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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering the life and music of Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart

Grant Hart | via Hüsker Dü’s Facebook

“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.” -Bob Mould

Grant Hart — founding member, drummer and singer/songwriter for the influential alt-rock band Hüsker Dü — has died following a battle with kidney cancer at the age of 56. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Take a first look at actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, get details on St. Vincent’s new album

via IndieWire

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror – it’s a very affirming moment.” -Rami Malek on portraying Freddie Mercury

Entertainment Weekly has published the first photograph of actor Rami Malek as the late, great Freddie Mercury for his new film about the late Queen frontman. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Coldplay dedicates new song to hurricane victims, Bob Dylan concert film readies for October debut

Coldplay | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

“We wrote this new song, “Houston,” because we all grew up loving country music, and of course that’s kind of what we think of when we go to Texas. So if you’ll bear with us, this is a new song and we’ll never play this again.” -Chris Martin

After canceling a concert in Houston due to hurricane Harvey, Coldplay dedicated a new song to storm victims while performing in Miami. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan on her new album and fall tour

Joan Osbourne | Photo via Rollingstone.com

“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to talk about Dylan as an artist who’s on the same level as Pablo Picasso or William Shakespeare. He’s really an epic poet of America, and any singer can find such an incredible wealth and richness in his material, not just me.”- Joan Osborne re: Bob Dylan in Rolling Stone

Joan Osborne will be heading out on tour this fall, singing the songs of Bob Dylan as she releases a new album. Find out more & check out some of her covers. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Steve Miller Band to release career compilation set with all the hits and more

Steve Miller | via LiveNation

“I’ve been blessed to work with so many wonderful musicians over the years. Mostly I want to thank you our fans who come out to our shows and listen to our records. I hope you enjoy this as much I did putting this together for you.”- Steve Miller

Steve Miller Band recently performed a rockin’ throwback show with Peter Frampton at the Mann Center on June 27th, and now Miller has announced a giant, career compilation set due out this September. Continue reading →