Just Announced: Dave Hause and The Mermaid will play Boot and Saddle in April

Dave Hause | photo by Jessie Deflorio | courtesy of the artist

A free agent after completing his run of releases with Rise Records, punk-rooted singer-songwriter Dave Hause independently released his September Haze EP in October — a collection of four new songs, plus a Brandi Carlile cover. Hause talked about the EP with Helen Leicht on the XPN Local show at the time, and now that he and his wife Natasha have welcomed twins into the world, he is back out on the road for a run of spring dates that brings him to Boot & Saddle in South Philly on April 4th. Continue reading →


XPN Fest Recap: Dave Hause & The Mermaid perform a powerful, heartwarming set at the River Stage

Dave Hause | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

Roxborough punk rocker Dave Hause & The Mermaid riveted the waterfront stage at XPN Fest this afternoon, providing healthy amounts of heartfelt moments and a dose of surprise. Switching between acoustic and electric guitar, Hause never let the heat bother him, and encouraged the crowd to do so also. Continue reading →


Dave Hause, Democracy, Brotherly Love and You: The Roxborough native arrives at XPNFest with a Kick

Dave Hause | photo by Kyle London | courtesy of the artist

When Dave Hause talks about his past home life near Philly, his new home life near Santa Barbara, his present, his future, his family and his politics, the Roxborough native does so in a sharply direct, yet convivial fashion. He’s like a high school debate team captain who’s also pleased to be his team’s QB. This weekend, Hause and The Mermaid tackle Wiggins Park’s Sunday schedule for XPNFest 2019. Continue reading →


And now, your full #XPNFest lineup: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, and much more

clockwise from left: Elvis Costello, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, Blondie | photos courtesy of the artists

“When is the XPoNential lineup coming?” seems to be the question of the year over here at XPN HQ, and today we finally have a good answer for you: the full lineup is here. Right now.

We got a teaser of the 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru last week when we announced our Friday night headlinersHozier and Japanese Breakfast — along with the Wiggins Park lineup for that day, from Foxtrot and the Get Down to Dawes.

Today, the full lineup is here, capped by a headlining double-header on Saturday, July 27th with Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie at BB&T Pavilion. Sunday’s concert will take place entirely at Wiggins Park, and will feature festival-closing sets from Kathleen Edwards, Guster, and The Amy Ray Band. Continue reading →


25 Random Points from this year’s XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo |

There are a lot of die-hards every year at XPoNential, but this year, one face in the crowd definitely stood out to those of us working backstage. Reuben Frank, who many of you might know from his reporting on the Philadelphia Eagles for Comcast SportsNet and WIP, as well as occasionally writing about music in Magnet Magacine. One of his claims to fame is his 25 Random Points column on CSN Philly, and we asked him to reprise that here on The Key, collecting things he heard and saw and thought about during #XPNFest. Continue reading →


XPN Fest Recap: Dave Hause & The Mermaid rep Philly with a rockin’ Marina Stage set

Dave Hause | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

It’s probably pretty hard to be more Philly than Dave Hause. He was born here and became a mainstay in the Philly punk scene for years, spending time with bands such as Paint It Black and The Loved Ones. Saturday afternoon, he shouted out Strand of Oaks and WXPN’s own Bruce Warren and Helen Leicht during his rockin’ set on the Marina Stage. His current band, The Mermaid, covered The Roots’ “The Seed” in the middle of it all. And their newest album, released in February, is entitled Bury Me In Philly. Like I said, it’s pretty tough to out-Philly this guy. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Dave Hause reflects on his rock and roll journey in “The Flinch”

Dave Hause and The Mermaid | photo by Tara Redavid | courtesy of the artist

When I caught up with Philly born rocker Dave Hause by phone a couple days ago, he was enjoying a quiet day off at home, still basking in the afteglow of his recent wedding. Looking ahead at the calendar, he was stoked to connect with his band The Mermaid this weekend for the XPoNential Music Festival. Their Saturday appearance warms up for a modest run of August dates, launching into full-blown road warrior mode in September as Hause and the Mermaid share stages across the country with (at various turns) Tiger Army, Gogol Bordello and Beach Slang.

It’s a heavy haul, but Hause is up for it. “I’ve kind of shifted the focus of how to work,” he says. “Having toured as a duo with select band stuff to augment it, you’re really lean and mean. You can eke out a nice living when its just two of you. You can work a little less and make a lot more. With this band, though, I’m trying to establish my own E Street or Heartbreakers vibe. And to do that, you have to play a lot.”

Going all-in like that is part of the reason Hause left his home Philadelphia, where he was born and creatively based for over a decade, and relocated to Santa Barbara, California a few years back. As evident from his 2017 album Bury Me in Philly, though, his hometown loyalties lie very much on the east coast — he even rings me up via a 215 cell phone number.

Hause’s new music video for “The Flinch,” which we’re excited to premiere for you today, is a testament to that journey.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Geisha Facade at Boot & Saddle, Mumblr at The Barbary, The Coathangers at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Geisha Facade | photo via

Geisha Facade were one of the local groups we spotted on Bandcamp in round four of our Items Tagged Philadelphia feature, the home-recorded psych haze of their debut LP You Went To Space, Good Bye Dear standing out from the crowd with a multitude of textures and vibes. Catch the duo at Boot & Saddle tonight; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Stream “Krime” below.

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Watch Dave Hause & The Mermaid cover “Rearviewmirror” by Pearl Jam, see him at XPN Fest

Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg |
Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg |

While out on the road for a “very North” American tour (read: mostly Canada), Philadelphia musician Dave Hause and his band The Mermaid launched into a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Rearviewmirror” during an April 8th show in Winnipeg. The song was originally included on the Seattle outfit’s 1993 effort Vs.

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