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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

Cool Moon | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: The Suffers make their set a family affair

The Suffers | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Starting with a team huddle, the energy at the Marina Stage was electric even before the sweet, sweet tunes of The Suffers began. Having played XPN Fest last year, the crowd knew exactly what was in store for them. And they were ready to party. Someone even brought a beach ball, folks — it was that level of ready.

Kicking the shindig off was hit “Make Some Room,” in which the group’s uberly charismatic frontwoman, Kam Franklin, began by explaining the meaning behind making food for someone you love — then asking the crowd if she could make us a sandwich. Sadly, our initial less-than-thunderous response was not up to her standards, but it was okay though because she graciously bestowed upon us another opportunity, saying she believes in “second chances and second helpings.” Continue reading →

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Stream the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival playlist on Spotify

Clockwise from top left; Jeff Tweedy of Wilco | Photo By Noah Silvestry, Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman, Angel Olsen | Photo by Kate McCann

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is fast approaching, coming to the Camden Waterfront on July 28-30. To get you as ready and pumped for the festival as we are, we’ve created a Spotify Playlist of all the incredible artists performing at this year’s XPN Fest, with a spotlight on a few players to get you started. Don’t have your tickets yet? 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale now and XPN Members save up to 50%! Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: The Suffers radiate feel good energy with their soul funk specials

The Suffers | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
The Suffers | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

With a spirited intro by Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin, and, of course, an Eagles chant, The Suffers joined us on the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage for XPoNential Fest. The Houston, TX (remember that!) ten piece was as big, bright and beautiful as their music. Lead vocalist Kam Franklin wanted all first time concertgoers to take two things from the show — the band’s name and the city where they’re from. As their set progressed though, there was much more that the crowd would be able to take with them from the band’s performance. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ridge Summit at Bourbon and Branch, Lion Babe at The Foundry, The Suffers at Long’s Park, Nuevofest at FringeArts

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Dan Ferry of Ridge Summit / The Chimeras | video grab via Philebrity

The Chimeras were one of the best things we’ve seen locally this millennium, so it wasn’t easy to have them slowly fade out of the scene a few years back. Thankfully though, Dan Ferry of The Chimeras returned last year with a new band called Ridge Summit — and they play Bourbon and Branch tonight. The project has kept alive the hard rock spirit of The Chimeras, and with plenty of guitar solos, howling vocals, and even a hint of blues, this EP from Ridge Summit, released nearly a year ago, is just what we all need right now. Take a listen below, and head to the XPN Concert Calendar to snag tickets to tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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After they play #XPNFest, see The Suffers at World Cafe Live in September

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Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Oh how we love Kam Franklin and The Suffers. Ever since they hit our radar back in early 2015, the Houston soul band have been on the move.

Last time we saw The Suffers, they opened for Lake Street Dive and brought the house down. Actually, they brought the house to their feet, which is what happens everytime the charismatic Franklin and her band take to the stage. Continue reading →

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Lake Street Dive and The Suffers bring down the house at The Fillmore

Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Friday night’s show at The Fillmore was all about tons of dancing and stellar front-women. The sold-out event began with The Suffers, from Houston, Texas, rocking the stage, as lead vocalist Kam Franklin strutted the stage in a green sequined dress. Franklin really warmed the crowd up with her soulful voice, big stage presence, and inspirational story of finding a second career in music. The ten-piece band is touring behind a couple EPs and their self-titled LP, and has gained a strong following for a band whose debut album is only a month old.

By the time Lake Street Dive arrived, the crowd was ready to keep dancing after chugging a few more cocktails at one of the many bars. Singer / frontwoman Rachael Price began their set with a similar enthusiasm as Franklin, as she danced and smiled with each sultry lyric. The band just released their fifth LP, Side Pony, with Nonesuch Records, and with it came a new energy and a clean look; Price donning high heels and a skirt as she stands at center stage. By the middle of the set, Price pulled a scrunchy out of her hair, shot it into the audience and the band went into the title track “Side Pony,” which really got the audience boogying. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Hezekiah Jones, The Suffers and more

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Hezekiah Jones | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

This week’s Key Studio Session features the ambitious music of Hezekiah Jones. The outfit’s new record In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw was just released yesterday, and they treated us to live performances of several album tracks in this session. Listen to “Strange Dream” below and download the full set here.
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