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The Promise to Keep it Real: Lukas Nelson talks with the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist
Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Lukas Nelson was in Philadelphia this week for a show at Union Transfer.  Prior to taking the stage, he stopped by WXPN and joined the Dan & Dan Music Podcast.  Lukas talks openly about his evolution as a songwriter, growing up the son of Willie Nelson, and his work touring & recording with Neil Young.  He even sings us a short acapella verse from the first song he ever wrote. Hear it now.

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The Story of Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks with biographer Joe Hagan

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Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Jann Wenner is the cofounder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.  Joe Hagan is the author of the new biography STICKY FINGERS: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.  The book looks at the life of a pivotal player in the history rock and roll, but it has also caused a stir.  Despite authorizing it and generally positive reviews, Jann is on record calling the biography ‘deeply flawed’.  Dan and Dan welcome Joe to the podcast to talk about accepting the project, the actual process of writing the book and the reaction its received.

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From David Gray to The War on Drugs: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks artist development with A&R vet Steve Ralbovsky

David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN
David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

It’s part 2 of our conversation with Canvasback Music found Steve Ralbovsky, and this time in person! Steve took the trip to Philadelphia to continue the conversation about the role of a modern-day A&R person in the music industry. Steve gives some insightful advice for young bands and shares unique stories about some of the talented artists he has worked with over his career including Joe Henry and David Gray. Also, the Dan’s remember the late Gord Downie, frontman of the Tragically Hip, and pick new ‘Songs of the Week’. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Iron & Wine, Alvvays, & more!

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Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN, and tonight we get back in the studio to share some great recent finds.  The show starts at 8pm and on the menu we’ve got new albums from Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Gov’t Mule.  Also, the band Deer Tick are set to release TWO new albums, we’ll hear a new song from each of them.  The Philly music scene keeps cooking, we’ll play you new Waxahatchee, The Districts, and Son Little.  Plus, check out a few more new tunes we’ll spin this evening.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Radiohead, Waxahatchee & more!

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Radiohead-photo-Alex-Lake

Our New Music Show returns after the Memorial Day holiday, and we’ve got some catching up to do.  Of course, Dan Auerbach just released Waiting on A Song so we’ll dip into that album.  Plus, we represent Philly with new music from The Districts, Waxahatchee (read below), and a super cool collaboration between trumpeter Matt Cappy and rapper Chill Moody.  Also, another song from Offa Rex (The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney) with Colin Meloy on lead.  And we’ll give you a preview of another tune from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s new album.  Whew! We’ll hear all that and a lot more tonight starting at 8pm!

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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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