Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Cake for Every Creature at World Cafe Live, Lake Street Dive at Union Transfer and La Santa Cecilia at World Cafe Live Upstairs

Free Cake for Every Creature
Free Cake for Every Creature | Photo by Alyssa Yohana | courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop quartet Free Cake for Every Creature plays tonight at World Cafe Live. The Philly-based group released their first full length album, Talking Quietly With You, last April. Joining them will be Philly favorite Hello Shark, who just released Delicate, and Florida-based indie duo Sales. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Watch the video for “All You Gotta Be When You’re 23 Is Yourself” below, released last spring on their latest LP. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Lake Street Dive to headline two nights at Union Transfer this October

Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive | Photo By Noah Silvestry |

Boston luminaries Lake Street Dive just announced their return to Philly, following a headlining engagement at The Fillmore in support of their new record Side Pony. (See photos here.) The band will headline Union Transfer on back-to-back nights this fall, on Tuesday, October 11th, and Wednesday, October 12th. Continue reading →


Lake Street Dive and The Suffers bring down the house at The Fillmore

Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN |
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN |

Friday night’s show at The Fillmore was all about tons of dancing and stellar front-women. The sold-out event began with The Suffers, from Houston, Texas, rocking the stage, as lead vocalist Kam Franklin strutted the stage in a green sequined dress. Franklin really warmed the crowd up with her soulful voice, big stage presence, and inspirational story of finding a second career in music. The ten-piece band is touring behind a couple EPs and their self-titled LP, and has gained a strong following for a band whose debut album is only a month old.

By the time Lake Street Dive arrived, the crowd was ready to keep dancing after chugging a few more cocktails at one of the many bars. Singer / frontwoman Rachael Price began their set with a similar enthusiasm as Franklin, as she danced and smiled with each sultry lyric. The band just released their fifth LP, Side Pony, with Nonesuch Records, and with it came a new energy and a clean look; Price donning high heels and a skirt as she stands at center stage. By the middle of the set, Price pulled a scrunchy out of her hair, shot it into the audience and the band went into the title track “Side Pony,” which really got the audience boogying. Continue reading →


Listen to the new Lake Street Dive album, Side Pony

Photo via Big Hassle Publicity
Lake Street Dive | Photo courtesy of the artist

Lake Street Dive are set to release their new album, Side Pony on February 19th. Named after a hairstyleSide Pony musically builds on strengths of their last studio album, Bad Self Portraits, strengths rooted in R&B and soul, classic pop, a little blues, pure sheer musical fun, and lead singer Rachael Price’s powerhouse vocals. Continue reading →


What a bill! Lake Street Dive and The Suffers are playing the Fillmore in March

Lake Street Dive | Photo via
Lake Street Dive | Photo via

Lake Street Dive have announced their debut album for Nonesuch Records, Side Pony, out on February 19th, almost two years after the band released Bad Self Portraits to widespread acclaim.

The Boston-bred four-piece blew some minds at WXPN’s XPoNential Music festival in 2014 with their fun-filled, high-energy show, and throughout 2014 and 2015 gave Philly a few spirited appearances at Union Transfer and Longwood Gardens. We’re excited that the band returns to Philly at the Fillmore on Friday, March 18th with opening support from another of our favorite bands, the Houston R&B/soul band The Suffers. Continue reading →


A splendid evening with Lake Street Dive among the flowers of Longwood Gardens

Lake Street Dive / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Lake Street Dive / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

From California to Massachusetts, Lake Street Dive has been hitting the road for a little over a month now, playing a dizzying array of festivals, theaters, parks, and more. But all good things must come to an end, which is exactly what happened over last night among the dazzling horticultural displays of Longwood Gardens. Having a splendid evening with a sold out Philly crowd, the four piece soul-funk fusion played the last night of their condensed tour. Continue reading →


You asked for more Lake Street Dive? We’re bringing it.

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Lake Street Dive brought their soulful sound to the XPNFest River Stage just over a week ago, but we’ve already heard Philadelphia anxiously asking about their next performance in the area. We’re thrilled to announce that Tuesday Nov. 17 and Wednesday Nov. 18, XPN Welcomes Lake Street Dive to Union Transfer. Continue reading →


XPNFest Recap: Lake Street Dive get soulful on the River Stage

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Eclectic Boston faves Lake Street Dive played a stellar, high-energy set on the XPoNential Music Festival River Stage on Sunday Afternoon. Easily crowd favorites of the weekend, the band was led by the dynamic frontwoman Rachael Price, who sang, danced and simply exuded enthusiasm while delivering jazzy pop songs with soulful vocals. Continue reading →


Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann |
Photo by Kate McCann |

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

Wiggins Park
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
Old 97’s
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Man Man
Nicole Atkins
Diego Garcia
James Cotton
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Dave Hause
Jeremy Messersmith
Caitlin Rose
Bear’s Den
The Lawsuits
Marian Hill
Ginger Coyle
Our Griffins
Viv and the Revival
Commonwealth Choir

Susquehanna Bank Center
Ryan Adams
Jenny Lewis
Band of Horses
The Districts