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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).