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XPNFest Recap: The Hold Steady rocked the River Stage on Friday Night

The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this.”  Keeping with the theme of the night, The Hold Steady‘s Craig Finn made sure the riled-up River Stage crowd knew just how much it means to the band to still be playing music ten years into their career.  The set was a career-spanner, pulling tracks from 2005′s Separation Sunday, this year’s Teeth Dreams and everything in between.

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Watch #XPNFest artist The Hold Steady rock out on Conan

The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist
The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist

This week XPoNential Music Festival artists The Hold Steady appeared on Conan to perform “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” from their latest album, Teeth Dreams – it’s a song carried the trademark story-telling lyrics by frontman Craig Finn that we all know and love. So far, the album has received great reviews from outlets such as The Guardian, and USA Today. Continue reading →

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WXPN Welcomes #XPNFest band The Hold Steady to Underground Arts in September

The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
In the midst of a tour that brings them to the #XPNFest this Friday night, The Hold Steady have added a Philly date to their tour schedule on Monday, September 8th at Underground Arts. This past May, the band played WXPN’s Non-COMM music conference. Watch them perform “Sequestered In Memphis” below.

Single day tickets and weekend passes for the XPoNential Music Festival are available here.

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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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Watch the uber-confident The Hold Steady rock Non-COMM with “Sequestered in Memphis” and “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”

The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese
The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese

The Hold Steady had no problem keeping the energy up at this year’s NonCOMM. With its engaging and confident stage presence, it was obvious this isn’t the band’s first time performing for a crowd. Frontman Craig Finn’s passion for his music came through in the band’s performance of “Sequestered in Memphis.” With his goofy, yet charming, dance moves, Finn helped to connect The Hold Steady with the crowd and break down the wall between the stage and the floor. The band played a throwback with fan favorite “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” from its 2005 LP Separation Sunday — reviving its punk roots. Check out the band performing these two songs below and listen to the entire set here. The Hold Steady joins us this summer for the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and information are available here.

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Non-COMM Recap: The Hold Steady brought down the house

The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese
The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese

With their urgent sixth album Teeth Dreams released this spring, The Hold Steady was energized as it took the World Cafe Live stage last night for NonCOMM. The set drew largely from the new album – “I Hope The Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” and “Spinners” sounded massive – but also dipped back into the band’s back catalog for the fan favorite jam “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” Sporting a fresh buzzcut, frontman Craig Finn was charismatic as ever, working the fist-pumping crowd and cracking jokes. Listen to the set and check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Rock out as #xpnfest artist The Hold Steady covers XPN faves Deer Tick

Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have covered each other’s songs. The bands are currently touring with each other, and The Hold Steady are playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival July 25 through the 27th at Wiggins Park. For the project, Deer Tick cover The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer,” and The Hold Steady cover Deer Tick’s “Easy.” Go here for weekend passes and more information about the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to The Hold Steady’s cover of Deer Tick’s “Easy,” and Deer Tick’s cover of The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer” below.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via rodgab.com

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

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Watch The Hold Steady perform “The Ambassador” at the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, listen to the entire set

Yesterday The Hold Steady played a set for the Public Radio Rocks showcase at SXSW.  The XPN favorites will release their sixth studio record Teeth Dreams on March 25th.  Check out a video of the band performing “The Ambassador” below and listen back to their full set here.

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SXSW Dispatch: Public Radio Rocks showcase with Damon Albarn, Lucius, Temples and more

Damon Albarn | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
Damon Albarn | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org

Wow, what a whirlwind of an afternoon! We just wrapped up with the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase starring Damon Albarn, Lucius, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith and Temples – curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show.