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XPoNential Music Festival: Erin McKeown Added, Set Times Announced!

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Singer-songwriter musician Erin McKeown is now set to perform at the XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park. The festival takes place July 26th through the 28th on the Camden waterfront. McKeown released her 7th studio album, MANIFESTRA, in January. The set times for the artists performing at Wiggins Park have been announced, which you can check out below. The gates open at 5pm on Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also includes live performances at the Susquehanna Bank Center featuring The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica, and Wake Owl on Saturday, July 27, and the AmericanaramA Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham on Sunday, July 28. Announcements will be made soon regarding the schedule of artists who will be performing at Susquehanna Bank Center. You can find tickets and more information here.

FRIDAY, JULY 26th (Gates 5 p.m.)

WIGGINS PARK – RIVER STAGE
ALO BRASIL (6:45 PM-7:20 PM)
MICHAEL KIWANUKA (8 PM-8:55 PM)
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS (9:50 PM-11:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
AARON & THE SPELL (5:30 PM-6:00 PM)
THE DISTRICTS (6:10 PM-6:40 PM)
KAT EDMONSON (7:25 PM-7:55 PM)
RED BARAAT (9:00 PM-9:45 PM)


SATURDAY, JULY 27th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
THE FLEETING ENDS (12:30 PM-1 PM)
ERIN McKEOWN (1:40 PM-2:20 PM)
DR. JOHN (3:10 PM-4:05 PM)
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES (4:55 PM-5:50 PM)
JOHN BUTLER TRIO (6:45 PM-7:50 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
THE STRAY BIRDS (12 PM-12:30 PM)
THE LAST BISON (1:05 PM –1:35 PM)
MATT POND (2:25 PM-3:05 PM)
LORD HURON (4:10 PM-4:50 PM)
BRETT DENNEN (5:55 PM-6:40 PM)

SUNDAY, JULY 28th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
DRGN KING (12 PM-12:30 PM)
JOSÉ JAMES (1 PM-1:40 PM)
LIANNE LA HAVAS (2:25-3:15 PM)
DAWES (4 PM-5:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND (12:30 PM-1 PM)
PHOSPHORESCENT (1:45 PM-2:25 PM)
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE (3:15 PM-4 PM)

A variety of tickets that are available now for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru can be viewed and purchased here. If available, tickets may also be purchased in person on festival dates at the box offices at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. The Kids Corner area in the Children’s Garden at Wiggins Park will be open from 11:30 am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

General festival FAQ’s can be found here.

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Get your prog-rock on: “Yestival” to make only U.S. appearance at Susquehanna Bank Center on 8/3

Yes logo Progrockers Yes- Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Geoff Downes & Jon Davison – bring their 2013 festival to the Susquehanna Bank Center on August 3rd.  The progressive rock legends will play Yes favorites and two classic Yes albums in their entirety including Close to the Edge  and The Yes Album. Also on the bill: the greatest Genesis tribute band ever – The Musical Box, (performing the classic Genesis album, Foxtrot), Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Rennaissance with Annie Haslam. There will also be a rare appearance by Roger Dean, the Yes album cover artist presenting “The Art of Roger Dean.” Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7th at 10 a.m.  More information will be available here. Below, listen to a 1973 recording of “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album followed by a 1972 performance of the title track from Close to the Edge.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, The Killers at Susquehanna Bank Center, XPN welcomes the Philadelphia Songwriters Project to The Blockley

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Philly metal band Surgeon will release their new album tonight at Johnny Brenda’s Kung Fu Necktie (the show was moved due to a water main break).  Chemical Reign has been a long time coming for the local four-piece: we first got a sample of the new songs back in 2011 when the band stopped by for a Key Studio Session, a few years after their 2008 debut Angry Guest was released.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Swarm of Arrows, Ominous Black and Skeleton Hands can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Surgeon performing “Greed.”

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John Mayer embarking on his first tour in three years; playing SBC, Allentown, AC in August

Photo by Kevin Mazur

This just in from Billboard.com: John Mayer announced his first tour in three years in support of his 2012 LP Born and Raised. He heads out this summer and makes three regional appearances; at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on August 23rd; at The Great Allentown Fair on August 27th; and the Borgata in Atlantic City on September 1st. Onsale information for all of these shows will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, you can listen to Mayer’s 2012 interview with David Dye on World Cafe here (via the WXPN media player), see all of Mayer’s tour dates at Billboard, watch his tour announcement video from last night below, and hear the new song “Dear Marie” by skipping ahead to here. After the jump, you can also check out a new documentary on the making of the Born and Raised album art below.

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Silversun Pickups announce spring tour; playing Susquehanna Bank Center on 5/12

silversun-pickupsL.A. rock four-piece Silversun Pickups announced a new run of tour dates this spring, which brings them to the Philadelphia area on Sunday, May 12th for a date at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Onsale information for the show will be announced shortly. The band was last in Philadelphia in October to play The Tower Theater following the release of their third album, Neck of the Woods. Watch a video of the band performing “The Royal We” below.

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Keeping time with Mumford and Sons at SBC (photos, review, setlist, video)

All photos by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

A week ago, music blog Stereogum weighed in on the “secret weapon” of Mumford and Sons: frontman Marcus Mumford’s right foot. Or, more specifically, the kick drum at the front of the stage that keeps time on the majority of the band’s songs.

Seeing them perform night one of a sold-out two-night stand at Susquehanna Bank Center last night, it was immediately evident how integral that kick drum is. For a pop-rock band with folksy instrumentation (upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar), the London band sounded more massive with just its four core members – Mumford, banjo player Winston Marshall, keyboardist Ben Lovett and bassist Ted Dwane – then it did with the horns and strings and full-kit percussionists that joined them on the set centerpieces like “Lover of the Light.”

Foot-stomp beats are common in the folk revival – from Philly’s Hoots and Hellmouth and Columbus, Ohio’s Saintseneca up to bigger names like The Avett Brothers. With Mumford, it breaks through to another plane. On those scaled-back moments, the beat was at its strongest; pulsing, resonant and easy to get swept away in. Continue reading →