MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Belle and Sebastian announce new album, Ozzy Osbourne confirms final Black Sabbath album/tour and TV On The Radio enlists Pee-wee Herman actor in “Happy Idiot” video

Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird
Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird

Glasgow indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian will release their new album, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” on January 20th of next year. Read more & watch the video for the cover song after the jump. Continue reading →


Governor’s Ball Day One: Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, TV On the Radio, OutKast and more


The 4th annual Governors Ball is taking place on Randall’s Island in NYC and we are there to capture all three days of live music.

‘ Kurt Vile & the Violators | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Hometown boys, Kurt Vile & The Violators hung out on the Big Apple stage during the first day of Gov Ball

Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Janelle Monae | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The fabulous and frantic Janelle Monae came on the stage in a straight jacket (similar to her performance at the Roots Picnic two weeks ago) and broke free giving the audience a superb afternoon.

Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Washed Out | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Indie rock group Washed Out performed an excellent set in the Gotham Tent during day one of Gov Ball

Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Concert goer and Drexel student | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Getting stoked for XPoNential Fest? Same here. Jenny Lewis put on a kick-butt performance playing tunes from her new album and some Rilo Kiley numbers. Can’t wait to see her again next month. Continue reading →


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Rosanne Cash, The Staves, Dr. Dog)


Rosanne Cash | Photo by Chris Sikich |
Rosanne Cash | Photo by Chris Sikich |

Rosanne Cash stunned a sold-out Sellersville Theater crowd Sunday night – check out photos and a review of the concert [link]

Experimental cellist Dan Kassel is featured in this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Brand new Philly rapper JustXSudan released a debut track called “Away” – get to know him in this week’s profile [link]

Give a listen to XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, “Young Fathers” by Typhoon [link]

Pattern is Movement will headline Union Transfer in October with support from Norwegian Arms, The Spinto Band and Worshyper [link]

Check out Kurt Vile‘s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Down In It,” recorded for A.V. Undercover [link]

XPN premiered a new track from TV On the Radio called “Million Miles” [link]

Before releasing B-Room in October, Dr. Dog have shared a second track “Broken Heart” [link]

The Staves joined Folkadelphia at the Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church for a spectacular Suitcase Session [link]

Fishtown River City Festival announced headliners for its 6th annual event, including Vacationer and Cheers Elephant [link]

The Chairman Dances will perform at Friday’s opening of the Pterodactyl Gallery’s new exhibit, the Unnatural Behaviour [link]


Preview tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and listen back to last week’s show)

TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio
We’ve got a whole lotta new stuff to get to on the Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight! Here are a few things you might just hear in the mix starting at 10pm on XPN:

And just in case you missed last week’s show (or just can’t wait to hear the songs again), check out this Spotify playlist!

The all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 10 on XPN!


Weekend Picks: TV On The Radio + Broken Social Scene at The Mann Center, Peter Bjorn And John at The Trocadero

Though the members of Broken Social Scene resist the term “super-group,” they’re the closest thing contemporary indie-rock has to a Traveling Wilburys-type meeting of the minds. Founded and driven by Kevin Drew, Broken Social Scene has at various times included Feist, Amy Millan (of Stars), and Emily Haines and James Shaw (of Metric)—part of an ever shrinking and expanding line-up. The band has had incarnations both as an intimate quartet and as a stage-filling 19-member troupe. Broken Social Scene’s latest album, 2010′s Forgiveness Rock Record, continues the tradition built by previous records: layered songs about heartbreak, this time with a cohesiveness that was missing in earlier releases. Broken Social Scene performs with TV On The Radio at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $25–$39.50. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); Lightninging + Tutlie, Your Electric Instinct, Study Electricity at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); These United States + Southeast Engine, Goodnight Lights at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Two Door Cinema Club + Bombay Bicycle Club, The Lonely Forest (7:30 p.m., $33.25)

Although Peter, Bjorn and John joined the ranks of famous whistlers such as Beck, Bowie, and Axl Rose with the song “Young Folks” back in 2006, the band’s 2011 tour is centered around a different type of crowd pleaser: food. To promote PB&J’s sixth and latest album, Gimme Some, the band is offering giveaways from food trucks throughout the country. Sadly, Philadelphia is not one of the chosen cities. (At least you can still trudge over to the Wawa around the corner from The Trocadero for a hoagie.) The band is currently dealing with other tour issues, having to cancel two recent gigs due to drummer John Eriksson’s case of rotators-cuff tendinitis. According to a recent post on the band’s blog, Eriksson can’t lift his right arm. No news yet on whether tonight’s WXPN Welcomes show will be canceled as well—but fingers crossed Eriksson’s arm will be up and running well enough to play the album’s fast-paced (if whistle-less) tunes. Peter Bjorn And John performs with Memoryhouse and Work Drugs at 9 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $18.50–$21. —Marielle Mondon

Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); NewVillager + Coup Couroux (7:30 p.m., 21+, $12); The Early November at Electric Factory (7 p.m., SOLD OUT)

Kid Dynamite + No Friends, Spraynard at First Unitarian Church (5 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Grave Babies + Xray Eyeballs, Moon Women at Danger Danger Gallery (8 p.m., all ages, $5–$10)


TV On The Radio (performing Sept. 9th at Mann Center) releases new video, announces World Cafe Live EP

TV On The Radio has just announced the upcoming digital release of a new live EP, World Cafe Live, which will become available on September 6th exclusively on Rdio. The five-song EP (track listing below) is a live recording of the band playing a set at WXPN’s The World Cafe hosted by David Dye.

With just over a week before TV On The Radio’s scheduled appearance at the Mann Center, the band has also released a new video for “Second Song,” the opening track off this year’s Nine Types Of Light. Back in July, the band released a video for “Caffeinated Consciousness,” the closing track off the album. You can watch both videos below. TV On The Radio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 9th, at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $35.40–$50.25.  

World Café Live Track Listing:
1. Caffeinated Consciousness
2. Will Do
3. Red Dress
4. Province (CD and 12” vinyl only)
5. Repetition


Oh! Pears releases tour-only single, will open for TV On The Radio in Munich on June 23rd

Congratulations to Philly’s own Corey Duncan, who recently announced that his band Oh! Pears will be opening for TV On The Radio in Munich in late June. The performance is part of a two-week-long European tour that kicks off a week from today, and will include a limited, tour-only single released via the Danish label Kanel Records. You can give that single, “Under The Olives,” a listen below.


Just Announced: TV On The Radio and Broken Social Scene to play at The Mann Center on Sept. 9th

TV On The Radio and Broken Social Scene have just announced that they will play several US tour dates together this September. The shows will come at the tail end of large summer tours for both groups, who have each had busy years. TVOTR has been touring practically nonstop in support of Nine Types of Light, and BSS has been active on the festival circuit.

The tour stops in Philadelphia on September 9th at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts. Tickets are $30-$40 (before fees) and go on sale this Friday, June 10th, at noon EST. They will be available online at,,, and You can also purchase them by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (215) 893-1999, or in person at the Mann Center box office.

Below, the video for TVOTR’s most recent single, “Will Do.” —Claire Fishkow


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: TV On The Radio, Black Lips, Foster The People

TV On the Radio + Celebration, Saturn Never Sleeps at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $30.50); Univox + Deleted Scenes, Hammer No More The Fingers at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Surf City + Bardo Pond, Snowblink at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10)

The members of Black Lips embody modern punk rock in the sense that they vomit and urinate onstage, and yet still struggle to offend anyone. Case in point: the band’s supposed detainment in India for indecent exposure during a January 2009 performance turned out to be significantly less scandalous—and interesting—once the rumors were cleared up and the facts set straight. (One could argue that the romantic comedy (500) Days Of Summer—playing at The Sundance Film Festival right around the same time, and featuring Black Lips’ “Bad Kids” on the soundtrack—was actually more offensive than any onstage antics the band pulled in India.) More recently, the band ditched its grimy, self-produced ways to team up with scarf-wearing, Andy-Warhol-look-a-like superproducer Mark Ronson. The new album, Arabia Mountain, is due out in June and will feature Ronson beats, some horns, and a theremin; a few prereleased tracks have an unmistakable Ronson aesthetic, but still manage to maintain Black Lips’ minimalist sound. Black Lips performs with Vivian Girls and Moon Women at 9 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $17. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: David Liebe Hart + Power Animal, Snow Caps at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Colin Hay + Chris Trapper, Paul Dempsey at The Keswick Theater (8 p.m., $27.50-$33.50); Ezra Furman And The Harpoons + Tristen, The Apache Relay, Bulletproof Tigers at North Star Bar (8:30 p.m., 21+, $12)

Foster The People doesn’t have a proper full-length record under its belt yet—just an EP and some Youtube videos with, you know, several million views. The L.A.-based trio’s biggest song, “Pumped Up Kicks,” is perpetually hailed as an “indie anthem”: a laid-back, electronic, summertime song with a catchy hook. (Don’t let the poppy whistling and video—which features surfers and dancing band members—fool you: the song is actually about an unhinged teen shooting his classmates.) Despite having spent several years writing music for commercials and television shows, frontman Mark Foster seems in no rush to similarly cash in on Foster The People (for the time being); since the band’s formation in 2009, it’s been content with buzz-generating performances at major festivals and success on college radio stations. Questions about how much that will change—if at all—after the band releases its debut full-length, Torches, will have to wait until it comes out in May. Foster The People performs with Grouplove and We Barbarians at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: Loudon Wainwright III + Carsie Blanton at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., 21+, $28); KT Tunstall + Jesse Ruben at Theatre Of The Living Arts (8 p.m., $20); Birdie Busch + Brittany Ann, Vanessa Reddin, Natalie Acciani at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Capillary Action + HUME, Scott Churchman at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)