WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - Jingle Jams

XPN's own Kris Kringle, (Robert Drake) is presenting a unique mix of seasonal songs celebrating both the holiday and winter seasons.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

XPoNential Radio


Dr. Dog - We All Belong - Park the Van

Philadelphia's own Dr. Dog has really hit the jackpot on their latest album We All Belong. You'd be hard pressed to find a more engaging album anywhere, as the band effortlessly combine familiar pop touchstones with some excellent songwriting.

Start with the sing along title track, then enjoy the rest of the album, full of very witty song structures and Beach Boys and Beatle-esque melodies. "The Way Lazy Do," "Old Ways," and "Worst Trip" are all top-notch tunes, and the songwriting is always challenging, always looking for novel ways to tell a story, both lyrically and instrumentally.

It's a small wonder that Dr. Dog has grabbed the attention of the mainstream (network TV shows, Rolling Stone, etc.) media on this release. There's just something so familiar yet novel about the band's music and worldview. In its 38-odd minutes, We All Belong is capable of taking you back and keeping you in the moment.

Written by Dan Reed