By

XPNFest Recap: Guitar jams and artistry from St. Vincent and My Morning Jacket at SBC

St. Vincent & My Morning Jacket | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent & My Morning Jacket | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

At first glance, last night’s headlining XPNFest pairing was an unusual one. Theatrical, otherworldly indie rock diety St. Vincent played first, followed by a set from jam-intensive roots / Americana faves My Morning Jacket - how was this going to work?

As it turned out, it worked out phenomenally, and the artists has more in common than meets the eye. Both boast some of the best living guitarists in rock – Annie Clark, the woman behind St. Vincent, as well as Jim James and Carl Broemel, the dueling duo at the front of MMJ. Both have a strong artistic sensibility to what they do – St. Vincent’s cerebral pop songs and clever choreography, MMJ’s expressive and expansive jams. And both have songs that totally slay in concert – St. Vincent’s “Actor Out of Work” and “Digital Witness,” MMJ’s “Lay Low” and “One Big Holiday,” just to name a handful. Continue reading →

By

Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →

By

Watch #XPNFest artists Courtney Barnett and My Morning Jacket perform on the Conan O’Brien show

My Morning Jacket | photo via facebook.com/mymorningjacket
My Morning Jacket | photo via facebook.com/mymorningjacket

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening this summer the weekend of July 24-26th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden, NJ waterfront. Recently, two bands playing the festival were on Conan O’Brien show. Below, watch My Morning Jacket perform “Believe (Nobody Knows),” from their recent album The Waterfall and Courtney Barnett play “Dead Fox” from Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit.

Continue reading →

By

Tonight: Watch My Morning Jacket in concert for NPR Music’s First Listen Live

My Morning Jacket | Photo by Danny Clinch
My Morning Jacket | Photo by Danny Clinch

Tonight at 10 p.m.ET, My Morning Jacket will perform songs from their new album, The Waterfall, and their previous albums in a special webcast concert for NPR Music as part of the First Listen Live Series. MMJ will be webcasting from Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, presented by our friends at KCRW. Tune in tonight here. Continue reading →