Philly music fans packed into Wiggins Park and, later that night, the Susquehanna Bank Center, for XPoNential Festival‘s Saturday lineup. We caught performances by longtime XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson, Bayou blues rockers C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and Ryan Adams, among others.
The festivities continued Sunday with performances by Nicole Atkins, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and Man Man at Wiggins Park. Later, the Susquehanna Bank Center filled up for local band The Districts, and Beck, who could be XPoNential Festival‘s best closing act to date.
To help make your XPoNential Music Festival artist selections a little more bearable, we lay out some of our favorites that you should keep an ear out for. First up, five artists you already know and love:
When: Friday, July 25th, 9:55 p.m., River Stage
What You Already Know: This internationally acclaimed duo have an amazing ability to produce emotional music without a single lyric
What You Don't: The title of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s newest album, 9 Dead Alive, is just what it sounds like: 9 tracks, each celebrating a specific individual, or, in one case, animals and nature who have passed away but whose impact on humanity remains.
When: Saturday, July 26th, 4:35 p.m., River Stage
What You Already Know: Her quirky, indie-pop love songs that have appeared on everything from Grey’s Anatomy to Old Navy commercials.
What You Don't: Her most recent music video, for the single “Girls Chase Boys,” is a spot-on spoof of Robert Palmer’s 1988 hit “Simply Irresistible.” The gender roles are reversed, with male background dancers in full makeup and skimpy costumes.
When: Saturday, July 26th, 7:30 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center
What You Already Know: The members of Dawes probably wish they were around in the 1960s so they could live alongside Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell—the artists that inspired their “Laurel Canyon” sound.
What You Don't: Their first album, North Hills, was actually recorded in Laurel Canyon, live to analog tape.
When: Saturday, July 26th, 9:45 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center
What You Already Know: Adams sure knows how to balance quality and quantity. This September will mark the release of his 14th solo album.
What You Don't: At age 39, Adams has produced an album for Willie Nelson, written a poetry book, toured with Phil Lesh, and been an inspiration to Elton John. Not bad, not bad.
When: Sunday, July 27th, 10 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center
What You Already Know: His song "Where It's At," which was played way too much in 1996.
What You Don't: One of his most recent "albums" wasn't released as an album at all. It was released only as sheet music.
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Skyline Stage at The Mann.
When I found out I was going to the Sara Bareilles concert at the Mann last Thursday, I reacted with the type of feverish panic that only female pop artists can awaken in me. I had never listened to her before. In fact, I kind of loathe her kind of pop-rock. Would I be smothered in the midst of a feel-good group hug during one of her ballads? Would I fall into a quiet coma during a set of whispered love songs, left to rot on the lawn amongst half-finished wine coolers? Or, worse … would I actually enjoy it?
Here are five things I learned at the show:
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Philly country music fans (you’re out there, right?) who missed their chance at tickets to the sold-out Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City next month have another chance.
Tomorrow afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Do AC Nightclub on Wheels will be parked at the corner of 16th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway handing out 1,000 pairs of tickets to each show. (That’s 1,000 for Shelton, and a 1,000 for Lady Antebellum.) I’m told there are even a few in-front-of-the-stage “fan zone” tickets available in the bunch, too.
Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier” tour takes place in AC on Thursday, July 31st, and Lady Antebellum’s “Take Me Downtown” tour will be the following Sunday, August 3rd.
Ready, set, get your freebies!
“Do you guys like pizza? Do you like punny songs about pizza? Good! Because that’s all we got.”
So began Velvet Underground cover band The Pizza Underground’s show at Eakins Oval on Friday. They were there to headline before The Awesome Fest’s screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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On July 22nd, Philadelphia trombonist Ernest Stuart (he’s the guy responsible for the annual Center City Jazz Festival) is set to debut his Love/Loss EP via SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes. And if this just-released first tune is any indication, we’re already big fans. Have a listen to the heavy-hitting “BMJ” (“Big Mamma Jamma”) right here.
Shower singers, take a seat. This one’s not for you. This is for those of you rocking out in your bedrooms to, I don’t know, Van Halen or something equally anthemic, shredding your air guitars within every inch of your lives. You’ve put on shows in that room that would make rock gods tremble. It’s high time you take a bow.
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Last week, Britney Spears admirers all but hit the proverbial fan when an un-autotuned version of her single “Alien” leaked on the internet. WARNING: it’s bad. Really, really bad:
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