XPN MusicNotes: Hear Elvis Costello perform sweeping new song with lyrics from a Johnny Cash poem

Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello | photo via Consequence of Sound

“There was one lyric that was thought to be one that might suit me. And then I was glancing through the folio and that particular lyric was there on the page, and the next thing I could hear it in a very unusual way” –  Elvis Costello in an interview w/ Rolling Stone re: a song he wrote to a Johnny Cash poem.

Next month an album called Forever Words will be released featuring well-known singers who have taken poems and letters written by Johnny Cash, and have put his words to music. Elvis Costello is one of the performers.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trails and Ways at Kung Fu Necktie, John Mellencamp at Merriam Theater, Hemming at Milkboy

Trails and Ways | Photo by David Wallace
Trails and Ways | Photo by David Wallace

Pop group Trails and Ways have emerged with their first full-length, Pathology, this month, and tonight they headline Kung Fu Necktie. Their music resembles Beach Fossils by way of Passion Pit — certainly the type of sound to spend your summer evening enjoying. Watch video for “Mtn Tune” below, and get tickets to their 21+ show here. Continue reading →


John Mellencamp will headline the Merriam Theater in June

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp | Photo by Brad Barket
Heartland rocker John Mellencamp just announced a 2015 tour in support of his latest album, Plain Spoken, and it comes to Philadelphia on June 16th at the Merriam Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 19th, at 10 a.m. The album – out on Tuesday, September 23rd –  is the 22nd studio release for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame-r and Grammy Award winner, and each ticket comes with a download of the album. Listen to the new “Sometimes There’s God” from the album below, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


XPN Favorites Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson to play FarmAid 2012 (coming to Hershey in September)

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
The annual Farm Aid music festival just announced its return to Pennsylvania on Sept. 22 at Hershey Park Stadium, with a solid lineup of XPN Favorites in tow. Headlining the will be festival founder Willie Nelson, who recently appeared at our NonCOMM Convention, along with co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Also in tow are Dave Matthews (performing with guitar wizard Tim Reynolds), Jack Johnson, ALO and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.; listen to Willie Nelson’s NonCOMM set here here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Broken Records at North Star Bar, John Mellencamp at Academy Of Music

Broken Records

Photo by Chris Park

Given Arcade Fire’s recent Grammy Award for Album Of The Year, should fans of Broken Records stop railing against the “Scottish Arcade Fire” tag the Edinburgh-based indie-folk act has been saddled with and simply embrace it? (So what if the comparison is a stretch at best, and conjured up by lazy music journalists who are too busy trying to find Tomorrow’s Next Big Internet Band to bother accurately describing the bands of today?) Hey, if it increases Broken Records’ chances of achieving Arcade-Fire levels of success, we doubt the band will have any complaints. Broken Records performs with U.S. Royalty and Gunfight! at 8 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: John Mellencamp performs at 7 p.m. at the Academy Of Music ($48.50–$130); a screening of Kurt Markus’ documentary It’s About You, which follows the creation of Mellencamp’s 2010 album No Better Than This, will precede the performance.