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Free At Noon Flashback: Mwesno & the Shakes bring the festival vibe to World Cafe Live

On August 16th, 1969, Woodstock didn’t start its second day of music until 12:33 p.m.  Little did they know that 50 years later, this would allow WXPN just enough time to fit in it’s usual Free At Noon Concert before flipping back to #XPNstock – a broadcast of the entire Woodstock festival, as it happened, 50 years on. Fans listening in early couldn’t have been more satisfied, as XPN booked the perfect band to kick off the day.

Led by Michael Mwenso, Mwesno & the Shakes, a troupe of global artists, brought the festival vibe to World Cafe Live. A set of 3 horns along with two hype men (one on keys and another on stand up bass) start the show, getting the crowd in motion even before Mwesno, accompanied by two singers, joined them on stage. It was quickly apparent that this would be one hell of a set, mixing various styles of Jazz, blues and world music to an all-out party. Continue reading →

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Watch Strand Of Oaks perform “Ruby” with Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and members of My Morning Jacket

Strand Of Oaks performs on Thr Late Show with Stephen Colbert | Still from YouTube video

Last month, Strand Of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter took to Twitter shortly after releasing the official music video for “Ruby” saying “this is by far one of the happiest songs I’ve ever written”. And by the grin on his face during much of last nights performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, it was clear to see the joyous memories come to life.

I’m sure it didn’t hurt having an all-star Americana-Folk group of friends behind him, including Jason Isbell (who is featured on the album), Amanda Shires, and Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket who played a role in the creation of Strand Of Oaks’ forthcoming record Eraserland Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten debut “You Shadow” on live Jimmy Kimmel Live

Sharon Van Etten on Jimmy Kimmel Live | Still from youtube video

Consider this your reminder – Sharon Van Etten‘s new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, is out… tomorrow!  Ahead of the release, she had the opportunity to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, performing the albums third single, “Seventeen”. Afterward, die-hard fans quickly discovered a bonus performance video on the web of “You Shadow”, a previously unreleased song with a laid back beat, gritty guitars, and a church organ driving throughout. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Orion Sun shines on NPR Music’s Slingshot Artist To Watch list

Orion Sun at Made In America 2018 | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

In fall 2017 NPR Music and VuHaus‘ public radio network announced Slingshot, a collective effort of public music stations to elevate emerging artists they’ve discovered and want to share with the world. Since then many of the artists it showcased have become household names in radio and streaming playlists across the country and beyond; Tash Sultana, Ruston Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers, Tierra Whack, Dermot Kennedy, J.S. Ondara to name a few.

Today, NPR Music has released a list of 20 Slingshot Artists To Watch for 2019 – including Philly singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Orion Sun. WXPN’s John Vettese speaks to why she deserves a spot on the list: Continue reading →

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WXPN all 80s A-Z: The Playlist

Have you been looking for a curated Spotify playlist of 200 hours of eighties tunes in alphabetical order? Then consider your search over! As we did with the first A-Z, where we played every song in our massive music library, and last year’s all 70s A-Z, this year we dug through our library once again to bring you the hits, the misses, the deep tracks, and the one hit wonders of the eighties! From November 28 to December 9, 2018, the 80s #XPNAtoZ listeners were presented with over 3,000 songs that were released over the decade – and boy did it stir up a conversationContinue reading →

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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest Set Times Announced

Willie Nelson | photo by James Minchin. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion this Saturday, September 15th. Its 5th stop of the festival’s tour, Saturday’s lineup features performances by Willie Nelson and son Lukas Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass and Particle Kid.  For details on the festival, click here to give a listen to music from the artists on the bill, beginning with Willie Nelson’s latest single “Last Man Standing.”

Find Festival Info & Tickets Here. 

Check out Camden’s Outlaw Festival set times below. Continue reading →

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Dave Matthews releases his first single and video from new LP – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

Just a week ago, fans were excited to catch their first glimpse at the official tracklist of Dave Matthews Band‘s new LP, Come Tomorrow. But today, they’ve received some ear and eye candy in the release of its first single, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” – in both streaming and video formats.

The song starts off with a lighthearted guitar riff, paired with Matthews solo voice – but quickly escalates to an anthemic rock tune with the crash and technical drum fills we’ve come to expect from his longtime drummer, Carter Beauford. The video takes it to a whole nother level, bringing the Come Tomorrow album cover to life. You’ll find yourself levitated through a world of flying cities, suspended from balloons of hot air – a la Of Monsters And Men, just without the horned beasts and fire yielding, feather faced ladies! Continue reading →

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Just Announced: NPR Music and World Cafe bring The National to Philly, performing entire new album LIVE

The National | photo by Graham Macindoe | courtesy of the artist

Over the last two months, excitement for The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, has been building as they’ve released three singles and performed a handful of new songs in Paris during a live-streamed Pitchfork concert. Now, WXPN’s World Cafe and NPR Music have just announced a LIVE First Listen performance, happening three days before the album drops, from right here in Philly on September 5th! Continue reading →