XPN MusicNotes: Watch a Foo Fighters fan join Dave Grohl onstage and shred on “Monkey Wrench”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |

“Come on kid, get on up here right now…are you sure you can play it?”- Dave Grohl to wannabe Foo Fighter

It’s every rock & roll fan’s dream to play alongside their heroes on stage, but few are up to the task…unless you’re some guy named Joey and your hero is Dave Grohl & the Foo Fighters. Continue reading →


Watch Jamila Woods deliver an empowering Tiny Desk Concert

Jamila Woods | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Featured in NPR’s inaugural Slingshot class in 2017, Jamila Woods stopped by NPR’s D.C. offices recently to perform an entrancing midday set. Joining Jamila is a 4-piece backing band, providing a more stripped down sound than those featured on her debut album, HEAVN. This arrangements allow more space for Woods to display her full vocal range and allow her lyrics to be at the forefront. Continue reading →


Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles

The Beatles in German
1961 – Bob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting his idol while Woody Guthrie is on a weekend release from the NJ hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan plays “Song to Woody,” which appears on his first album the following year, and tells him, “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gives Dylan a card that says, “I ain’t dead yet.”

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Watch St. Vincent cover Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl”

St. Vincent | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Earlier this week, St. Vincent posted a pixelated and aesthetically cropped Instagram video of her covering “Modern Girl,” a song song from Sleater-Kinney’s 2005 LP The Woods. The singer tagged co-founder Carrie Brownstein with the caption “Pre-show Sleater-Kinney warm up. Such a great song! @carrie_rachel” Continue reading →