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The 1975 is back with a scrutinizing single, “Give Yourself A Try”

The 1975 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The 1975 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A millennial’s favorite multi-genre pop band is back on our radar with a new single and two album announcements. “Give Yourself A Try,” is our first taste of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, The 1975‘s much anticipated followup to the band’s 2016 anthemic, new-era release I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. After much online teasing about yet another change of theme for the band, we finally have our first glimpse at the next chapter of The 1975. Difficult to pin down, the band has metamorphosized from angsty garage, to eclectic synth pop, to wiry pop rock. Continue reading →

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Watch Brandi Carlile’s hometown performance at Seattle’s “March For Our Lives”

Brandi Carlile | still from video

Earlier this spring, the student-organized Seattle wing of “March For Our Lives” welcomed special guest Brandi Carlile to the stage to celebrate the movement and advocate for a change in gun legislation. The rationale behind the decision to ask Carlile to perform was pretty simple, according to a report in NPR: these students know she stands with them and she isn’t afraid to say so.

Following up on her performance, Carlile released a chilling student-produced video from the March along with her song “Hold Out Your Hand.” Continue reading →

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Happy National Donut Day: Listen to Federal Donuts’ takeover of the XPN Friday Morning Mixtape

Chocolate Seasalt Rumors | via Federal Donuts

It’s National Donut Day today and to celebrate, Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts have a couple of awesome things coming out of their kitchen. First up, they’re releasing “GREATEST HITS Vol. 4” and are making available six of their most popular “fancies” at all their locations. (More here.)

Next, there’s the playlist. Knowing how much the Federal Donuts staff loves music, we asked the crew to curate this week’s Friday Morning Mixtape, broadcast today at 9 a.m. on the Morning Show with Kristen Kurtis. Continue reading →

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An Invitation to a “Memphis Rent Party”! Author Robert Gordon visits the Dan & 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! 

Acclaimed author Robert Gordon drops by the podcast to chat with the Dans about his latest book, Memphis Rent Party.  Like his book, our interview paints an insider picture of one of music’s most influential cities.  Robert tells tales dating back to the advent of Sun Records to his personal experiences with Jeff Buckley and more recently, Cat Power.  It’s a masterful account of the history of music in Memphis.  Plus, both Dan DeLuca and Robert Gordon are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania.  Don’t miss the story of how they first met!
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Israel Nash will release Lifted this summer, but here’s a single to hold you over

Israel Nash | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Texas rocker Israel Nash and his band plan to drop their fifth LP, Lifted, on July 27th via Desert Folklore Music/Thirty Tigers, along with a midwest US tour to promote it, featuring XPN favorites Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. We’ve also been graced with a single, “Rolling On,” and it’s everything you could want and more from a stereotype-breaking country band. With elements of psychedelic folk rock and ’60’s pop, it’s a magnetic blend of past releases and future songs, which gives the listener hope that Lifted will smash even more boundaries than Nash’s last albums did. Continue reading →

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Hurray for Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” gets the short film treatment, shedding light on the people of Puerto Rico

Hurray for the Riff Raff | still from video

Hurray For The Riff Raff has released a short film based on her 2017’s song “Pa’lante”, the closer from their sixth LP The Navigator via ATO Records. The ballad has been recognized by many big names including Pitchfork as the “Best New Track” and NPR Music as “one of the most articulate songs of a generation.” The title of the song was inspired by the name of the newspaper published by the Puerto Rican community activist group Young Lords; “Pa’lante” is an expression that translates to “onward, forwards,” which reflects the people of Puerto Rico’s will to rebuild their community after the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Maria. Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa explains further below. Continue reading →