Paul McCartney celebrates 76th birthday with two new songs and an album announcement

Paul McCartney | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Paul McCartney may have turned 76 earlier this week, but we’re the ones reaping the benefits from his birthday. McCartney has just announced that his first solo album after a five year break, Egypt Station, is due for release on September 7th. As if that wasn’t enough of a surprise, we also have two singles to check out, “I Don’t Know,” and “Come On To Me,” both of which have that quintessential McCartney sound that we’ve all been missing. You can stream both of them below. Continue reading →


Watch Bruce Springsteen play the reopening of Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |

Legendary Jersey bred rocker Bruce Springsteen helped with the christening of the reopened Asbury Lanes on June 18th. Asbury Lanes closed down in 2015 to make renovations, and has been a staple Jersey venue for over 50 years. According to an article from Asbury Press, he even gave a shout out to the Asbury Park of his youth. Continue reading →


Listen to our massive First Song, First Side, First Album #TBTXPN Spotify playlist

Throwback Thursday – #TBTXPN – is back every Thursday, all summer long. Our first week we celebrated the music of 1968. This past week we dug deep into our record collections and played the “lead-off” tracks – the first songs from the side ones of debut albums. We pulled together a list of the songs we played on XPN, plus more, in a Spotify playlist of 140 + songs – over 9 hours of music to listen to below. Continue reading →


When Podcasts Collide: Dan and Dan Venture Into Disgraceland!

Courtsey of Disgraceland Podcast

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! 

Disgraceland is a true crime podcast as it relates to music and musicians.  The Dan’s are joined by Jake Brennan, the host of this captivating podcast, who calls in to talk about how he developed the show and how each episode comes together.  Plus, Jake tips us on some upcoming ideas that he’s working on for Disgraceland!  Dan and Dan also pick new ‘Songs of the Week’ and introduce a brand new theme song for the podcast! Continue reading →


Spiritualized returns from a six-year hiatus with two new songs

Spiritualized | photo by Mathias Nielsen | via Wikimedia Commons

After a six-year hiatus, Spiritualized announced the release of a new album, And Nothing Hurt, out September. Jason Pierce reportedly did the recording by himself and it will likely be the project’s last record. The preview consists of two singles, “I’m Your Man” and “A Perfect Miracle.” If these songs are any indication, the album will prove to be a cinematic masterpiece of a finale. Spiritualized expands its breadth beyond the traditional vein of shoegaze and dream-pop; “A Perfect Miracle” begins simply enough, with just a strumming ukulele, before ultimately culminating in climactic drum rolls and orchestral accompaniment. “I’m Your Man” comes with a dreamy short film, cut with grainy footage of Pierce wandering landscapes in an astronaut suit that feels a tad reminiscent of Bowie. Watch below, and listen to both singles via Spotify. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis | Photo Credit: Jacalyn Meyvis | Courtesy of Rounder Records

Mikaela Davis came out of of the Rochester, New York music scene. A classically trained harpist and singer-songwriter, Davis studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, was raised on the Salzedo method of harp playing and studied under Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years. Davis releases her debut for Rounder Records, Delivery, on July 13th. Continue reading →


Listen to Interpol’s new single “The Rover” from their forthcoming sixth LP, Marauder

Interpol | photo by Jamie James Medina | courtesy of the artist

Today, Interpol announced the release of their latest album, titled Marauder, out August 24th on Matador Records. Recorded between December 2017 and April 2018, Interpol worked with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon) to create what they describe as their heaviest-hitting album to date. Let lead single “The Rover” demonstrate how loud the NYC rock stalwarts are getting on their upcoming release. Continue reading →


Celebrate Prince’s birthday with this beautiful gospel cover, newly uncovered from 1983

Prince’s Piano & A Microphone 1983 | via Brooklyn Vegan

Today would have been Prince‘s 60th birthday, and to mark the occasion, a new release from his storied archives has been announced. Piano & A Microphone: 1983 is nine solo songs performed by Prince and recorded at his studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The track list includes renditions of “Purple Rain” and “International Lover,” a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” and a cover of “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” a gospel song with roots dating back before the Civil War that is best known in its 1957 recording by The Swan Silvertones. Continue reading →


Warm up for the XPN 5K with this playlist from Team Rave On founder Debbie Blum

Team Rave On | photo courtesy of Debbie Blum

This fall, WXPN will hold our fifth annual 5K Run to raise awareness and funds for the Musicians On Call program.

Last year was a very special run in memory of XPN supporter Andy Katz, who passed away on October 14, 2016. His wife Debbie Blum, along with his sons Aaron (20) and Daniel (18), began Team Rave On with family and friends to celebrate Andy’s life. It was an amazing day for everyone, and after the run, Debbie’s mother, Gwen, became a MOC volunteer guide and is working at St. Christopher’s Hospital.

Team Rave On will be joining us again this October. I asked Debbie to put together a list of songs that celebrate Andy, an XPN member, lover of music and a believer in the healing power of music. Continue reading →