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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Little Boys with Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist
Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back with another new classic soul song, “Little Boys With Shiny Toys.”

Last year, Jones released the Grammy-nominated Give The People What They Want, and she’s recovered from the cancer she battled in 2013. The soulful Jones is a high energy show stopper and for a decade she and the Dap-Kings have been keeping soul music and real R&B alive. There’s no shortage of bands trying to take the the soul sounds of the past into the future, and none do it as well as Jones and her band. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the week: “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fade Out Lines” by The Avener

The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Avener is French electronic music producer and DJ Tristan Casara. Classically trained, he developed his skills as a DJ and producer, striking international gold with a reworking of a song by the Berlin based band, Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws. Continue reading →

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