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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 →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Nemesis” by Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine | Photo by Micky Clement | via http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/26/benjamin-clementine-at-least-for-now-review
Benjamin Clementine | Photo by Micky Clement | via http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/26/benjamin-clementine-at-least-for-now-review

London based Benjamin Clementine is a pianist, singer and songwriter who recently won the prestigious Mercury Prize, an award given to an artist for the best album of the year in the UK and Ireland. Other nominees this year for the Album of the Year honor included Aphex Twin, Wolf Alice, Ghostpoet, Florence and the Machine, SOAK, and others, including the favorite of the lot, Jamie xx. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Avalanche” by Boogarins

Boogarins | Photo by Beatriz Perini
Boogarins | Photo by Beatriz Perini

Boogarins are a psychedelic rock band from Brazil, formed in 2013 by two childhood friends – Fernando “Dino” Almeida (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Benke Ferraz (guitar).

From the city of Goiania, Boogarins’ musical sound can be traced back to influential Sixties Brazilian rockers Os Mutantes, who were connected with the Tropicalia (or Tropicalismo) movement of the 1960s. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “In My Head” by Scott Fagan

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He was managed by the legendary Doc Pomus. Jasper Johns was inspired by his album and created a series of artwork based on his music. And for 23 years, Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields has no idea the musician was his father.

The musician is Scott Fagan, who released a psychedelic pop album, South Atlantic Blues, in 1968 at the age of 21 . His story is engrossing and like that of Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez – who released two little known albums in the 70s, only to be rediscovered decades later in a story told in the documentary Searching For Sugar Man – it’s about an rediscovered gem of an album that was barely a footnote in rock’s rich history. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Call Your Name” by Eric Bazilian

Eric Bazilian (left) and David Uosikkinen (right) | Photo by Dallyn Pavey | Dish Public Relations
Eric Bazilian (left) and David Uosikkinen (right) | Photo by Dallyn Pavey | Dish Public Relations

“In and out.” That’s how Eric Bazilian of The Hooters describes how his new song “Call Your Name” came about. Written and recorded with David Uosikkinen (The Hooters, In The Pocket) at Red Door Recording in one day – September 28th – it’s the first new solo song from Bazilian in a some time, and it’s an immediate classic, from a guy who knows a thing or two about great songwriting. Continue reading →