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XPNFest Recap: Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes capped an exuberant second day at SBC

Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

If that image of Ryan Adams in Rock God stance doesn’t give you an indication, the closing trifecta of XPoNential Music Festival day two was high-energy and memorable. A sizable crowd filled out the theater and lawn of the Susquehanna Bank Center to watch as Adams was joined by Jenny Lewis and Dawes to jam out into the breezy Saturday night. Continue reading →

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Watch Ryan Adams debut new song “Stay With Me” before his XPoNential Music Festival performance

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Photo by Julia Brokaw

A few weeks ago, we shared Ryan Adams’ newest single “Gimme Something Good.”  A few nights ago in Portland, Maine at his first live show of the year, Ryan shared another new track from his self-titled album, “Stay With Me.”  The song steers away from his softer “Come Pick Me Up” days and sounds more like an 80′s rock anthem. Continue reading →

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Hear “Gimme Something Good,” the new single from #xpnfest headliner Ryan Adams

Photo via facebook.com/ryanadams
Photo via facebook.com/ryanadams

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams released the first song off of his upcoming album Ryan Adams out September 8th through Pax-Am. It’s his first new album in three years. Following the release of 2011′s Ashes and Fire, Adams did a stellar session with David Dye for World Cafe.  Last year, he covered Sandra Boynton’s “When Pigs Fly”.

“Gimme Something Good” goes in a slightly different direction from Ashes and Fire. While both describe Adams as a man down on his luck, the new song is infused with energy. The rhythmic guitar in the background propels the track forward, while Adams’ voice pleads with the audience. It’s got a Tom Petty feel, a great new direction for Adams.

Ryan Adams is set to headline the Saturday lineup at XPoNential Festival. Get more details here. Listen to the new track below.

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XPoNential Update: Schedule released, Strand of Oaks added, plus a video trip down memory lane of past festivals

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is just one month away. And I’m sure by now you’re familiar with who’s playing this year: we have amazing artists like Beck, Ingrid Michaelson, The Hold Steady, Dawes, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, The Districts, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more on the bill.

What you don’t already know is the daily lineup schedule – and we’ve heard a lot of you asking when it would be released. This morning, we’ll answer your questions, because it’s right here.

Also, we’re happy to announce a new addition to the lineup: XPN Artist to Watch Strand Of Oaks. The Philly quartet rocked hard at this year’s Non-Comm Festival, and impressed us so much with the brand new album HEAL (released this past Tuesday on Dead Oceans), that we decided to add them to #XPNFest, upping the rock and roll quotient.  Here’s a very fun interview The Key’s Elliott Sharp did with Strand Of Oaks front man Tim Showalter the day the record came out: don’t forget to see them this Friday afternoon for a Free At Noon Performance too.

Speaking of things that are awesome, we’ve collected some videos of past XPoNential Festival performances to get you psyched for a great weekend of live music on the Camden waterfront a month from now. Check them out after the jump. Go here to XPN’s Youtube channel to watch more videos from past #XPNfest’s.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performing “Janglin” last year:

Here’s “4 & 4″ by The Districts:

The Lumineers playing “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Hey Ho” from our 2012 event:

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#XPNFest headliner Jenny Lewis back from six-year hiatus with new album The Voyager, co-headliners Beck and Ryan Adams produced

The cover art to Jenny Lewis' new album The Voyager | via facebook.com/JennyLewis
The cover art to Jenny Lewis’ new album The Voyager | via facebook.com/JennyLewis

Confirmed today via Rolling Stone, Jenny Lewis has finished her third solo album The Voyager. The expected release date for the album is July 29th on Warner Brothers Records, which is conveniently only 2 days after Jenny Lewis will headline the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival. Lewis told Rolling Stone that making the album got her through one of the most difficult periods of her life.

After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. … Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.

Go here to read the whole Rolling Stone story. Coincidentally, the production team for the record included two other XPN Fest headiners: Ryan Adams and Beck. Click here for the entire festival lineup, and check out the album track listing after the jump. Continue reading →

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Hear Ryan Adams tell David Dye about re-learning to play guitar; get psyched for his #xpnfest appearance

Photo by David Black
Photo by David Black

“I remember sitting in the studio thinking I had never heard his voice as pure,” said World Cafe host David Dye of the last time he saw Ryan Adams. “Pretty good songs too.”

Adams appeared on World Cafe in 2011 around the release of his 13th studio album, Ashes and Fire, and today we’re spotlighting that interview as we collectively get psyched to see Adams headline the Saturday night Susquehanna Bank Center stage at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival.

(Read More – Beck, Band of Horses, Dawes and more headlining the XPoNential Music Festival)

In the interview, Adams talks about relearning to play guitar following a wrist injury, expounds on his love of heavy metal and tells Dye what it was like to record with legendary producer Glyn Johns. The interview was featured on the show as a Vintage Cafe session a few weeks back; listen to it below. The XPoNential Music Festival goes on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. via Live Nation; tickets will be available here.

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Just Announced: Beck, Ryan Adams, Dawes and more headlining the XPoNential Music Festival

Beck | photo courtesy of the artist
Beck | photo courtesy of the artist

The first wave of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival acts has rolled in and it includes some big names.  Headlining the Saturday night portion of the festival over at the Susquehanna Bank Center is prolific alt / country singer Ryan Adams, indie rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis and L.A. staples Dawes, while the enigmatic and trailblazing Beck closes out the three-day event with Americana rockers Band of Horses and Lancaster-bred four-piece The Districts on Sunday night.

Photo by David Black
Ryan Adams | Photo by David Black

The annual summer highlight is happening July 25th through the 27th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Pre-sale reserved tickets for the SBC shows will be available to WXPN members on Wednesday, April 9th (members, check your email Wednesday morning for more details) and will then open up to the general public on Friday April 11th at noon.

XPoNential Music Festival 2014 3-Day Go-Everywhere passes, which include lawn seat admission for SBC concerts, will be released on Thursday, April 17th along with the full three-day lineup. Go here for tickets and info, check out music from the announced acts below and stay tuned for more updates.

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My Morning Download: “When Pigs Fly” by Ryan Adams

original-frog_trouble_cover Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, Dwight Yokum, Alison Kraus, Mark Lanegan, Ben Folds, Kacey Musgrave, Brad Paisley and Fountains of Wayne are some of the artists who have contributed songs to Sandra Boynton’s Frog Trouble, her new illustrated collection of country songs. Boynton, who grew up in Philly and went on to success as a designer, songwriter, director, music producer, children’s author and illustrator, wrote the music for the book with her husband Mike Ford. Below, watch a video about the making of the album and go here to download a three song sampler including songs from Ben Folds, Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Adams.

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Ryan Adams with Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jukebox The Ghost with The Spinto Band

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd
XPN Welcomes Ryan Adams with Jessica Lea Mayfield at Academy Of Music (8 p.m., SOLD OUT) Click here to listen to his recent interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye. During the episode, Adams discusses and performs tracks from his new acoustic album, Ashes & Fire, which he is currently touring in support of.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Sam Roberts Band + Zeus, Canadian Invasion at North Star Bar (9 p .m., 21+, $15); XPN Welcomes Marin Sexton at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $33–$45)


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

XPN Welcomes Jukebox The Ghost, The Spinto Band, and White Birds at Union Transfer (8 p.m., all ages, $12–$14) You can watch Jukebox The Ghost’s new video for the track “Half Crazy” off the band’s 2010 album, Everything Under The Sun; the video was shot in South Philly by local animation production company Juggling Wolf. You can check out White Bird’s recent Key Studio Session here.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes The Roches: Suzy And Maggie Roche with a Holiday Twist at New Hope Winery (8 p.m., $30–$40)


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

XPN Welcomes the 6th Annual Lizanne Knott And Friends Philabundance Benefit at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $10)

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Listen to Ryan Adams’ appearance on World Cafe

Couldn’t get tickets to Ryan Adams’ sold-out show with Jessica Lea Mayfield at The Academy Of Music this Friday night? Click here to listen to his recent interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye. During the episode, Adams discusses and performs tracks from his new acoustic album, Ashes & Fire, which he is currently touring in support of.

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