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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love” by The Bird and The Bee

The Bird and the Bee | photo by Alexa Nikol Curran | courtesy of the artist

In 2010, The Bird and The Bee – the duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin — released Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. They recently released announced their next tribute — Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen, on August 2nd, with covers of “Panama,” and “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.” Continue reading →

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Dr. John, New Orleans musical icon has passed away

Dr. John at the 2013 XPonential Music Festival | Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John has passed away today at the age of 77 from a heart attack. Born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., and raised in the Crescent City, the singer and pianist – who got his start as a guitarist – grew up influenced by jazz and R&B and his incredible body of work was infused with New Orleans second line music rhythms, rock and roll and funk. Dr. John’s influence on New Orleans music was singular, and he was a revered advocate for the sound and culture of that city. Continue reading →

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#TBTXPN : The music of 1979

All summer long, XPN is going on a different musical journey Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  on #TBTXPN.

Looking in the rear view mirror to 40 years ago, we couldn’t help but notice the overabundance of musical riches from the year 1979. Classic releases from multiple genres like rock, rap, R&B, disco, and new wave were crashing up against our ears on our radios, our boomboxes, and — in the Summer of ’79 — on a new device called the Sony Walkman. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Go Where You Wanna Go” from Echo In The Canyon by Jakob Dylan and Jade Castrinos

Jakob Dylan | Echo in the Canyon | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Echo In The Canyon is a new documentary that celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. From 1965 to 1967 the musicians living in Laurel Canyon created some of rock music’s most influential and longest-lasting songs and albums. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Case” by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Photo by Joey Martinez

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have announced the release of its next new album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) on June 14th. Nelson and POTR’s new album features contributions from Neil Young, Margo Price, Kesha, Lucius, Shooter Jennings, Sheryl Crow, his father Willie, and more. Continue reading →