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It’s here! Listen to a new song by The Lumineers, “Ophelia”

The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist
The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist

It’s been almost four years since The Lumineers released their self-titled debut album in April, 2012. During that summer, and throughout the fall and winter, the single – “Ho Hey” – steadily worked its way into the mainstream, becoming internationaly massive.

The Denver trio’s unassuming hit, a folkie stomper, was a song you couldn’t escape hearing on radio stations, supermarkets, commercials, and Wawa’s. The Lumineers – Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites and Nyka Pekarek – went from playing small clubs and stages (i.e their Marina Stage performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music festival in 2012) to major amphitheaters (their sold-out appearance at XPNfest at the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2013). It seemed like the band kept growing and growing in popularity and on April 8th, The Lumineers return with their long awaited followup to their debut, Cleopatra. Continue reading →

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Meet OJR, XPN’s February Artist To Watch

OJR | Photo by Nolan Knight | Courtesy of the artist
OJR | Photo by Nolan Knight | Courtesy of the artist

Meet OJR, a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, who just completely shines on his new album, Nashville Demos.

OJR (real name Oliver John-Rodgers), recorded his new album in “various bedrooms” (presumably his!) and with the exception of a handful of contributions from players from Nashville he recorded most of the songs himself on Garage Band. Continue reading →

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Watch Leon Bridges’ new video for “River”

Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

One of 2015’s breakout artists for us here at XPN over the past year was R&B and soul singer Leon Bridges, who last year released a stunning debut album, Coming Home. Leon is playing a sold out show at The Fillmore with Son Little opening the show, and we just today got word that he’s also on the lineup for The Roots PicnicContinue reading →

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PREMIERE: “Jimmy V” by Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist
Mary Lattimore | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia harpist, Mary Lattimore is releasing her new EP At The Dam on March 4th on Ghostly International. Classically trained since she was 11, Lattimore incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, and has performed and recorded with Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Gunn, and others, and frequently collaborates with Philly producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler. Continue reading →

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Listen to the XPN Morning Show “Same Title, Different Song” Spotify playlist

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Each Friday on the XPN Morning Show with Kristen Kurtis and Bob Bumbera, Kristen features a weekly mixtape in the 9 a.m. hour. Kristen picks a theme and asks listeners to make suggestions on the theme. Recently, Kristen’s theme was “Same Title, Different Song.” She got so many great responses we put many of them in a Spotify playlist. Listen to it below. Continue reading →