XPoNential Fest Photos

July 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Well the weather was absolutely perfect for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Fest and I have to say I had an incredible time. Here’s the amazing group of bands I caught sets by over Friday, Saturday,and Sunday:

The Fratellis, Earl Greyhound, Fountains of Wayne, Ruder Than You, Cracker, Switches, Bitter Bitter Weeks, G.Love Solo, Sam Roberts Band, Eastern Conference Champions, The A-Sides, Beretta 76, Martin Sexton, Kim Richey, The Cat Empire, Will Hoge, Illinois,Hoots & Hellmouth,The Swimmers,The Smithereens, Adrienne Young, Rhett Miller, Julian Velard, ALO

Three days of generally excellent music with especially great sets turned in by Sam Roberts Band,The Cat Empire and The Smithereens on the main stage, while Beretta 76,Earl Greyhound, The Swimmers, and Illinois really lit up the second stage.

The Switches took the award for best band I’d never hear of before, their catchy blend of Brit Pop was a pleasant surprise and a future must buy.

Here’s a few random photos from the weekend.

Beretta 76
Fountains Of Wayne
Earl Greyhound
The Swimmers
The main stage crowd watching ALO
Rhett Miller
The Smithereens

5 on A Friday : On The Beach !

July 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Hey it’s summer time, the weather’s nice, if you can’t make it to the XPoNential Music Fest In Philly you might as well pack up the kids, the dog, some snacks and suntan lotion, Grandma, and whatever else you can fit in the family truckster and head on down to the beach for a day of fun in the sand, surf, and sun.

1: The Ramones – Rockaway Beach
Buy Rocket To Russia (hell, buy them all)
2: Patti Smith – Redondo Beach
Buy Horses
3: Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach
Buy Metro Music
4: The Clientele – Brighton Beach To Santa Monica
Buy God Save The Clientele
5: New Order – The Beach
Buy Power, Corruption and Lies

ZIP: Bag All 5

XPoNential Music Fest

July 19, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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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.

Here’s a few songs to get you in the mood for night 1
MP3: Tower Of Power – What Is Hip
MP3: James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire
MP3: Slo Mo – Aramingo Takeout (link fixed)

[WXPN XPoNential Music Fest Info]

New Music : The Cribs

July 17, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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The Cribs release their third album today, the pop punk gem – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever. Produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, it sounds like the infectious pop harmonies of Weezer combined with the unmistakable UK snarl of contemporaries like The Kaiser Chiefs or The Arctic Monkeys. The album is chock full of urgent, guitar based rockers like the current single Men’s Needs. They’re also not afraid to let their experimental hair down, as on the somewhat ironically named Be Safe, featuring a spoken voice over by special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

MP3 : The Cribs – Men’s Needs
MP3 : The Cribs – Be Safe
Buy Men’s Needs Women’s Needs Whatever Buy on iTunes

The Cribs Tour Dates
Jul 17 2007 1:00A Conan O’Brien Show New York, New York
Jul 20 2007 6:00P Amoeba Music Hollywood, California
Jul 23 2007 8:00P The Casbah San Diego, California
Jul 24 2007 8:00P The Troubadour West Hollywood, California
Jul 24 2007 8:00P Craig Ferguson Show (CBS) LOS ANGELES
Jul 25 2007 8:00P Slim’s San Francisco, California
Jul 27 2007 8:00P Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Jul 28 2007 8:00P Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, Washington
Jul 29 2007 8:00P Richards On Richard Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 1 2007 8:00P Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
Aug 2 2007 8:00P Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 4 2007 8:00P Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 2007 12:00P Lollapalooza – Main Stage Chicago, Illinois
Aug 6 2007 8:00P Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Aug 7 2007 8:00P Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Aug 9 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Aug 10 2007 8:00P Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 11 2007 8:00P Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Aug 16 2007 8:00P Pukkelpop Festival Kiewit/Hasselt
Aug 18 2007 8:00P V Festival – Channel 4 Stage Stafford
Aug 19 2007 8:00P V Festival – Channel 4 Stage Chelmsford
Oct 5 2007 8:00P Academy Birmingham, Midlands
Oct 6 2007 8:00P University Sheffield, Northeast
Oct 7 2007 8:00P UEA Norwich, East
Oct 9 2007 8:00P Fat Sams Live Dundee, Scotland
Oct 10 2007 8:00P Potterrow Edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 11 2007 8:00P University Bradford, Northeast
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Academy Oxford, London and South East
Oct 14 2007 8:00P Guildhall Southampton, South
Oct 15 2007 8:00P Lemon Grove Exeter, South
Oct 17 2007 8:00P Forum London, London and South East
Oct 22 2007 8:00P Club Quattro Osaka
Oct 23 2007 8:00P Club Quattro Nagoya
Oct 25 2007 8:00P Liquid Rooms Tokyo
Dec 12 2007 8:00P GLASGOW SECC w/ Bloc Party Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 13 2007 8:00P MANCHESTER Central G-Mex w/ Bloc Party Manchester
Dec 14 2007 8:00P LONDON Alexandra Palace w/ Bloc Party London, London and South East


Concerted By Jonathan Fischer

July 16, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Concerted by Jonathan Fischerwww.myspace.com/concertedcomic

Monday Morning Blues

July 16, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Thought I’d try a out a new feature for you today, a dose of the blues to start your work week.
Misery loves company, right ? Leave a comment, let me know what you think.

MP3: Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Workin’
Buy The Chess Box
MP3: Howling Wolf – Killing Floor
Buy Howlin’ Wolf: His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)
MP3: Lucinda Williams – You’re Gonna Need That Pure Religion
Buy Ramblin’

[Muddy Waters Photo By Paul Natkin]

HOT ! : Rilo Kiley Shakes The Moneymaker

July 16, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Check this one out. Rilo Kiley lifts the riff from The CarsMoving In Stereo and twists it into a down and dirty dance groove. HOT HOT HOT.

MP3: Rilo Kiley – The Moneymaker
Buy Under The Blacklight


New Music : Saturna – Some Delicious Enemy

July 15, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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If you’re a fan of bands like Ride, Lush, Catherine Wheel or The Stone Roses you need to add Portland, Oregon’s Saturna to your list. Their new album Some Delicious Enemy more than holds it’s own against any of those band’s releases. It’s an incredibly infectious blend of massive sounding guitars and powerful drumming, topped with soaring, reverb soaked vocals as melodic as Oasis used to know how to write. Saturna’s sound redefines what was once labeled as shoegaze and brings it into the present with music that envelops you in its grandiosity. Turn it up as loud as you can and let the immense sound wash over you and carry you away. A perfect summer album, every song is great, it was hard to pick which ones to bring you. If you like the samples you’ll love the whole album. A best of 2007 contender for sure.

Saturna is
Ryan Carroll – vocals, guitar, bass
Steve Anderson – vocals, guitar, bass
Eric Block – guitar
Matt Badger – drums

MP3: Saturna – Roll Down
Mp3: Saturna – Chasing The Unpredictable

Buy Some Delicious Enemy

Upcoming Tour Dates
Jul 21 2007 9:00P ASH ST. Portland, Oregon
Jul 28 2007 5:00P Motokitty street party Portland, Oregon
Aug 14 2007 9:00P The High Dive Seattle, Washington
Aug 18 2007 5:00P Burnside Party Portland, Oregon
Aug 20 2007 8:00P Mt. Tabor Portland, Oregon
Sep 8 2007 8:00P The Fez Portland, Oregon


LIVE: Friday July 13th With Creeping Weeds At The Khyber

July 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Creeping Weeds kicked off their summer Tour De Horse with an excellent set last night at The Khyber in Philadelphia. Here’s some photos for you all. Pittsburgh is up next tonight, don’t miss them if they’re coming your way.

5 On A Friday : Is Today Your Lucky Day ?

July 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Is Friday The Thirteenth your lucky day ? Maybe you just need this lucky 13 belt buckle to turn it all around for you. Or maybe not. Here’s 5 luck filled songs to soundtrack your day.

1:Chelsea Taube – How Lucky
More Chelsea Taube
2:Richard Buckner – Lucky
Buy Meadow
3:Mary Lou Lord – The Lucky One
Buy Got No Shadow
4:The Strokes – Trying Your Luck
Buy Is This It ?
5:Minus The Bear – Burying Luck
Buy Planet Of Ice

ZIP: Bag All 5

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