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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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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Mason Porter, Roof Doctor, Strand of Oaks

Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Local five-piece Roof Doctor stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session, recording four songs taken from their new Mobile Freedom Home LP.  Get a free download of “Bulldog” below and check out the full set here, along with upcoming show dates.

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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.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Polica at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Drive-By Truckers and Old 97′s at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire

Polica
Polica

XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight.  The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.”  On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here.  Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.

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Four of XPN’s Dan Reed’s favorite Drive-By Truckers songs (playing the TLA with Old 97′s tomorrow night)

Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
WXPN’s Dan Reed is a big fan of the rock, especially the kind of Southern rock that the Drive-By Truckers play. WXPN Welcomes the Truckers to the TLA tomorrow night with the Old 97′s. We asked Dan to pick four of his favorite songs by Patterson Hood and the band, and he said: “Just four? They’re all great.”

Drive-By Truckers “Used To Be A Cop” from Jason Thrasher on Vimeo.


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