Where Fusion Falls Flat
Amps for Christ is an experimental side project by Henry Barnes of the outfits Man is the Bastard and Bastard Noise, power violence bands both based out of southern California. Despite Barnes’s previous experience in hardcore punk subgenres, his newest project is reflective of his appreciation for traditional folk music, combined with an aptitude and preference for eclectic electronic instrumentation. The end process of these influences is a sound similar to a combination of artists like Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Antlers. These inspirations come through loud and clear on the project’s newest album, Canyons Cars and Crows. Read more…
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The 2014 XPoNential Music Festival lineup is finally here! WXPN previously announced the headlining acts that would be taking over the Susquehanna Bank Center stage. The star-studded names include Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, and The Districts. Saturday’s SBC show features Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, and Dawes, and Sunday’s show will feature Beck, Band of Horses, and The Districts. If those names weren’t enough to convince you to get your ticket for XPNFest, a slew of other names were expected to be added to the bill.
This morning they gave us the full lineup, including the acts performing at Wiggins Park. As a warm up for the announcements, we listeners were treated to a few songs from some of last year’s performers including Lord Huron and Phosphorescent. But at 9am, it was time for the 2014 names. Kicking off the announcements with recent Free at Noon performers, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Helen Leicht played their track “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).” Next up was “Turn it Around” signifying that Lucius would also joining the bill. Other notable names added to the list include Old 97’s, The Hold Steady, Man Man, The Lawsuits, Jeremy Messersmith, and J. Roddy Walston & The Business among others. As usual, the lineup features both established artists as well as upcoming artists.
So how do you get tickets for the 3-day festival? Option one is to pledge to become a member of XPN. For $25/month you receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere passes, two LAWN admissions to the shows at SBC on 7/26 and 7/27, and an XPN membership that gets you free beverages as well as festival artist meet and greets at Wiggins Park all weekend. This amazing deal as applies to all current members of XPN. For those of you who do not wish to become a member of XPN, you can purchase reserved seats for both of the SBC shows. Saturday’s show (7/26) will feature Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, and Dawes and you can buy tickets here. Sunday’s show (7/27) will feature Beck, Band of Horses, and The Districts and you can buy those tickets here. Reserved seating tickets for the SBC shows do NOT include admission to Wiggins Park. There will be 3-day passes for Wiggins Park, which will become available on May 1st. And 1-day passes are expected to go on sale in June. The schedule of events will also be posted sometime in June. For more information check out the Festival site.
XPoNential Music Festival @ Camden Waterfront
July 25 – July 27
Posted in Philadelphia
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 is done. What did we learn? As we discussed at length yesterday in our day 2 review, the festival has truly gone mainstream. On the third and final day, even Justin Bieber made a guest appearance. That’s not a typo, or a delusional freak-out following a cocktail of narcotics. Justin. Bieber. Has. Played. Coachella. Yup, the one and only Biebz joined rising star Chance the Rapper on the main stage today in the middle of the afternoon to perform the song “Confident.” We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. While day 3 lacked the knockout succession of soon-to-be-star acts day 2 featured, there were still a few standout performances worthy of the festival’s name and prestige.
All photos by Sharon Alagna
It was only appropriate that the media event surrounding Aerosmith’s rock and roll tour announcement would take place at one of the West Coast’s most iconic venues on the Sunset Strip, the Whiskey a Go Go. As the official location to share their summer tour announcement, Aerosmith invited press and diehard fans to share the news. The “Let Rock Rule” tour is set to first visit Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on July 10th before rocking out the rest of the US until September. Aerosmith will also be sharing the touring stage with Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Read more…