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Listen to “cradle,” the new track from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker

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Adrianne Lenker | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Adrianne Lenker, the vocalist and songwriter for indie trio Big Thief, has announced a new solo album, abyskiss and released the first single, “cradle.”

Capturing Lenker’s rich songwriting in a haunting and intimate folk arrangement, “cradle” is a chilling track that recalls the minimalist dirges of Sun Kil Moon. Talking of the album’s creation, Leneker says she “felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way.” The album, then, is her “document” of the songs she’s written for herself while touring and recording with Big Thief over the last few years. Continue reading →

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Two Hours of Phish: Warm up for this week’s BB&T gigs with Brian Seltzer’s annual all-Phish radio special

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Phish | photo by Doug Interrante

Perennial jam-rockers Phish are in town this week for a two-night stand at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. It’s their first Philadelphia stop in a couple years, fans are flocking to the waterfront to catch them, and the perfect warm-up soundtrack is Brian Seltzer’s all-Phish radio special, which aired last night on WXPN. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “People Get Old” by Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna | photo by Becky Fluke | courtesy of the artist

Considering she’s spent her life in Stoughton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, for singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, Nashville has been very very good to her. As a songwriter, McKenna’s songwriting has become country music gold for musicians like Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Reba McIntire, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, and others. On her own solo work, as a songwriter through the eleven albums she’s released since 2000, McKenna’s common exploration of themes of family, inner personal turmoil, and the emotional ties and relationships we have between each other, have continued to shine with each new release. On her new album, The Tree McKenna remains a powerful and prolific storyteller about the human condition. Continue reading →

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Jen Cloher releases acoustic EP Live At The Loft and Loew’s

Jen Cloher | photo by Marcelle Bradbeer | courtesy of the artist

Last seen at Johnny Brenda’s this past January and Free at Noon last November, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Jen Cloher has just shared news of her latest endeavor. After releasing a self-titled LP last year, Cloher has taken some of her recent time on the road touring throughout the US to reinterpret a few of her songs, both old and new, into live solo recordings for a new EP, which was released on Friday. Continue reading →

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A newly discovered demo tape of David Bowie’s first band is up for auction

David Bowie in The Konrads circa 1963 | via BBC

Before he was a legendary, influential figure in music, David Bowie started out playing saxophone in a band called The Konrads in 1963. At age 16, he recorded his first demo with them, which was meant to get the band an audition with Decca, the British record label.

The tape, which features Bowie’s vocals on a song called “I Never Dreamed,” was recently unearthed by Konrads’ drummer David Hadfield in a bread basket, buried under letters, bills, and photographs of the band. As Pitchfork reports, Hadfield’s memorabilia will be sold by Omega Auctions, in Newton-le-Willows on Merseyside, in September. The 55-year old demo is expected to sell for $13,000. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: Richard Thompson’s “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead”

Richard Thompson | Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz/Courtesy of the artist

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson recently announced his 19th studio album, 13 Rivers.

Thompson, who co-founded the seminal British folk group Fairport Convention in 1967, last worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on 2015’s Still. For 13 Rivers, Thompson self-produced the album in an old studio in Hollywood with his band including drummer Michael Jerome, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and guitarist Bobby Eichorn. Continue reading →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen join Billy Joel to play “10th Avenue Freeze-Out” at Madison Square Garden

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel | still from video

Eternal piano man Billy Joel has spent the past five years in residence at Madison Square Garden, playing monthly gigs at the Manhattan arena in addition to scattered touring elsewhere around the country and the globe. Last night, he played his 100th show in the residency, and it not only did it prompt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare July 18th “Billy Joel Day,” it got Bruce Springsteen out to the show to join him for a performance of “10th Avenue Freeze-Out.” Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Tash Sultana’s newest single “Harvest Love”

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

XPN listeners have been falling in love with Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana and her song “Salvation,” and now the 23-year-old from Melbourne has just put out a second song from her soon-to-be-released debut full-length Flow State, which comes out in late August. Take a listen to “Harvest Love” below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Keep A Little Soul” by Tom Petty

Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The late great Tom Petty was nothing if not prolific, and his 50+ year career will be celebrated this fall with a 60-song box set called An American Treasure. Curated by his family and bandmates, it will be a set for hardcore fans that goes deep into Petty’s archives for unreleased songs, alternate versions familiar favorites, live performances and deep cuts.

One of those unreleased gems surfaced today; it’s called “Keep A Little Soul,” it dates to 1982 and Petty’s sessions for Long After Dark, and it is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song this week. Continue reading →