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Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz, and world music to the Friday night stage at Wiggins Park. After playing together for more than fifteen years, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have won the hearts of music lovers all…
Founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, Trigger Hippy is a brand new, powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band ready to tear up the XPoNential stage. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the…
Singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and trumpet-playing guitarist Mike Olson met and formed Lake Street Dive at Boston's New England Conservatory, and has since come along way. They find themselves on the cusp of stardom, describing themselves as a "pop-soul juggernaut", with varied influences ranging from British Invasion Rock ("Bobby Tanqueray")…
Fronted by Rhett Miller, Old 97's have long been an XPN favorite, blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk energy and delivery. The group has been making music for 20 years, and their new album "Most Messed Up" finds the Old 97's at their racous, boozy best, all swagger and heart.
The Hold Steady describes themselves as "a bunch of dudes who rock the hell out of Brooklyn, as well as the rest of the world," and if "the rest of the world" includes this year's XPoNential Stage, then they couldn't be more right. Known for their classic rock influences and narrative-based songs, this indie XPN…
Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "the most welcome addition to pop music this year," with their debut LP WILDEWOMAN lauded by The New York Times as "an art school take on girl group soul." Since their recent…
Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year old of Puerto Rican descent with marked influences from doo-wop and Motown to New Orleans soul to traditional country and folk. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff's music "sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit," uniting audiences of all…
Zydeco musician C.J. Chenier adds his own flavor to the genre with his accordion, creative covers, and energy through the roof; in fact, his new album is so jam packed with energy it could power a small city! His album Can't Sit Down was recorded in one live session at Rock Romano's Red Shack Studio…
Man Man is known for their eclectic musical landscaping, for pushing the envelope, and being fearlessly unique in their musical execution. The group's fifth-full length album On Oni Pond takes their reputation to new heights, and with past performances at XPN's Free at Noon and at Union Transfer proving to audiences just how much fun…
With a distinctive voice and a diverse repertoire of musical styles and colors, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins' new album Show Phaser is described as "a neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop," with innovative and thought-provoking lyrics and melodies. Her style is constantly changing, and that's what makes her an exciting artist - with…
Diego Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work, and his new album Paradise continues to expand upon the romantic sound he has been shaping throughout his career. His music drifts listeners back to the 1970's with its soft melodic riffs and use of strings, delicate percussion, and Spanish guitars; Garcia's lyrics lay…
Mississippi Blues Project artist James Cotton grew up playing the blues, singing and carrying his legendary tunes on his harmonica. He joined Muddy Waters as his harmonica player back in 1954 - a gig winning the group a Grammy in 1977 - and though the two have since parted ways, Cotton has continued to enthrall…
Four-piece folk-rock group Houndmouth has a soulful flair and an amazing layered sound that any listener could get into. Band members Katie Toupin, Matt Myers, Zak Appleby, and Shane Cody all like to sing - and they often sing together, layering vocals on top of heavy bass lines and skillful guitar riffs to create unique,…
Rock band J. Roddy Walston & The Business originally formed in Cleveland, Tennessee, and have made a name for themselves dealing in "a scrapy yet sublime sound that honors their Southern roots and punk spirit." Known for their exciting and energetic live performances, thought-provoking lyrics, and signature take on the rock and roll tradition, this…
Philadelphia native Dave Hause, known for his work in punk rock band The Loved Ones, has been busy recently with the release of his second solo album Devour in October 2013 and a North American Tour that ended with a packed hometown show at World Café Live.
When roots rock band Marah caught the ear of the Philly music scene in the late 90s, it was revered locally and internationally as an outstanding live band.  With their new album, Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, Marah has once again captured the attention of listeners by arftully bringing folk music to song lyrics…
Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Jeremy Messermith came to fame in 2006 with the critical acclaim he received for his first album, The Alcatraz Kid.  Recently, he has been touring extensively and released his fourth album Heart Murmurs in Februrary 2014, which treats listeners to elegantly crafted, poignant love songs.
Caitlin Rose is rightfully the current darling of the new young Nashville.  She recently released her second album, The Stand-In, which embraces the country music that she once resisted and is driven by her strong melodic sense. 
The London-based trio of Davie, Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) developed a cult following after their forming in 2012 as a result of their writing, harmonies, D.I.Y. approach with custom hand-stamped CDs, and extensive touring.  In March 2014 the band released their second album Without/Within, which Davie claims is  "in many…
Philadelphia four-piece The Lawsuits were once described as a “schizophrenic mix of modern americana.” However, they don’t stop there - interweaving elements of reggae, 60’s pop flair, and 80’s anthemic refrains, woven together by highly literate lyrics.  They play with an energy that’s infectious, charging through changeups and reveling in every solo, making the playing…
Marian Hill is Jeremy Lloyd (production and writing) and Samantha Gongol (vocals and writing), a new electronic duo from Philadelphia. Combining influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Drake, the duo forge a unique electro/R&B sound with blues and jazz influences.
Tracks from the South Jersey-based singer-songwriter's recent CD Homeward Bound can be heard on XPN lately. Ginger Coyle performed last summer at the Philly Folk Festival as part of the XPN Philly Local Showcase. She is currently working on her next album and has also been making guest appearances on other music projects, including a…
Our Griffins, headed by front man and Pennsylvania native DJ Brown, has been touring extensively in the Philadelphia area, making stops at Johnny Brenda's, The North Star Bar, and our own World Cafe Live. Last September, Our Griffins released their debut album Michael Boyd, which offers a deeply personal and introspective exploration of impernanence, mortality,…
In just a few years, Viv and The Revival have accomplished something that many bands can only dream of: having their songs heard by millions worldwide. With many of the band's songs being used in television shows and national commercials, such as "I Want It" in the Verizon "Faces" commercial, the band's eclectic mix of…
Based in Doylestown, PA, Commonwealth Choir has been busy touring in the Philadelphia area, making stops at venues such as Milkboy and Ortlieb's. They've shared the stage with bands such as Air is Human and Big Tusk, treating crowds to tracks from their self-produced and self-recorded EP Shirtless, which was released last summer.

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