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Paul McCartney has released a ultra-poppy new song called “Fuh You”

Paul McCartney | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Sir Paul McCartney releases his 17th solo studio album, Egypt Station, on September 7th via Captiol Records. Today, he released his latest single from the project, a sparkling, ultra poppy song produced by Ryan Tedder (the singer of OneRepublic who has produced singles for Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Maroon 5, U2, and many more). The name of the song? “Fuh You.” Continue reading →

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The Kinks announce 50th anniversary Village Green reissue, share unreleased song “Time Song”

The Kinks’ Villiage Green reissue

The Kinks recently announced the 50th anniversary reissue of their final album as the original quartet, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, from 1968. In addition to the album’s 14 tracks, the band will include preciously unreleased track “Time Song” on the reissue. While never officially released, the band performed the track live in 1973 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973, celebrating Britain’s entry into the Common Market. Continue reading →

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Vampire Weekend makes an atypical entrance, announces new album at Lollapalooza

Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza | photo by Timothy Hiatt | via Billboard

When Vampire Weekend took the Lallapalooza stage in Chicago last weekend, the crowd went wild for their opener “A Punk,” their first big hit from the start of their career.

And then they went wild again when the band played it a second time.

And then they figured something was up… Continue reading →

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s full Newport Folk Fest set via NPR Music

Brandi Carlile at Newport Folk Fest | photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

While we gathered on the banks of the Delaware just two weekends ago for the 25th XPoNential Music Festival, countless other music festivals took place at the same time. From Mo Pop in Detroit to Panorama in NYC, and the regarded Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, the last weekend in July is historically a great weekend for outdoor live music. It was up in Newport where XPN-fave Brandi Carlile delivered a stunning set on Sunday afternoon, and thanks to NPR Music we can now listen back to the set. Continue reading →

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Listen to “cradle,” the new track from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker

Adrianne Lenker
Adrianne Lenker | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Adrianne Lenker, the vocalist and songwriter for indie trio Big Thief, has announced a new solo album, abyskiss and released the first single, “cradle.”

Capturing Lenker’s rich songwriting in a haunting and intimate folk arrangement, “cradle” is a chilling track that recalls the minimalist dirges of Sun Kil Moon. Talking of the album’s creation, Leneker says she “felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way.” The album, then, is her “document” of the songs she’s written for herself while touring and recording with Big Thief over the last few years. Continue reading →

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Two Hours of Phish: Warm up for this week’s BB&T gigs with Brian Seltzer’s annual all-Phish radio special

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Phish | photo by Doug Interrante

Perennial jam-rockers Phish are in town this week for a two-night stand at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. It’s their first Philadelphia stop in a couple years, fans are flocking to the waterfront to catch them, and the perfect warm-up soundtrack is Brian Seltzer’s all-Phish radio special, which aired last night on WXPN. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “People Get Old” by Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna | photo by Becky Fluke | courtesy of the artist

Considering she’s spent her life in Stoughton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, for singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, Nashville has been very very good to her. As a songwriter, McKenna’s songwriting has become country music gold for musicians like Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Reba McIntire, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, and others. On her own solo work, as a songwriter through the eleven albums she’s released since 2000, McKenna’s common exploration of themes of family, inner personal turmoil, and the emotional ties and relationships we have between each other, have continued to shine with each new release. On her new album, The Tree McKenna remains a powerful and prolific storyteller about the human condition. Continue reading →

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Jen Cloher releases acoustic EP Live At The Loft and Loew’s

Jen Cloher | photo by Marcelle Bradbeer | courtesy of the artist

Last seen at Johnny Brenda’s this past January and Free at Noon last November, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Jen Cloher has just shared news of her latest endeavor. After releasing a self-titled LP last year, Cloher has taken some of her recent time on the road touring throughout the US to reinterpret a few of her songs, both old and new, into live solo recordings for a new EP, which was released on Friday. Continue reading →