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XPNFest Recap: Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes capped an exuberant second day at SBC

Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

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Listen to Jenny Lewis’s new album, The Voyager in its entirety; see her this weekend at #XPNfest

Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
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.

Listen to The Voyager here.

Get weekend passes to the #XPNfest here.

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Explore the perils of fitting in with #XPNFest artist Jenny Lewis’ new “Just One of the Guys” video

Photo courtesy of artist.
Photo courtesy of artist.

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.

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Listen to a new song, “The Voyager,” by #XPNFest headliner Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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XPoNential Update: Schedule released, Strand of Oaks added, plus a video trip down memory lane of past festivals

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

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:

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Governor’s Ball Day One: Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, TV On the Radio, OutKast and more

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The 4th annual Governors Ball is taking place on Randall’s Island in NYC and we are there to capture all three days of live music.

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‘ Kurt Vile & the Violators | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Hometown boys, Kurt Vile & The Violators hung out on the Big Apple stage during the first day of Gov Ball

Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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.

Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball

Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish |  rachelbarrish.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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 →

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Listen to “Just One of the Guys,” the latest single by #XPNFest headliner Jenny Lewis

Photo via Facebook.com/JennyLewis
Photo via Facebook.com/JennyLewis

Jenny Lewis just released a new song from her upcoming album The Voyageur, set to come out July 29th. Lewis is most well known for her work as the primary vocalist for Rilo Kiley as well as her reflective, pop and country flavored solo work. The new album will be Lewis’s first solo album in six years. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lewis said that the record tells the story of getting some rest after a tumultuous few years.

New single “Just One of the Guys” is a catchy, bittersweet song about growing up. Lewis, no stranger to Philadelphia,  will be returning to headline this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. (One of her co-headliners, Beck, produced the song.) Listen to “Just One of the Guys” here via NPR Music and watch the short teaser for the album below.

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#XPNFest headliner Jenny Lewis back from six-year hiatus with new album The Voyager, co-headliners Beck and Ryan Adams produced

The cover art to Jenny Lewis' new album The Voyager | via facebook.com/JennyLewis
The cover art to Jenny Lewis’ new album The Voyager | via facebook.com/JennyLewis

Confirmed today via Rolling Stone, Jenny Lewis has finished her third solo album The Voyager. The expected release date for the album is July 29th on Warner Brothers Records, which is conveniently only 2 days after Jenny Lewis will headline the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival. Lewis told Rolling Stone that making the album got her through one of the most difficult periods of her life.

After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. … Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.

Go here to read the whole Rolling Stone story. Coincidentally, the production team for the record included two other XPN Fest headiners: Ryan Adams and Beck. Click here for the entire festival lineup, and check out the album track listing after the jump. Continue reading →

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Thru the Years With Jenny Lewis: Check out Philadelphia highlights from an #xpnfest headliner

Jenny Lewis | Photo via facebook.com/JennyLewis
Jenny Lewis | Photo via facebook.com/JennyLewis

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis is one of this year’s headliners at the XPoNential Music Festival, and she brings with her a hint of new material – the bubbly single “Completely Not Me,” which appeared on the Girls soundtrack back in January. (Listen to the song here via YouTube, and practice the singalong parts.)

It’s great to get a hint of the direction Ms. Lewis with her next release – whenever it comes out, and whether it be a solo record or another collaboration a la Jenny and Jonny, or something else entirely. But Philadelphia fans know, Lewis has a long history in this city. Her band Rilo Kiley made its way from the First Unitarian Church basement on tour behind The Execution of All Things in 2003 to the band’s final Philadelphia show at the Electric Factory in 2008. Lewis played solo on numerous occasions, from the TLA in 2006 in support of Rabbit Fur Coat to The Keswick in 2008 in support of Acid Tongue, a Jenny and Jonny show at The Troc supporting Superchunk, and with the reunited Postal Service in 2013.

Below, check out video highlights from Lewis’ Philadelphia stops over the years. Tickets for Jenny Lewis’ appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival are available here via LiveNation.

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Just Announced: Beck, Ryan Adams, Dawes and more headlining the XPoNential Music Festival

Beck | photo courtesy of the artist
Beck | photo courtesy of the artist

The first wave of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival acts has rolled in and it includes some big names.  Headlining the Saturday night portion of the festival over at the Susquehanna Bank Center is prolific alt / country singer Ryan Adams, indie rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis and L.A. staples Dawes, while the enigmatic and trailblazing Beck closes out the three-day event with Americana rockers Band of Horses and Lancaster-bred four-piece The Districts on Sunday night.

Photo by David Black
Ryan Adams | Photo by David Black

The annual summer highlight is happening July 25th through the 27th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Pre-sale reserved tickets for the SBC shows will be available to WXPN members on Wednesday, April 9th (members, check your email Wednesday morning for more details) and will then open up to the general public on Friday April 11th at noon.

XPoNential Music Festival 2014 3-Day Go-Everywhere passes, which include lawn seat admission for SBC concerts, will be released on Thursday, April 17th along with the full three-day lineup. Go here for tickets and info, check out music from the announced acts below and stay tuned for more updates.

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