Tonight’s Concert Picks: Younger Me at The Fire, Mason Jennings at World Cafe Live, Mark Lanegan at Underground Arts, and more…

YMThey helped us though the end of summer with their “Swimming Pool” video and started the Fall on the right note with their two-track 7″ preview via Bandcamp. Now join York / Lancaster native Younger Me at The Fire tonight for their second 7″ release show. To help celebrate the evening, the indie pop-rock trio will share the stage with Philly local Lucy Stone and Philadelphia based Family Vacation. Prepare for the show by listening and downloading their two track preview below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s 21+ performance here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Rouse at World Cafe Live, Les Claypool at The TLA, Flying Lotus at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Matt Duke to The Tin Angel


Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight.  The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release.  Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate.  Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010’s bi-lingual El Turista effort.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here.  Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”

Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up.  According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”

Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight.  The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts.  Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results.  Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here.  Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.

XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel.  The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December.  Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring.  Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.


XPoNential Fest: Matt Santry Band launches Day 2 (photos, audio, setlist)

Singer/songwriter Matt Santry brought along his band to the Marina Stage, kicking off day two of XPoNential Fest. He played a half hour set and announced a live album recorded on tour this summer to be released in 2013. His new song, “Unbelievable” was dedicated to all the mothers in the crowd. Check out the full set list below and a photo gallery above. You can listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


Download The Key’s XPoNential Music Festival 2012 Sampler!

The 2012 XPoNential Music Festival is upon us, and we’re happy to say that, along with the national big names Wilco and Counting Crows headlining, we’ve got a solid offering of some of our favorite homegrown music on the bill. Dr. Dog and Dave Hause on Saturday, the Good Old War On Work Drugs triumverate across the weekend, singer-songwriters Matt Santry and Dana Alexandra, synth poppers City Rain and gothic Americana four-piece The Bailey Hounds. Most of those musicians have recorded for WXPN in one form or another, and as we get ready to open the gates at 5 today, we present you with The Key’s XPoNential Music Festival 2012 Sampler. You can download the entire thing here, and load it onto your iPod for the car ride over to Wiggins Park tonight. Tracklisting after the jump. Continue reading →


Merry Local Philly Christmas! (download our 12 song local music holiday sampler)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.

The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler

Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”


XPN’s 12 Days Of Local Christmas: Matt Santry’s “The Xmas Song”

From full-time social worker to full-time musician, Matt Santry has made the unlikely transition from playing music for autistic children to rocking audiences of loyal fans. Santry credits the years he spent working one-on-one with children with disabilities as a contributing factor to his ability to successfully create a connection with his current audiences. “The Xmas Song” describes the feeling of Christmas no matter what the reasons behind the holiday and is a great addition to our 12 Days list. Download it below and make sure to check out more about Matt HERE.

Matt Santry’s next area performance is with Mark DeRose And The Way Home at 8 p.m. Friday, December 16th, at Chaplin’s The Music Cafe in Spring City, PA; tickets to the show are $10–$12. —Nick Bookbinder


Helen Leicht’s Local Pick Of The Day: Matt Santry’s “A Box That’s Always Empty”

Matt Santry

Matt Santry‘s “A Box That’s Always Empty” has a little bit of everything for fans of contemporary singer-songwriter pop-rock: ringing acoustic guitar chords, a piano counter-melody, shimmering synthesizers, a rhythm section that’s content with filling in the gaps, a triumphant, distorted-electric-guitar-filled bridge, and a bunch of “dah-dah dah-dah”‘s to kick off the vocals. But, perhaps most importantly, it’s got some seriously time-tested lyrical subject matter: a lonely human being who’s just looking for a little love—mostly to distract them from taking a much-needed, introspective examination of their otherwise empty existence. So, when Santry belts out “Sheeeee wiiiiill faaaaaaaaaall iiiiin loooooooooove,” near the end of the track, it might not actually be the best course of action for the song’s sad-sack protagonist. Especially if, as Santry sings earlier, she’s the kind of person who “gives her heart away with ease” and thinks “[love]’s the answer to every question she thinks of.” Hey lady, love isn’t going to help you, say, get your taxes done in a few months, you know? Matt Santry performs at 9 p.m. Friday, October 22nd, at Bucknell University’s 7th Street Cafe.