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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.

 

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Download a World Cafe version of “Indefinitely” by Old 97’s

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

Alt-country rockers Old 97’s return to 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 recently released Most Messed Up, and 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.”

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Download a free new music sampler with music from Old 97’s, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Old Crow Medicine Show and more


#XPNFest artists Old 97’s, Hurray for The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are four of the artists whose new singles are available to download for free on a 15 song ATO Records Spring Sampler. Other artists on the collection include Built To Spill, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kaiser Chiefs, Midlake, Benjamin Booker, Midlake and more. The Old 97’s are represented with “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” from their new album Most Messed Up. Below, download the sampler. Get tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival here.

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Get rowdy with #xpnfest artists Old 97s on their new album Most Messed Up

Photo by Allison Smith
Photo by Allison Smith

Old 97’s return with another collection of alt-country raucous rock and roll on Most Messed Up on Tuesday, April 29th. The album was recorded in Austin and features Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses). Old 97’s are playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival the weekend of July 25-27th. Tickets for WXPN members are on sale now. Go here for more information.

Below, stream Most Messed Up. Highlights include “Give It Time,” “This Is The Ballad,” “Nashville,” and “Guadalajara.” Rhett Miller and company continue to be an enduring force in alt-country and show no signs of ending that streak with this collection of classic Old 97’s songs.