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Watch Lauryn Hill and Andra Day honor Nina Simone at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 class induction ceremony

 

Andra Day and Lauryn Hill at the Rock Hall induction | photos by Theo Wargo | via liveforlivemusic.com

On April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony for the 2018 class, and among the honored were soul goddess Nina Simone and legendary guitarist and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Mary J. Blige had the honor of inducting Nina Simone into the Hall of elites, talks about the late singer’s songs in her speech saying, “songs about injustice, struggle, and black life resonate to this day.” Simone served as an activist during the Civil Rights Movement, using her voice as a tool to make a difference. Her work influenced many of today’s famous artists including Lauryn Hill who did a split tribute with Andra Day to honor Simone, who died of cancer in 2003. Continue reading →

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Janelle Monae drops an empowering fourth single from Dirty Computer

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Janelle Monae | still from video

Janelle Monae continues to bless us with material from her upcoming album Dirty Computer. Yesterday she dropped another amazing single called “I Like That,” a song following in the vein of the other Dirty Computer singles we’ve seen so far, in that these songs are more personal than her past work. This is a song about Janelle Monae Robinson, not her character Cindi Mayweather which has been the protagonist of the story told in her previous albums. In the song, Monae explores the multiplicity of man and the dynamics of her personality, accepting herself for who she is with lyrics like “I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs / And I like that.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Florence + The Machine’s new song about the power of performance

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Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

British modern rock band Florence + The Machine are back after two years with a new single and music video called “Sky Full of Song.” Directed by A.G. Rojas, the video is completely black and white, with the exception of a shot of a single blooming flower at the beginning and the end; it features different simplistic shots of frontwoman Florence Welch lying on the ground with one hand outstretched, kneeling on the ground in front of a pot, and various clips of liquids mixing together.

The song itself explores Welch’s personal cathartic and sometimes overwhelming experience of performing on stage, and the emotions that go along with those feelings and experiences. Continue reading →

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Listen to John Oates chat with Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show

                  John Oates | photo by Philip Murphy | courtesy of Wolfson Entertainment, Inc.

 

John Oates called into the XPN Morning show to chat with Kristen Kurtis about his memoir Change of Seasons, his new solo album Arkansas, the new Hall & Oates song “Philly Forget Me Not” with Train, and the 2018 HoagieNation Festival. Listen to the interview below.

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A Musical Marriage: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric join the Dan and Dan Music Podcast

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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!

Dan and Dan debate stepping away from the music industry and entering the world of marriage counseling.  Don’t worry, that notion doesn’t last too long.  However, the Dan’s do welcome a husband and wife musical couple to the show.  Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric call in to talk about their own respective careers and what it’s like to be married to a fellow musician.  Plus, the guys give their thoughts about the departure of Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac during our ‘Two Minute’ Drill.

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Bob Dylan, St. Vincent and more cover classic love songs for new EP of same-sex wedding songs

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Bob Dylan appears alongside Kesha, St. Vincent and more in a new compilation EP called Universal Love. The EP features covers of classic love songs with pronouns switched pronouns from the original, so that they can serve as wedding songs for same-sex couples. Some of the songs featured on the album are “My Guy”, a Temptations cover performed by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, and “And I Love Him”, a Beatles cover performed by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Continue reading →

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What Makes the Grateful Dead So GREAT Anyway? Dan and Dan debate on a NEW Podcast!

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

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!

What the heck makes the Grateful Dead so great anyway?

The songs?

The jams?

The culture?

Dan and Dan debate with longtime Deadhead and music industry veteran Jack Barton.  Jack enlightens us on his experience with the Grateful Dead, the community it inspired and the bands musical legacy.  Plus, hear new ‘Songs of the Week’ from Starcrawler and Tracey Thorn.

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