The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Fleeting Ends, Dr. Dog, XPoNential Music Festival)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philly favorites Dr. Dog announce next LP B-Room, release lyric video for “The Truth” [link]

The Fleeting Ends stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Check out this week’s show reviews and photo recaps including The Swirlies and Fun. [link]

Get psyched for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Festival by listening to past fest performances by Dr. Dog, Dawes and more [link]

The Civil Wars‘ track “Dust to Dust” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Stornoway recorded a stripped down Folkadelphia Session, performing songs from their latest Tales From Terra Firma LP [link]

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured San Francisco band The Family Crest and their song “Love Don’t Go” [link]

Brighton Sound Sessions went down a new path with their latest recording of jazz/funk trio ill Delta’s “Dark Chocolate” [link]

A slew of Philly dates were announced this week for bands including Animal Collective, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill and more [link]

The Dead Milkmen will headline a free show at Liberty Lands Park in support of music education on August 24th [link]

Instrumental Philly outfit North End will release their Cognoscere EP next month – get a preview with single “Gabardine [link]

Download Hezekiah Jones‘ cover of Damien Jurado’s “Shannon Rhodes” [link]



XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Dust To Dust” by The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars - John Paul White (left) and Joy Williams. Photo by Allister Ann.
The Civil Wars – John Paul White (left) and Joy Williams. Photo by Allister Ann.
The Civil Wars release their highly anticipated new self-titled album on August 6, on Columbia Records. Pre-order the album here. Below, listen to “Dust To Dust” from the forthcoming album, and watch a behind-the-scenes video capturing the duo in the studio and discussing the album via NPR Music.


Rising Band Watch: Listen to The Gallerist’s A Falling Waltz (playing One Shot Cafe on 11/3)

The Gallerist, led by Boston native Mike Collins, may just be one of the Philadelphia folk scene’s best kept secrets. The group’s 2011 album, A Falling Waltz, carries itself on songs with lively narrative lyrics and captivating melodies in the same vein of artists like The Civil Wars and The Avett Brothers. It shouldn’t come as a shock that the album was audio mastered by Jeff Lipton, who has worked with Bon Iver and City and Colour. Collins and his bandmates showcase their storytelling magic in tracks like “Washed-Away” and “Crumbs.” Listening to A Falling Waltz is like a conversation with an old friend, and it’s only a matter of time before the band strikes the right note to get noticed past Philadelphia and Boston. Catch the band tomorrow afternoon at One Shot Cafe for a free show at 1:30; more details can be found here. You can stream A Falling Waltz in its entirety here. Below, watch The Gallerist perform their title track from A Falling Waltz.


Digging through the WXPN archives for sessions with Grammy Award winners


Congratulations to Adele, Bon Iver, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Booker T, Alison Krauss, and The Civil Wars, who all won Grammys during last night’s awards ceremony. Below, listen to the World Cafe sessions that some of the bands recorded with Cafe host David Dye, as well as Booker T’s full performance at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival and The Civil Wars’ appearance at last May’s Non-Comm music conference.

Listen to Adele’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Bon Iver’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Alison Krauss and Union Station on World Cafe here.
Listen to The Tedeschi Trucks Band here.
Listen to The Civil Wars from last year’s Non-Comm here
Listen to Booker T’s set from last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival here.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Civil Wars at The Trocadero

A breakout song sets the standard and establishes expectations for a band. In the case of The Civil Wars, “Poison & Wine” is a smoky duet between members Joy Williams and John Paul White about an elusive romantic desire that will never be obtained. Honesty and raw arrangements are staples of The Civil Wars’ debut full-length album, Barton Hollow, but, despite what many might suspect, Williams and White are not at all romantically involved. Instead, they are friends who met in Nashville three years ago and decided to sing about passion, mistakes, and personal experiences. White said about the hit single, “What would you actually say if you had this invisible curtain around you and could just scream it in somebody’s face and they’d actually never hear it? We were all being very painfully honest.” That candor and realism are exactly what listeners can expect from the folk/country duo. The Civil Wars perform with Milo Greene at 7:30 pm at The Trocadero; tickets to the all=ages show are $22. —Caitlyn Grabenstein


The Civil Wars announce fall tour, playing the Trocadero on October 25th

Indie-folk duo The Civil Wars have announced a fall headlining tour, set to kick off October 7th in Birmingham, Alabama. The Nashville-based twosome, composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White, will have just completed a stint opening for Adele on her sold-out UK tour. They’ve had an exciting breakout year following the February release of their debut album Barton Hollow, and are showing no signs of slowing down. They had an apparently fantastic performance at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, which can be streamed in its entirety over at NPR. The duo also recorded a World Cafe session back in May, during which they performed three of their standout tracks: “Forget Me Not,” “20 Years,” and hit single “Poison and Wine.” That session is available for streaming here.

The Civil Wars will stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 25th at the Trocadero. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 5th at 12 p.m.; they will cost $26.80 (including fees) and can be found here. Below, take a stroll with the Wars through “Forget Me Not.”