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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Justin Townes Earle at Sellersville Theater, Mitski at Union Transfer

Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield Three | photo by Johnny Anguish

The Juliana Hatfield Three headline the first of two nights at Boot & Saddle tonight. Returning to the original line-up from the early nineties, the band released its first record in over two decades with this year’s Whatever, My Love. The current tour, though, is billed as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are and has the group performing their seminal debut in its entirety. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here (tomorrow night is already sold-out) and watch their video for the classic “Spin the Bottle” below.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Shows to See: Justin Townes Earle, Kat Edmonson and more

Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist

There is nothing better to keep your spirits up during this relentless onslaught of cold air than to take some time to go see live music. For those of you looking to extend your Sleepy Hollow experience beyond the confines of Saturday and Sunday mornings, here is a rundown of some upcoming concerts we think you ought to check out. Continue reading →

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Justin Townes Earle’s winter tour brings him to Arden Hall, Strand Capitol

Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist

Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle is releasing his latest record, Absent Fathers, in January. It’s a companion LP to his September record Single Mothers, and in support of the new collection, Earle is going on a winter tour that brings him through our area twice. He’ll hit up Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware on February 26th, and then will play the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on February 27th; Gill Landry opens both shows. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. This fall, Earle played a World Cafe Session while on tour through Philadelphia; listen to the session here and watch a video for “My Baby Drives” below. Continue reading →

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Justin Townes Earle returns in September with Single Mothers and an Ardmore Music Hall show

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is releasing a new album, Single Mothers, on September 9th, on his new label home Vagrant Records. He plays the Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday, September 11th. The last album from Earle, the son of alt-country legend Steve Earle, was in 2012 when Justin released Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, listen to the title song to Earle’s 2012 release.

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XPoNential Festival: Justin Townes Earle makes the most of the rain with a twangy set

Although he could not complete his set, Justin Townes Earle put on an unforgettable show. Starting his set with the acoustic and appropriate “Dancing Through Memphis in the Rain,” before being joined by his band for the rest of the set. Highlights included “Move Over Mama” and “Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving,” bluesy country songs, harkening back to early country when, “Hank Williams introduced the 12 bar blues to country for a reason…he was tired of white people dancing.” Even as the rain started pouring, the band stayed for one more song, “Ain’t Waiting,” telling the crowd they’d return after the light shower (which proved to be heavier than  anyone expected). Check out photos from his set below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Justin Townes Earle with Tristen at Theatre Of The Living Arts on Saturday, May 20th

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle released his latest album, Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now, on Bloodshot Records on March 27th. It’s the followup to 2010’s Harlem River Blues. On Saturday, May 19th, WXPN Welcomes Justin to the TLA. Tickets for the show go on sale today at 1pm. For more information and tickets click here. The title song to the album (which you can download below) has a soulful flavor, with some Stax-Volt-sounding horn arrangements and very tasty electric guitar playing. Justin Townes Earle performs with Tristen at 8 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets to the all-ages show are $16. —Bruce Warren

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My Morning Download: Justin Townes Earle; tickets go on sale today for his TLA show in May


Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle releases his new album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now on Bloodshot Records on March 27th. It’s the followup to 2010’s Harlem River Blues, which On Saturday, May 19th, WXPN Welcomes Justin to the TLA. Tickets for the show go on sale today at 1pm. For more information and tickets click here. The title song to the album (download it below) has a soulful flavor, with some Stax-Volt-sounding horn arrangements and very tasty electric guitar playing.

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Just Announced: Justin Townes Earle to perform at WHYY’s Connections Festival on Sept. 3rd

The folks over at WHYY have just announced that alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will perform alongside Dr. Dog, The Baseball Project, Toy Soldiers, Kuf Knotz, and Birdie Busch at this year’s WHYY Connections Festival concert on Saturday, September 3rd, at The Great Plaza at Penns Landing. Justin Townes Earle—who performed at last weekend’s 50th Anniversary Philadelphia Folk Festival—is the son of songwriter Steve Earle (and partially named after his father’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt); his latest album, Harlem River Blues, was released last September by Bloodshot Records and nominated for both “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” by the Americana Music Association. Below, you can watch the video for “Slippin’ And Sliding,” the first video off Harlem River Blues. For more information about the WHYY Connections Festival, go here.

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This Saturday: the Southern Shore Music Festival with Leon Russell and Deer Tick

This Saturday June 18th, WXPN Welcomes the Southern Shore Music Festival with Leon Russell, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle along with Sharon Little and others. The festival is being held at Carmel Green at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. Below, check out a video of classic Leon Russell video of him singing “A Song For You,” and download a song from Justin Townes Earle.

The Southern Shore Music Festival is this Saturday, June 18th, with Leon Russell, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, Sharon Little, Joel Plaskett, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, and Patty Blee at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at Noon. Tickets to the all-ages event are $30–$49.50.