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.


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.


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.


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.


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 →


Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons Communion Records Tour coming to World Cafe Live on Wednesday, November 9th

Dave Watts

Communion Records, the UK record label co-founded by Ben Lovett of MumfordAand Sons, has its origin in a live-music night started in 2006 at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. As the success of the live events grew, Lovett decided to start the label in 2009. The Communion music scene has been central to the UK new folk revival which included bands like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Noah And The Whale, and Peggy Sue.

When Lovett was in town with Mumford And Sons this past Saturday to perform at the World Cafe 20th Anniversary tribute concert, he talked about the Communion tour here in the States. The tour, featuring the London-based Matthew And The Atlas, Ohio’s The David Mayfield Parade, and California-based Lauren Shera is in Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 9th at World Cafe Live. “We’re excited that American audiences can get to hear some of these artists. There is a definite vibe to the kind of music we’re doing—the shows, the records—that we think music fans will get in to.” Below, check out a video from each of the bands performing at the show at World Cafe Live Upstairs. Showtime is 9 p.m.; advance tickets to the show are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.


Dawes, Mumford and Sons, and Feist played the World Cafe 20th anniversary concert Saturday night

Dawes, Mumford and Sons and Feist played Saturday evening at World Cafe Live for the World Cafe 20th anniversary tribute concert. Mumford and Sons opened the show with four songs (including a cover of Neil Young’s “Dance Dance Dance” and new song called “Ghosts That We Knew”) then brought Dawes out to join them for two more songs including the new “Awaken My Soul.” Dawes finished up their set by inviting Mumford and Sons out for a high energy version of Dawes’ “When My Times Comes.” We’ll have more pictures and audio from the show tomorrow. Below, some photos from last night’s show.