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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Big Boys” by Chuck Berry

CHUCK album cover | Courtesy of Dualtone Records

Last week, the world lost a rock and roll legend: Chuck Berry passed away at at his home in Missouri at age 90. In October, 2016, it was announced that Berry was going to release his first new album in 38 years. The announcement came on his 90th birthday. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Got It Like That” by Earl St. Clair

Earl St. Clair | photo by Ryan Jay | courtesy of the artist

Meet singer, songwriter and producer Earl St. Clair. Originally from Cleveland, he was born Earl Johnson II, spent most of his childhood in Alabama, getting his start as a producer for rappers Rick Ross and Machine Gun Kelly, and collaborating with electronic music superstar David Guetta. On his own, St. Clair is steeped in gritty soul and R&B. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Santiago” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Danny Clinch

Preservation Hall Jazz Band return with a new album, So It Is, on April 21st.

Pres Hall have become internationally acclaimed for their live performances and recordings. Now led by current creative director Ben Jaffe, whose parents founded Preservation Hall in 1961, the band associated with it has been going strong since 1963. Jaffe also is the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, the charitable non-profit connected to the legendary New Orleans club that serves a mission to “pretty otect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans jazz music and culture.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Poetry” by Ray Davies

Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist
Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist

Kinks front man Ray Davies returns with a new album, Americana, on April 21st. The 15 song collection is an autobiographical work, chronicling the role America has played in Davies’ life. For the album he enlisted the help of The Jayhawks as his backing band. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Show You The Way” by Thundercat

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Last week California bassist Thundercat announced his new album Drunk, the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. The 20 song collection includes contributions from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and on “Show You the Way,” Thundercat invited Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins in on the soulful, smooth rock song. Continue reading →

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XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jungle” by Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo by Clint Peloso

Tash Sultana is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. She is self-taught on ten instruments and recently released her debut self-titled six song EP on her own label, Lonely Lands Records, which is being distributed in the States by Mom + Pop records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Inlaws And Outlaws” by Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan

After moving from Washington DC where he was a part of the East Coast folk rock scene to San Francisco in the mid-Sixties, singer-songwriter Terry Dolan was signed by Warner Brothers records. In September 1972, Dolan completed his self-titled debut album. For it, he recruited an incredible cast of musicians to play on the album including Rolling Stones touring pianist Nicky Hopkins, The Pointer Sisters, plus members of Journey, Steve Miller Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Continue reading →