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XPN MusicNotes: James Murphy explains how David Bowie challenged him to reform LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I talked to David Bowie. I thought I couldn’t talk to him, but he was so gracious and so friendly. I had an email friendship with David Bowie, which is one of the weirder, more amazing things.”- James Murphy-LCD Soundsystem

After a seven-year hiatus LCD Soundsystem is making music and touring again. But that might not have happened if it hadn’t been for David Bowie’s advice to James Murphy to get “uncomfortable.”  Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Pamela” by Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of the newer bands we’re excited to see at the XPOnential Music Festival on Sunday, July 30, is the Austin band Sweet Spirit. An XPN Artist To Watch this past May, the band played an exuberant, fun Free At Noon in April, and lead singer Sabrina Ellis, a rock star in the making, will likely win over more fans at the forthcoming performance. Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a new band in Bermuda Triangle

Alabama Shakes | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Anyone who attended last year’s XPN Fest knows quite well how amazingly talented Brittany Howard is. As the vocalist for the Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, she packs a vocal punch rivaled by no one. So the news that found its way through the interwebs this week was sure to excite: Howard has a new band and they’re debuting live in Nashville next week. Continue reading →

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Radiohead relaunches radiohead.tv with Coachella performance

Radiohead performing at Coachella | Image from video

Radiohead.tv is back in business, people. The iconic band recently resurrected the site so all Radiohead fans in the land shall have easy access to full set, live performances.

First up in the series re-installment is the band’s recent weekend two gig at Coachella. Sans first-week technical issues, Radiohead’s second performance spans a hefty two hours. Featuring an assortment of classics and fresher tracks, the setlist is bonkers. Continue reading →

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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Watch Chance The Rapper cover Stevie Wonder at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Chance The Rapper at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk | photo by Claire Harbage for NPR

Imagine how good a Chance The Rapper Tiny Desk performance would be. Now multiply that goodness by at least ten, and that’ll give you the performance’s true value. Chance stopped by the NPR Music offices last month and took the acoustic session series to places it hadn’t seen before. His quick set, out on NPR Music’s site Wednesday, consisted of one tune from his world-dominating 2016 release Coloring Book, one poem he wrote on his way to the office that day and one Stevie Wonder cover. Continue reading →

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Declare Independence: AMERICAN PUNK 3 on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Downtown Boys | Photo by Miguel Rosario, courtesy of the artist

Lace up those kickers and get ready to get rowdy as the Indie Rock Hit Parade presents AMERICAN PUNK 3: A July 4th (adjacent) special! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after this month’s Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, of course) for a full two-hour salute to American Punks of all generations. We’ll hear new releases from Austin’s A Giant Dog, Providence’s Downtown Boys and Philly’s own Sheer Mag, alongside classic cuts from Descendents, the Misfits and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the new cuts below…

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Watch Haim boogie down a street in new “Want You Back” video

HAIM | still from video

Haim’s infectious summer groove “Want You Back” now has a video to match. In the video, we follow Danielle, Alana, and Este strut down an LA street and…well that’s about it, really. But with each member’s confident, silly personalities shining through each super fierce step, the simple concept becomes an incredibly fun and highly entertaining endeavor.

Beginning with sparse air motions of vitally important backing sounds (i.e. Baby Haim’s fabulous move at 0:51 – or Danielle’s utterly amazing drum solos) the video later builds up to a grand finale of an impeccably choreographed routine. Continue reading →

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Dave Rosser, Guitarist for The Afghan Whigs, Dies at 50

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

After a long battle with inoperable colon cancer, guitarist Dave Rosser of the Afghan Whigs passed away last night at age 50.

Following a 16-year hiatus, the Afghan Whigs reformed in 2014 and released their album Do to the Beast with the new addition of Rosser in the lineup, who stayed with the group through the release of this year’s In Spades and had planned to join them for a few dates on the road during the album’s supporting tour, health permitting. The group is set to bring the tour to Union Transfer in September. Late October, the Whigs announced that Rosser was battling cancer and played two benefit shows in December to help lessen the guitarist’s medical bills. Continue reading →