XPN MusicNotes: Hear Elvis Costello perform sweeping new song with lyrics from a Johnny Cash poem

Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello | photo via Consequence of Sound

“There was one lyric that was thought to be one that might suit me. And then I was glancing through the folio and that particular lyric was there on the page, and the next thing I could hear it in a very unusual way” –  Elvis Costello in an interview w/ Rolling Stone re: a song he wrote to a Johnny Cash poem.

Next month an album called Forever Words will be released featuring well-known singers who have taken poems and letters written by Johnny Cash, and have put his words to music. Elvis Costello is one of the performers.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →


Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Sheryl Crow headlining Outlaw Music Festival

Neil Young photo via NPR World Cafe session
Neil Young | photo by Julie Gardner | NPR

Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Sheryl Crow are headlining the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 18th at Montage Mountain, Scranton. Additional performers announced so far including the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Brothers Osborne. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Fiona Apple sing w/ Andrew Bird on “Left Hand Kisses,” & Jack White to perform w/ “The Muppets”

Andrew Bird sings with Fiona Apple on “Left Hand Kisses,” the 2nd song Andrew shared from his upcoming album “Are You Serious?” which comes out April 1st. Listen to the song. Continue reading →