Yesterday, Johnny Miles And The Waywards officially kicked off this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, performing an opening set in the brisk 100-degree weather. Back in March—when we posted our Key Studio Session with the band—XPN2’s John Vettese said, “The South Philly/South Jersey six-piece evokes dusty travels and self-discovery in its music, which ranges from boisterous (love Carl Cheeseman’s lead guitar lick on ‘Hanging On To The Hoping’) to contemplative (keyboardist Nate Gonzales rocked an admirable accordion on the breathless ‘Sailors’).” Yesterday, the band needed no help in evoking images of parched travelers wandering along dusty roads; as far as self-discovery goes, well, hopefully they discovered the beer garden next to Marina Stage immediately after the set.
You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos can be found here.
The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Summer Fiction, Moon Women, Prowler, Attia Taylor, 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Res, Purling Hiss, The Shackeltons, Soars, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Creepoid, By Surprise, Lady, Slutever, and American Babies.
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume One in its entirety as a .zip file.
This just in: A partial lineup for 2011 XPoNential Music Festival—WXPN and Camden County Board Of Freeholders’ annual three-day festival (running from Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24, at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront)—has been announced. So far, the confirmed list of performing acts includes Ben Folds, Booker T., Shemekia Copeland, North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Hayes Carll, Ra Ra Riot, Carbon Leaf, and Jukebox The Ghost; local acts include Susan Werner, Sun Airway, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket, Nicos Gun, Hezekiah Jones, Andrew Lipke, Matt Duke, Kuf Knotz, and Kingsfoil.
Tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival are available now for members only, and start at less than $12 a day (for a three-day pass purchased in advance). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 16th. Go to XPN.org’s support page (or call 1-800-565-WXPN) to become a member; if you pledge $24 per month, you’ll receive a pair of weekend passes, two festival t-shirts, and an XPN membership that gets you free beverages and artist meet-and-greets all weekend long.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
To say that this is a big weekend for local roots/blues/folk/country rock bands would be an understatement. Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s features not one, not two, but three rock acts that are celebrating the release of a new record: The Josh Olmstead Band (Purple Mountain Majesty In the Antlers Hotel), North Lawrence Midnight Singers (Last Great Saturday Night), and Joseph Arnold (Discomedusae). (Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey of The Swimmers will open the show—but, you know, The Swimmers haven’t released an album since last year’s People Are Soft.) We’ve had a chance to listen to a few choice tracks from all three albums; earlier this month, we highlighted both The Josh Olmstead Band’s “Devil May Care” and North Lawrence Midnight Singers’ “Another Night.” (Look for reviews of both records next week—after we’ve had the chance to spend a little more quality time with each). The Josh Olmstead Band, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Joseph Arnold, and Steve And Krista Yutzy-Burkey perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Also playing: Hoots And Hellmouth + Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Because an eight-band bill is too much of a good thing, another four Philly rock acts will be sharing the stage at Johnny Brenda’s the following night. (Ed. note: That makes JB’s 6/6 so far this week in terms of our daily concert picks. We swear it’s not favoritism. Blame the booking people at Johnny Brenda’s!) Headlining the show is Johnny Miles And The Waywards, who will celebrate the release of their third album, When The Saints Sleep, at the show. (You can listen to the album’s title track—which we highlighted earlier this month—here.) Locals Joshua Park (currently working on a full length), Liz Fullerton (who, after teaming up with Jedi Mind Tricks’ Stoupe to form Dutch, released an album over the summer), and “Philly Folkmonster” Psalmships (who also released an album earlier this year) will open the show. Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Joshua Park, Liz Fullerton, and Psalmships perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Also playing: Aloe Blacc + The Grand Scheme, Maya Jupiter at World Cafe Live (10:30 p.m., 21+, $17); Brian McGee + No! Go! Tell!, Marriage at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., $7)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Keeping Johnny Brenda’s from going an unprecedented 7/7 this week is the simple fact that they don’t have a show on Sunday night. (No, we’re not going to pick Captain Marbles’ Third Sunday DJ Brunch.) If you’re not already planning on staying in Sunday night to listen to the half-dozen or so new local albums you picked up the previous two nights, we recommend you catch Aussie psyche-rockers Tame Impala with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma; honestly, after two consecutive nights of roots rock, a little ’60s psychedelia will probably be good for you. Tame Impala performs with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12.
We could tell you all about what we think of Johnny Miles And The Waywards‘ new When The Saints Sleep—which would probably begin with, “Well, the title track is Helen’s Local Pick Of The Day, so obviously we think it’s awesome.” Or we could let Johnny tell you about it himself, as he’s quite the wordsmith: “Musically,” quips Johnny, “I guess it’s sort of a ‘contemporary-re-interpretation-of-a-chuck-berry-stones-y-kinda-high-energy-rock-and-roll-sound’ cake with a bit of a ‘ghostly-reverb-slight-desperation-delay’ icing, stuffed with some intense emotional imagery, laced with razor-sharp execution, and topped with a big ol’ bucket of brass (which is to say impudent-brazen-chutzpah-balls, not instruments).” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The record-release show for Johnny Miles And The Waywards’ “When The Saints Sleep” with Joshua Park, Liz Fullerton, and Psalmships is at 9 p.m. Saturday, November 20th, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.