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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jeff Tweedy explain how Wilco names albums, listen to the new Pixies album Head Carrier

Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

“The next time someone tells you Wilco doesn’t put a lot of work into things, just tell them…I don’t know. Something. You make it up.”
-Jeff Tweedy

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recorded a video, (prior to last night’s appearance on The late Show with Stephen Colbert) in which he responds to critics of the band’s recent album titles. Funny stuff. Continue reading →

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Dirty Projectors keep teasing new songs on Twitter, but does that mean a new record is coming?

 

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If you are into Experimental Pop/Rock than chances are, you are familiar with the six-piece band, Dirty Projectors. The group hasn’t released an album since 2012’s  Swing Lo Magellan, but still garners well over 200,000 monthly Spotify listeners. One can only assume that many of these listeners would be ecstatic for a new release. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Leonard Cohen celebrates 82nd birthday, The Kinks to release vinyl collection, & new Oasis doc will screen for one night only

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Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker | Courtesy of the artist

We tip our hat to Leonard Cohen, who celebrates his 82nd birthday today and fans are happy with the release of his latest song – the title track of his forthcoming album: “You Want it Darker.” Hear it below.

Leonard Cohen’s new album- You Want It Darker comes out October 21st. The title track appeared earlier this year on the Netflix series Peaky BlindersYou Want It Darker is produced by Cohen’s son, Adam and is the follow-up to 2014’s Popular Problems. Continue reading →

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Michelle Zauner rocks a hanbok under the el in the new Japanese Breakfast video

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Japanese Breakfast | still from video
The debut LP from Michelle Zauner’s band Japanese Breakfast is creativity fueled by grief. While the songs range from poppy to heartrending, they’re to some degree informed by the passing of Zauner’s mother.

In Psychopomp‘s music video side, Zauner has approached the project with a more playful visual spirit (check out “In Heaven”), though the latest sort of splits the difference. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf and Hand Habits will play an Out of Town Films show at the FU Chapel

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The Dove and The Wolf | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Indie outfit The Dove and the Wolf has fast become one of our favorites on the local scene over here at Key HQ. The Philly-via-Paris band led by Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard released its latest EP of serpentine space-folk earlier this year; I Don’t Know What to Feel is aching and immersive, and the band has been playing a lot around town in support of it. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Blood On Me” by Sampha

Sampha | Photo by Ben Walker
Sampha | Photo by Ben Walker

British artist Sampha is gearing up to release a solo LP called Process later this year, featuring his new single “Blood On Me.” Though the electronic singer-songwriter has collected performance credits on tracks with Drake, Kanye, Frank Ocean and a recurring collaboration with SBTRKT since 2011, Process marks his debut full-length.

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