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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Typical” by Nightmares on Wax featuring Jordan Rakei

Nightmares on Wax | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

At a recent Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, Nightmares On Wax created a living room onstage with couches and chairs where the band lounged, performing songs from their new album, Shape The Future. George Evelyn, the man behind NOW, has been making records, producing, DJ’ing and keeping hip-hop music moving forward since the debut Nightmares On Wax album in 1991. Continue reading →

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WXPN at SXSW: Highlights from the 2018 festival

Lo Moon | SXSW Public Radio Day Stage | Photo by Gus Philippas | Courtsey of WFUV

SXSW, the annual music festival in Austin, Texas wrapped up Sunday. Philly was repped with performances throughout the week by Queen Of Jeans, Hop Along, Ron Gallo, and others, as well as WXPN’s presence at several events. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Suzanne” by Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle | Photo by Harvey Hale | courtesy of the artist

Bermuda Triangle is an Americana trio including Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, and singer-songwriters Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. Since their debut at the Basement East in Nashville last July, the trio have been slowly releasing music, including “Rosie” featuring Lafser on lead vocals, and “Suzanne” featuring Howard on lead vocals. Continue reading →

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Todd Rundgren is hitting the road to Utopia this spring

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia | Courtesy of Live Nation

Todd Rundgren is going on tour this spring with Utopia, his progressive rock band formed in 1973. They are playing two shows in the area; Saturday, May 5th at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, and they open the tour at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, on Wednesday, April 18th. The reunion features Rundgren, original members Kasim Sulton (bass) and drummer Willie Wilcox of Utopia and keyboardist Ralph Schuckett of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dissolve” by Absofacto

Absofacto | photo courtesy of the artist
Absofacto | photo courtesy of the artist

In 2012, Paste Magazine wrote about 12 Michigan Acts You Should Listen To Now, and sitting in the number three position was Jonathan Visger, a singer, songwriter, and producer who was part of the Michigan music scene been since 2003. His band, Mason Proper released several albums, and 2011 saw the debut of Absofacto, with the album, Sinking Island, a collection of singles he had been releasing. Continue reading →