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.)
John Butler Trio
Trampled By Turtles
Lianne La Havas
Justin Townes Earle
Kopecky Family Band
The Stray Birds
Aaron & The Spell
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.”