Consider this your reminder – Sharon Van Etten‘s new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, is out… tomorrow! Ahead of the release, she had the opportunity to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, performing the albums third single, “Seventeen”. Afterward, die-hard fans quickly discovered a bonus performance video on the web of “You Shadow”, a previously unreleased song with a laid back beat, gritty guitars, and a church organ driving throughout. Continue reading →
Today, NPR Music has released a list of 20 Slingshot Artists To Watch for 2019 – including Philly singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Orion Sun. WXPN’s John Vettese speaks to why she deserves a spot on the list: Continue reading →
Have you been looking for a curated Spotify playlist of 200 hours of eighties tunes in alphabetical order? Then consider your search over! As we did with the first A-Z, where we played every song in our massive music library, and last year’s all 70s A-Z, this year we dug through our library once again to bring you the hits, the misses, the deep tracks, and the one hit wonders of the eighties! From November 28 to December 9, 2018, the 80s #XPNAtoZ listeners were presented with over 3,000 songs that were released over the decade – and boy did it stir up a conversation. Continue reading →
The project of Southampton, Bucks County singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander, Mondo Cozmo has reappeared in the limelight this month with a summer tour supporting Vance Joy and the announcement of a new EP, called Your Motherf**ker, out now on Republic Records.
Just a week ago, fans were excited to catch their first glimpse at the official tracklist of Dave Matthews Band‘s new LP, Come Tomorrow. But today, they’ve received some ear and eye candy in the release of its first single, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” – in both streaming and video formats.
The song starts off with a lighthearted guitar riff, paired with Matthews solo voice – but quickly escalates to an anthemic rock tune with the crash and technical drum fills we’ve come to expect from his longtime drummer, Carter Beauford. The video takes it to a whole nother level, bringing the Come Tomorrow album cover to life. You’ll find yourself levitated through a world of flying cities, suspended from balloons of hot air – a la Of Monsters And Men, just without the horned beasts and fire yielding, feather faced ladies! Continue reading →
Over the last two months, excitement for The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, has been building as they’ve released three singles and performed a handful of new songs in Paris during a live-streamed Pitchfork concert. Now, WXPN’s World Cafe and NPR Music have just announced a LIVE First Listen performance, happening three days before the album drops, from right here in Philly on September 5th!Continue reading →
WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo. That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you while listening! Continue reading →
If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.
The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call Me” – a peaceful song, with only a lightly strummed guitar complimenting her quiet voice. Sitting on a stool under a single spotlight, you could hear a pin drop in the room — perhaps leading many to expect a laid-back show on this rainy Friday afternoon — but Imelda soon showed she had much more up her sleeve.Continue reading →
A sad day for Southern rock and roll. Yesterday the news broke that one of the genre’s most influential artists, Gregg Allman, has passed away. NPR reported, “Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had suffered a recurrence of liver cancer five years ago, and died from complications of the disease.”
Allman passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Georgia. An official statement on the southern rocker’s website included:
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.
“Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, ‘I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.’