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Get to know HAIM, opening for Mumford & Sons in concert this weekend (and making a guest appearance on WXPN, Saturday at 3PM w/ Eric Schuman)

This weekend Mumford & Sons are playing two sold out shows at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday and Sunday evening. WXPN will be broadcasting the Sunday night show live. Both nights there are two opening acts; singer songwriter Ben Howard and HAIM, three sisters from Los Angeles. Make sure you get to the shows early enough to see both opening acts. HAIM include Este, Danielle, and Alana, and drummer Dash Hutton. The sisters grew up in a musical family, raised on the classic rock leanings of their parents, and started as a band in 2006. They released their Forever EP in October 2012, have a fantastic new single “Falling,” and recently captured the prestigious BBC Sound of 2013 award. It seems that the UK has fallen in serious love with the band, and we’re expecting them to make a big splash with Mumford fans here in the States. The sisters sing in an urgent Stevie Nicks kind of way and there’s a percussive element of funky-ness to their songs. Their harmonies are sharp and to the point; the songs are high on melody and the delightful rush of pop candy (the kind that’s good for you). Last March at SXSW in Austin, HAIM received excellent reviews from the music bloggers and critics who covered the festival. HAIM will be on the air with Eric Schuman on WXPN tomorrow, Saturday, at 3PM. Tune in to learn more about them.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bleeding Rainbow, Kurt Vile, Attia Taylor and Pissed Jeans)

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Happy Valentine’s Day from Helen Leicht – get free downloads of Philly Local love songs [link]

Philly punks Pissed Jeans ravage the Key Studio Sessions [link]

Indiepop five-piece Catnaps releases a prom-themed music video for “Novelty” [link]

WXPN will broadcast Sunday’s Mumford & Sons concert from the SBC in Camden [link]

Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP Yeah Right is the subject of the Unlocked showcase [link]

Philly’s Abi Reimold is spotlighted in a Folkadelphia session [link]

See photos from Toro y Moi‘s appearance at Union Transfer [link]

Five Things That Inspired Mary Lattimore’s Debut Album, The Withdrawing Room [link]

Watch local actors, fashion designers and musicians Khari Mateen and Elegant Animals collaborate in a video called The Living [link]

Explore Philadelphia with Dave Hartley of Nightlands and BlackBook Magazine [link]

Kurt Vile announces a headlining Union Transfer show, shares a free download [link]

Philly space-rocker Brendan Codey shares a new track called “Twin Chimney” [link]

UK experimental trio Beak> plays Underground Arts on a snowy night [link]

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WXPN to broadcast Sunday night’s Mumford and Sons concert from Susquehanna Bank Center

When London folk revivalists Mumford & Sons announced their two-night stand at Susquehanna Bank Center shortly after their sophomore LP Babel dropped in the fall, both shows sold out in seconds. For those who didn’t get tickets, WXPN is broadcasting the band’s set on Sunday night the 17th in its entirety. The night begins at 8 p.m. with host Mike Vasilikos live from the Susquehanna Bank Center while Haim and Ben Howard warm up the crowd. When Mumford goes on, we turn the airwaves over to the stage as the band works through songs from Babel and its 2009 debut Sigh No More. Tune in on the radio at 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or online at XPN.org. Below, check out a video of the band performing “I Will Wait” sold-out show at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn – clearly, the local crowd is in for a high energy mass-singalong whether it’s on-air on in the flesh.

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Watch Mumford and Sons play “I Will Wait” on the Late Show with David Letterman (playing two sold-out shows at SBC in February)

Explosive UK folk-rock favorites Mumford and Sons appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman last night, performing the single “I Will Wait” from their 2012 album Babel. Watch the video below. The band returns to the Philadelphia area this winter for two sold-out shows at the Susquehanna Bank Center on February 16 and 17.

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Just Announced: Mumford and Sons coming to Philly (playing Susquehanna Bank Center on 2/16)

English folk revivalists and XPN favorites Mumford and Sons revealed its first Philadelphia stop since they performed at our World Cafe 20th Anniversary Concert today. They will be playing The Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Saturday, February 16; onsale is TBA. The band recently released a video for the second single from its sophomore album Babel; watch “Lover of the Light” below, and listen to Mumford’s recent World Cafe Session here (via the WXPN media player). UPDATE: Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 9, at 10 a.m. via Live Nation; tickets are $62.99 including fees.

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Happy record release day to Mumford and Sons! Get excited for Babel by listening to the band’s World Cafe session

English folk rock four-piece Mumford and Sons releases its much-anticipated sophomore album Babel today. It’s a solid set through and through, from the lead single “I Will Wait” to its stirring cover of “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel. The band recently recorded a session for World Cafe with David Dye, which you can listen to here (via the WXPN media player). Below, watch a video from the XPN archives of Mumford and Dawes performing “When My Time Comes” at the World Cafe 20th Anniversary concert.

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Watch Mumford and Sons perform on Saturday Night Live; Babel is this week’s featured album on WXPN

London-based indie-folk quartet Mumford and Sons is releasing its eagerly-anticipated sophomore album Babel on Tuesday. All this week, WXPN will go deep on the new record as its Featured Album of the Week, beginning on Monday morning with hosts Michaela Majoun and Mike Vasilikos. The band made its debut appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, performing two songs from the new album and appearing in a sketch. Watch video of Mumford performing “I Will Wait” and “Below My Feet” below.

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Mumford & Sons Announce second album, Babel; watch their video with XPo Fest artist Dawes from World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary

The British folk-rock band that captured our hearts with the song “The Cave”, Mumford & Sons, have announced that their next album, Babel, will be released on Glassnote Records on September 25th. Just like “The Cave” was just the tip of the iceberg with their debut, Sigh No More, we can only imagine the music on the new album will be just as caring, thoughtful, and beautifully written. Below you can watch the video of Mumford & Sons playing with Dawes at World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Concert. Dawes will be playing at our XPoNential Music Festival at the River Stage this Friday.

You can pre-order Babel through their website beginning this Saturday, July 23rd. Check out the track listing and a teaser video below. Continue reading →