Just announced: WXPN Welcomes The Walkmen and the War On Drugs to the Electric Factory in October

Photo of The Walkmen by Joe Del Tufo

WXPN Welcomes The Walkmen and The War On Drugs to the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9th. The Walkmen and The War On Drugs recently played WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference and both are veterans of XPN’s Free At Noon concerts. Listen to The War On Drugs’ set from Non-Comm here. Listen to The Walkmen’s Free At Noon set here. Below, watch the new video of “Heaven” by The Walkmen.


Tonight: WXPN Welcomes Gillian Welch at Union Transfer

For someone born in New York, raised in L.A., and schooled in New England, Gillian Welch has gained more acclaim for her bluegrass folk than most Tennessee natives. After graduating from The Berklee College Of Music with bandmate David Rawlings, the pair moved south, producing record after record of fireside country ballads earned them enough indie cred to perform with Bright Eyes in 2007 and with The Decemberists last year. Since the release of her debut album Revival 15 years ago, Welch has grown into a voice that has, since the beginning, always felt wise beyond its years. Her fifth and latest album, The Harrow & The Harvest, continues to offer the musician’s eloquent, sad narratives, but now with the sincere wisdom that only comes with age. Plus, after spending the last decade and a half down south, the twang in her voice sounds more legit than ever. Gillian Welch performs at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Marielle Mondon


Just Announced: The Appel Farm Arts And Music Festival lineup

Good Old War
Good Old War

On Saturday, June 4, WXPN Welcomes this year’s Appel Farm Arts And Music Festival to Elmer, NJ. The full lineup is below.

Gogol Bordello (acoustic)
Josh Ritter And The Royal City Band
Ani DiFranco
Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue
Good Old War
Red Horse (featuring John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson)
Nicole Atkins
David Wax Museum
John Francis
Avi Wisnia
Napalm Da Bomb


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sharon Van Etten at Johnny Brenda’s, Yo La Tengo at The Troc, Lyle Lovett at Merriam Theater

Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten performs at Johnny Brenda's

Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and toot our own horn: Tonight, WXPN Welcomes presents a trio of shows. At Johnny Brenda’s, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten—who recorded her first two albums right here in Philadelphia (as detailed in her recent Q&A with Philadelphia Weekly) headlines a three-act bill that also features local acoustic-guitar-slinging troubadour Timothy Showalter of Strand Of Oaks. (Go here for more Strand Of Oaks-related coverage, including Showalter’s recent Key Studio Session.) Meanwhile, Yo La Tengo performs over at The Trocadero; if you weren’t the lucky winner of our Yo La Tengo ticket giveaway earlier this week, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a few tickets available for the show. Finally, Lyle Lovett performs with John Hiatt at Merriam Theater.

Sharon Van Etten performs with Julianna Barwick and Strand of Oaks at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. Yo La Tengo performs with William Tyler at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $21. Lyle Lovett performs with John Hiatt at 8 p.m. at Merriam Theater; tickets are $45-$75.