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Animal Collective The members of experimental psychedelic band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Maryland. After collaborating on various musical endeavors throughout high school and college, David Porter and Noah Lennox put out their first album under the name “Avey Tare and Panda Bear” in 2000. The two were then joined by Brian Weitz for their second record, which was released in 2001 under the name Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist.
In this installment of the Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco from the Grammy award-winning Latin band Ozomatli talks with WXPN’s David Dye about how politics influence music. Pacheco knows a lot about this topic, as Ozomatli have been a politically-driven band from their inception.
Melissa Etheridge Iconic folk-rock songstress Melissa Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. Etheridge has been making music since she first picked up a guitar at eight years-old and played in country groups throughout her teens in her home state of Kansas. Winner of two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female and an Academy Award for her song “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

We often hear musicians talk about artistic integrity, yet few are as truthful or match the level of their ambitions as well as Andrew Bird. His songwriting, which at times will leave you reaching for your thesaurus, is as skillful as his string playing or his trademark whistling. The classically trained violin player has produced another record destined for critical praise in Noble Beasts.

We often hear musicians talk about artistic integrity, yet few are as truthful or match the level of their ambitions as well as Andrew Bird. His songwriting, which at times will leave you reaching for your thesaurus, is as skillful as his string playing or his trademark whistling. The classically trained violin player has produced another record destined for critical praise in Noble Beasts.

XPoNential Music Festival 2012 FAQS

XPoNential Music Festival 2012 Presented by Subaru
July 20 - 22, 2012

WXPN and Susquehanna Bank Center
Team Up for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru
Frequently Asked Questions

The Press Announcement can be Found Here

What is the connection between the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show and the XPoNential Music Festival?
The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, now in its 8th year at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. This year, we’re excited to expand our festival grounds into the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 for all of our 3-Day Pass holders. Every 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru includes one lawn seat admission to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show on Saturday, July 21 at Susquehanna Bank Center.

If I purchase a ticket to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show, can I get into the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru?
No. For admission to the Festival, you must purchase either a 3-Day Pass that includes lawn seat admission to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show or purchase a Saturday ticket to the Festival. Single day tickets do not include admission to the SBC show.

When do tickets go on sale for the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show and how do I get them?
For reserved tickets: Beginning at 10am on March 31st, reserved tickets only will be available at Ticketmaster.com. XPN listeners will be able to purchase tickets starting March 29 through a special presale link at XPN.org.

For lawn seats: Lawn seat admission will included with the purchase of a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru starting May 1st at XPN.org. Lawn seat tickets may be purchased individually through Ticketmaster.com but do NOT include admission to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru.

What if I want to buy reserved (seated) tickets for Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog at the Susquehanna Bank Center, but also want to come to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru at Wiggins Park on Saturday?
You will need to purchase reserved tickets to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show through Ticketmaster.com (available through presale link at XPN.org starting March 29). For Festival admission, you will also need to purchase either a 3-Day Festival Pass or a Saturday ticket to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru once they become available at XPN.org on May 1st.

What time does the show start at the Susquehanna Bank Center? I don’t want to miss any of the XPN Festival.
Dr. Dog will take the stage at SBC starting at 7:15pm. The last act on the Festival River Stage will end at 6:45pm. Festival goers will use a special entrance to move from the Festival site to SBC at 6:45pm.

If I buy a Saturday ticket to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, will my ticket allow me to get in to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show at Susquehanna Bank Center?
If you purchase a Saturday ticket to the XPoNenetial Music Festival presented by Subaru, you must purchase a separate ticket (lawn or reserved) for the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show through Ticketmaster . Only 3-Day Passes for the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru include admission to the show.

If I purchase a lawn seat ticket for the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show at Susquehanna Bank and later decide to get a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival, can I get a refund on my lawn seat ticket or a discount on my 3-Day Festival Pass?
No. Tickets to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show are non-refundable and cannot be applied as credit toward the purchase of a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru.

What are the ticket prices for the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show at Susquehanna Bank Center?
Reserved tickets are $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com. Lawn seat admission to the show at Susquehanna Bank Center is included with a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, and may be purchased starting May 1 at XPN.org (see pricing below). Lawn seat tickets will also be available for purchase separately for $35 through Ticketmaster.com.

What are the ticket prices for the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru at Wiggins Park?
XPN MEMBER Prices:
3-Day Pass: $45 (before 7/9) | $55 (after 7/9)
Daily Ticket: $18 (before 7/9) | $25 (after 7/9)

GENERAL PUBLIC Prices:
3-Day Pass: $90 (before 7/9) | $110 (after 7/9)
Daily Ticket: $36 (before 7/9) | $50 (after 7/9)

Child (ages 2-12): $5 at all times

It was a rocking three days of music at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru! Check out the full performances, photo gallery, highlights and more by selecting the band you want to see from the lineup below!

 


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From NPR Music and WXPN, hear a live mix of roots rock, folk, country and more.

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Citizen Cope
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Citizen Cope Called a musical mixologist for his expert blending of differing genres, Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) is the name for both the lead singer and the band he heads. Born in the blues-drenched city of Memphis, the young musician learned to tell stories with music and has continued to do so ever since. Hip-hop beats, quiet piano melodies, a hint of pop, and ever-present blues have served him well in every release. He'll be performing this Friday at World Cafe, bringing his "gritty urban poetry" to the stage for a lunch-break performance.

First catching the eye of the music world in the '90s with his contributions to rap albums, Citizen Cope released his debut in the mid-90's, "Cope Citizen". He's created three more LPs to date, as well as contributing his talents as a DJ, singer/songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and producer to numerous projects. His latest album, The Rainwater LP, is due out this March on his own label.

Releasing half of the album to devoted fans in the fall of 2009, Citizen Cope has built anticipation for the second half with its deeply personal feel. As said by the creator, ""When you’re writing a song, you take in everything – the people you’ve met, what you’ve experienced. You take in everything and it makes a story.” The Rainwater LP is filled with stories from the life and musical journey of Citizen Cope, and told well. As quoted in Rolling Stone, he's "a modern day bluesman who paints a plaintive portrait of the human condition".

Be sure to make it to this week's Free at Noon with Citizen Cope as he stops in Philly for his massive album tour. This will be one heck of a bluesy lunch break.

Cory Chisel is one of those rare, contemporary folk artists whose authenticity is indubitable. No matter how you define authentic, you'd be hard pressed to put a finger on anything not-so when listening. From the emotion to the influences to the background, Chisel doesn't let one iota of insincerity into his work. For this reason (and because of his undeniable talent) XPN is choosing him as the Artist to Watch for October 2009.

When most people think of the best of jazz and soul, a skinny white kid from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Mayer Cohen) is well on his way to changing that. With influences like Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the collaboration of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr, Mayer has a retro sound that bespeaks a seasoned yet refreshing soul.

They're a big outfit as most indie bands go, but the 13-piece Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have created quite a buzz in L.A. and in the indie world. Making excellent '60s-style folk rock that could just be called revivalist, with their convert school/tour bus, their back porch acoustics, and their almost communal air, this is one band not to miss.

About the World Cafe

The World Cafe is broadcast on WXPN
Monday through Friday at 2pm ET.

The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. This acclaimed program, distributed nationally to over 185 stations across the country through NPR Music, is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia.

About David Dye

David Dye

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe since 1991.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," four Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARA "Hero Award" and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations.

Sasha Dobson

Singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson upholds the jazz tradition of past greats like Ella Fitzgerald while breaking conventional rules. Her sultry voice, amazing talent and extensive performance experience makes her a very notable artist to watch.

The Slip

The music of The Slip is deceptively straightforward rock. The layers and intricacy of the sound, with persevering drums, melodic vocals, and guitars that easily transition between smooth background and a driving heaviness, come through on a second listen.

Devendra Banhart, image: Lauren Dukoff

Devendra Banhart was named by guru Maharaji Prem Rawat. In an Indian myth, Devendra is identified as "king of gods." cripplecrow.com

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse has exploded onto the UK pop scene as a retro-inspired, yet fiercely liberated, very modern soul singer. Her joyful clash of pop jazz stylings with brash hip-hop attitude and powerful vocals has turned more than just heads.

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend has emerged from the fertile New York indie-rock scene. All four of its members met while attending Columbia University. Still, they stick out of the crowd for two reasons.

XPN Artist To Watch Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim (Sean Scolnick) is quite an unconventional folk and blues artist. Based in Brooklyn, and originally from PA, Slim's incredible skill at mixing elements of bluegrass, country, and blues has gained him recognition. {readmorelink}Read More...{/readmorelink}

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