XPN MusicNotes: Radiohead video teases new music, Janis Joplin doc debuts tonight

Radiohead | via Billboard

“Sing a song of sixpence that goes/Burn the Witch/We know where you live.”

The above quote was sent to Radiohead fans around the world over the weekend. Now, after wiping the web clean of all things Radiohead, the band has released a teaser video with some music that could be on their forthcoming album. (UPDATE: The song “Burn The Witch is out in full — listen to it below.) Continue reading →


HAIM covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” will knock you out

HAIM | photo courtesy of the artist

This is so awesome that we dearly, dearly wish that there were more than 30-second Instagram clips to share with you. As Pitchfork reports, SoCal rockers HAIM over the weekend performed at the Girls to the Front gala in LA – a benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation – and they did a knockout cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” in their stripped-down performance. Continue reading →


New Music Show Preview w/ Moreland & Arbuckle, Local Natives & more!

Moreland & Arbuckle

Here’s a sample of what’s coming up this Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:

“When the Lights Are Burning Low” by MORELAND & ARBUCKLE

It’s always a plus when a band that’s heralded for being a ‘great live band’ can translate that energy onto their studio releases. That’s the case, yet again, for the Kansas trio MORELAND & ARBUCKLE.  In addition to being our guest this Friday for Free at Noon, they’ve got a new album coming out on Friday and we’ll preview it tonight!


“Past Lives” by LOCAL NATIVES

We’ve long been fans of the band LOCAL NATIVES. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything new from the L.A. five-piece.  Always ambitious in their efforts, “Past Lives” is a wonderfully adventurous, gripping return.


First Impression Artist: BLACK PISTOL FIRE

Turn up the volume for tonight’s First Impression Artist, BLACK PISTOL FIRE. The guitar-drums duo of Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen offer up a loud, driven brand of rock and roll that’s unapologetic and raw.  Their new album Don’t’ Wake The Riot is out later this month and we’ve got a couple songs for you tonight.


Plus!  Make sure to have a listen to our Best New Music Spotify playlist for all the other new tunes we’ve been spinning lately:


Voss shares music video for “Respect My Mind” ft. Milton, holding album release party in May

Voss| Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Voss has shared his new music video for the song “Respect My Mind” from his album Insatiable, featuring Milton.

On “Respect My Mind,” Voss speaks of understanding and appreciation for others at the same time telling people not to fuck with him, while Milton takes slick hook duties. The video features performances by the duo along with a humorous interlude of them sitting down with a rude record exec before telling him off. Continue reading →


Watch Chelsea Sue Allen and friends cover Beck at Burlap and Bean; playing Fiona Fest in June

Chelsea Sue Allen
Chelsea Sue Allen | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

West Chester folkie and The Key favorite Chelsea Sue Allen performed at Burlap and Bean last week, and she brought up some friends, Brad Almond & Chelsea Julian, to cover Beck’s version of The Korgis’ “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.”

The 1980 song was originally covered by Beck for the classic Kate Winslet & Jim Carrey film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Each of the performers take turns on lead vocals and harmonies, and the simple instrumentation of just keyboards and acoustic guitar presents a faithful yet sweet take on the original. Continue reading →


Watch an eight-piece Tutlie dazzle the crowd at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show

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Tutlie | photos by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

After vibrant sets from Joy Ike (watch it here) and The Bul Bey (watch here), the NPR Music Tiny Desk Road Show came to a close with the atmospheric, art-pop outfit Tutlie – a runner up in this year’s NPR Music Tiny Desk contest.

Normally a six-piece band, Tutlie expanded to a nine-piece for this performance, including harp and vibraphones to capture the beautifully arranged nuances of “Bison,” the band’s entry in the Tiny Desk Contest. Continue reading →