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Listen to Joseph Arthur’s long lost song “Pictures of a Life,” get news on his Redemption’s Son reissue

Joseph Arthur | photo courtesy of the artist
Joseph Arthur | photo by Josephine Bono | courtesy of the artist

Akron, Ohio native Joseph Arthur is one of our favorite artists around here at XPN, going back 15 years to his breakout record Redemption’s Son, and even before that.

Next month, the veteran singer-songwriter will release a new anniversary edition of Redemption’s Son, complete with nine songs that have never been heard before. We’re excited to bring you one of those today — the simmering “Pictures of a Life,” a tune built beautifully about tremolo guitar tones and Laurel Canyon style harmonies, with a beautiful cello part rolling underneath. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Don Bryant, Alex Ebert & more!

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Not to quote Dawes, but we’ve got “a little bit of everything” on our New Music Show tonight.  Join us at 8pm tonight as we make sense of what has been a busy few weeks of new releases.  Among the highlights, Philadelphia DIY rockers Sheer Mag offer a preview of their upcoming album.  The National announced Sleep Well Beast, coming in September, and we’ve got an early tune to share.  Plus, more new songs from the upcoming Fleet Foxes album, Big Thief and the new project featuring The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney called Offa Rex (playing #XPNFest this July!).  All the above and few more for you to listen to tonight, including …

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New Music Show Preview w/ Steve Earle, Songhoy Blues & more!

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A new month means a lot of new music, and that’s what we’ve got for you tonight on XPN.  Join us starting at 8pm as we have both a father and son with new tunes.  XPN favorites North Mississippi All-Stars return with an uplifting new record.  Another edition of “Mike’s Mailbag” hears from a Dublin-based folk-pop group and, a little closer to home, an ethereal trio New York.  Needless to say, there’s a lot to spin so don’t miss a beat of the new tunes.

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On Tonight’s New Music Show: Mark Lanegan Band, Shout Out Louds & more!

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We’re fresh off a Record Store Day Weekend, and that means we’ve got some exclusive tunes to spin on our New Music Show tonight.  In the mix we’ll feature a new song from Philly’s own The War on Drugs, that doubles as our “Gotta Hear Song of the Week”.  And Jason Isbell contributed a live EP to the weekend festivities, we’ll play you something from that too.  Also, tonight we’ll hear more from Australian sensation Tash Sultana and another track from the forthcoming Afghan Whigs album.  Make sure your radio is set to WXPN at 8PM, we’ve got all that and more.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Gov’t Mule & more!

 

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For two hours, allow us to invite you to stop streaming Coachella performances and press pause on the new Kendrick album.  Believe it or not, there is more music out there to digest and we’re confident you’ll like what we’ve got to offer.  From an epic new piece of music from Kamasi Washington to yet another Mavis Staples-Arcade Fire collaboration, we’ve got some ground to cover tonight.  Our New Music Show starts at 8pm, our line-up also includes some familiar favorites.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Feist, Big Thief and more!

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN.  Starting at 8pm, we’ll hear two full hours of brand new tunes.  In the mix, we play a garage rock gem from the band Black Lips.  As a precursor to our Free at Noon concert, we’ll play music from our guest Sweet Spirit.  Plus, two songwriters that are always reliable and engaging, both Ron Sexsmith and Jeb Loy Nichols share new music.  We’ve hear all of those folks tonight, plus a few more …

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New Music Show Preview w/ Ani DiFranco, Slowdive & more!

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It’s almost that time of year where you can crank up your radio AND roll down your windows.  In fact, tonight would be a good night to give it a try because we’ve got some exciting new albums to play for you.  Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach sounds rather cheery on his new one “Shine On Me”.  We’ll spin it for you.  Also on the menu, a preview of the new Father John Misty album that comes out later this week.  We’ll hear from Rave-Ups frontman Jimmer Podrasky who has a new solo album, the return of the Canadian super-group Broken Social Scene, and a few more …

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New Music Show Preview w/ Gorillaz, Coco Hames & more!

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We’re cooking up another two hours of brand new music tonight.  Tune in starting at 8pm.  As bands get ready to hit the highway for summer tours, they’re also getting their new music out there.  Included in the mix tonight, a must-hear new tune from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.  Blondie is back, sounding true to form.  As always, we’ll introduce some new acts like the mysterious 8-piece band from Maine called Superorganism, a talented wordsmith from Oklahoma, John Moreland and garage rock sounds of Black Lips return as well.

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New Music Show Preview with Benjamin Booker, Tuxedo & more!

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Some folks are predicting snow totals right now, while others are filling out March Madness brackets.  We here at XPN aren’t as much in the “predictions” business as we are in the “guarantees” business.  And one sure bet every Monday night is that we’ve got the newest music cued up for you.  New Orleans superstar Trombone Shorty has something new for us to spin.  We’ve got a true blues connection as Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ team up for an album, we’ll hear what that sounds like.  Plus, Sharon Van Etten covers Skeeter Davis, Sylvan Esso allow us to sample more from their forthcoming album, and the Afghan Whigs deliver a new “Gotta Hear” tune.  Our New Music Show starts at 8pm on XPN, and for more of a preview …

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Tonight’s New Music Show Preview: Coldplay is not retiring (yet), Austin’s most “Powerful” new band & more!

Pokey La Farge | photo by Nate Burrell | courtesy of the artist
Pokey La Farge | photo by Nate Burrell | courtesy of the artist

It’s hard to keep up with all the new music that’s coming out these days.  We get it.  That’s what we’re here for!  You may not know that Sheryl Crow recently recruited Gary Clark Jr. to play on her new album.  Or that Alt-J dropped a new song just this morning.  It’s OK! Just set your radio for 8pm tonight and settle in for our New Music Show.  By the time you get to work Tuesday morning, you’ll be the new music guru of your office! Here’s your cheat sheet for tonight’s show …

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