XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Inlaws And Outlaws” by Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan

After moving from Washington DC where he was a part of the East Coast folk rock scene to San Francisco in the mid-Sixties, singer-songwriter Terry Dolan was signed by Warner Brothers records. In September 1972, Dolan completed his self-titled debut album. For it, he recruited an incredible cast of musicians to play on the album including Rolling Stones touring pianist Nicky Hopkins, The Pointer Sisters, plus members of Journey, Steve Miller Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “No One Has The Answers” by Holly Macve

image from artist page on Bella Union web site
Holly Macve | photo via

Born in Galway, 21 year-old roots singer-songwriter Holly Macve was discovered singing in a basement bar in Brighton by Bella Union Records co-founder Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins). Informed by country and folk records she grew up listening to with her family, MacVe’s songwriting and vocals sound wise beyond her years. Continue reading →


The XPN top 100 songs of 2016

Leonard Cohen | photo courtesy of the artist
Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” is the song of the yar | photo courtesy of the artist

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things that made 2016 incredible.

Here are the top 100 songs of 2016 as voted on by the XPN community. To quote Chuck Prophet, it was a bad year for rock and roll, losing so many incredible musicians. David Bowie’s passing set the tone for the year as we headed into last January, the passing of Prince shook us to our core, and the passing of Leonard Cohen put an even darker stain on the year. We still have the music though, with the Thin White Duke and the Montreal poet extraordinaire each placing songs in the top 10. Cohen took the number one song of the year with “You Want It Darker.” Here’s to 2017 with many rays of hope.

Listen to our Spotify playlist of all 100 songs below from #1 (Cohen) to #100, “Solving Problems” by Brent Cobb.

You can see the entire list here.


RIP “Bubba” John Stevens, longtime Philly radio DJ

“Bubba” John Stevens (right) with Eric Bazilian (left) and Rob Hyman (middle) of The Hooters | via Facebook.

Growing up in Philly and listening to the radio, chances are you, like myself, were a fan of the comforting voice of “Bubba” John Stevens, who for many years held down a weekday spot on WMMR, then at WMGK. For 45 years, Stevens was a radio friend to many, so it’s with great sadness that we pass along the news that he passed away on Wednesday. Stevens, whose real name was John Laboranti, retired from WMGK in 2013. Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s favorite music of 2016

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance the Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, XPN’s assistant general manager for programming, Bruce Warren, shares a playlist of his favorite music from 2016.

So much music, so little time to listen to it all. What were the best albums and songs of 2016? By any critical standards, the notion of the “best” of something is both subjective and personal. Rather that declaring albums as the “best” or “worst,” I offer up this playlist to you: of a collection of personal favorites of 2016. Continue reading →