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 →
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.
Since the release of their last studio album, Circuital, in 2011, Jim James – the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in My Morning Jacket – has been musically active on outside projects. That will change when MMJ hit the road this Summer, touring in conjunction with the release of their new studio album, The Waterfall, on May 4th. Continue reading →
The musician responsible for the sax solo in “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones and “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” by John Lennon has died. Bobby Keys passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness at his home outside Nashville. Continue reading →
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 itcontinued, 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.