XPN’s Gotta Hear Song Of The Week: “Saint Of Impossible Causes” by Joseph Arthur

Photo by Myriam Santos
Photo by Myriam Santos
This week’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week is a new song, “Saint Of Impossible Causes,” by the prolific singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. Arthur’s new album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ is out on June 11th and he’s asking his fans to help support and fund the project through a Pledge Music campaign. The album includes guest appearances Ben Harper, Garth Hudson, Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman), and Jim Keltner, Arthur calls the release a psychedelic soul record, a “concept album with a story arc about a man falling apart and coming back together in insanity and enlightenment.” Download “Saint Of Impossible Causes” below. We think you’ll agree with us that it’s some of Arthur’s finest, richest work to date. Below the song, watch a video from Arthur explaining about the album.


Get two-for-one tickets to the Musicians on Call benefit concert with Birdie Busch, Joseph Arthur and Shemekia Copeland

BirdGNThis Thursday brings the 9th Annual Musicians on Call benefit concert, a fundraiser show for the local nonprofit that brings live music to the bedsides of hospital patients in the Delaware Valley. Performing are Philly’s Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night (pictured), Joseph Arthur and Shemekia Copeland, and for the next 24 hours, you can get two-for-the-price-of-one tickets. Just enter the promo code “KEYMOC” when you purchase your tickets. Below, watch Busch’s video for “These Banks.”


Download “This Must Be (reprise)” from Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night (playing Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live on 3/14)

Photo by Lisa Schaffer |
Photo by Lisa Schaffer |

Atmospheric and dreamy, this previously-unreleased instrumental from local singer-songwriter Birdie Busch is a great little add-on to what is already one of the year’s best albums.  Birdie suggests adding it to a favorite “drive in the desert” playlist, but for those of us on the east coast it could do just as well on any early morning driving-back-from-the-greatest-night mix.  Stream and download “This Must Be (reprise)” below and listen to Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night here.  Tickets and information for the Musicians On Call Benefit Concert with Shemekia Copeland and Joseph Arthur at World Cafe Live on March 14th can be found here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hop Along and Kite Party at The Fire, RNDM at Union Transfer, Now Now Opening for Motion City Soundtrack at TLA, Milk Carton Kids at Tin Angel

Hop Along and Kite Party will be performing tonight at The Fire. Hop Along released their debut full-length album Get Disowned earlier this year in May, while fellow local band Kite Party have the entirety of their first album Hand Claps Music available as a free download here. The all ages show tonight starts at 6:30; tickets are available here. Below, watch Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs.”

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WXPN broadcasting Non-Commvention shows with Grace Potter, War On Drugs, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Polica, Norah Jones and more

Next Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 17th WXPN’s annual music conference, the Non-Commvention, rolls in to World Cafe Live and WXPN. This is the 12th year for the industry conference started by WXPN’s Dan Reed when he worked at WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky. Hundreds of music industry personnel will be in town from various radio stations across the country alongside industry publicists, labels representatives, digital media folks, managers, and listeners and members of WXPN. The lineup for this year’s Non-Comm includes dozens of bands who will be performing at World Cafe Live Wednesday through Friday night, and a listener appreciation Free At Noon on Saturday at Penn Park. WXPN will be broadcasting and webcasting the following sets live:

Wednesday, May 16
8:00 PM – The Key Studio Sessions Live with Graham Alexander, Find Vienna
10:00 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thursday, May 17 Free At Noon
Noon – Joseph Arthur
12:30 – Citizen Cope

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Father John Misty
9:35-10:05 – Beth Orton
10:45-11:25 – The War On Drugs
12:05-12:45 – Polica

Friday, May 18 Free At Noon with Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Diego Garcia
9:35-10 – Nada Surf
10:40-11:10 – Good Old War
11:50-12:30 – J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Saturday, May 19 – Listener Appreciation Free At Noon from Penn Park:
12-12:20 – Dex Romweber Duo
12:25-1:05 – Rufus Wainwright
1:15-1:45 – Sons of Fathers
1:55-2:25 – Elle King
2:30-3 – Nick Waterhouse


My Morning Download: “Travel As Equals” by Joseph Arthur

Photo by Oliver Krato

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has released a new double album for free called Redemption City. Download the albums here. Below, download the song “Travel As Equals.” Here’s what he has to say about the albums:

Part 1
Is complete as a record and for those who are generally against the idea of an artist making a double record (of which there are many) you can stop there and you have it.

Part 2
Is the deep cuts, which would have otherwise remained on the cutting room floor or else been leaked out over time in various ways, fragmented beings with no brothers or sisters or home. I think both parts serve to strengthen the whole. They are relating to each other and breathing back and forth. They are each other’s shadow and hold hands when no one is watching. It’s true that often less is more but sometimes more is more and that is something that, in this case, will be down to taste.

With the Internet and new ways of releasing music it seems that the doors are open to broader perspectives on what’s too much. Here you have both a double and a single record, depending on how you want it or your level of interest. Also it’s not important (or possible!) to listen to all of it in one sitting. Take in Part 1 and then move slowly into part 2.
It’s a city. There are lots of avenues and side streets, Abandoned buildings and bodegas,
Cars parked on the side of oblivion with cats in them. Come in and walk around.


Photo Recap: 2011 XPoNential Music Festival, Day 1

Photos by Eric Ashleigh, Mitch Berger, Jaci Downs, and Jim Rinaldi.


Here’s two reasons why you don’t want to miss Gary Clark Jr. at the XPoNential Music Festival

Every year at the XPoNential Music Festival we introduce you to some new musicians. This year, one of those artists is Gary Clark, Jr. from Austin, Texas. Clark can sing some sweet R&B but mostly he’s a blistering blues and rock artist at heart. Check out the two videos below that from a live performance he did at Bardot in Hollywood, California. Clark recently signed to Warner Brothers records and he peforms on Friday, July 22nd with the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Joseph Arthur, Citizen Cope, The Smithereens, and locals Nicos Gun, Johnny Miles and The Waywards. Purchase tickets to the festival here.


Just Announced: Dar Williams, Citizen Cope, Joseph Arthur, and Gary Clark Jr. added to the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival

Dar Williams

Dar Williams, Citizen Cope and Gary Clark Jr. have been added to the lineup for the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru.

You can get the full details regarding the festival here.

“WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and a noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced that tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru are now on sale to the general public. More than 30+ bands will play the weekend festival at Camden County’s Wiggins Park located on the Camden Waterfront, from Friday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 24th.

Early Bird prices for festival tickets will be available from May 16-July 15. Early Bird prices for a daily pass are $15 for WXPN Members and $25 for non-members. Early Bird prices for 3-Day Pass are $35 for WXPN Members and $50 for non-members. Early Bird tickets can be purchased online, by phone (215-222-1400). Starting May 23rd, tickets can also be purchased at select retailers in WXPN’s listening area including the Greater Philadelphia region, Southern N.J. and Central Pa. The full list of retailers can be found online.

Beginning July 15, WXPN Members will pay $20 for a daily pass and $45 for the 3-Day Pass; non-members will pay $30 for a daily pass and $65 for the 3-Day Pass. A children’s ticket (ages 2-12) is available for daily admission for $5. Regular-priced tickets can be purchased online using the print-at-home feature or at the gate.”