Tonight’s Concert Picks: M. Ward at Union Transfer & John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

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M. Ward | photo courtesy of the artist

Prolific songwriter and She & Him guitarist M. Ward released his new solo album, the classically catchy More Rain, earlier this month, and tonight he will be performing at Union Transfer. Opening the show will be NAF (Nice As Fuck), the supergroup featuring Jenny Lewis, Erika Spring, and Tennessee Thomas. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ash at Johnny Brenda’s, Smokey Robinson at the Strand Theater, Martha Wainwright at World Cafe Live, John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

Northern Irish rockers Ash will be performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The alt-rock/pop four-piece from Downpatrick has been performing since 1992 with some change in their lineup over the years (including English singer Charlotte Hatherley, Bloc Party‘s Russell Lissack, and LaFaro‘s Alan Lynn). In 2011 most of the band’s performances included “Best of” sets as well as most of 2001’s Free All Angels. Go here for details and tickets to this evening’s 21+ show; doors open at 8. Below, watch the video for “There’s A Star” from Free All Angels. 

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Photo Recap: Saturday at Philadelphia Folk Festival with Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Philly Local Showcase and more

Saturday was a huge day at the 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, kicking off with a WXPN Philly Local Showcase, continuing through a Steve Earle / Lucinda Williams collaboration and peaking with a rousing set by Little Feat. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.


Philadelphia Folk Festival announces lineup including Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle and more

The lineup for the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17th through August 19th at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near Schwenksville, PA.was announced today. Highlights include Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wanda Jackson, and Little Feat. Other performers include Strand Of Oaks, City & Colour, The Secret Sisters, The Holmes Brothers, Arborea, Chris Bathgate and more. Go here for tickets and more information about the weekend and the lineup. WXPN’s Gene Shay will once again host the festival.


This weekend: live broadcasts of the World Cafe 20th anniversary tribute concerts featuring Feist, Amos Lee, Dawes, Indigo Girls and more

Photo of Amos Lee by Harper Smith

This weekend WXPN is broadcasting all three World Cafe 20th anniversary shows. Friday night’s live broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with The Little Willies (featuring Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian and Dan Rieser), Indigo Girls and John Hiatt. Saturday evening’s broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with Dawes, a very special guest and Feist. Sunday’s Campaign for the Music Party broadcast with Amos Lee, Rhett Miller, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks begins broadcasting at 1:30 p.m. All the shows are being broadcast live from World Cafe Live. For tickets and more information click here.


Stream Metals, the new album by Feist (performing at the World Cafe 20th Anniversary show Oct. 29th)

Ani DiFranco, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, The Little Willies, The Jayhawks, Dawes (with special guest Robbie Robertson), Amos Lee, and Feist are the artists performing during the World Cafe 20th Anniversary tribute concerts in October. (For a complete list of World Cafe 20th Anniversary tribute shows and tickets go here.) Feist is performing on a bill with Dawes and Robbie Robertson on Saturday, October 29th. Feist’s new album Metals is being released on October 4th however you can stream the album in its entirety below.


Scottish Rite Concert Series to feature Ani DiFranco, John Hiatt, and Little Feat

Ani DiFranco, John Hiatt, and Little Feat are part of the Scottish Rite Series at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. Difranco performs October 23, John Hiatt And The Combo on November 10, and Little Feat on December 30. Hiatt is releasing a new album on August 2nd called Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns. The new album was recorded in Nashville. Tickets for all shows are on sale Thursday, July 14, at Ticketmaster,, and here. Below, Hiatt “Perfectly Good Guitar” on the Late Show with David Letterman.