XPN Fest Recap: Nilüfer Yanya opens the River Stage with an effortlessly laid-back vibe

Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

As the afternoon sun heated up the waterfront, Nilüfer Yanya brought her refreshing blend of musical influences to kick off the day’s River Stage lineup. Though Yanya is a classically-trained pianist, for her solo project the London-based singer-songwriter has assembled a backing band of keys, sax and drums. She leads her pop and indie rock influenced songs on guitar, an instrument she taught herself, with an effortlessly laid-back vibe. Continue reading →


Hozier headlines #XPNFest’s Friday lineup, with Dawes, Bettye LaVette, Japanese Breakfast and more

Hozer | photo courtesy of the artist // Dawes | Magdalena Wosinska // Bettye LaVette | photo by Mark Seliger | courtesy of the artists

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru returns to the Camden Waterfront in just a few short months, the weekend of July 26, 27, and 28.

Headlining the BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26 is Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, who debuted in 2013 with “Take Me To Church,” a ubiquitous song that led his 2014 self-titled album to double-platinum status. He returned earlier this month with his sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby! Watch him perform the opening track, “Nina Cried Power,” on World Cafe below.  Continue reading →


Nilüfer Yanya shares “In Your Head” and announces debut album Miss Universe

Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Molly Daniel

London-based soul-pop songwriter Nilüfer Yanya has announced that her debut full-length album, Miss Universe, will be released on March 22. Along with the announcement, she’s shared a second single from the forthcoming record, the extremely catchy “In Your Head.”

The video for “In Your Head” was filmed in the desert near Las Vegas by Yanya’s frequent collaborator ENERGYFORCE. We previously heard “Heavyweight Champion of the Year,” the 17-track album’s closing song, back in November. You may remember Yanya from last year’s NonCOMM, where she blew us away with her short but impressive set. Continue reading →


NonCOMM Recap: Nilüfer Yanya brings a blend of London sounds to Philadelphia

Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN |

London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya took the stage upstairs at World Cafe to showcase her impressive blend of lo-fi, indie, trip-hop, and jazz. Influenced by Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Pixies alike, the blend of references peeked out throughout the six-song set.

Yanya and company opened with the jazz-tinged breakup track “Thanks 4 Nothing,” one of her singles that helped land her on the map for many, as well as a previous Gotta Hear Song Of The Week. Another one of those landmark singles, 2017’s “Baby Luv” dazzled the crowd elsewhere in the set. The band’s stylistic tendencies resemble that of fellow Brit youths King Krule, a similarity others have noted before. Continue reading →


WXPN at SXSW: Highlights from the 2018 festival

Lo Moon | SXSW Public Radio Day Stage | Photo by Gus Philippas | Courtsey of WFUV

SXSW, the annual music festival in Austin, Texas wrapped up Sunday. Philly was repped with performances throughout the week by Queen Of Jeans, Hop Along, Ron Gallo, and others, as well as WXPN’s presence at several events. Continue reading →