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Watch: 6 bands that played the Glastonbury Festival that you must see in Philly this Summer

The Glastonbury Festival just wrapped up this year’s five day festival. Below, watch videos from some of the bands playing shows in Philly this summer.


Palma Violets play Friday, September 27 at Johnny Brenda’s.


HAIM play Made In America on Saturday, August 31. Continue reading →

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Dawes, Dr. John, Lianne La Havas, Phosphorescent and more playing XPoNential Music Festival 2013

DawesLos Angeles rockers Dawes, New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, UK soul singer Lianne La Havas and Brooklyn Americana outfit Phosphorescent are among the 20 acts announced today for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 26th through the 28th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

Joining the already-announced Saturday night SBC lineup of The Lumineers, Dr. Dog and Polica is Vancouver ethereal roots act Wake Owl. In addition, local acts on the bill include Aaron and the Spell, DRGN King and The Districts.

Weekend passes to the XPONential Music Festival are available now through WXPN membership. New and renewing members will get a pair of weekend passes to Wiggins park and lawn seats to the SBC show for a pledge of $24 month. More information can be found here.

The Lumineers (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Dr. Dog (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Polica (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Wake Owl (Sat 7/27 @ Sus. Bank Ctr.)
Dawes
John Butler Trio
Dr. John
Trampled By Turtles
Michael Kiwanuka
Brett Dennen
Lianne La Havas
Justin Townes Earle
Jose James
Last Bison
Kopecky Family Band
Lord Huron
Phosphorescent
Fleeting Ends
DRGN KING
The Stray Birds
The Districts
Aaron & The Spell
Alo Brasil

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Michaela Majoun’s five most sonically addictive songs of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun shares her five most sonically addictive songs of 2012.

By which I mean songs you just can’t get out of your head, not necessarily because of lyrical content or musical depth, but because of a sound that hooks you.  I suspect it has something to do with repetition and viscerally-felt clapping or drum noise and the other things noted below. There are studies about why music is addictive – read more here and here. Continue reading →

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Lianne La Havas returning to World Cafe Live in April

Photo by John Vettese
After absolutely stunning a tightly-packed Free At Noon crowd in November, Lianne La Havas has made plans to return to Philadelphia for a show at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 7th.  The UK soul singer’s debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize and was just named iTunes’ Album of the Year.  Tickets for the all-ages show with Jamie N Commons are available here.  Listen back to Lianne La Havas’ Free at Noon performance here (via the XPN Media Player) and watch a video of her performing her breathtaking song “Gone” at the Mercury Prize Awards Show below.

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Lianne La Havas makes a powerful Free at Noon debut (photos, audio, setlist)

UK soul sensation Lianne La Havas made a stunning appearance at World Cafe Live today for her first Free at Noon performance. Opening the show with a heartrending solo performance of “No Room For Doubt,” she was flanked by four backing musicians for the rest of the set, delivering a powerful performance of tracks from her 2012 debut LP Is Your Love Big Enough?. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above, check out the setlist below, and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Lianne La Havas wanders Paris in a video for “No Room for Doubt” (performing at this week’s Free at Noon concert)

Just over a year ago, Lianne La Havas took to the streets of Paris with La Blogotheque to film a Take Away Show.  The British soul singer was on the verge of releasing her Lost & Found EP, the first public offering of La Havas’ songwriting.  For her film with La Blogotheque, La Havas chose to perform a stripped down version of “No Room for Doubt,” which subsequently found its way onto her debut full-length Is Your Love Big Enough.  Displaying quite a different side of her musical personality from that album’s confident title track, this version of “No Room for Doubt” shows La Havas at her most  pensive, with the warm intonations of her acoustic guitar tip-toeing along the bustling cafes and markets of Paris.  Watch the video below, and RSVP to this week’s Free at Noon concert here.  Lianne La Havas was set to open for John Legend on Friday night, but Legend’s tour has been postponed.

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My Morning Download Encore: “Is Your Love Big Enough” by Lianne La Havas


WXPN’s August Artist To Watch is Lianne La Havas. Even though the month comes to a close today, Lianne’s future is bright; she’s released one of the best debut albums of the year. Below, download the title song to “Is Your Love Big Enough” via NPR Music. Join Dan Reed on Tuesday, September 4th at 4PM when he introduces the September Artist To Watch.

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John Legend announces Fall tour with XPN Artist To Watch Lianne La Havas opening; playing Tower Theatre in November


John Legend has announced a Fall tour that comes to the Tower Theatre on Thursday, November 1st. Legend is releasing a new album called Love in The Future and was co-Executive Produced with Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer. You can listen to a snippet of “Caught Up,” co-written by Legend and West here. Opening the show is the new British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas who is WXPN’s Artist To Watch. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday. Go here to purchase tickets. Below, watch Legend and The Roots perform Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.”

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My Morning Download: “Is Your Love Big Enough?” by Lianne La Havas


British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas is XPN’s Artist To Watch this month. She recently released her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? on Nonesuch Records. WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos reviewed the album for WXPN’s Featured Album of The Week and said this:

It won’t take long as you listen to Is Your Love Big Enough? to draw the conclusion that Lianne La Havas is a special voice. Her enchanting vocals certainly act as the centerpiece to this lovely debut. Yet as you unfold the songs on this album, it becomes clear that you’re not listening to a one-dimensional artist but someone who can sing and play across a wide musical spectrum.

La Havas was born and raised in London, and her background is diverse. Her father is Greek, and her mother Jamaican. They equally seem to have influenced her musical styling. Her mother’s love of R&B music surely plays as a role on Is Your Love Big Enough?. And as the story goes, her father was the one to first teach Lianne guitar and piano. When you couple that with a strong sense of self, Lianne’s music crosses a lot of boundaries. She’s funky and charismatic on the standout title-track “Is Your Love Big Enough”, showing off not just her vocal range and power but her distinct guitar work.There’s also the classy and charming side as you’ll hear on her duet with Willy Mason “No Room for Doubt.” And her sultry version of Scott Matthews’ “Elusive” is yet another can’t miss moment on Is Your Love Big Enough?

As you flip through the liner notes, there’s one more name you might recognize and that’s Matt Hales, aka Aqualung. Matt and Lianne co-wrote most of the album. They also played most of the instruments – just between the two of them. Is Your Love Big Enough? is all at once an impressive debut, and also a showcase of massive potential.

Download “Is Your Love Big Enough?” via NPR music here (right click/Save as).

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