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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Back in ’74” by Endless Boogie

Endless Boogie | Photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of the artist and No Quarter Records

Taking their name from John Lee Hooker’s 1971 album of the same, New York’s Endless Boogie have been rocking it out since 1997, when a couple of employees at Matador Records decided to start a band. Continue reading →

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Listen to WXPN’s Moms That Rock! Spotify playlist

BjorkHappy Mother’s Day! As you spend today celebrating the moms in your life, we suggest you make it musical. Revisit our 2013 look at six amazing rock and roll moms, listen to the latest episode of the Dan & Dan Podcast featuring Virginia Hanlon Grohl (Dave’s mom), and dig into our 25-song Moms That Rock Spotify playlist below — an hour and 42 minutes of mothers in music, from Bjork and Beyonce to Sharon Van Etten and Patti Smith! Continue reading →

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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Watch Aimee Mann’s Tiny Desk Concert via NPR Music

Aimee Mann at the NPR Music Tiny Desk | via NPR Music

Heritage singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returned this year with her first album in five years, Mental Illness, and she recently stopped by NPR Music’s offices to showcase the new music for Bob Boilen and the team. “Clearly, there’s a deep honesty within these songs,” writes Boilen, who praises Mann for her long-running use of humor in songs to offset more melancholic themes. Below, watch her perform “Rollercoasters,” “You Never Loved Me,” “Goose Snow Cone” and “Patient Zero.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Wilco cover “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wilco, in case you haven’t heard, play terrific covers. Their latest is a rendition of the timeless Elvis Costello jam “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” recorded recently in New York for the Spotify Singles Series. (UPDATE: Okay, social media sticklers, this is technically a cover of a cover, as Nick Lowe wrote the song that Costello popularized. We apologize for the mis-characterization, but stand by our terming it a “jam” however. <3 – ed.) Along with it, the band also played a new version of “If I Ever Was a Child” from last year’s Schmilco. Listen to the EC cover below, stream both songs here and catch Wilco live this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and more info can be found at XPNFest.orgContinue reading →

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The National will release a new album called Sleep Well Beast in September, according to posters

The National | Photo by John Vettese

New York City art rock outfit The National released its last proper album, Trouble Will Find Me, in 2013 — but they’ve been busy. We saw them play an enthralling Made In America set in 2014, they collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on the jointly released A Lot Of Sorrow in 2015, and last year curated Day of the Dead, a sprawling Grateful Dead tribute that raised money for the Red Hot Foundation.

Now, it appears the band has released details on its seventh proper studio album and, in its very National-esque style, the announcement was anything but a straightforward one. Rather, it came via abstract videos posted online — one featuring an MSNBC-ish crawl — and, more recently, through wheatpaste posters. Continue reading →