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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Allman Brothers Band plays final show at Beacon Theater, New film-doc shows how music helps dementia patients, & Watch Ingrid Michaelson’s video for “Afterlife”

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Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Allman Brothers Band concert, this past Tuesday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City, was most likely the last in the band’s remarkable 45 year history. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Watch Dom Angelella play a stripped-down version of “St. Tom’s”

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Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow | http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/

In our review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush yesterday, we referenced the heavier nods to surf sounds on this record, which is definitely prevalent on the sure-to-be crowd pleaser “St. Tom’s.” Well, way back in February Dom Angelella did a Cover Club session at Nomad Recording Studio featuring a cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl,” which you can read about here. What we didn’t highlight before was this super-stripped down version of “St. Tom’s,” the second track from the singer’s hometown-focused record. Continue reading →

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Sterling Duns releases cinematic new “Do The Talking” video

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Sterling Duns | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie hip hop artist Sterling Duns has released a new video for his track “Do The Talking.” Like many rappers from his home city, this West Philadelphia MC / instrumentalist does a great job of incorporating soulful beats and dope lyrics into his new song. Opening with a black and white scene of Duns rehearsing lines and running an errand for his sister, the video pits striking cinematography against Duns’ witty and self-aware rhymes to tell the story of a man being pulled from all sides.

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Philly Local artist Cole Redding covers “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys for a good cause

Cole Redding
Cole Redding | photo courtesy of the artist

A few weeks ago, Philly Local artist Cole Redding joined us for our Musicians on Call afternoon of music. He’s been in the studio recording and shared with me his cover of The Beach Boys’ song “God Only Knows.” This Beach Boys song came in at #22 in our 885 Greatest Songs Countdown that was voted on by our listeners, so I thought I’d talk with Cole about his cover of the song and his forthcoming album. Cole will also be one of the Philly Local artists joining me for the 6th Annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays show to be aired on XPN in December.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Cream bassist Jack Bruce mourned, Wilco announces 20th Anniversary releases, and Florence and the Machine perform in the U.S. for 1st time in nearly a year

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vianytimes.com

Tributes are pouring in from the music world in honor of Cream bassist, vocalist & songwriter Jack Bruce, who died Saturday of liver disease at age 71. Most notably from former band mates: Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to Bob Dylan’s unreleased cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo”, and Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the Grateful Dead to coincide with band’s 50th anniv. next year

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Bob Dylan’s 1967 collaboration with The Band entitled “The Basement Tapes” debuts November 4th. And one of the previously unreleased songs from it, (Dylan’s cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo Blues”)  has already come out. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: James Brown documentary debuts Monday on HBO, DEVO releases live album, and Led Zeppelin shares remix of “Stairway to Heaven”

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via mickjagger.com

A new documentary on the late, great “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown- “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”, will debut on HBO this Monday, October 27th @ 9pm. It was produced by Mick Jagger. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump. Continue reading →