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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Up To Me” by Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan | photo by Barry Feinstein | courtesy of the artist

More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 is the latest collection of material from Bob Dylan’s vaults and his vast recording history. This time around, the focus is on perhaps what many of his fans and historians consider to be one of his greatest albums, Blood On The Tracks, originally released in January 1975.

Often bootlegged, this new Dylan collection makes these previously unreleased songs available officially for the first time. More Blood, More Tracks includes over 70 previously unreleased tracks, and every surviving take from the Blood On the Tracks recording sessions. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Gold” by Sister Sparrow

Sister Sparrow | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe since 2011, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are a soul rock band from Brooklyn. Over the last few years, several of the original Dirty Birds moved away from Brooklyn, leaving Kincheloe on her own to pursue more of a solo-focused project. The results, heard on her new album Gold, have a broader musical appeal, yet maintain the same powerful soul / rock feel to the songs. Continue reading →

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The inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Summit will give a state-of-the-scene symposium this weekend

October Revolution | photo by Ryan Collerd | courtesy of the artist | ryancollerd.com/

Jazz Philadelphia presents the inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Summit tomorrow and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. Spearheaded by jazz bassist Gerald Veasley, the event will bring together musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community. Registration is closed, however the meeting will be accepting limited walk ups. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wild” by Molly Burch

Molly Burch | photo courtesy of the artist

Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch has just released her sophomore album, First Flower on Captured Tracks.

A Los Angeles native, Burch released her debut album, Please Be Mine, in 2017 after studying jazz vocal performance Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The album was a collection of songs with their hooks in the sounds of 70s Laurel Canyon, nods to the Girl Groups of the 60s, various steos into the past yet sounding current. Burch’s new album continues to build on her debut. It’s the kind of record, says The Fader, that “sends you into another era.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Al Green

Al Green | photo by Erika Goldring | courtesy of the artist

Al Green has released his first new single in almost a decade, “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.” The song was originally recorded by country singer Duane Dee in 1968, and popularized by Freddy Fender in 1975.

Green recorded the song as part of Amazon’s Produced By series at Sam Phillips Studios Memphis with producer Matt Ross-Spang. The series also includes new songs by Margo Price, John Prine and William Bell. Continue reading →