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New Music Show Preview w/ The Black Angels, Rodney Crowell & more!

XPN’s New Music Show airs every Monday night at 8pm. 

We’ve been in fundraising mode here at WXPN but tonight we’ll take a break from the pledge phones and focus entirely on new music.  A big thank you to all our members who support what we do and thanks (in advance) for hanging out tonight.  With new albums from Ryan Adams and Old 97’s on the way, we’ll make it a point showcase both of those artists.  Longtime favorites Wesley Stace and Jeb Loy Nichols have new tunes for us to check out, and we will.  Plus, in advance of tonight’s show, here are a few highlights you can listen to now …    Continue reading →

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Future Islands, The Sadies (feat. Kurt Vile) & more on XPN’s New Music Show Tonight!

Two hours of new music (without Super Bowl commercial interruption) commences at 8pm tonight on XPN. We’re excited to dip into “Mike’s Mailbag” and pull out some listener submissions.  Plus we’ll hear what Father John Misty has been up to, musically speaking.  One of the best rock albums of the year so far just came out.  It’s from the duo Japandroids and you’ll want to crank your stereo up for that one.  Also new tunes from our Free at Noon guest Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, the Bay Area’s Sjowgren, and much more … Continue reading →

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XPN’s New Music Show Preview w/ The New Pornographers, Matthew Logan Vasquez & more!

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The New Pornographers | photo by Jenny Jimenez | courtesy of the artist

Hey it’s Monday and that means new music discovery on XPN! Tonight at 8pm, gather ‘round the radio as we’ve got a few interesting collaborations to play, including a new song from Thundercat featuring both Michael McDonald AND Kenny Loggins.  Yup … you read that correctly.  In fact, it’s our “Gotta Hear” Song of the Week!  Also, Ray Davies of the Kinks teams up with The Jayhawks for his first new album in almost a decade.  The cool kids are talking about the new tune from Real Estate, we’ve got that to spin.  Plus some other highlights like …

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Lend us your ears, and we’ll play some New Music Tonight! Including Conor Oberst, Middle Kids and more!

 

Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artistConor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist

What should we play first?  New Spoon? Arcade Fire? Ryan Adams?  The good news is we have new music from all of those folks … and more.  Ryan unveiled yet another new song from his forthcoming Prisoner album and as you might surmise – it’s great.  Arcade Fire surprised us not only with a brand new song, but a one of a kind collaboration.  The indie-rock superstars welcome a legendary voice, Mavis Staples, to their new offering. And we’ll definitely spin “Hot Thoughts”, the undeniable new tune from Spoon.  Join us at 8pm tonight as we’ve got plenty more to fill up our two hours tonight, including … Continue reading →

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What’s Spinning on our New Music Show Tonight? Elbow, Bell X1 and more!

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There is no shortage of new music right now, and that’s a great thing! It really has been an amazing start to 2017 as we heard last week on our New Music Show and tonight is no different.  Tune in at 8pm as we’ll hear the return of Philadelphia’s own Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  Also, do you remember the band American Music Club? Well, frontman/founder Mark Eitzel has a new solo album that should not be overlooked … we’ll take a listen.  And it’s been 22 years since we last heard a new song from the band Slowdive.  We’ll play that, and guess who else is back???

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A Look (and Listen) to Tonight’s New Music Show with The Shins, Sinkane, & more!

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We’ve got a challenge for you tonight.  Are you up for it? It starts at 8pm.  We’ve got two hours of brand new music that you NEED to hear!  Seriously, nestle up to your radio and listen as we play music from all corners of the world.  It may … just may … change your life.  Americana darling Valerie June lends us another song from her forthcoming album.  We’ll meet one of Melbourne’s most hyped songwriters who performs under the musical alias The Outdoor Type.  Plus, new Latin soul from LA’s Chicano Batman and the Old 97s recruit Brandi Carlile to play the voice of God on their new single “Good with God”.  Your ears will thank you for listening, and so will we. Our New Music Show with Mike Vasilikos begins at 8pm on XPN.  Oh! And we almost forgot …

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Mike Vasilikos’ top musical discoveries of 2016

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, XPN assistant program director and New Music Show host Mike Vasilikos recaps some of the best new music he heard in 2016.

I’ll be honest … a big part of me wants to just kick 2016 to the curb. For all the great music we enjoyed, the year will most likely be remembered for the losses of Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones … and sadly, I can go on. So as I reflected on the past 12 months, I really tried to focus on the music that energized me. And that led me to what was really a list of my favorite discoveries of 2016. I hate trying to rank these sorts of things, so in no particular order here are my Top 5 Musical Discoveries of 2016 (plus some honorable mentions). Continue reading →

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XPN’s New Music Show is Back Tonight! Tune in for Ryan Adams, Tift Merritt & more!

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One of the only downsides to the XPN A to Z was that we weren’t able to showcase much new music. Since the last time we convened on Monday Nights there have been a number of new offerings from some of our favorite artists.  Philly’s own Strand of Oaks debuted the first song from their upcoming album Hard Love.  Keane frontman Tom Chaplin is about to release his very first solo album and made a new song available.  And to our surprise Son Volt announced a brand new album along with the tune “Back Against the Wall” ( …and it is classic Son Volt!).  And that’s not all.  We’ll hear from each of the aforementioned on our New Music Show tonight at 8pm, plus …

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New Music Show Preview w/ Laura Marling, CRX and more!

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Monday nights mean new music discovery on XPN!  After a long weekend we have some more things to be thankful for and they come in the form of new music.  One of our favorite singer-songwriters preps a new album and we’ll have first listen.  Also on the player tonight, from the vaults, we’ll play a previously unreleased song from Prince and dig into the side-project from one of the members of The Strokes.

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New Music Show Preview with Sampha, Milky Chance and more!

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Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist

The big new music story over the last few days is the return of A Tribe Called Quest and you can rest assured that we’ll have a listen to their new album tonight on our show. We’ll also hear from the new Sting full-length and find out what you think.  Plus, our “Gotta Hear Song of the Week” is a truly just that – a must hear! Chuck Prophet reflects on musicians that we’ve lost in 2016 and with the passing of both Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell the last few days the song has only become more timely.  We’ve got all the above, plus here are a few more items we’ve got lined up tonight on our New Music Show starting at 8pm …

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