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XPNFest Recap: The Lone Bellow put raw emotion on display during River Stage set

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The Lone Bellow | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordphotography.com

As the vast majority of XPN Fest-goers gathered in the hot Sunday sun, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow kicked off their set with the title track to their sophomore album Then Came the Morning.

The opener “Then Came The Morning” elicited a huge crowd response, as lead singer Zach Williams hopped on a speaker, beckoning the crowd to sing along. As they burned through the lead tracks of their latest LP, the song “Watch Over Us” brough the frenzied energy to a halt as the group’s pure emotion kicked in. With the trio sharing one mic, their harmonies on the song had the audience clinging to every syllable. Continue reading →

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Eaux Claires Day 1: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The journey to Eau Claire (pronounced “Oh Clare”), Wisconsin for the inaugural Eaux Claires (EXC) indiefolk mammoth of a festival started like a freak folk dream that never really stopped. From the time we pulled into the two hour wait line outside the muddy camping grounds Thursday night – during which antsy campers skipped up and down the aisles of cars and coolly flaunted their half-shaven haircuts on cig breaks – the party kept rolling with no signs of slowing down.

Lines of hipster drones sweated outside the gates from 10 a.m. Friday morning until they could break through to music mecca curated by the one and only Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. (Our staff photog Jeremy cleverly nicknamed the festival #BonnarooIver.) Make no mistake about it; everything on these grounds felt handpicked by JV from the focus on Midwestern artists – every artist on the bill had a personal connection to Vernon, even those of non-Midwestern descent – to the oddly terrifying family zone – more on that tomorrow. Continue reading →

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Get ready for The Lone Bellow’s Free at Noon with their new Then Came Morning

The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow
The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow

This Tuesday, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, showcasing their critically-acclaimed bluesy, Americana sound.

The group is no stranger to Philly, rocking a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.  Their anticipated show at Underground Arts is set for March 24. And they just announced a performance at XPN’s Free at Noon concert next Friday. (RSVP here.) Continue reading →

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Download a new song by The Lone Bellow, “Cold As It Is” (plus 21 other songs from bands playing Hangout Fest)

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

Sandwiched between Coachella in April and Bonnaroo in June is The Hangout Music Festival, a three day music festival held on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 15-17. This year’s lineup featured Foo Fighters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Lupe Fiasco, Cold War Kids, MisterWives and many more. Continue reading →

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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 →

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Experience the energy of the Philly Folk Fest in 150 photos

Old Crowd Medicine Show at Philly Folk Fest | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Old Crowd Medicine Show | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

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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.

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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

Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson
Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson

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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