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Watch Delta Rae perform “Bottom of the River” for Out of Town Films at XPoNential Festival

North Carolina six-piece Delta Rae was a hit at the Saturday afternoon Marina Stage during this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. While they were warming up for their set, the guys at Out of Town Films filmed them performing for a small crowd just outside the festival grounds. From their website:

A large crowd of people gathered a couple hundred feet away from WXPN’s XPoNential Festival, looking onward as Delta Rae rehearsed some vocal harmonies in preparation of their ensuing performance. The crowd looked on in anticipation, wondering possibly who they were, who we were with the cameras, and what exactly was about to happen.

Much to the crowd’s surprise, I invited them to come closer to sit in the mix of the band. Although a bit hesitant to make the first move, they happily joined the band along the riverside stairs. The band asked the crowd if they’d like drumsticks, to help participate in the song that required some extensive rhythm.

Again a bit hesitant, however, the band mentioned they had more than enough drumsticks for everyone. With that, about fifteen pairs of drumsticks were passed out, and the following performance of “Bottom Of The River” occurred. Enjoy.

Watch the video below, and check out photos from their Marina Stage set here.

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XPoNential Fest: John Wesley Harding’s Cabin of Wonders (photos, audio, setlist)


On Sunday, a new twist for the XPO Fest included a comedy/musical variety show hosted by John Wesley Harding entitled “John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders”. Harding curated, hosted, and performed during the set renouncing stories, live poetry, and sing-a-long’s. For each show, he handpicks different artists to collaborate together to perform weird, out of the ordinary pieces. This performance featured guests, Megan Reilly, Rhett Miller, and others. To learn more about the show go to NPR’s website. Check out the photo gallery above and listen to the entire set here (via the XPN media player). Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: The Hold Steady ends Day One on the River Stage (photos, setlist)


Following up on their last performance at our festival fest three years ago, we were happy to welcome back the lyrically literate indie rock troupe, The Hold Steady who finished off the first day of XPoNential Fest with an exceptional performance. Having releasing three studio albums since 2004, they played an abundance of tunes from all, including “The Swish,” and ended the evening with “Stay Positive”. Lead singer, Craig Finn speaks like a storyteller in the midst of rock ‘n roll riffs and rebellious tribulations. Check out the photo gallery above and the set list below. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: Lee Ranaldo plays an explosive set on the Marina Stage

Expressionistic, explosive guitarist Lee Ranaldo was a founding member of avant-garde alternative rock band Sonic Youth, and remains an adventurous songwriter in his own right. During a Saturday afternoon set on the Marina Stage at XPo Fest, Ranaldo and his four-piece band (featuring fellow Sonic Youth alumnus Steve Shelley on drums) delivered the musical wizardy and pop hooks showcased on his recent solo album, Between the Time and the Tides. Ranaldo played his guitar with a violin bow, broke a few strings, and serenaded the crowd with warm, reflective anthems like “Off The Wall” and “Waiting on a Dream.” Check out a photo gallery above, and see the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: Diego Garcia serenades the Sunday afternoon crowd (photos, audio, setlist)

Former frontman of the indie rock band Elefant, Diego Garcia turned his sensitive side to the Sunday afternoon crowd at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, serenading them with selections from his 2011 album Laura. Check out a photo gallery above, and see the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: Last but not least at Wiggins Park, Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (photos, audio, setlist)


Finishing off the last day of XPO Fest at Wiggins Park was Rhett Miller (former lead singer of the Old 97′s) and his band The Serial Lady Killers. They played songs from Miller’s latest album, The Believer – including singalong opener “Lost Without You” – as well as selections from Miller’s back-catalogue (“This Is What I Do” from 2003′s The Instigator), even reaching back to his time with Old 97s for “Rollerskate Skinny,” “19″ and “Barrier Reef.” Check out photos above, and the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →