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XPoNential Music Fest

Weekend Warrior, July 28 - 30

Over the next three days, the musical fulcrum will largely focus on XPoNential Music Fest. A balanced assemblage of established and emerging talent from near and far settle onto the waterfront. Unfortunately, inclement weather may wash over Hurry’s set. However, Friday still has plenty on its tab – the encompassing reverberating power/ease of Angel Olsen coupled with the emotionally-exposed, energy-expelling rock of Hop Along and the stellar storytelling of Conor Oberst and Wilco. Saturday will culminate with local stalwart Amos Lee digging in with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. However, the meditative reverie of The Dove & The Wolf usher in the day, while Strand of Oaks roots itself in earnest, endearing narratives that blossom and flourish, gathering anthemic reach. On Sunday, the genre-melding hip-hop collective of Hardwork Movement and the Americana trio of No Good Sister help shape the day, reinforced by the bright Americana of Hurray For The Riff Raff and the rugged alt-country of Drive By Truckers. – Michael Colavita

More places to chill out this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Lainedee, SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz, SUN Power Animal, Telepathic, Queen Jesus

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Dark Thoughts, SAT Jo Kusy, Illiminati Sequence

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Oso/Grimace Federation, Tektonic, Crouse, SAT Crazy Bull/Stateschoolgirl, Ultraviolet, SUN The Lot/Geniverse

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT On The Water, Geb the Great Cackler, SUN Boosegumps

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Violent Society

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT The Chris Paterno Band, The Last Generation On Film

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) This Is Hardcore: FRI Eaten Alive, SAT Jesus Piece, Year of the Knife, SUN Activate

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Breakwater, SAT (Upstairs) Don McAvoy & the Great Whatever, Germany Hill/(Downstairs) The Core, Brown Sugar

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blasphemous, SUN Sunchoke

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Carroll

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd  St.) SUN Mark Lanky (Record Release), Sad Actor,  White Lighters

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Final Showcase, SUN Resilient, Alright Junior

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Juice Wax (Album Release), Cookie Rabinowitz

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI No One You Know, Jason Jeffries and the Tall Trees, Rootsetters

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Jason Weiss, SUN Thomas Curtis

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Knightlife, Andorra, The Stone Eye, Shots Called, Mike Nappi, SAT Brendan Johnson, Kate Says

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight, Steal Your Peach

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Man Like Machine, Something Like A Monument, Dweeb, SAT Honeytiger, Mavis The Dog

Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT CMBC, Soft Idiot, Who Loves You

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Abi Reimold, Tutlie, Curtis Cooper

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Sun Organ

Camden Waterfront (2 Riverside Dr.) Xponential Fest: FRI Hop Along, Hurry, Swift Technique, SAT Amos Lee, Strand of Oaks, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Dove & The Wolf, Cliff Hillis, SUN No Good Sister, Hardwork Movement

Weekend Warrior, July 22 - 24

Yikes! With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s this weekend, it makes sense to want to stay near an air conditioner or dip your body parts in the ocean. However, for those music-obsessed folks who are a glutton for punishment and good tunes, WXPN’s XPoNential Music Fest is back once again, across the way at the Camden Waterfront. The festival opens this afternoon with two local Philly acts, the ethereal harmonies of Queen of Jeans and songbird Rosemary Fiki, before giving way to national touring favorites like Father John Misty and White Denim. Kurt Vile & the Violators and Ryan Adams and The Shining will be closing out the inaugural day of the event at BB&T Pavilion. Though we are really not digging the scheduling of their noon set slot on Saturday, Kississippi is a good reason to get an early start on a day packed with music, before hiding in the shade in wait for what are sure to be electrifying sets by Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes. And while Sunday may teeter off from the excitement of the first two days, Eliza Hardy Jones and The Districts will provide you with plenty of beautiful melodies and memories to get you through the upcoming school/workweek. XPonential Music Festival (FRI - SUN), Camden Waterfront/BB&T Pavilion, Various Times (Schedule), Adults $35(w/membership) - $296/Kids $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
Other places to be hot this weekend…
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The End of America, SUN Family Volleyball
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, Mage Hand, Glob Jolly/Dweller/Gordon Bombay, Shizz Lo, SAT Major Van Winkle, Suirad Franklin, Simba Amir, Ashoka, Shon Goner/Wassup Gina, SUN No Nothing/Surgeon, Black Urn
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Obsessives, The Superweeks
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Only Glory, Please Die
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Upticks, Paper Comets, SAT Jason Magin & Craig James, SUN Secret Nudist Friends, Coping Skills
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Stella and The Voodoo Fish, Matt Cermanski, Wildflower, Winchester Treaty
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Melissa Menago (Album Release)/(Downstairs) Echoes – A Pink Floyd Tribute Band, SAT (Downstairs) Candy Volcano
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Chalk and the Beige Americans, SAT Wasted Theory, Seagrave, SUN Planning For Burial
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Wild Rompit, Sat Nicky P
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mr. Sonny James. Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Seoul Delhi
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Katie Barbato, Daniel Collins, Rev. TJ McGlinchey, The Discount Heroes, Glorious Typing, Dani Mari, SAT Pigment, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Brain Candle, Prone to Violence
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Skyline the City
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT The Weekend Riot
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Spicy Meatball, Steve Oakley Band, Gavilan, The Skis
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow (Neil Young Tribute), Cabin Dogs
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Littler, Palm, Ursula
Random Tea Room (713 N 4th St.) SUN The Goodbye Party, Tim Woulfe
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Magic Pictures Presents: Actual Pearls, Evil Sword, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, Pushin' it 2 the Limit
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shelf Life, Sarah M, Hello Shark
The Fryer (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Burgeoning, Second Marriage, A Day Without Love

Photo Recap: XPoNential Music Fest 2013

This year's XPoNential Music Fest was one of the most crowded (if not the most crowded) ever, which is not surprising since it teamed up with Americanarama featuring the likes of heavy-hitters Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Unfortunately, the weather didn't play in our favor with the skies pouring down biblical amounts of precipitation on its final day causing the non-Americanarama section of the weekend to get rained out during Justin Townes Earle's set cancelling Dawes' performance. While most ran for cover, others made the best of it by playing Slip n' Slide on the muddy hills. Overall, the atmosphere was very peaceful with the exception of John Butler Trio dragging in the frat-boy-meets-'90's-tribal-tattoo element. Philly's own DRGN KING and The Fleeting Ends provided the more rockin' sets of the weekend, while high schoolers The Districts continued to impress with a moving, emotional performance. You can check out some of our photos from last weekend HERE. (Photo by Brandi Lukas)



Photo Recap: XPoNential Music Fest 2013

- by Brandi Lukas

Day 1

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Red Baraat


Michael Kiwanuka 


Kat Edmonson


Alo Brasil


The Districts


Aaron & the Spell


Day 2 

The Lumineers


Dr. Dog




Hey Marseilles


John Butler Trio


Brett Dennen


Trampled By Turtles


Lord Huron


Dr. John


Matt Pond


Erin McKeown 


Last Bison


The Fleeting Ends


The Stray Birds


Day 3

Justin Townes Earle


Kopecky Family Band




Jose James













Weekend Warrior, July 26 - 28

Between the larger scale version of the Mad Decent Block Party, which unfortunately, you have to pay to get in now, as well as a crazy after party at Morgan’s Pier, and an impressive XPoNential Festival lineup that has teamed up with the likes of Bob Dylan and Wilco, you have plenty of reason to get your fest on this weekend. But it’s the impressive Americanarama portion of the XPoNential Fest and a key headlining spot for Dr. Dog before they officially release their next album B Room over the fall that has us sold on giving XPN’s annual festival top Weekend Warrior billing. And while both nights inside the Susquehanna Bank Center (which also features My Morning Jacket and the Lumineers) will be fun, catching locals like The Districts and DRGN KING as they share billing with notable artists such as Phosphorescent and Dr. John inside Wiggins Park is another thing that makes this event worth taking a ride on PATCO or a ferry. Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market St, Camden, New Jersey, (7/26 – 7/28) 5pm - 10pm, $25-125, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Other things to do this weekend now that it’s not so hot…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) The Eeries, (Late) Carved Up, Plutonian, Horace Mann, Sleepers Lie, SAT (Downstairs) CPR (Custom Power Ride), (Upstairs) Stereo Coma, Community Service, SUN Ashencult
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Chvrch: Mad Decent Unoffical Pre-Block Party w/Metalgearrr, SUN The Acoustic Soul Experience w/Raheem DeVaughn, Jean Baylor, Aaries
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Thee Nosebleeds, Wizard Eye, SUN The Chelsea Kills
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Anjuli Josephine, Attic Dancers, Sunset Recorder, SAT First Step to Failure, Truant Minds
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Sore Saints, SAT Ryan Tennis, SUN The National Rifle
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Improbables, Mr. Unloved
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Coco Butter Band, Guaclobster
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Laura Mann
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT A Figment of Your Imagination, Life of a Fly, Symbol of Sanity, Richie Shock, DR3W, Stunt Donato
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Stolen Rhodes
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Raven Hill, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Fooling April, SAT The Beekeepers, Caleb Spaulding & Carolyn Tapper
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT The Great Party
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Ape!
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI TC Cole, SAT I Am Not The Universe
Voltage Lounge (421 N 7th St.) SAT In The Presence of Wolves, Buddy Roc, A Crisis of Confidence, Pr$ph$t, The Phonies, SUN Spoken Life
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Reef'd, Kings & Comrades, Tree, SAT The Funky T, Laura Cheadle, Tael
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SUN Watery Love and Spacin’
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Batty, Dingus, Meghan's TV, SAT NONA Record Release w/Cayetana, Omar Martin, Three Man Cannon
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Secret Plot, Trap God
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Bad Energy, Dopestroke, Slit Lips
The Slow Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Drugstore
4QHQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Basement Boys, Attitude Era, Low Charge

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