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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s favorite reissues of 2014

The Allman Brothers | Photo by Jim Marshall
The Allman Brothers | Photo by Jim Marshall

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN Program Director Bruce Warren shares his favorite reissues of the year.

Some of the best “new” music I heard this year was old music. Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Tears For Fears all got the reissue/remaster/bonus track treatment in 2014. Dylan released The Basement Tapes Complete, and Miles Davis completists must put their hands on every second of his 1970 Fillmore concerts. Personally I think 2014 was better in the reissue department than the new music department. Here’s a list of some of the best reissues of 2014. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance by Ethiopian musican Hailu Mergia

Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist
Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hailu Mergia is a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who now lives in the U.S. He came to World Cafe‘s attention through Awesome Tapes From Africa, the website where Brian Shimkovitz posts cassette tapes of African music he discovers. That’s what led Shimkovitz to Mergia. Continue reading →

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We’re so excited that Juliana Hatfield Three is reuniting and playing Boot & Saddle in March

The Juliana Hatfield Three
The Juliana Hatfield Three

Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 21 years since the Juliana Hatfield Three released their 1993 debut album Become What You Are. After Hatfield’s first band, Blake Babies split, she released a solo album in 1992, and in 1993 – along with Todd Phillips and Dean Fisher – formed the trio.

Their one and only album spawned the hit song “My Sister,” and songs from it like “Supermodel,” “Spin The Bottle,” and “This Is The Sound,” became modern rock favorites. Jangly, super melodic and sounding as good as ever, The Julian Hatfield Three just released their first new song, “If I Could,” from the forthcoming album, Whatever, My Love. With it comes a tour, and a stop at Boot & Saddle on Tuesday, March 3rd. Continue reading →

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Introducing Melbourne, Australia rockers The Outdoor Type

The Outdoor Type
The Outdoor Type | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Outdoor Type is a new band from Melbourne, Australia, who recently released their debut single, “Are You Happy.” The band will be releasing their debut EP in early 2015 with a full length to follow. The band is the work of singer and songwriter Zach Buchanan, and the song was produced and mixed by Colin Leadbetter. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” by Elephant Stone

Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman
Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman

Elephant Stone is a Montreal based psychedelic influenced indie rock band fronted by sitarist, bassist, and singer Rishi Dhir. The other members of the band include Miles Duprie on drums and backing vocals, and Gabriel Lambert on guitars and backing vocals. Formed in 2009 by Dhir, they debuted with The Seven Seas. Dhir has been a highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, and has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “What Still Remains” by Oyinda

Oyinda | Photo courtesy of the artist
Oyinda | Photo courtesy of the artist

Within seconds, hearing the London born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer Oyinda will leave you breathless. Her moody, striking, electronic based soul music brings to mind the mid-tempo sultry sounds of Sade, The XX, Massive Attack, and Jhene Aiko. She’s an exciting new musician, with endless potential, a gorgeous voice and magical sound. Continue reading →

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Watch Bob Dylan perform a concert for one lucky fan at the Academy of Music

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan was in town last month to play three concerts at the Academy of Music, we told you about a concert he performed for one fan, Fredrik Wikingsson. The concert was part of an ongoing Swedish film series entitled “Experiment Ensam” or (Experiment Alone), where people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds. The director, Anders Helgeson, set-up the private show, and paid Dylan an undisclosed amount of money. Helgeson then asked his friend and TV personality, Fredrik Wikingsson to take part in the experiment. Continue reading →

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Listen to Marian Hill’s Daytrotter session

Marian Hill | Illustration courtesy of Daytrotter
Marian Hill | Illustration courtesy of Daytrotter
Our friends at Daytrotter have once again tapped into the new sounds of Philly with a session with Marian Hill. Featuring lead singer and songwriter Samantha Gongol and producer / songwriter Jeremy Lloyd, the duo have been on a roll lately releasing several excellent new songs including “Lips,” and “Got It.” During the session the band performed “Got It,” “Whiskey,” “Lovit,” and “One Time.” Continue reading →

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Amy Ray pays tribute to Duane Allman on Folkadelphia, Volume II

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Leyla McCalla, Coal Town Miners, Slowey and the Boats are just a few few of the artists that appear on the recently released Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

Recorded last April, singer-songwriter and guitarist Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls stopped by to do a session and she and her band performed material from her recent Americana/country leaning Goodnight Tender. Continue reading →

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