collection reads, its disparate narratives united by musical and lyrical undertones. This time, Lewis goes not for country-music references, but for a wider palette that pays tribute to the history of studio rock. She chose to make The Voyager with Ryan Adams as producer because she loved his Pax Am studio, which is tricked out with gear that dates from the 1960s to the present. Lewis and Adams took full advantage; their arrangements move through time without ever getting stuck in one era. “Head Underwater” recalls the New Wave sounds of The Motels and Aimee Mann’s first band, Til Tuesday; “Slippery Slopes” rides a Tom Petty-worthy chord progression. “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em” cultivates the surf sound Lewis touched on in her duo with Johnathan Rice, Jenny and Johnny. “Love U Forever” steals its opening riff from classic rock’s ultimate studio band, Cream. “Searching for LB” connects Lewis to her own past; it would fit on her former band Rilo Kiley’s finest album, More Adventurous.
XPoNential Festival headliner, Jenny Lewis, just released the video for “Just One of the Guys”, off of The Voyager out July 29th. Co-produced by her fellow headliners Beck and Ryan Adams, Lewis recently released the reflective title track. She also put on a great performance at this year’s Gov Ball.
The video is pretty funny. It starts with Jenny singing, sporting her trademark, fantastic rainbow suit, while Kristen Stewart, Ann Hathaway and Brie Larson accompany her. Keeping with the subject matter, the stars attempt to be “one of the guys,” in Adidas track suits. Hathaway dons a rat tail and attempts to break dance, while Stewart grows a mustache and sweeps the floor, and Larson denies getting Lewis pregnant. The video highlights Lewis’s frustration with trying to fit in – “No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / there’s a little something inside that won’t let me.”
Watch her perform “Just One of the Guys” as well as the new songs from Voyager at XPN Fest. Get details about the Festival here. Watch the video below.
Jenny Lewis has shared the title track off of her upcoming LP The Voyager. The track follows “Just One of the Guys” as Lewis preps for the albums July 29th release date, but captures an entirely different mood from the inward-looking first single. Slow and echo-y, “The Voyager” pairs acoustic guitar with outer-spacey synths and strings as Lewis sings “The voyager’s in every boy and girl / if you want to get to Heaven get out of this world.” Early bird ticket pricing ends Monday, July 14th, so pick up tickets to see Lewis at this month’s XPoNential Music Festival here.
WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is just one month away. And I’m sure by now you’re familiar with who’s playing this year: we have amazing artists like Beck, Ingrid Michaelson, The Hold Steady, Dawes, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, The Districts, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more on the bill.
What you don’t already know is the daily lineup schedule – and we’ve heard a lot of you asking when it would be released. This morning, we’ll answer your questions, because it’s right here.
Also, we’re happy to announce a new addition to the lineup: XPN Artist to Watch Strand Of Oaks. The Philly quartet rocked hard at this year’s Non-Comm Festival, and impressed us so much with the brand new album HEAL (released this past Tuesday on Dead Oceans), that we decided to add them to #XPNFest, upping the rock and roll quotient. Here’s a very fun interview The Key’s Elliott Sharp did with Strand Of Oaks front man Tim Showalter the day the record came out: don’t forget to see them this Friday afternoon for a Free At Noon Performance too.
Speaking of things that are awesome, we’ve collected some videos of past XPoNential Festival performances to get you psyched for a great weekend of live music on the Camden waterfront a month from now. Check them out after the jump. Go here to XPN’s Youtube channel to watch more videos from past #XPNfest’s.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performing “Janglin” last year:
Here’s “4 & 4” by The Districts:
The Lumineers playing “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Hey Ho” from our 2012 event:
The fabulous and frantic Janelle Monae came on the stage in a straight jacket (similar to her performance at the Roots Picnic two weeks ago) and broke free giving the audience a superb afternoon.
Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball
Getting stoked for XPoNential Fest? Same here. Jenny Lewis put on a kick-butt performance playing tunes from her new album and some Rilo Kiley numbers. Can’t wait to see her again next month. Continue reading →