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The Crutchfield sisters covered Sleater-Kinney and here’s video proof

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Katie and Allison Crutchfield of Waxahatchee | Photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

Katie (Waxahatchee) and Allison Crutchfield paired up for a jam session at last weekend’s Vulture Festival, and video has surfaced of one of the jams going beyond the sister’s discography. The duo covered Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl,” off the 2005 album The Woods. The only thing not perfect about this all of this that the video cuts off before we get a chance to witness the entire song. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf’s new Audiotree session sounds great — and there’s a dog

Vita and the Woolf in Audiotree Studios | photo via Audiotree.tv

We’re about a month out until the Vita and the Woolf album Tunnels finally drops on June 16, and as admitted in the band’s Audiotree Live session, it’s an LP that’s been a long time coming. The band recorded the session with Audiotree late last month, and it just hit the interwebs this week.

Aside from sounding crisp on a dope tracklist that mixes new tunes and favorites from last year (“Brett,” “Sun Drop,” “Qiet,” “Diamond Hall,” “Feline” and
“Super Ranger”), the band offers a few glimpses into what they’ve been up to in the year since the current lineup fell into place. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks has a new video for “Everything” and it’s the best kind of freaky

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com
Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

By now, we’re all well acquainted with the Hard Love era of Strand of Oaks. The Philly rockers led, of course, by Timothy Showalter released their fifth album back in February. Since, they’ve come through for a Free at Noon, shredded Union Transfer and shared the details of the album on World Cafe. All were great, but not much less was expected. Now it’s time to deviate from expectations.

Enter the new (and slightly unsettling) video for “Everything,” the third track off Hard Love. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 perform “Red Hill Mining Town” in concert for the first time ever

U2 | photo by Mat Hayward via Rolling Stone

“I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing.” – Bono

Music history was made Sunday night in Vancouver, Canada when U2 opened their tour celebrating The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. The band performed their classic tune “Red Hill Mining Town” live in concert for the first time ever, and you can watch video below. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Don Bryant, Alex Ebert & more!

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Not to quote Dawes, but we’ve got “a little bit of everything” on our New Music Show tonight.  Join us at 8pm tonight as we make sense of what has been a busy few weeks of new releases.  Among the highlights, Philadelphia DIY rockers Sheer Mag offer a preview of their upcoming album.  The National announced Sleep Well Beast, coming in September, and we’ve got an early tune to share.  Plus, more new songs from the upcoming Fleet Foxes album, Big Thief and the new project featuring The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney called Offa Rex (playing #XPNFest this July!).  All the above and few more for you to listen to tonight, including …

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Watch Sheer Mag cover “Clampdown” by The Clash with DA candidate Larry Krasner

Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Last night, Philly’s Sheer Mag kicked off their headlining spring tour at the First Unitarian Church, and with the primary elections just a few days away, they were joined onstage by Larry Krasner, candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Krasner and the band covered “Clampdown” from The Clash’s London Calling, and you can watch video of it below, care of Philly photographer Scott Troyan.
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Shannen Moser unveils new live video series with “Yr Undertaker” and the SS United States

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Shannen Moser | photo by Bob Sweeney | via artist’s Facebook

Standing in front of the looming and historic SS United States down at Columbus and Oregon, Shannen Moser gives a solitary performance of “Yr Undertaker” from this year’s Oh, My Heart LP in the video below. The clip is the first in a series that Moser will be sharing over the next month, leading up to the vinyl release of the debut album via Lame-O Records on June 16th.

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