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Listen to the new Strand of Oaks anthem, “Radio Kids”

Strand of Oaks | photo courtesy of the artist
Strand of Oaks | photo by Maclay Heriot | courtesy of the artist

Tim Showalter, the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Strand Of Oaks, was three albums deep into his career when he released his breakthrough, 2014’s HEAL. It changed the Philadelphia musician’s life, led him to months on the road, playing in front of increasingly larger crowds than ever before. An ensuing series of very personal life experiences took emotional toll on Showalter’s being. Continue reading →

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All about the XPN A to Z

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Welcome to our annual Fall programming event! The first ever XPN A to Z launches today with Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis. We’ll play thousands and thousands of XPN songs in alphabetical order, starting with “ABC” by the Jackson 5 until we hit the final Z. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Look At What The Light Did Now” by Flo Morrisey and Matthew E. White

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

British singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey has teamed up with producer, singer and songwriter Matthew E. White for an albim of covers, Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, out on January 13th.

The album includes covers of James Blake (“Colour Of Anything”), The Velvet Underground (“Sunday Morning”), Roy Ayers (“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”), Frank Ocean (“Thinking Bout You”), Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne”) and more. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle

First David Bowie, then Prince, and recently Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; these are some of the greats that have passed away this year. And as singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet sings on our Gotta Hear Song of the Week, it’s “Been A Bad Year for Rock and Roll.” Continue reading →

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Remembering Leon Russell


Pianist, singer and songwriter Leon Russell has passed away, according to a message posted on his Facebook page. He was 74 and died in his sleep at his home in Nashville.

Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and came up in the Tulsa, Oklahoma music scene. He moved to Los Angeles in the late Fifties where he became a much in demand session musician, and started Shelter Records with Denny Cordell. In addition to his own solo work, he’s best known for performing and working with Delaney & Bonnie, and with Joe Cocker, notably on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, album and documentary. He was a master songwriter; among his most well known songs are “This Masquerade,” covered by George Benson, and “A Song For You” that covered dozens of times over the years. He also co-wrote one of The Carpenters’ biggest hits, “Superstar,” with Bonnie Bramlett, and played keyboards and arranged “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

Rest in peace to “the master of space and time.”

Below, listen to a selection of some of his best songs.