Inspired by Prince: Philly artist Dewey Saunders’ striking new visual tribute

Illustration by Dewey Saunders |
Prince | illustration by Dewey Saunders | courtesy of the artist

You may have seen his work on music blogs and websites, posters for concerts, and yes, that’s his design work on the recent album cover for one of the best albums of 2016 so far, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu. Dewey Saunders is a Philadelphia based visual artist and designer, who also – under the name Dewey Decibel – is a rapper. Continue reading →


Watch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band pay tribute to Prince with “Purple Rain”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | Photo by Cameron Pollack |

Friday night at their show at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened their show with a tribute to Prince, performing “Purple Rain.”

The Boss wasn’t the only musician to cover Prince since his passing last Thursday. Continue reading →


On the Legacy and Passing of Prince: The fans speak

While there’s no doubt that the surprising death of music icon Prince shocked us and shook us to the core of our musical hearts, it’s the healing power of music, his music in particular, the brings us together in these emotional moments. Pop-up tributes happened around the country and the world yesterday, Niagra Falls went Purple, as did the skylines of San Francisco, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh and more. In Minneapolis, an all-night dance party was held at the legendary nightclub First Avenue.

Here at XPN, Prince’s music and the influences he drew on, has always been an important part of our musical DNA. Prince’s musical lexicon, informed by James Brown, George Clinton, Sly Stone, and Jimi Hendrix – along with 60s pop and the jazz influences of his parents – inspired a body of work that will live on for many generations to come. When the new broke about his passing, the XPN community weighed in with their thoughts. Here are some of the hundreds of comments we’ve gotten. Continue reading →


Stream the new Rogue Wave album, Delusions of Grand Fur

Rogue Wave | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Rogue Wave | Photo by Andrew Paynter.

Indie-popsters Rogue Wave return with a new album, Delusions of Grand Fur, on April 29th. The band, led by Zach Rogue, have been at it since 2002. He and longtime band mate, drummer Pat Spurgeon, have returned with fellow members bassist Masanori Christianson, and Rob Easson on synthesizers and guitar with their first new album since 2013’s Nightingale Floors. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fallin’ Rain” by Karl Blau

Karl Blau

Country-soul singer-songwriter Karl Blau. a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and KNW-YR-OWN label. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands. Continue reading →