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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher | Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

Australian guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jen Cloher will perform at WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, November 3rd at World Cafe Live. Cloher — who is married to Courtney Barnett, and co-founder of Milk! Records with her — is an excellent songwriter/guitarist is her own right, as showcased on her recently released self-titled album. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

Recorded in the months leading up to her passing following a bout with pancreatic cancer, R&B / soul singer Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings produced one final studio album before her death in November of 2016. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet | Photo by Michael Lavine

Greta Van Fleet are a four piece rock and roll band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, about an hour and a half North of Detroit. The band was formed in 2012 by brothers Josh (lead vocals), Sam (bass and keyboards) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, and includes Daniel Wagner on drums. They released their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, in April. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

Photo by Danny Clinch for Rolling Stone

If you’ve never been to the Jersey shore, don’t worry, because Steve Van Zandt, one of rock and roll’s most incredible sidemen, is bringing the sounds of the shore directly to your speakers on his new album, Soulfire. On his first new solo album in 18 years, out on his own Wicked Cool Records, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul embody the best of East Coast rock and soul. Fans of The Boss, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Richard, Ronnie Spector, The Drifters: rejoice! Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Continue reading →