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XPN MusicNotes: Neil Young to release long lost 1976 album “Hitchhiker” on 7/14

Neil Young’s Hitchhiker

“I spent the night there and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker. It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke.” -Neil Young from 2014 memoir Special Deluxe

Big news Neil Young fans: his forgotten album Hitchhiker, originally recorded in 1976, is coming out this summer. Continue reading →

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Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman dies at 69, a backstage view at his last concert.

Gregg Allman passed away at the age of 69 | Courtesy of the artist

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.’

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Wear Black: The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with new Mountain Goats, Land of Talk and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!

the Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange, courtesy of the artist

After a NonComm-induced break (which, don’t get me wrong, was a ton o’ fun), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after the May edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for a full two-hour show that will definitely feature me breaking a sweat trying to catch you all up on the new music that has come out since we last hung out. Two Album Spotlights will guide the way in the midnight hour: First, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated new release from Canadian singer Elizabeth Powell aka Land of Talk. Then, don your best hardcore shirt as we listen to selections from the newest Mountain Goats album. Add in a bunch of new singles and you’ve got a show that is a real jump-start to your long weekend. Check out some of the new tracks below…

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How To Boil An Egg” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Last week, Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist and favorite rockers Courtney Barnett released “How To Boil An Egg,” a newly recorded song she recorded for Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club. Continue reading →

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Grunge icon Chris Cornell of Soundgarden dies at 52

Soundgarden | photo by Joe del Tufo

Singer-guitarist and songwriter Chris Cornell, leader of iconic grunge band Soundgarden — as well as a member of the Seattle supergroup Temple of the Dog and the aughties project Audioslave — passed away last night at his home in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 perform “Red Hill Mining Town” in concert for the first time ever

U2 | photo by Mat Hayward via Rolling Stone

“I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing.” – Bono

Music history was made Sunday night in Vancouver, Canada when U2 opened their tour celebrating The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. The band performed their classic tune “Red Hill Mining Town” live in concert for the first time ever, and you can watch video below. Continue reading →

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Holy smokes, it’s a new Courtney Barnett song! Listen to “How To Boil an Egg”

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

We’re not exactly sure where Melbourne rock and roll sensation Courtney Barnett is at with her followup to 2015’s outstanding Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, but tonight we are positively pumped to bring you “How To Boil An Egg,” a newly recorded track she recorded for Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club. 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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