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Watch videos of The Lawsuits and Gretchen Lohse performing at April’s Communion Showcase

The Lawsuits | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Earlier this month at the Communion Showcase, local videographer Bob Sweeney captured footage of The Lawsuits performing “Anybody’s Girl / 25w A19 120v Blues” and Gretchen Lohse singing “Spider at the Gate.”  Using both HD digital and Super 8 cameras (with the extra camera assistance of Mike Southerton), Sweeney translated the classic / modern crossover of both acts’ sounds into black and white clips that are alluring and subtly mind-bending.  The Lawsuits, who released their debut LP Cool Cool Cool last year, will make an appearance at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival alongside Our Griffins, Diego Garcia, Beck and more.  Tickets and three-day passes are now available here.  Check out Sweeney’s videos below and get information about May’s showcase here.

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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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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com | courtesy of the artist

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

HezekiahJonesThe 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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Watch The Lawsuits take on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in a new live video

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits

It’s pretty clear that The Lawsuits, along with generations of bands, are inspired by folk legends Fleetwood Mac. The Philly four-piece recently covered “The Chain” live in Richmond, VA last month and revitalized the energy that’s embedded in the 1977 classic. Led by Brian Dale Strouse and Vanessa Winters’ impressive dual harmonies, the band hits the mark with their lively rendition of the track. The Lawsuits play at Underground Arts tomorrow night for this month’s Communion Club Night alongside Johnny Stimson, Sturgill Simpson, Banned Books, and Gretchen Lohse. Get tickets here.

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Up The Chain perfects a cover of The Lawsuits’ “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t”

Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Up The Chain (aka Reed Kendall) channeled his inner balladeer in a sweet and simple rendition of The Lawsuits’ “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t” recorded for Root Down in the Shadow‘s Cover Club series. This is just one of many forms the song has taken. Originally a solo tune written and recorded by frontman Brian Dale Strouse, it became a full band affair and was featured on the Lawsuits’ album Cool Cool Cool with Vanessa Winters on vocals. Kendall’s version resonates in a quietly somber way that’s just enough to draw you in and keep you listening. Check it out below and get tickets to Up The Chain’s April 26th show at Ardmore Music Hall here.

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April’s Communion Showcase hosts The Lawsuits, Banned Books, Gretchen Lohse and more

Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes
Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes

Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd.  NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books.  XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well.  Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.

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Watch Ron Gallo’s moving cover of The Lawsuits’ “Anybody’s Girl” (playing Boot and Saddle 1/30)

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via facebook.com/rongallomusic

Local musician Ron Gallo (of Toy Soldiers) recently recorded his own acoustic rendition of The Lawsuits’s “Anybody’s Girl” for Root Down In The Shadow’s Cover Club series. While the original is swinging and upbeat, Gallo’s unique vocal tone is emotional and just tears at your heart strings. To top it off, he relates it to a certain heartbreaking film from 2004: “If the original is the kiss scene in The Notebook where they run at each other on the dock, then this is the scene where he builds the house”. Stream both versions of “Anybody’s Girl” below. Get tickets to Ron Gallo’s show at Boot and Saddle on January 30th here and lighten your mood with its hilarious promo video.

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Just Announced: The Lawsuits added to Katie Frank’s record release show (playing MilkBoy on 2/21)

 

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits

When Katie Frank and The Pheromones celebrate the release of their second full-length Counting Your Curses at MilkBoy on February 21st, The Lawsuits will be there to get the night started.  The indie rock / roots band, who released their own LP Cool Cool Cool last Fall and rang in the New Year at MilkBoy with a sold-out show, join Kevin Killen in the support slot.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Lawsuits at MilkBoy, Screaming Females at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly Bloco at World Cafe Live and more

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Commonwealth Choir and T.J. Kong will join The Lawsuits tonight at MilkBoy as they did in this Van Morrison cover

XPN welcomes The Lawsuits to MilkBoy for New Years Eve.  The jam-packed line-up, featuring the local indie roots-rock outfit with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir, will ring in 2014 by performing songs off of their recent Cool Cool Cool release.  Members of the bands got together recently to cover Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” so a reprise of that performance may also be in the plans.  Tickets and information for the 21+ celebration can be found here.  Check out the cover video below.

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