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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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New Music Show Preview with Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Bash & Pop and more!

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After a week off for Halloween we’re back tonight and our trick or treat bags are filled up with new music! Neil Young has been feverishly working on a new album and we’ve got the title track to Peace Trail to play for you.  Also, we’ll take a listen to Conor Oberst’s stripped down new album Ruminations and hear another new song from the always entertaining Foxygen.  Plus, check out a few more things we’re excited to share this evening …

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New Music Show Preview with Jim James, Foxygen & more!

Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com
Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com

 

It’s time for our weekly get together to revel in all the great new music that’s coming out. Tonight, we’ve got some full-lengths to give a spin to from Kings of Leon and Norah Jones.  We’ll play a blistering new track from Cloud Nothings and XPN favorites Mayer Hawthorne and Hippo Campus return with new tunes too. Here’s what else we’ll be jamming on tonight …

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New Music Show Preview with Solange, Darlingside & more!

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Darlingside | Photo by Robb Stey | courtesy of the artist | robbstey.com

With the Fall Fund Drive behind us (and a BIG thank you to all our new members!) we turn our attention to all the NEW music that’s come in over the last week. Included in the stacks is a new song from David Gray, something new from Dirty Projectors AND a former member of the Dirty Projectors.  Plus, we’ll hear what Nada Surf sounds like backed by an orchestra and dig into the new Phish record too.  Here are a few more things we’ve got planned for you tonight at 8 o’clock on XPN …

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New Music Show Preview w/ The Pixies, Temples and more!

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Tonight, we get a chance to unwrap some highly anticipated new releases. 22, A Million is an ambitious new album from Bon Iver. He’s got his fans and his detractors. We’ll see if we can find some middle ground tonight. Also, for the first time in a long time, Bob Weir has a new solo album. We’ll hear what is sounds like when a member of the Grateful Dead teams up with members of The National and Josh Ritter. Plus, a classic alternative band has a new offering, a much-hyped young British band return with their sophomore effort and we have a new First Impression artist as well …

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