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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Kings of Leon perform new song plus emotional performances from Jack White

Screen Grab from "Around The World" performance on BBC | Kol Fanblog Vimeo
Screen Grab from “Around The World” performance on Later… With Jools Holland | Kol Fanblog Vimeo

Kings of Leon are getting ready to release their 7th studio album, Walls on October 14th and daily listeners of XPN have most likely already heard the lead single “Waste a Moment”, but last night on Later… with Jools Holland, KOL performed another one of their brand new songs: “Around the World.” Watch & listen below.  Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Kings of Leon and George Clinton tease new albums, Daft Punk and The Weeknd tease collaboration?

Kings of Leon | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Kings of Leon | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Kings Of Leon are releasing details about their next album. The conflicting reports say the album may be called “Walls” or “We Are Like Love Songs.” Caleb Followill says the new song “Over” deals with his own battle with alcohol. Kings Of Leon cancelled a tour in 2011 when Caleb was being treated for alcohol addiction. Continue reading →

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Photos: Kings of Leon brought rock city to the Wells Fargo Center

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Kings of Leon | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon returned to Philadelphia, playing a monster 27-song set at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. On tour in support of their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, the Nashville band of brothers showcased music from across their catalog for an amped-up crowd. Check out a gallery of photos from the show below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr. at the Wells Fargo Center, Anders Osborne at World Cafe Live

Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist
Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist

Kings of Leon take over the Wells Fargo Center tonight, with support from blues rock musician Gary Clark, Jr.  The Tennessee natives (and family band) released their sixth studio record Mechanical Bull in September.  XPN Fest alum Gary Clark, Jr. has been getting a lot of mileage out of his 2012 LP Blak and Blu, winning a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home” earlier this year.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out Kings of Leon’s video for “Beautiful War” below.

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Eclectic jam trio Mo Lowda and the Humble will make a splash at The TLA opening for The Unlikely Candidates

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Mo Lowda | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/MoLowda

Signed to Temple University’s Bell Tower Music, Bucks County bred alt-rock outfit Mo Lowda and the Humble is no stranger to the Philly scene. They’ve played Underground Arts, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and were a featured performer on SoFAR Philly. But the band’s upcoming gig – opening for The Unlikely Candidates at The TLA next Thursday – has to be one of the biggest the band has seen yet. But for a trio with their talent, it’s no surprise.

Mo Lowda has largely been compared to Kings of Leon, due to the deep, raw yet heartfelt singing of Jordan Caiola. His voice is eerily reminiscent of Leon’s Caleb Followill. But these guys reach far beyond any one genre or sound. Known for their energetic live acts, Mo Lowda’s style can switch from alt-rock to jazz funk, head banging one minute and digging into an all-out DMB groove fest the next. The latter thanks in large part to bassist Nate Matulist’s funk-filled bass playing. Combine that with Caiola’s high powered guitar riffs and Shane Woods’ energetic-drumming on drums and you’ve got quite the explosive experience.

The band is still young, having released their first full length Curse the Weather last September via Bell Tower, so this opening gig at the TLA should be great exposure. Plus, they’ve promised new tunes at the performance. Find tickets and more information on the show here. Listen to the track “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Curse the Weather below.

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Watch Kings of Leon spin a southern gothic tale in their “Beautiful War” video (playing Wells Fargo Center 2/19)

Kings of Leon | Photo via www.facebook.com/KingsOfLeon
Kings of Leon | Photo via www.facebook.com/KingsOfLeon

The tale of Kings of Leon‘s new “Beautiful War” video is told in flashback from the narrator’s (who is in prison) perspective. It’s basically a story of southern fun gone wrong with the central character, his girlfriend, and her brother, one of whom winds up dead. It’s not what you’d expect of the visual for this love song, but the cinematography is flawless. And there’s a mechanical bull, which is also the title of the band’s latest album (Mechanical Bull was released in September). KOL brings their southern charm to the Wells Fargo Center on February 19th. Get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Kings of Leon play the Wells Fargo Center in February

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Modern rockers Kings of Leon will embark on a tour that brings them to the Wells Fargo Center in February with Gary Clark Jr..  The band of brothers (and a cousin) are currently supporting their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull, which was released in September.  Getting their start in Tennessee, the Followills eschewed the typical country influences of the state and instead focused on the styles of the Rolling Stones, The Clash and the Pixies.  It was their 2008 album Only by the Night that really put the band on the map, producing top-charting singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.”  Tickets for the February show go on sale Friday, November 1st at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch the video for “Supersoaker” off of Mechanical Bull.

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Recap: Austin City Limits Festival Oct 11-13

The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

All photos by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

Last week’s Austin City Limits Festival featured a variety of sounds and styles, ranging from the soulful harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama to the introspective and moody hits from The Cure. Held in Austin’s Zilker Park, the six-stage, two-tent festival was a non-stop show of up-and-coming acts like the electro-rock group Cherub to the soulful sounds of Luella and the Sun to the stadium filling acts like Muse and Kings of Leon.

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Local Natives | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

The ever-present heat did not stop Local Natives from giving there all in a high-energy set that was a departure from their more mellow albums. A raucous set by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was the highlight of the first night, with the front man acting as part bluesman, part revival minister, and part rock god. The Queens of the Stone Age’s set featured a bevy of fan-favorites like “Go With the Flow” and the high speed closer “Song for the Dead.” Depeche Mode wowed the audience with their mix of dominant stage presence and the over-the-top graphics that accompanied their set.

The second day’s performances were typified by the alt-rock shuffles of the Silversun Pickups and a bluesy set by The Shouting Matches, who peppered their set with blues standards that got the audience moving. Passion Pit proved to be the favorite for the dance crowd as the audience chorused their electro-pop hits when they were not in a dancing fury.

In fact the only thing that could stop the top caliber performances was a true Texas gully-washer that flooded the festival and caused the festival to cancel its final day.

Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

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