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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 →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Hezekiah Jones, The Suffers and more

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Hezekiah Jones | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

This week’s Key Studio Session features the ambitious music of Hezekiah Jones. The outfit’s new record In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw was just released yesterday, and they treated us to live performances of several album tracks in this session. Listen to “Strange Dream” below and download the full set here.
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Free at Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter invigorates Philly crowd performing songs from new album Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter Free At Noon Concert -  Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Josh Ritter Free At Noon Concert – Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

Josh Ritter emerged onstage at WXPN’s SOLD OUT Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live today to the sound of hundreds of concertgoers singing him “Happy Birthday.” It was a totally unexpected gift, and Ritter gratefully thanked the audience, saying “That is the best way to start any concert.” This set the stage for what was an extra-special Free at Noon for Ritter — it was his three-year-old daughter’s first show too — and he didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →