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NonCOMM Recap: White Denim mixes it up for night two

White Denim | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Austin, Texas rockers White Denim perfectly toes the line between alt, funk, and jam band. They’re a raucous hit and played the second slot upstairs at WXPN’s NonCOMM night two. It’s been a little while since we’ve seen White Denim, and you can catch them back in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s on June 24th. They’ve also got a new album in the works, Performance, set for release on August 24th.

They opened their set tonight with a jumpy “Backseat Driver,” and the quick guitar, vibrating vocals, and perfect use of a synthy-sounding keyboard in the background set the stage for an instant good time. I knew this was going to be a good show. White Denim is the first jam-esque band we’ve had so far this NonCOMM, and they killed it. It was a riot to see people in the back dancing with each other to the infectious rhythms of every song. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: White Denim delivers a raucous set to the Marina Stage crowd

White Denim | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN
White Denim | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Hailing from Austin, Texas, White Denim is a rock and roll four-piece that brought some sundown heat to the Marina Stage at XPNFest. The band released its seventh album, Stiff, back in the spring, and it finds them spanning a dense bluesy boogie – “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah),” the howlalong jam that got the crowd revved up on the earlier half of their set – to a more spacey, psychedelic sound towards the end. They kept the energy high on the Marina Stage and got the crowd moving; give their set a listen and check out a photo gallery below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: White Denim, Kississippi, Songhoy Blues, Colvin & Earle, and many more added to XPN Fest

White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records
White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records

XPoNential Festival, happening this July at the Camden Waterfront, already contains a stacked line-up of Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile, The Districts, and so many more, but we are more than happy to announce the next 11 artists that will be performing as well that weekend.

Back on Tuesday, we shared an amalgamated face of all the artists that we would be announcing today, and now you get to see who’s who. Here’s the list of artists being added to XPoNential Fest this year. Continue reading →

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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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Working Stiffs: White Denim, Kristin Kontrol and Night Moves on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records
White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade will be delivered directly to you tonight at 11pm ET, right after Land of the Lost on WXPN. Let it be known that on tonight’s show, we’ll have a spotlight on the ferocious new album from the Texas band White Denim. Furthermore, we will dig into new tracks from Kristin Kontrol (a.k.a. Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls), Big Thief, Night Moves and so much more. Skip the rest of the formalities and check out a few of the tracks that’ll be in the mix below:

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10 artists playing Firefly you shouldn’t miss

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius at Governor’s Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

This year’s Firefly Music Festival has over 100 artists playing, and there’s no way for you to know them all. With the festival only three days away, you probably don’t have time to check out all the unfamiliar bands on the list. But that’s okay. That’s what we’re here for. We took a look at some of the best non-headliner acts playing the Dover, Delaware musical extravaganza and picked out ten performers you shouldn’t miss. Continue reading →

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The Districts gain more recognition before embarking on tour

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Philadelphia’s own The Districts are only four days away from releasing their self-titled EP after signing on with Fat Possum Records this past November. The label is famous for supporting other indie-rockers like The Black Keys, Youth Lagoon, Tennis and many more.

Yesterday, Rolling Stone gave The Districts a little recognition and allowed audiences a peak into the the full EP.

Songs “Lyla,” “Funeral Beds” and “Long Distance” are nothing new to the band’s fans since the tunes are remastered off of an earlier self-released album. However, the two newest songs, “Rocking Chair” and “Stay Open” offer two different, but welcome feels to the EP.

“Rocking Chair” is the kind of song a sea of indie-rockers could jump up and down to, with its in-your-face build ups and catchy lyrics. “Stay Open” is slower-paced for the band, but still true to The Districts’ sound.

The Districts are about to embark on its first national tour with White Denim in February, but before that, they’re playing a free release show in-store on Jan. 28 at A.K.A Music. Just a few days later, The Districts will be joining other Philly natives Dr. Dog as the band’s opening act at The Electric Factory on Jan. 31.

Listen to The Districts’ self-titled EP here, and stream “Funeral Beds” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: White Denim at Johnny Brenda’s

“We make music. This is what we do.” That is the statement on White Denim’s website. The band members, however, are underselling the complexity of what they do just a bit. White Denim is essentially a jam band for people who won’t admit that they like jam bands.  They combine genres in ways that seem unlikely at first, and they rock out to those fused (but rarely confused) tracks for epic extended performances on stage. The Austin, TX-based quartet recently wrapped up a tour with headliners Wilco, and most reviews lamented the fact that the opening act was confined to a 30-minute set. These fans and critics will likely be glad to know that White Denim is currently headlining a fast-paced, all-over-the-place international tour, with stops from Canada to Brazil, Michigan to Belgium. The tour suits the band’s eclectic sound and the reckless, wild way that they make music. White Denim performs with Hundred Visions and Brazos at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. —Naomi Shavin

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Download “No Real Reason” by White Denim (playing WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday)

White Denim are playing Free At Noon this Friday, November 11th. The show is free, however you need to RSVP here. The band has a new EP called Takes Place In Your Work Space. You can download “No Real Reason” below. White Denim are playing Friday night at the Electric Factory, opening for Manchester Orchestra. Click here for tickets and more information about the show.

No Real Reason by WhiteDenim