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:
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.
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's the Rumpus: In February, Out of Town Films uploaded a live performance video of the electronic duo, comprised of Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, singing their song “One Time.” The video is filmed at Haverford Middle School, where Gongol and Lloyd first met.
What's the Rumpus:Rolling Stone called this quintet the best band you may not have heard yet, and The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called their show the “best musical performance of any kind [he’s] ever seen.” Enough said.
For Fans Of: Gossip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ting Tings
What's the Rumpus: They say they’ll always be a dive bar band, but they’re destined for so much more. Lake Street Dive gained publicity after uploading a YouTube video of themselves covering Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” on a Massachusetts street corner. Watch it and just try not to fall in love.
For Fans Of: Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin
What's the Rumpus: Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman founded this soulful, Southern, good ol' rock-and-roll group that now comprises multi-platinum artist Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter Jackie Green, guitarist Tom Bukovac, and bassist Nick Govrik.
For Fans Of: Alabama Shakes, Jefferson Airplane, The Black Crowes
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