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Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers and singer, songwriter and guitarist Jessia Lea Mayfield have teamed up on a collaboration of cover songs of Elliott Smith, the influential singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon, who died in 2003 at the age of 34 from stab wounds. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is out March 17th and features some of Smith’s best known songs including “Baby Britain,” “Between The Bars,” and “Roman Candle,” the title song to his debut release in 1994. Continue reading →
Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett (of The Avett Brothers) are ready to take their tribute to Elliot Smith out on the road. The record, called Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith, comes out March 17th following a country-wide tour, which hits Philadelphia on March 14th when the duo performs at the Keswick Theatre.
J Roddy Walston and the Business, Benjamin Booker, Fly Golden Eagle, Brandi Carlile, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Old Crow Medicine Show and Rodrigo y Gabriela are some of the bands featured on a new ATO Records Winter Sampler that you can download for free. Continue reading →
Kicking off the music for day two of NonComm, as well as the first of two Free at Noon doubleheaders, was Jessica Lea Mayfield, fresh off the release of her new alt-rock album Make My Head Sing. Unlike her previous music, this new album is incredibly grunge influenced, and is a definitive nod to Dave Grohl, who she calls one of her musical influences. Mayfield’s performance was highlighted most by her heavy reliance on distorted twelve and six string guitars, most apparent on her single “I Want To Love You.”
Singer / songwriter and guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield brings her ethereal vocals and creeping, crunching guitar riffs to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of her recent album release Make My Head Sing…. Sometimes touching on psychedlic shoegazey rock, other times inserting her bluegrass roots (she was in a bluegrass band with her family as a young girl), Mayfield’s sound is unique and all her own. Get tickets and info on the 9:15pm show here.
#XPNFest artists Old 97′s, Hurray for The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are four of the artists whose new singles are available to download for free on a 15 song ATO Records Spring Sampler. Other artists on the collection include Built To Spill, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kaiser Chiefs, Midlake, Benjamin Booker, Midlake and more. The Old 97′s are represented with “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” from their new album Most Messed Up. Below, download the sampler. Get tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival here.
Kicking off this week’s love-filled download offerings are Juston Stens & Jessica Lea Mayfield with “Strange Love,” a tale of long distance connections and making the most of time spent together. The jangly duet is track #4 in the Valentine’s Day compilation, curated by XPN Philly Local’s Helen Leicht. Each day leading up to February 14th The Key will post a new track by a local musician for free download (last week’s picks featured The Hooters, Jesse Ruben and Joe D’Amico). Go here to get the full With Love, From WXPN Philly Local collection, and see Juston Stens with his band The Get Real Gang at Johnny Brenda’s on March 1st. Tickets and more information can be found here.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd
XPN Welcomes Ryan Adams with Jessica Lea Mayfield at Academy Of Music (8 p.m., SOLD OUT) Click here to listen to his recent interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye. During the episode, Adams discusses and performs tracks from his new acoustic album, Ashes & Fire, which he is currently touring in support of.
Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Sam Roberts Band + Zeus, Canadian Invasion at North Star Bar (9 p .m., 21+, $15); XPN Welcomes Marin Sexton at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $33–$45)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd
XPN Welcomes Jukebox The Ghost, The Spinto Band, and White Birds at Union Transfer (8 p.m., all ages, $12–$14) You can watch Jukebox The Ghost’s new video for the track “Half Crazy” off the band’s 2010 album, Everything Under The Sun; the video was shot in South Philly by local animation production company Juggling Wolf. You can check out White Bird’s recent Key Studio Session here.
Also Playing: XPN Welcomes The Roches: Suzy And Maggie Roche with a Holiday Twist at New Hope Winery (8 p.m., $30–$40)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th
XPN Welcomes the 6th Annual Lizanne Knott And Friends Philabundance Benefit at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $10)