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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King

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Elle King | Photo via facebook.com/ElleKingMusic

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player Elle King’s new track, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” is a fiery roots rock stomper. Raised on soul, R&B, country and bluegrass, King released her debut EP in 2012. At the time, we were enamored with the song “Playing For Keeps” from the EP, and she performed at WXPN’s NonCOMM in 2012. The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and actress London King, Elle grew up in Ohio, New York and spent time in Philly where she attended the University of The Arts. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)” by Johnny Winter featuring Ben Harper

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Johnny Winter | Photo courtesy of Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Winter/58833032349

Recently, the music world was stunned by the death of the legendary blues and rock guitarist and singer Johnny Winter at the age of 70. Sadly, he didn’t survive long enough to see the release of his new album, Step Back. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “World Restart” by Kindness

Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine
Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine

British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) is releasing his highly anticipated second album Otherness on October 14th. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Nothing To It” by The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes | Photo courtesy of the artist
The New Basement Tapes | Photo courtesy of the artist

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, is a new collaborative album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. The album, which will be released on November 11th, celebrates the discovery of never before heard handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics from his 1967 “Basement Tapes” writing and recording period. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Saturday Song” by Hiss Golden Messenger

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This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Saturday Song” by singer-songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger, a folk and country flavored band fronted by M.C. Taylor. His forthcoming album, Lateness of Dancers, is being released on September 9th (Merge Records). The album is HGM’s fifth release, takes its name from a story by acclaimed Southern author Eudora Welty. Joining Taylor on the album are It Megafaun’s Phil and Brad Cook, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, guitarist William Tyler (The Lambchop, Silver Jews), and longtime member Scott Hirsch. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Rise Up Singing” by Trigger Hippy

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This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Rise Up Singing,” by Trigger Hippy. The band features Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Tom Bukovac, Nick Govrik, and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. They’ve previously released an EP, however on September 30th they are releasing their self-titled debut album. Continue reading →