XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Back On The Chain Gang” by Morrissey

Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |

Morrissey’s cover of “Back On The Chain Gang,” originally on Pretenders’ 1984 album, Learning To Crawl, is a bonus song that he released for the deluxe edition of his recent album, Low In High School. Pretenders once covered Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” on their 1994 Last of The Independents release. Continue reading →


Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Books” by CAAMP

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The indie-folk band CAAMP was formed by Taylor Meier (lead vocals, guitar, drums, piano), and Evan Westfall (banjo, harmony vocals, guitar, drums and bass). Now a trio, Matt Vinson rounds out the band on bass and harmony vocals.

From Columbus, Ohio, Taylor and Evan met when they were freshmen in high school, and formed a band with a couple of classmates for a project. After that band came to an end, the duo stayed together as CAAMP. They first started playing out as seniors in high school, and moved to Athens, Ohio, to attend school, where they continued to build a following with their live performances. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Up To Me” by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan | photo by Barry Feinstein | courtesy of the artist

More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 is the latest collection of material from Bob Dylan’s vaults and his vast recording history. This time around, the focus is on perhaps what many of his fans and historians consider to be one of his greatest albums, Blood On The Tracks, originally released in January 1975.

Often bootlegged, this new Dylan collection makes these previously unreleased songs available officially for the first time. More Blood, More Tracks includes over 70 previously unreleased tracks, and every surviving take from the Blood On the Tracks recording sessions. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Gold” by Sister Sparrow

Sister Sparrow | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe since 2011, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are a soul rock band from Brooklyn. Over the last few years, several of the original Dirty Birds moved away from Brooklyn, leaving Kincheloe on her own to pursue more of a solo-focused project. The results, heard on her new album Gold, have a broader musical appeal, yet maintain the same powerful soul / rock feel to the songs. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wild” by Molly Burch

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Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch has just released her sophomore album, First Flower on Captured Tracks.

A Los Angeles native, Burch released her debut album, Please Be Mine, in 2017 after studying jazz vocal performance Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The album was a collection of songs with their hooks in the sounds of 70s Laurel Canyon, nods to the Girl Groups of the 60s, various steos into the past yet sounding current. Burch’s new album continues to build on her debut. It’s the kind of record, says The Fader, that “sends you into another era.” Continue reading →