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XPN Fest Recap: Low Cut Connie shimmy and shake up the Marina Stage

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

At his beloved piano Shondra, Adam Weiner hopped onto his piano bench, and with one leg extended in the air parallel with the ground, he continued to bang the keys during Low Cut Connie‘s rousing set on the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage. Weiner isn’t about conventional playing, standing on his bench has become so ingrained in the band’s shows that his microphone extends to compensate for the added height. At one point he even stomped the keys with his feet before shimming in circles and grooving his hips to the music. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: David Wax Museum stay the night to play day three

David Wax Museum | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
David Wax Museum | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

David Wax Museum was just as excited as fans were to be rescheduled to day three of XPoNential Festival after having their set cancelled due to torrential downpours yesterday afternoon. Not only did they stay the night to perform, but if fans just couldn’t get enough, the band announced during their set that they will be returning to Philly for New Year’s Eve 2017 with a celebration performance at Johnny Brenda’s. The band counts the venue as one of their favorite in all of the country. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Oliver-John Rodgers welcomes us to his rock and roll roadshow

Oliver-John Rodgers | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Oliver-John Rodgers | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Come one, come all to the rock and roll spectacle. Nashville musician Oliver-John Rodgers and his band delivered song after song of heavy shredding during their Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage performance at XPoNential Festival. Rodgers shared the stage with Diane Coffee an hour prior to his own set, fanning Diane as he reappeared from behind stage draped in a new outfit, fabulous getup. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Chicano Batman make an encore appearance to begin day three

Chicano Batman | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Chicano Batman | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

After playing a packed show at the BB&T Pavilion last night as part of XPoNential Festival’s day two headliners, Chicano Batman returned to Camden this morning, this time to open day three of the fest with an afternoon performance at the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage in Wiggins Park. The venue faired well, having been submerged the following early evening by surprise flash thunderstorms. With a dry ground and sun shining bright overhead, the band got the crowd ready for the final day of stellar live music. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: The Record Company remind us what rock is all about

The Record Company | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
The Record Company | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

With an outage at the River Stage resulting in no internet or broadcasting, XPoNential Festival was lucky enough to have The Record Company push onward at the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage, where the band played with enough power and blues rock energy to amplify the audience. The band played to an absolutely monstrous crowd, which encircled them entirely around the stage. At one point, when frontman Chris Vos turned his back on the audience in front of him, he had a quick moment of surprise to see flocks of fans equally as eager watching the band from behind. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Darlingside brings harmonies and charm to the Marina Stage heat

Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

It was the third song of Darlingside’s set. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based harmonizers were beautifully belting their “Good For You,” a song written about the band’s fascination with the places they visit while traveling. In that same spirit, the sounds of Darlingside were able to transport listeners as if they were on the road with the band themselves. And then, to draw everyone back to reality, the stench of porta-potty septic trucks filled the air —  because port-potty septic trucks were driving right behind the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage. It’s funny how timing works in this world.  Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Esme Patterson takes care of the crowd on the Marina Stage

Esme Patterson | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Esmé Patterson | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Esmé Patterson commanded the Marina Stage with her personality, music, and smile, playing songs from this year’s We Were Wild during the midday set.

Opening up with “Find It,” Patterson made it clear from the get go that she and her band were here to have fun. Classic 90s singer-songwriter sensibilities rippled under the high-energy indie rock arrangements, letting us know that this band’s music defies easy classification.

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XPN Fest Recap: Kississippi conquers the Marina Stage to open day two

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

“Philadelphia gobbles up the stars / a thousand miles from where you are / if my arms were long enough I’d reach that far,” Zoë Allaire Reynolds crooned during “Googly Eyes,” the first song of Kississippi‘s opening set on day two of XPoNential Festival. On the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage as the afternoon sun shined above, Reynolds and company painted an achingly relatable picture with their music and lyricism. Hailing from across the bridge, the four-piece has a striking live blend of deep riffs, shoegaze elements and no shortage of palpable emotion. 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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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 →