The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →
Michael Stipe, who’s virtually gone underground since the breakup of REM in 2011, shocked fans at a Patti Smith concert in NYC Monday night by performing a short opening set for the punk legend. Watch fan video of Stipe singing “New York, New York Continue reading →
Here at XPN, we can’t get enough of Sharon Van Etten. So much so that we feel as if we have adopted the North Jersey / Brooklyn artist as an honorary Philadelphian. Today, SVE shared her latest video for “Our Love” off her acclaimed record Are We There. Almost the entire video is shot in black and white, but turns to color at the very end. Come back to Philly soon, SVE! Watch the video below via Pitchfork.
Tonight, XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten to Union Transfer. Her new album, Are We There is one of the best albums of 2014. The singer-songwriter is known for her brutally, honest albums that let the listener in on her personal emotional rollercoaster. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.
Hezekiah Jones will be at Pastorious Park tonight. The troupe is made up of musically-talented Philly singer-songwriters bringing each of their own music backgrounds to the group. The result is a band with its own eclectic spin to storytelling artistry. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information about the event. Below, watch one of our favorite projects that Hezekiah Jones was involved with for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through.
Punk rock band legends Dead Kennedys play tonight at TLA. After disbanding in 1986, the hardcore rockers reformed in 2001 with Skip McSkipster currently singing lead vocals for the band.Tickets and more information can be found on the here.
The Brooklyn based musician’s career has flourished since her 2009 debut, Because I Was In Love, and as she has pushed herself to improve on each new release, Van Etten’s remarkable emotional honesty and intimacy of her songs has remained constant.
WXPN Welcomes Sharon to Union Transfer on Wednesday, June 18th. Go here for tickets and more information to the show. Below, download a World Cafe version of “Tarifa.”
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
As it’s another Final Friday, it’s time once again for a ‘Compact,’ one-hour edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in at 11pm (immediately after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a concentrated dose of new tracks from around the globe. We’ll spotlight the newly released record from Sharon Van Etten and hear a number of Land Of The Lost icons who are still making great records to this day. Plus a few of the following:
Singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Sharon Van Etten is releasing her new album Are We There next week via Jagjaguwar Records, but you can check out the entire album streaming on iTunes now. Listen to it here and get tickets and information on Sharon Van Etten’s June show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Vocal powerhouse Sharon Van Etten released a new song from her forthcoming LP Are We There, and it’s nothing short of breathtaking. “Your Love Is Killing Me” starts out slow and ominous then slowly builds into a story about resisting the urge to reconnect with a past love. The language Van Etten uses evokes pure desperation and a need to separate herself from this person, underscoring how painful the relationship has been. “Break my legs so I won’t walk to you,” she sings. “Cut my tongue so I can’t talk to you / burn my skin so I can’t feel you / stab my eyes so I can’t see.” As the song progresses and the pace quickens, you can feel her sense of urgency. Around the 4:40 mark you feel a release as she sings “You like it when I let you walk all over me .” Are We There is out May 27th via Jagjaguwar Records, and she will be in Philly on June 18 at Union Transfer. She’s also taping a World Cafe Session during this week’s NonCOMM that you can hear later this year. Listen to “Your Love Is Killing Me” below.
The new video for Sharon Van Etten’s “Even When The Sun Comes Up” is equal parts silly, sad and striking. The song comes from the Jersey-born singer’s fine new album Are We Out There, out May 27th on Jagjaguwar Records, and the video (which premiered today on NPR Music) wanders into a late-night television set where an aging and exhausted horror show host coughs amid the dry ice smoke, and an animated SVE sings achingly from his television set. If you’re observant, you can spot cameos in the video from Philly folk Joey Sweeney (a lighting tech fixing the glowing eyes of an ornamental skull) and Gretchen Lohse (holding cue cards). Watch the video below, and get information on Sharon Van Etten’s June 21st show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Sharon Van Etten recently covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” for The A.V. Club‘s localized cover series (this time New Jersey is the place of interest, which is near and dear to both artists). Van Etten’s rendition sounds like something stripped straight from a heartbreaking scene in a movie; her higher pitch delivery dances upon each piano note with emotional vocal cracks in the same way Springsteen’s signature rasp does in the original. That said, her rendition is inspired and all her own at the same time. Get tickets to Sharon Van Etten’s show at Union Transfer on June 18th here. Watch it below (and try not to sob too hard).