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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97’s at Union Transfer, Dylan Jane at Boot & Saddle

Old 97s | courtesy of the artist
Old 97s | courtesy of the artist

Alt-country faves Old 97’s head to Union Transfer tonight with Nicole Atkins. Rhett Miller & co are touring in support of Graveyard Whistling, their 10th studio LP released this past February. Watch the video for “Good With God” (featuring a vocal cameo by Brandi Carlile and a drumming cameo by Fred Armisen) below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Just Announced: Old 97’s chart a course for Central PA this May for Capitol Theatre gig

Old 97s | courtesy of the artist
Old 97’s | courtesy of the artist

Next month, alt-country veterans Old 97’s will celebrate the release of their tenth album, Graveyard Whistling. They’ll be heading out on tour in support, and now, that tour includes a central PA date at York’s Capitol Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27th, but you can find more information now via XPN’s Concert Calendar. For now, listen to their brand new single “All Who Wander,” along with “Good With God,” the album’s first single featuring Brandi Carlile. Continue reading →

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Old 97’s announce new full-length Graveyard Whistling, release new single “Good With God”

Old 97's | Photo Credit: Jason Garner
Old 97’s | Photo Credit: Jason Garner

Alt-country rockers Old 97’s announced their eleventh LP Graveyard Whistling, set to be released on February 24th on ATO Records. With this announcement, the band also shared their first single from the record, “Good With God”, featuring the vocal talents of singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile as the “voice of God”.

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Listen to Rhett Miller’s summery new song, see him at XPN’s Big Night Out

Rhett Miller | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic
Rhett Miller | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller has over two decades of touring experience, so his latest solo album is aptly named.

The Traveler is scheduled for release on May 12 via ATO Records, with a handful of talent featured, like folk rockers Black Prairie, as well as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, who are all featured on the album’s first single, “Most in the Summertime,” below. A steamy, upbeat singalong, Miller croons, “My fingers found the notches on your spine/I think I love you most in the summer.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basics at Hard Rock Cafe, Mercury Radio Theater at Ortlieb’s, Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo via facebook.com/KingBrittFanPage
Photo via facebook.com/KingBrittFanPage

King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basic’s Reunion takes place tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. A revival of the legendary Philly nightclub night, the event hosts both live musicians as well as DJs, allowing for a genre-bending night of frenzy. Started in 1990, the event hosted names like ?uestlove, James Poyser and more. The man behind the project is Britt, who was also a part of the venerable Digable Planets and other projects. In his interview with the Key’s Sameer Rao, Britt explained the motivation behind the reunion as “We thought it would be good to do this as a reunion, but also as a reminder that this [mixing different genres] is possible”. He then went on to emphasize that the event is “not just partying…it’s existential.”  Check out this video of King Britt and The Back 2 Basics Band perform live at Silk City below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Old 97’s greet old fans with new songs on the River Stage

Rhett Miller of Old 97s and XPN's Michaela Majoun | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Rhett Miller of Old 97s and XPN’s Michaela Majoun | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
It was pretty much a love fest when perennial rockers Old 97s took the River Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday. Introducing the band with her arm draped around frontman Rhett Miller, Michaela Majoun told the crowd that she first saw the band at South By Southwest in 1994 – making the XPN love affair with the 97s two decades strong. Continue reading →

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A free World Cafe download for you from #XPNfest rockers Old 97’s

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

Alt-country rockers Old 97’s return to town this weekend, playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 27th. Rhett Miller and the 97’s have a long standing history with XPN and the festival. The band first appeared at the festival in 1999, when the festival was called “Singer-Songwriter Weekend.” Always a crowd favorite, the 97’s recent release is Most Messed Up, and they made a stop at WXPN to record a session for World Cafe. Listen to their full session (interview and performance) here. Below, download a Cafe version of “Indefinitely.” Hope to see you this weekend at #XPNfest. Go here for tickets.

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Watch the rambunctious “Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On” video from #xpnfest artist Old 97’s

Photo by Allison Smith
Photo by Allison Smith

XPoNential Music Festival artists Old 97’s recently released a video for the song “Let’s Get Drunk and Get it On” from their latest album, Most Messed Up. The first video made by the 97’s since 2010, it uses four simultaneous cameras to follows the four bandmates going through their daily routine before their first 2014 show in Dallas. In an interview with Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, singer Rhett Miller commented that the video portrays the lives of the 97s pretty accurately. The highlights include bassist Murry Hammond’s extensive napping and Miller’s wig removal at the end. It’s a clever video from a catchy new album, where the band reasserts its place as rowdy alt-country rockers. The group recently did a session with the World Cafe, and will perform on Sunday year’s XPoNential Festival. Get more details here. Watch the video below.