While I was out last night at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia watching some of Philadelphia’s finest musicians pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen‘s 60th Birthday, (more here at WXPN) U2 was at Giant’s Stadium in New Jersey paying their own tribute. Here’s U2 doing a version of She’s The One.
Here’s a cool little cover song for you today from one of our Philly favorites. It’s Canadian Invasion putting their own spin on Vampire Weekend‘s Mansard Roof recorded live at WXPN studios in Philadelphia. Check it out.
Philadelphia radio station WXPN is hosting their annual XPoNential music festival in Camden NJ this weekend, in Wiggins Park just across the Delaware River from Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. It’s a 4 day event packed full of great music and starts today and runs through Sunday July 22. It’s where I’ll be this weekend and if you’re anywhere near Philadelphia you should be too. Check out this amazing lineup.
Thursday July 19
Tower of Power – 8:00-9:15pm
James Hunter – 6:45-7:30pm
Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka – 5:45-6:15pm
Just Added! Special guest appearance by
Anthony Riley and the Reverend
Gates open at 5pm.
Friday July 20
The Fratellis – 9:20-10:05pm
Earl Greyhound – 8:50-9:20pm
Fountains of Wayne – 8:05-8:50pm
Ruder Than You – 7:35-8:05pm
Cracker – 6:50-7:35pm
Switches – 6:10-6:50pm
TBA – 5:40-6:20pm
Bitter Bitter Weeks – 4:40-5:10pm
Sam Roberts Band – 4:00-4:40pm
Eastern Conference Champions – 3:30-4:00pm
The A-Sides – 3:00-3:30pm
Beretta 76 – 2:30-3:00pm
Gates open at 2pm.
Saturday July 21
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – 8:55-9:55pm
Robert Hazard – 8:20-8:55pm
Los Lonely Boys – 7:20-8:20pm
Jesca Hoop – 6:45-7:20pm
Ryan Shaw – 6:05-6:45pm
Fionn Regan – 5:35-6:05pm
Martin Sexton – 4:55-5:35pm
Kim Richey – 4:25-4:55pm
The Cat Empire – 3:45-4:25pm
Brett Dennen – 3:15-3:45pm
Will Hoge – 2:35-3:15
Illinois – 2:05-2:35pm
Hoots & Hellmouth – 1:35-2:05pm
The Swimmers – 1:05-1:35pm
David Falcone & Kenli Mattus – 12:15-12:45pm
Kids Corner Stage
Steve Pullara & the Cool Beans Band 4:00-4:45pm
Buck Howdy with BB 3:00-3:45pm
C. Shells – 2:00-2:45pm
Two of a Kind – 1:00-1:45pm
Skip Denenberg – 12:00-12:45pm
Gates open at noon.
Sunday July 22
Suzanne Vega – 7:50-9:05pm
Blackthorn – 7:15-7:50pm
Marc Broussard – 6:15-7:15pm
Vienna Teng – 5:40-6:15pm
The Smithereens – 5:00-5:40pm
Adrienne Young – 4:30-5:00pm
Jesse Malin – 3:55-4:30pm
Julian Velard – 3:25-3:55pm
ALO – 2:40-3:25pm
The Cobbs – 2:10-2:40pm
Dr. Dog – 1:35-2:10pm
Sharon Little & Scot Sax – 1:05-1:35pm
Andrew Lipke – 12:15-12:45pm
Kids Corner Stage
John Flynn 5:00-5:45pm
John Hadfield 4:00-4:45pm
Ernie & Neal 3:00-3:45pm
Bubboon & Bubbles 2:00-2:45pm
Buck Howdy with BB 1:00-1:45pm
Miss Amy 12:00-12:45pm
Gates open at noon.
Some photos from WXPN’s Philly Local Night at World Cafe Live Tuesday March 20, 2007
Sharon Little with Scot Sax plus band opened the show with their interesting singer songwriter style.
Next up was the folky ruminations and political banter of John Flynn.
My current favorite indie band in Philadelphia, The Swimmers were up next, showcasing songs from their brilliant soon to be released disc Fighting Trees.
Amos Lee then jumped up for an unscheduled 2 song set.
Closing the night was the slick alterna-pop sounds of Hail Social, celebrating the release of their new disc.
Here’s what I’ve been listening to most this past week: The Swimmers – Fighting Trees, Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up, Mary Weiss – Dangerous Game, Creeping Weeds – We Are All Part Of A Dream you’re Having, The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America, Wilco – Sky Blue Sky, !!! – Myth Takes, Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall, and Odawas – Raven And The White Night. Something new you think I should hear, leave a comment and let me know.
K’nise Connection‘s artist of the week is the O Brother Where Art Thou? styled folk music of Ian Thomas
The shows where I’ll be this week:
Tuesday March 20 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
WXPN Philly Local presents The Swimmers,Sharon Little and Scott Sax,John Flynn, and Hail Social
MP3: The Swimmers – Pocketful of Gold
Sharon Little & Scot Sax with their band
MP3: Sharon Little – Everybody Round Here
MP3: John Flynn – Who’s Whose
Hail Social (CD Release Party)
MP3: Hail Social – Heaven
The Slip have an excellent new disc out entitled Eisenhower (read about it here) and their live show is every bit as engaging if not more so. They are currently on tour with My Morning Jacket and played a special noon show for WXPN today prior to their opening set for MMJ in the evening at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Here’s a few of my pictures from the show.
Friday December 1st 2006
The Slip at The Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
WXPN Friday at Noon Concert Series
If One of Us Should Fall
Children of December
The Original Blue Air
Listen to the archived live stream of the show on NPR.org here
Note : The sound on the stream is a bit sketchy for the first minute or so but gets much better.