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.



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.”


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.


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.


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

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via

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 |
Photo by Kate McCann |

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 |
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

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.

Wiggins Park
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
Old 97’s
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Man Man
Nicole Atkins
Diego Garcia
James Cotton
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Dave Hause
Jeremy Messersmith
Caitlin Rose
Bear’s Den
The Lawsuits
Marian Hill
Ginger Coyle
Our Griffins
Viv and the Revival
Commonwealth Choir

Susquehanna Bank Center
Ryan Adams
Jenny Lewis
Band of Horses
The Districts


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


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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Photo recap: Old 97’s played Union Transfer with Salim Nourallah & The Travoltas

Last night the Old 97’s were in town at Union Transfer and performed Too Far To Care in its entirety plus some other favorites. Salim Nourallah & The Travoltas opened and Old 97’s front man Rhett Miller did an acoustic set. All photos by Christopher Sikich.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97’s at Union Transfer, El Ten Eleven at North Star Bar, A.C. Newman at First Unitarian Church, Banjo Summit with Bela Fleck and more at The Keswick Theater, Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes the Old 97’s to Union Transfer for a special Too Far to Care 15th anniversary show tonight.  The Texas alt-country pioneers are touring in support of the classic 1997 album, which was re-issued with bonus outtakes and demos earlier this month.  According to the band’s website, tonight’s event will feature a Rhett Miller solo set and two sets by the full band, including a run-through of Too Far to Care in its entirety.  Also performing is Dallas-based musician Salim Nourallah.  Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Below, watch a live video of the band performing “Broadway” and download a free Too Far to Care E.P. via Noisetrade here

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