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Get details on Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah Anyhow LP, see them at World Cafe Live

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Last month, vibey Americana outfit Hiss Golden Messenger shared the track “Standing in the Doorway,” a leftover from the Heart Like a Levee sessions, and now they’re one-upping that gift by announcing a fall tour and new album titled, Hallelujah Anyhow — which will be out on September 22nd via Merge Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

Macy Gray | via facebook.com/macygrayslife

Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Mumford & Sons’ new video for “Whispers In the Dark” (filmed at the Susquehanna Bank Center, parts around Camden and featuring a guest appearance from Haim)

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Photo by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

The night of WXPN’s live broadcast with Mumford & Sons at the Susquehanna Bank Center (SBC) on Sunday, February 17th, the backstage area and loading dock at the SBC was brimming with a crew on site to film the new video for “Whispers In The Dark.” You can watch the video below. It features Marcus Mumford riding his motorcycle up the ramp of the loading dock (scary!), some footage shot at the Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. It also features a guest appearance from Haim who opened the show that night.

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The second night sounds of Mumford & Sons with Haim at the Susquehanna Bank Center

Last night Mumford & Sons wrapped up their second sold out show at the Susquehanna Bank Center with a live broadcast on WXPN. Check out our review, photos and set list from the Saturday night show here. Last night, the band performed another excellent, transcendent set. Both nights the band opened with “Babel,” and encored with a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” While most of the sets both nights shared the same songs, second night concert goers got “Brown Crown,” and “Awake My Soul,” while first night attendees got to hear “Holland Road,” and “For Those Below.” Both nights, Ben Howard and Haim open the show. Haim were pleasantly confident and fun and played a cover of “Oh Well,” a classic older Fleetwood Mac tune along with their new song “Falling,” and “Forever,” from the band’s debut EP. Below, watch some videos of the performances from YouTube user tyrant2525

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Keeping time with Mumford and Sons at SBC (photos, review, setlist, video)

All photos by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

A week ago, music blog Stereogum weighed in on the “secret weapon” of Mumford and Sons: frontman Marcus Mumford’s right foot. Or, more specifically, the kick drum at the front of the stage that keeps time on the majority of the band’s songs.

Seeing them perform night one of a sold-out two-night stand at Susquehanna Bank Center last night, it was immediately evident how integral that kick drum is. For a pop-rock band with folksy instrumentation (upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar), the London band sounded more massive with just its four core members – Mumford, banjo player Winston Marshall, keyboardist Ben Lovett and bassist Ted Dwane – then it did with the horns and strings and full-kit percussionists that joined them on the set centerpieces like “Lover of the Light.”

Foot-stomp beats are common in the folk revival – from Philly’s Hoots and Hellmouth and Columbus, Ohio’s Saintseneca up to bigger names like The Avett Brothers. With Mumford, it breaks through to another plane. On those scaled-back moments, the beat was at its strongest; pulsing, resonant and easy to get swept away in. Continue reading →