XPoNential Fest: An Americanarama grand finale with Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham

Bob Dylan and his Band | Photo by John Vettese
Bob Dylan and his Band | Photo by John Vettese

Though yesterday’s record-setting torrential downpour washed out Wiggins Park headliners Dawes, the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival ended on a high note with tremendous Americanarama lineup of Ryan Bingham, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and the legendary Bob Dylan and his band.

After an earnest performance from Bingham, MMJ came on and electrified the crowd with a broad-reaching set “I’m Amazed” to “Wordless Chorus” and a special appearance by Dawes compatriots Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, who joined Jim James and company on a cover of “Waiting On A Friend” by The Rolling Stones. Next up was Wilco, whose set also drew from across their catalog; impressive moments included a breathtaking “Poor Places” (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), a jaw-dropping “Impossible Germany” (from Sky Blue Sky) and a rousing finale of “Dreamer in my Dreams.”

Dylan and his tight band closed out the night with a set frontloaded with material from his recent LPs Time Out Of Mind, Love and Theft and last year’s Tempest. As it continued, though, Dylan worked further into his catalog for new arrangements (not immediately recognizable) of classics like “Tangled Up In Blue” and”A Hard Rain’s-A Gonna Fall”, as well as nuggets like “She Belongs To Me” from Bringing It All Back Home. Though his set did not feature any of the collaborative moments of previous tour stops, the XPoNential crowd did get an encore of “Ballad of a Thin Man.” See photos from the show in the gallery below.


Watch Wilco and My Morning Jacket cover Neil Young (playing XPoNential Music Fest)

Wilco and My Morning Jacket have been on the road with Bob Dylan as part of his AmericanaramA tour, and they’re all stopping by the Susquehanna Bank Center for the XPoNential Music Festival on July 27th. Here’s what might be in store: covers!  Alt-folk rootsy rock heavyweights My Morning Jacket joined Wilco on stage in Tuscaloosa for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.” Watch a video of the performance below, and find more information on the festival here.


My Morning Download: “The Day Is Coming” by My Morning Jacket (from the World Cafe archives)

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch
The amazing My Morning Jacket are performing this summer with Wilco, Bob Dylan and Ryan Bingham at the AmericanaRama Festival of Music that is part of the XPOnential Music Festival on Sunday, July 28. Weekend passes to the festival are going fast; you can purchase your three day “go everywhere” passes that will allow you to see music at both Wiggins Parks and the Susquehanna Bank Center where My Morning Jacket are playing. Go here for tickets. My Morning Jacket have been long time friends of XPN and World Cafe. Lead singer Jim James was on the show recently to perform songs from his solo album. Download that session here. Below, download “The Day Is Coming” from a session they did in August, 2011.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James remixes Bob Marley (MMJ playing XPoNential Music Festival/AmericanaRama Festival of Music in July)

marleyremixed Jim James frontman for My Morning Jacket has remixed a Bob Marley song for Legend Remixed, out on June 25. Legend Remixed is exactly what the title suggests; a remix/reimagination of Marley’s iconic 1984 greatest hits collection Legend. All of Legend’s 16 songs have been remixed by various DJ’s and producers including Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roni Size, along with a new rendition and remix of the Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song’” by Ziggy Marley. Jim James told the Wall Street Journal:

“I wanted to give the listener a sense of the same awe I felt when I first pulled up the multi-track masters and soloed out the vocals only. It was so unbelievable for me to finally be able to hear the voice I had loved for so long all by itself. So I built the opening around the vocal with minimal bass synth and percussion as well as adding some harmonies in myself.”

Go here to read more about James’ work on the album. My Morning Jacket appears at the AmericanaRama Festival of Music on July 28 with Bob Dylan, Wilco and Ryan Bingham, as part of the XPoNential Music Fetival. Below, listen to James’ remix of “Waiting In Vain.”


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]


Just Announced: Jim James releasing solo album, playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/18

Photo by John Bartol

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has a cool, eclectic solo album coming out next month called Regions of Light and Sound of God. With its haunting electronic tones and subdued arrangements, it most closely recalls the work he did with My Morning Jacket on 2006′s Z – and I’m thinking it will sound positively stunning in the cozy confines of Johnny Brenda‘s on February 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18, at noon. Below, listen to “A New Life” from Regions of Light and Sound of God, which is out on ATO Records on February 5th.


Photo Recap: My Morning Jacket at The Mann

My Morning Jacket played the Mann Center on Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses opening. All photos by John Bartol. Watch out the fan video of “Run Thru” below and go here for a photo recap of Band Of Horses’ set at the Mann.

Set list
X-Mas Curtain
First Light
Outta My System
Holdin On To Black Metal
Into The Woods
Evelyn Is Not Real
The Bear
Rocket Man (Elton John cover)
It Beats 4 U
Steam Engine
Victory Dance
Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2
Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 1
Wordless Chorus
Run Thru
Smokin From Shootin
Wonderful (The Way I Feel) w/ Ben Bridwell
I’m Amazed
It Makes No Difference (The Band cover)
Off The Record
One Big Holiday