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Free At Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter celebrates his new Gathering at World Cafe Live

Josh Ritter | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Friday was a big day for Josh Ritter: it marked the official release of his ninth studio album Gathering following 2015’s excellent Sermon on the Rocks, and he and the Royal City Band were able to bring their foot-stomping, fast-talking tunes to World Cafe Live before flying to Minneapolis to kick off the record’s tour.

The singer-songwriter has long been a favorite of XPN and its members, and the crowd that had been steadily lining up outside quickly filled the venue to capacity in anticipation of his triumphant return. As one of the audience observed, “Nothing like Josh Ritter to get the people out of the woodwork.” Continue reading →

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Listen to an early stream of Josh Ritter’s Gathering, catch him at Free at Noon this Friday

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

A highly anticipated album suddenly popping up on NPR Music’s First Listen feature is always the most welcome surprise — even more so when it’s the joyful sounds of Josh Ritter. If you’ve been waiting patiently for Ritter’s upcoming ninth studio album Gathering, the wait is over a little bit earlier than we thought. Yes, the album will still be officially released Friday, Sept. 22 via Pytheas Recordings, but until then, you can enjoy a free stream of the Gathering in its entirety over at NPR. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: We guarantee Josh Ritter won’t get rained out at Union Transfer

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Last year’s XPoNential Festival was an overall success, but if there was one negative takeaway, it was that Josh Ritter wasn’t able to reschedule his washed-out Saturday set. If you were one of the many who was disappointed about mother nature’s intervention, here’s some news to wipe away any bad memories: Josh Ritter is coming back to Philly and there’s no chance weather gets in the way of this one. Ritter’s fall tour will include a headlining show at Union Transfer on Nov. 5. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry, Josh Ritter at Longwood Gardens

Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist
Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist

Can’t wait until Made in America to catch Lizzo live? The Minneapolis alternative hip hop act returns to Philadelphia for a performance at The Foundry. Following 2015’s LP Big Grrrl Small World, Lizzo released an EP Coconut Oil last year which features the singles “Good As Hell” and “Phone.” Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Bummed that Josh Ritter got rained out at XPoNential? Don’t miss him in Hershey.

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

One of the only disappointments of that deluge on day two of this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival — aside from the momentary sogginess, of course — was that Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band were unable to reschedule their River Stage set for later in the weekend. Many of you were bummed. Many of us were bummed. Hell, I’m sure Josh and the band were bummed. Which is why it’s great to see that he’ll be moving back through the area this autumn.

Ritter and the band will appear on Wednesday, October 5th at the Hershey Theatre with Jason Isbell. Tickets are available now, more information can be found here. Ritter’s Sermon On The Rocks came out last fall, and it’s very good. Below, watch him perform the insanely catchy “Getting Ready to Get Down” on CBS This Morning – Saturday. Continue reading →

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Listen to Josh Ritter on Mountain Stage

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Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Josh Ritter helped Mountain Stage celebrate its 32nd birthday over the weekend with a solo performance down in Charleston, WV. The Idaho native has appeared on the live music program many times before, beginning in 2003. This time Ritter was supporting last year’s Sermon on the Rocks LP, though he also dug into some unreleased songs and did a cover of Roger Miller’s “Engine Engine #9.”

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →

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Ready to Get Down: Josh Ritter at Union Transfer

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Josh Ritter just never quits, does he? After 8 full-length records, the singer/songwriter shows no signs of slowing his tremendous roll, and that’s absolutely fine. We’re now many years removed from the youthful days of long curly hair and Animal Years, but Ritters’ performances remain supercharged with his exuberant joy and incredibly life-giving songs, old and new. After a short round of preview shows for his new record Sermon on the Rocks where Josh exhibited new material at a fantastic Free-at-Noon in November, the early days of the full-fledged tour found him stopping back in Philadelphia on Sunday night, playing to a packed, sold-out crowd of appreciative fans at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tutlie at W/N W/N, Kaki King at Ardmore Music Hall, The Humble at The Fillmore, and more…

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Tutlie | Photo by Morgan Smith | courtesy of the artist

Chamber pop group Tutlie are playing a trio show tonight at W/N W/N, a coffee bar located a block down from Union Transfer on Spring Garden. This will be a “listening-room” style show benefiting the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration. Also performing will be Liz & The Lost Boys. More information here. Continue reading →