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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Creep City” by Jake Shears

Jake Shears | Photo by Raphael Chatelain

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, recently debuted his first solo song, “Creep City.”

Billboard reported that in an e-mail to his fans, Shears said: “The world is upside down right now. In the thick of it, I feel that we still need tunes that make us smile, that make us wanna sing and dance like fools,” and he described the new song as a “pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher | Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

Australian guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jen Cloher will perform at WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, November 3rd at World Cafe Live. Cloher — who is married to Courtney Barnett, and co-founder of Milk! Records with her — is an excellent songwriter/guitarist is her own right, as showcased on her recently released self-titled album. Continue reading →

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Watch First Aid Kit play “It’s A Shame” at Free At Noon

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

When you watch a band perform songs from a record that’s yet to be released, you sometimes get the sense that there’s still some sinking in and tinkering to do.

Conversely, First Aid Kit is already so deep in the pocket I imagine by the time the album that houses “It’s A Shame” is released in 2018, they’ll need longer pants. Their live harmonies are stirring, but not at all surprising; sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have already spent one decade crystallizing their intertwining vocals. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

Recorded in the months leading up to her passing following a bout with pancreatic cancer, R&B / soul singer Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings produced one final studio album before her death in November of 2016. Continue reading →

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Stream World Cafe’s Friday The 13th Playlist

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The second Friday the 13th of 2017 is upon us, so we’ve assembled a playlist of songs for the superstitious and non-superstitious alike.

If you have even a tinge of concern, we would urge you to avoid black cats, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas in doors, and definitely do not accept any invitations to cookouts, late-night bonfires or sleep over trips to Camp Crystal Lake.

With music by Stevie Wonder, Howlin’ Wolf, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, and Johnny Cash, we hope you enjoy our Friday the 13th Spotify playlist. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet | Photo by Michael Lavine

Greta Van Fleet are a four piece rock and roll band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, about an hour and a half North of Detroit. The band was formed in 2012 by brothers Josh (lead vocals), Sam (bass and keyboards) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, and includes Daniel Wagner on drums. They released their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, in April. Continue reading →