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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “For Real” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Tom Petty’s new two-disc collection, The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 includes many of Petty’s best known songs. Songs like “Breakdown,” “Listen To Her Heart,” “Free Falling,” and dozens more. The Best of Everything includes solo Petty, Tom with the Heartbreakers, and Mudcrutch. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs cover Tom Petty’s “Straight Into Darkness” with Frances Quinlan, Tim Heidecker, and Jelloman

The War on Drugs at The Tower | still from video

Last night The War on Drugs tied a ribbon on their three-night Drug-Cember to Remember run of Philadelphia shows, showing their hometown some serious holiday love while raising money for Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

In a treat for the capacity crowd at the Tower, the Drugs dug deep for a Tom Petty cover from his fifth album Long After Dark. Continue reading →

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Watch Kurt Vile cover Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly” in a Sirius XMU session

Kurt Vile | photo by Jo McCaughey | courtesy of the artist

Whether you can hear it or not (and it definitely took me a minute), Kurt Vile has always been a huge Tom Petty fan, and takes any opportunity he gets to sing his praises. And sometimes, actually sing his songs. In a new acoustic session recorded for SiriusXMU, Vile puts his spacey drum machine stamp on “Learning to Fly” from Petty’s 1991 album Into the Great Wide Open. Give it a watch below, and catch Kurt Vile at The Met Philly on December 29th; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Lumineers cover the late Tom Petty

The Lumineers | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN / Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Today marks one year since Tom Petty tragically passed away. To pay homage to the great rock legend, The Lumineers shared a cover of Petty’s “Walls.”

Vocalist Wesley Schultz commented, “Tom Petty is a musical hero of mine, and ‘Walls’ is such an incredible song. When I got married, my wife walked down the aisle to the song.” The tribute emphasizes Schultz’s vocals, which strains with bottled emotion, backed acoustic guitar and accordion harmonies, a staple of their folksy style.  Continue reading →

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Petal covers Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” for Devinyl Splits

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Petal has been showcasing her songwriting recently with release of her new album Magic Gone, but her latest project takes her fully into cover song territory. Kiley Lotz has teamed up with Brooklyn songwriter Kevin Devine for the latest in his Devinyl Splits series, which periodically releases 7″ splits featuring songs by Devine and different guest artists.

Petal’s half of the split is a rendition of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “You Got Lucky,” the lead single from their album Long After Dark. Minus the psychedelic synths of the 1982 original, Petal’s version takes the song in a new direction that is both heavy and sparse at the same time, with toned-down acoustic guitar and Lotz’s emotion-filled powerhouse vocals at the forefront. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Keep A Little Soul” by Tom Petty

Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The late great Tom Petty was nothing if not prolific, and his 50+ year career will be celebrated this fall with a 60-song box set called An American Treasure. Curated by his family and bandmates, it will be a set for hardcore fans that goes deep into Petty’s archives for unreleased songs, alternate versions familiar favorites, live performances and deep cuts.

One of those unreleased gems surfaced today; it’s called “Keep A Little Soul,” it dates to 1982 and Petty’s sessions for Long After Dark, and it is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song this week. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of the treasures in Tom Petty’s archives with the unreleased “Keep A Little Soul”

Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The late great Tom Petty was nothing if not prolific, and his 50+ year career will be celebrated this fall with a 60-song box set called An American Treasure. Curated by his family and bandmates, it will be a set for hardcore fans that goes deep into Petty’s archives for unreleased songs, alternate versions familiar favorites, live performances and deep cuts.

One of those unreleased gems surfaced today; it’s called “Keep A Little Soul,” it dates to 1982 and Petty’s sessions for Long After Dark. Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” before tribute show at Ardmore Music Hall

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

During Low Cut Connie’s recent NYC show at Irving Plaza, the charismatic rock ‘n rollers paid tribute to the late great, Tom Petty, by covering “Learning to Fly.” Trading Petty’s bouncy acoustic strums, front man Adam Weiner spun Connie’s characteristic piano flair to the iconic tune. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch more tributes to Tom Petty with covers by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cage the Elephant

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

“It was just like somebody stabbed you in the heart when you heard that Tom Petty died” – Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Over the weekend, several bands paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with covers of some of his classics performed by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cage the Elephant. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs cover Tom Petty’s “Time To Move On”

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs are the latest to add their voices to a chorus of tributes to the late rock and roller Tom Petty, who passed away Monday at age 66. At an October 5th show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the band opened the show with a cover of “Time To Move On,” from Petty’s 1994 solo album Wildflowers. Watch fan video of the show below.
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