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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Don’t Wanna Lose” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony has been in a series of excellent indierock bands over the years. She formed Helium in the early Nineties, was a member of Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Rebecca Cole, and has recorded several solo albums. Her most recent band project is Ex Hex, a trio including drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When I’m Able” by The Revivalists

The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Soulful and rocking, The Revivalists are a seven piece band based in New Orleans. With horns a plenty, pedal steel and keyboards complementing the guitar, bass and drums setup, the band formed in 2007 and since then has become a major touring band and a fixture on the local New Orleans music scene. Fronted by David Shaw, the band’s recent album, City of Sound was self-released in 2012 and was re-released with bonus live songs on Wind-Up Records last March. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Firewalker” by Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire | Photo courtesy of the band
Jungle Fire | Photo courtesy of the band

Jungle Fire are 12 piece Afro/Latin/funk band comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles. Drawing on influences from such legends as Ray Camacho, Enrique Lynch, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango they create a high energy mix of afro-cuban rhythms, break-beats and 70’s inspired traditional funk. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire

The rock and roll band Sleater-Kinney is back and rocking like no time has passed at all since their decision to to go on hiatus in 2004. A lot of people are very happy they’re back together, and releasing a new album, No Cities To Love on January 20th. Their show at Union Transfer on February 28th sold out quickly, and most of the recently announced tour is close to selling out. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Then Came The Morning” by The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Lone Bellow are releasing their sophomore album, in January, 2015 and recently released the title song, “Then Came The Morning.” The album was produced by Aaron Dessner of the The National, and comes two years after the trio – Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist – released their self-titled debut. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “One Way Street” by Wannabe Jalva

Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes
Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes

Wannabe Jalva are a rock band from Brazil with elements of psychedelia and space rock. The foursome include Rafael Rocha (Vocals, Guitar), Tiagao Abrahão (Bass, Guitar), Fernando Paulista (Drums and Percussion) and Felipe Puperi (Vocals, Guitars, Keys). They release their new record Collecture, on October 15th, 2014. The band began playing their self-proclaimed “uterus space-groove rock” in 2010. In the summer of 2011 they released their debut EP, Welcome To Jalva. Continue reading →

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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 →