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The WXPN guide to The Lumineers (playing a sold out show tonight at the Tower Theater)

The Lumineers return to Philly tonight for a sold out show at the Tower Theater. We’re happy to say that XPN’s ride with The Lumineers to their current Grammy Award nominated, Saturday Night Live performing, massive record selling, and shows sold out status began in January, 2012 when World Cafe host David Dye featured this then little know band as one of his weekly World Cafe: Next artists. During the Cafe show, David played “The Dead Sea” and “Morning Song.” The band’s big hit song, “Ho Hey,” now heard almost everywhere, got it’s first play on WXPN by Mike Vasilikos on January 9th during the XPN Monday Night new music show, the 8 O’Clock News. It’s been all uphill since then. What follows is a timeline of our increasing love affair with the band. If you didn’t get tickets to tonight’s show, don’t worry, cause they’ll be back. We promise that. If you do go to the show, have fun. Continue reading →

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The Lumineers change Philly date at the Tower to January 31st

The Lumineers | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | www.joedeltufo.com

According to The Lumineers’ web site, they’ve changed dates of several shows including their upcoming show at the Tower Theatre. The new date for their Tower show is Thursday, January 31st, moved from February 9th. Here’s the announcement:

Hey everyone, today we are announcing changes to our 2013 tour schedule. Due to scheduling conflicts our shows in Philadelphia (Upper Darby), Boston and Pittsburgh all have new dates. See below for the new/changed dates. If you have purchased tickets for these shows, don’t worry, they will be honored. If you cannot attend the new date, refunds are available at your point of purchase.

In addition, we’ve added a show in Washington, DC – details and on sale dates are below. Looking forward to seeing you out there and thanks for all of the support.

January 30, 2013
DAR Constitution Hall
Washington, DC
Tickets on-sale: January 4th, 2013 at 10am EST. Also There will be a limited number of first come/first served tickets available at the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices for zero service fees.

Below are all changed and confirmed 2013 US Tour dates:

January 30 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall (new date)
January 31 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre (moved from Feb 9)
February 1 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (remains unchanged)
February 2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (remains unchanged)
February 4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues (moved from Feb 10)
February 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (moved from from Feb 8)

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Michaela Majoun’s five most sonically addictive songs of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun shares her five most sonically addictive songs of 2012.

By which I mean songs you just can’t get out of your head, not necessarily because of lyrical content or musical depth, but because of a sound that hooks you.  I suspect it has something to do with repetition and viscerally-felt clapping or drum noise and the other things noted below. There are studies about why music is addictive – read more here and here. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers at Wells Fargo Center

Longtime XPN favorites Dave Matthews Band and new XPN discoveries The Lumineers played a sold-out show at Wells Fargo Center last night, wrapping up their fall 2012 tour. Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above. The Lumineers will be back in the area this February, playing at The Tower Theater.

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So, remember when this “new” band called The Lumineers played the XPoNential Music Festival in July?

It’s been almost a year since The Lumineers literally got their first play on WXPN. On Monday, January 9th, 2012, the band was featured as a World Cafe: Next artist and that evening during XPN’s weekly new music show, the 8 O’Clock News, XPN’s Mike Vasilikos played “Ho Hey.” Little did we know then that the song and the band would go on to the well deserved success it’s had this year. The Grammy award nominated Brooklyn-to-Colorado indie-folk rockers have become one of XPN’s most popular break out bands of 2012. When the band played the XPoNential Music Festival last July it’s song “Ho Hey” was just starting to get mainstream radio play but we could feel the excitement from the crowd that watched their set that they were watching a band that would go on to “really big things.” The band released their self-titled debut on April 3rd and since then “Ho Hey” has skyrocketed to the top of the radio charts and sales charts. They’ve been touring almost non-stop since last Winter; in fact they played a SXSW live broadcast last March in Austin for XPN on a bill that included Father John Misty and Delta Spirit. Tonight, the band are in town opening for the Dave Matthews Band; The Lumineers are playing the Tower Theatre on February 9th, 2013. Tickets to the show are sold out. Let’s take a moment to look back on the year long history of XPN’s love affair with The Lumineers. Welcome back to Philly and we raise our glasses to their continued success! Continue reading →

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key

Photo by Dominic Digiorno | twitter.com/digs1975

Explore the roots of The Roots with a 1996 audio documentary and vintage photos [link]

Philadelphia art-pop act Auctioneer premiered a new song called “Swim” [link]

We review the major label debut from Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares [link]

Philly thrashers Ruby the Hatchet is streaming its entire new album from Bandcamp [link]

Twang out with indie-country guy Daniel Romano and his song “Middle Child” [link]

Remembering the late Terry Callier with performances from World Cafe [link]

Get details on The Lumineers return to Philadelphia in February [link]

Download Memory Tapes‘ second Halloween minimix, Walk Me Home 2 [link]

Philly Americana rockers The Bailey Hounds put a piano-ballad spin on Danzig’s “Mother” [link]

Dan Matz of Windsor for the Derby mixed classic rock and drone rock in an eclectic playlist [link]

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Stay home, stay dry, listen to Dawes’ stormy XPoFest set

Photo by Rachel Barrish

It’s a little bit rainy today, if you haven’t noticed. All but three of tonight’s concert options have been called off due to Hurricane Sandy, and really, it’s a safer and dryer bet to bunker down at home and pretend you’re at a stormy concert. So here’s our favorite one of those in recent memory: Dawes‘ performance in the rain from this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. You can listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player) – the mega-singalong to “When My Time Comes” is magic. And while you’re digging into our festival archives, we suggest getting ready for this Friday’s Free at noon by listening to J.D. McPherson’s set, and celebrate the return of The Lumineers in January by hearing their set. Keep dry and rock on!

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Lumineers announce February show at The Tower

Denver trio The Lumineers are returning to Philadelphia at the Tower Theater on February 9th. The roots-pop group, who are currently scheduled to play with Dave Matthews Band at the Wells Fargo Center December 22nd (tickets available here) took off this year with the breakaway hit, “Ho Hey.” Although the group has been together since 2005, their self-titled debut album was released in April. Tickets for the February show will be available starting at 10 AM Friday, November 2nd here. Below, watch the video for “Ho Hey.”

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Just Announced: Dave Matthews Band touring with The Lumineers, playing Wells Fargo Center on 12/22

Dave Matthews Band just announced a run of winter tour dates with XPoNential Festival alums The Lumineers opening; the tour brings them to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on December 22, and tickets go on sale to the public on October 19 at 10 a.m. Below, watch a video of Dave performing “Black Jack” at the Atlantic City stop of the Caravan Festival in 2011.