XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: The Lumineers cover Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”

Photo by Jade Ehlers
Photo by Jade Ehlers
The Lumineers recently released a Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut. The expanded collection includes 5 bonus songs, a DVD of videos, live concert footage and interviews, and a 28 page booklet of photos and studio notes. One of the bonus songs is a cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads – which has long been a live favorite at the band’s concerts, including this summer’s appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival. It’s also this week’s XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week. Listen below.


XPoNential Fest: A stunning Saturday night with The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica and Hey Marseilles

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

All photos by Eric Ashleigh |

Last night’s headlining XPoNential Music Festival show at the Susquehanna Bank Center gathered a variety of artists from across the XPN universe, from the chamber-indie tones of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles to the rousing rock and roll of Philly’s Dr. Dog; the electro-beat dance pop of Minneapolis’ Polica to Denver’s new folk torchbearers The Lumineers.

“It was a thrill having David Dye introduce us,” Lumineers frontman Wes Schultz told the crowd. “We played this festival last year; it’s good to be back.” Their set drew largely from their self-titled album, mixing in their singalongable tracks like “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines” with covers like “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” by fellow Colorado artist Sawmill Joe, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan (who headlines XPo Fest tonight). They rushed out to the lawn to perform an impromptu mini-set of “Darlene” and “Elouise” among the fans in the XPN members’ section, and even worked a few new songs in the mix.

Dr. Dog unveiled three new songs as well – the vibey “The Truth,” which was released as a lyric video last Monday, a chug-a-lug rocker called “The Distant Light” and the joyous “Love.” Their new album, B-Room, is out in October.

Check out photos from their sets, as well as openers Hey Marseilles and Polica, in the gallery below.


Get psyched for XPoNential 2013 by revisiting past performances from Dr. Dog, Dawes, and more

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Dr. Dog performing at XPoNential Music Festival in 2010 | Photo by Ryan Schwarts

With the XPoNential Music Festival mere days away, what better way to get in the mood than by checking out some stellar perfomances from XPo-Fests past? While there’s certainly a long list of exciting, up-and-coming new artists playing this year, it’s always nice to kick back with some old favorites. Below check out some perfomances from years past by XPoNential vets Dr. Dog, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dawes and The Lumineers! Continue reading →


Listen to a new song by The Lumineers, “Darlene” (playing #xpnfest this weekend)

lumineers The Lumineers, who play this Saturday evening at the Susquehanna Bank Center during the XPoNential Music Festival are releasing a deluxe edition of their self-titled album on August 20. “Darlene” (listen below) is one of five bonus tracks including a cover of “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by Talking Heads. Also included is a DVD containing more than 25 minutes of stage performance, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos and interviews, and a 28 page photo booklet of never before seen photos, images and studio notes from the recording sessions. Tickets to this weekend’s festival are available here


Watch The Lumineers cover Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” on Jimmy Fallon


Folk-stormers The Lumineers made a late night appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night, covering Talking Head’s “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues.  The Denver-based outfit make the classic song their own with jangly tamborine accents and their staccato bass drum pounding away.  The Lumineers headline the XPoNential Music Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday evening, July 27th; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the live video below, followed by the Talking Heads’ original version.

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Firefly Festival to Dover International Speedway, featuring Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar and more

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XPN welcomes the return of Firefly Festival to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21st-23rd.  The line-up is huge this year, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Foster the People headlining the multi-day festival and over sixty of the biggest established and rising acts in the country filling out the bill.  Firefly’s diverse bill includes Vampire Weekend, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Philly’s Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and the Spinto Band, Ellie Goulding, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Grizzly Bear, Toro Y Moi, ZZ Ward, Matt and Kim, Dispatch, and new favorites HAIM, Wild Belle and Foxygen. Check out videos of some of the bands we’re most excited to see this summer and go here to view the full line-up.  Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 21st at noon; more information will be available here.

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The Lumineers, headling XPoNential Music Festival on Sat 7/27, debut new video for “Stubborn Love”

The Lumineers, who headline the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday, July 27th at the Susquehanna Bank Center, have a new video for “Stubborn Love,” that you can watch below. Reserved seating to see The Lumineers with Dr. Dog and Polica goes on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Go here to purchase tickets to the show. Weekend passes to the XPoNential Music Festival, July 26-28, go on sale on April 16.

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The Lumineers to headline XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday, July 27

The Lumineers | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |

The Lumineers‘ career has skyrocketed in the year since we first met them, so we’re excited to announce that the Denver folk-pop five-piece will headline this year’s XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 at the Susquehanna Bank Center with our friends Dr. Dog. Tickets for reserved seats will go on sale this Friday, February 8, at 10 a.m.

The festival takes place from July 26 to July 28 at Wiggins Park, and the full Wiggins Park lineup will be revealed on April 16th. As with last year, three-day pass holders will be admitted to the lawn seat area at the Susquehanna Bank Center show on July 27. Go here for more information about tickets.

The Lumineers were one of the first bands to take the stage at last year’s XPoFest; watch a video of them performing “Stubborn Love” below.


The Lumineers and a few thousand fans headline The Tower Theater (photos, review, setlist)

If ever there was a mystery about how The Lumineers became so popular so fast, last night’s appearance at The Tower Theater solved it: they involve the fans in their concerts as much as themselves.

Having catchy songs with singalong refrains helps, sure. But even given those, other acts might make performances a one-directional thing – they play, you watch, and applaud when it seems appropriate. The Lumineers, on the other hand, make the crowd feel involved and at home, all the way to the coat rack and living room piano they deck the stage out with. Continue reading →