Download My Morning Jacket covering James Brown, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (XPN welcomes MMJ w/ Band Of Horses to the Mann this Friday night)

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My Morning Jacket play The Mann this Friday, August 17th with Band Of Horses. During their concerts, My Morning Jacket have always had impeccable taste in covering songs; below, download their cover of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Neko Case and a cover of James Brown’s classic “Cold Sweat.” Go hereto purchase tickets to this Friday MMJ/Band Of Horses show at the Mann.


My Morning Jacket, playing the Mann on August 17th, get remixed by Washed Out

Photo of My Morning Jacket by Ryan Mastro

My Morning Jacket roll in to town on Friday, August 17th with openers Band of Horses at The Mann for a rock show you won’t want to miss. On August 7th, the Jacket release its “Outta My System” remix EP. The original version of “Outta My System” is on Circuital, however, below you can listen to Washed Out’s blissful, ambient remix of the song and compare it to the original.

Go here to purchase tickets and for more information about the show.


My Morning Download: “Old L.A.” by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames; playing Union Transfer in March

 Yim Yames (AKA Jim James of My Morning Jacket), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) have made a record together called New Multitudes, an “interpretation” of Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics. New Multitudes is being released on Rounder Records on February 28th. The band performs Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 13th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Click here to download the song “Old L.A.”

Set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth year, New Multitudes will be released February 28 on Rounder Records as a 12 track release and a 23 track deluxe, limited edition. The limited edition features original Guthrie lyric sheets, the 12 track release, and 11 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker. The album will also be available on vinyl. Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company

Tonight’s Concert Pick: XPN Welcomes Neko Case and My Morning Jacket at The Mann Center

Neko Case is the rare singer-songwriter who manages both to fulfill and confound expectations. Her music—a blend of big-voiced folk and poetic pop—isn’t typical by any indie-rock standard. And yet, the songs aren’t simply esoteric attempts to prove Case’s vocal chops or songwriting skills (which she certainly has), they’re genuinely powerful. When Case sings, you forget that you’re listening to a record. It’s more like tuning into someone’s diary—if their diary were a whirlwind of narratives, metaphor and anthemic, poignant choruses. All of which makes Neko Case a good match for headliners My Morning Jacket, and so far on this tour she’s joined frontman Jim James on several duet covers. Neko Case performs with My Morning Jacket at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$44.50. 


Watch Neko Case and My Morning Jacket (playing Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks

My Morning Jacket’s current tour with Neko Case is shaping up to be more than just the typical latest-album-replicating circuit. Last week in Pittsburgh, MMJ lead singer Jim James was joined on stage by Neko Case for a cover of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet “Islands In the Stream.” Now, thanks to a fan video, we get to see the two take on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” originally performed with Stevie Nicks. Watch below, via Anti- Label Blog.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case will be performing at the Mann Center on Tuesday, August 23rd. Tickets range from $40 – $55.40 and are available here.



My Morning Jacket and Neko Case (performing at the Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover “Islands In The Stream”

Watch tour-mates Jim James (lead singer of My Morning Jacket) and Neko Case duet at last night’s stop in Pittsburgh, via Stereogum. During the show’s encore, the capable pair covered “Islands In The Stream,” a song written by the Bee Gees and originally performed by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers in 1983.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case play the Mann Center together August 23rd; tickets are $29.50-$44.50.


Booker T, playing the XPoNential Music Festival, has a new video with Yim Yames

Soul and R&B legend Booker T is playing Saturday, July 23rd, at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival along with Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Givers, Sun Airway, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and others. Booker’s new album, The Road To Memphis, is produced by Questlove of The Roots and features members from The Roots. Below, a new video for a song, “Progress,” which features Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket. The XPoNential Music Festival is July 22-24th at Wiggins Park, Camden NJ. You can buy tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival here.


This Weekend: Arc In Round, The National Rifle (record-release show), The Dutchess And The Duke, + more


Photo by Miguel Angel

Arc In Round

Friday, August 27: Philly noise-pop quartet Arc In Round—led by local producer and Uniform Recording studio owner Jeff Zeigler—performs new tracks from its upcoming EP at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., $10); Tre Orsi and Busses open. If you prefer your noise-rock less dreamy and more trashy, Pissed Jeans will be at Danger Danger Gallery with openers Unnatural Helpers and Hot Guts. Long Island post-hardcore quartet Envy On The Coast plays the first of three farewell shows this weekend before calling it quits at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., $15); Terrible Things and Loyal Divide open. Touch And Go Fanzine co-founder Tesco Vee sign copies of Touch and Go—The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83 at Brickbat Books (7 p.m., free).

Saturday, August 28: The National Rifle celebrates the release of its latest EP, Vanity Press, with a performance alongside openers The New Connection and Goodnight Lights at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., $10).

Sunday, August 29: Seattle folk duo The Dutchess And The Duke performs new songs from the upcoming Sunset/Sunrise—the follow-up to their well-received 2008 debut, She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke—with The Mural & The Mint and Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., $10). Meanwhile, Dr. Dog guitarist Scott McMicken opens for My Morning Jacket at Penn’s Landing (7:30 p.m., $39.50).