XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Spoon’s new song, check out Radiohead’s U.S. tour dates, read about Johnny Rotten’s book

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Spoon has finally confirmed — after much teasing and several false announcements — that their next album will be called Hot Thoughts and will be out March 17. The album will feature 10 songs, including the ones Spoon debuted during a recent show at Antone’s in Austin. The title track out today; you can listen to it below.  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen | still from A Black & White Night

30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd will headline Bonnaroo 2017


U2 | via

Rumors have been circling that U2 will be one of the headliners for Bonnaroo 2017.  Well, they were true, and now the entire lineup for annual massive music festival in Manchester, Tennessee has been revealed.

U2 will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd as headliners for the 16th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Hear an unreleased Elliott Smith song, see Bon Iver’s tour cancellation note

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It’s hard to believe Elliott Smith left this world in 2003, but his music still graces us all. Smith’s old record label (Kill Rock Stars) is marking the 20th anniversary of his album Either/Or by reissuing it with previously unheard bonus material. Either/Or: Expanded Edition will features a bunch of rarities and live tracks. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Paul McCartney join The Killers on New Year’s Eve

Paul McCartney and The Killers on New Year’s Eve | via Yahoo News

Not all of the musical performances on New Year’s eve devolved into disaster; Sleater-Kinney paid tribute to David Bowie & George Michael at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, while Paul McCartney teamed up with The Killers in St. Barts for a rendition of “Helter Skelter.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s performance here, and check out McCartney and The Killers’ performances below.

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XPN MusicNotes: The Black Keys now on Spotify, plus 8 songs Bruce Springsteen would take to a Desert Island


The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney officially Tweeted the news today that The Black Keys discography has finally made its way onto Spotify.

As recently as 2014 The Black Keys made it very clear how they felt about the streaming service. Continue reading →