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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fallin’ Rain” by Karl Blau

Karl Blau

Country-soul singer-songwriter Karl Blau. a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and KNW-YR-OWN label. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Worry” by Jack Garratt

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt quietly made his Philly debut in August 2015 at MilkBoy. Those who atteneded and were familiar with the buzz that was building for him the UK got a glimpse of an exciting new musician. The word “speechless” was used by one reviewer, signaling the arrival of an “artist to watch,” who have the potential to actually deliver. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jesus Is Coming Soon” by Cowboy Junkies

Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records
Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is a cover of “Jesus Is Coming Soon” from God Don’t Never Change, a new tribute album to gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. The album also features contributions from Lucinda Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee, Sinead O’Connor, and two songs by Tom Waits. Continue reading →

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It’s here! Listen to a new song by The Lumineers, “Ophelia”

The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist
The Lumineers | Photo by Scarlet Page | Courtesy of the artist

It’s been almost four years since The Lumineers released their self-titled debut album in April, 2012. During that summer, and throughout the fall and winter, the single – “Ho Hey” – steadily worked its way into the mainstream, becoming internationaly massive.

The Denver trio’s unassuming hit, a folkie stomper, was a song you couldn’t escape hearing on radio stations, supermarkets, commercials, and Wawa’s. The Lumineers – Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites and Nyka Pekarek – went from playing small clubs and stages (i.e their Marina Stage performance at WXPN’s XPoNential Music festival in 2012) to major amphitheaters (their sold-out appearance at XPNfest at the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2013). It seemed like the band kept growing and growing in popularity and on April 8th, The Lumineers return with their long awaited followup to their debut, Cleopatra. Continue reading →