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From pensive ballads to punk blasts, Ryan Adams shines at the Tower

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Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

When Ryan Adams took the stage last night at the Tower Theater, many fans in the area around me stood up ready for some rock n roll and dancing. The crowd immediately behind them began shouting “Sit down! Sit down!” For once in my life, I think the those sitting down may have had a point: this was not going to be a raucous night, but something a little more mellow.

Many songs of the set were from Adams’ latest, eponymous album: a work that not only demonstrates his assuredness as a musician and songwriter but also indicted to me that he’s been listening to a lot of Tom Petty lately. Tom Petty’s got some barn burners, for sure, but it’s not what I put on when I want to rock the hell out.

That is not to say the show was not impressive: Adams’ opening song “Give Me Something Good,” gave me goosebumps and his voice sounded incredible. He and his band then tore into some tunes from his days with the Cardinals, among them “Let it Ride,” a Dead-esque “Magnolia Mountain, ” and “A Kiss Before I Go.” Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: John Fogerty responds to alleged “controversy,” Ryan Adams writes music for new Al Pacino movie, and Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty

John Fogerty has responded to the “so-called” controversy, created by some over the performance by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl & the Zac Brown Band’s of Fogarty’s CCR classic: “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor on Veterans Day in front of military veterans in Washington. Continue reading →

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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.

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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

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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.