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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Must see: Ryan Adams covers Bryan Adams’ “Run to You” and listen to new music from Fiona Apple.

Taylor Hill/Wire image
Taylor Hill/Wire image

For years Ryan Adams expressed disdain towards anyone who requested a “Bryan Adams” song. But that changed this past Wedneday night in Santa Barbara, Calif.  when Ryan channeled his inner “Bryan” on an inspired cover of “Run to You”. Watch it after the jump. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Adams open up about life and hash out new tunage on World Cafe

Photo by David Black
Photo by David Black

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Ryan Adams is back in the music game. After a stellar set at our XPoNential music festival this summer and the release of his new self-titled album, Adams recently appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and had a wide-ranging interview with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Get ready to rock: Ryan Adams returns to Philadelphia this fall

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

Ryan Adams must have had as much fun as we did during his headlining slot at XPN Fest.  The rock singer-songwriter has already announced plans to return to the city on November 19th for a show at the Tower Theater, which will be in support of his forthcoming self-titled record.

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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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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 →