Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Rouse at World Cafe Live, Les Claypool at The TLA, Flying Lotus at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Matt Duke to The Tin Angel


Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight.  The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release.  Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate.  Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010’s bi-lingual El Turista effort.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here.  Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”

Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up.  According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”

Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight.  The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts.  Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results.  Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here.  Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.

XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel.  The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December.  Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring.  Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.


The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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Zach Hurd visits Folkadelphia to play his pop-inflected acoustic songs


Through our Folkadelphia Sessions series, we’ve opened our doors to a diverse population of musicians, playing all sorts of folk influenced, tinged, and adjacent music. It’s been a real treat getting to record their music in the intimate and gorgeous WXPN Studio space. We’ve heard brilliance conjured up out of guitars, banjos, violins, and voice, and have committed it to “tape” (read: a computer). At the core of all of these sessions is the song, plain and simple.

On February 10th, we invited our new friend, New York based songwriter Zach Hurd into the studio and he performed a slick set of infectious songs that remind me of those quiet dusk moments, sitting around with friends, enjoying their company.

Photographer Doug Seymour was on hand to take photos of Zach’s visit to WXPN, as well as his concert the night before at Burlap and Bean Coffee. Check them out via the Paste Magazine feature “A Day In The Life,” to see pictures and hear music from Zach’s in-studio session (including ones of the Folkadelphia team – hey mom, I’m on the internet!)