XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Then Came The Morning” by The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Lone Bellow are releasing their sophomore album, in January, 2015 and recently released the title song, “Then Came The Morning.” The album was produced by Aaron Dessner of the The National, and comes two years after the trio – Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist – released their self-titled debut. Continue reading →


Experience the energy of the Philly Folk Fest in 150 photos

Old Crowd Medicine Show at Philly Folk Fest |
Old Crowd Medicine Show |

This weekend, up in northern Montgomery County, Philly Folk Fest reigned under mostly sunny weather. The 53rd annual gathering treated the crowd to its trademark mix of sounds and styles: heavy on the promising up-and-coming acts (El Caribefunk, Sturgill Simpson) and locals (Kicking Down Doors, Ryan Tennis, Katie Frank and the Pheromones), but also showcasing scene favorites (Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow) and heritiage artists back for another set in front of familiar faces (Janis Ian, Loudon Wainwright III). Our photographer Michelle Montgomery was at the festival for all three days, and shot an immense amount of pictures capturing the scenes, the sights, the sound-makers and, most vividly, the folk folks. We whittled down her photos to our favorite 150, encompassing three days and nights of lively festivity and high spirits. Continue reading →


Philadelphia Folk Festival announces lineup featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Loudon Wainwright III, The Lone Bellow and more

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Johnny Stimson, Gretchen Lohse at Underground Arts, Pattern is Movement at Boot and Saddle, Real Estate at Union Transfer and more

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This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at World Cafe Live, Delco Pacers at MilkBoy, Astronauts Really Fly at The Blockley, and more

Photo by Jan Prunk
Photo by Jan Prunk

Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”

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WXPN Welcomes The Lone Bellow to Union Transfer on November 14

Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 8.15.17 AM The Lone Bellow are returning to Philly on Thursday, November 14 to Union Transfer. Tickets to the XPN Welcomes show go on sale tomorrow, Friday August 9 at Noon. The Brooklyn based band released their self-titled debut last January and immediately touched music fans with the haunting song “You Never Need Nobody.” The core of the band, including Zach Williams – the band’s principle lead singer and songwriter – singer Kanene Pipkin, and guitarist Brian Elmquist worked with producer Charlie Peacock on their debut, one of the breakout albums of the year. An Artist To Watch in Febraury, the band was on World Cafe with David Dye in March, and played at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention in May; to listen to their set click here.

Go here to purchase tickets to the show.


Non-COMM Recap: Sweating it out with The Lone Bellow (photos, audio)

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Awash in moving acoustic arrangements and stunning harmonies, The Lone Bellow captivated the crowd at the 2013 Non-COMMvention. They sang selections from their self-released self-titled debut and packed what appeared to be the entire attendance of Non-COMM into World Cafe Live’s upstairs stage, raising the room’s collective temperature to a fever pitch. Listen to the band’s set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).


WXPN to broadcast and webcast Non-COMMvention performances featuring Tom Jones, Tom Tom Club, Foxygen, Kurt Vile, Wild Belle, Laura Mvula and more

This Wednesday, May 15 through Friday night May 17, the 13th annual Non-COMM industry and music conference is being hosted at WXPN. Many of the bands performing over the three days will be broadcast and webcast on XPN. Below is the schedule (subject to change).

Wednesday, May 15
7 – 7:25 p.m. Gabriel Kelley
7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (video webcast)
8:10 – 8:35 p.m. John Murry
8:40 – 9:20 p.m. Tom Tom Club (video webcast)
9:25 – 9:55 p.m. Kurt Vile
10:00 – 10 :45 p.m. Phoenix (Phoenix will NOT be broadcasted live)
10:50 – 11:20 p.m. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Thursday, May 16
12:00 p.m. – A Special Mississippi Blues Project Free At Noon 12 featuring
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks (video webcast)

7 – 7:20 p.m. Mount Moriah
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Mavis Staples (video webcast)
8 – 8:20 p.m. Wild Belle
8:25 – 9:05 p.m. Tom Jones (video webcast)
9:10 – 9:40 p.m. The Last Bison
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. José James
10:20 – 10:55 p.m. David Wax Museum
11 – 11:45 p.m. Robert Randolph
11:50 -12:20 a.m. Foxygen

Friday, May 17
12 – 1:00 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bobby Long

7 – 7:25 p.m. Wild Feathers
7:30 -8 p.m. Laura Mvula
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. The Lone Bellow
8:40 – 9:10 p.m. Free Energy
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Kopecky Family Band
9:50 – 10:30 p.m. The Olms featuring Pete Yorn
10:35 – 11:05 p.m. Marie Miller
11:10 – 12:00 a.m. The Relatives


Just Announced: The Lone Bellow opening for Ivan & Alyosha at Johnny Brenda’s on 4/16

LoneBellowWe just got word of a big treat for fans of XPN’s February Artist to Watch The Lone Bellow. The Georgia-born, Brooklyn-based close-harmony group was added to the bill of Ivan & Alyosha’s appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on April 16th. The band released its self-tltled record on January 22, and it was met with acclaim from NPR Music, which praised its “songs of survival and redemption, written out of necessity rather than opportunity.” Below, watch a music video for The Lone Bellow’s single “Two Sides of Lonely”; get more information on their Johnny Brenda’s appearance at the WXPN Concert Calendar (powered by The Swollen Fox).


The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Download B.C. Camplight‘s BBC Radio 6 session featuring two new songs [link]

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang bring rock and soul to their Key Session [link]

Listen to Free Energy‘s new album Love Sign at Consequence of Sound [link]

Thrash out with a new Surgeon track; they play Kung Fu Necktie next month [link]

The collaboration between Ground Up and The Lawsuits continues in a HotBox session [link]

David Bowie releases a new single for his birthday [link]

Chill Moody releases his latest album, RFM [link]

Get psyched for Zilla Rocca‘s Tuesday Tune-Out with his new Wrecking Crew video [link]

Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, our new 17-song compilation [link]

Stream the new album from The Lone Bellow, a Georgia-bred close harmony trio [link]

Stream a new EP from Philly’s Acres of Diamonds, who play PhilaMOCA next week [link]

Plow United announces the details of their all-ages album-release show at The Barbary [link]

Download Anais Mitchell‘s Folkadelphia session [link]

The WXPN Philly Local Show expands to three hours [link]