XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →


Wowzers! Check out the 2017 NON-COMMvention performance lineup

Photo by John Vettese

WXPN’s NON-COMMvention, the station’s annual music-industry centered conference, announced their nightly performance roster for their 17th iteration. Apart from becoming a hub for the industries’ best, the conference always brings some damn good performers. Brace yourselves: This three-day event is jam-packed with performances from The Pixies, Blondie, Real Estate, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Districts, and a whole lot more.

NON-COMM 2017 takes place May 17th through May 19th; check out the full day-by-day lineup below. Tickets to these performances are only open to XPN Members, so head over to the pledge page to become a member and get access to this incredible show — and get acquainted with the artists in the playlist below.

Non-Comm performances will be broadcast live on WXPN with video webcasts on VuHaus.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: NAH at PhilaMOCA, Nikki Lane at Underground Arts, Frontier Ruckus at Johnny Brenda’s

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World-renowned Philly experimental percussionist-beatmaker-rapper NAH is coming to PhilaMOCA tonight, and it is sure to be quite the experience. His ever-eclectic set-up and mix of genres, which range from electronic to hip hop to even zesty world music, all combine together so perfectly to create a show that is so intriguingly infectious. Not to mention the completely hardcore drumming that vibrates through every ounce of the room. More event info can be found here. Listen to NAH’s 2016 Complete Works below. Continue reading →


The XPN top 100 songs of 2016

Leonard Cohen | photo courtesy of the artist
Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” is the song of the yar | photo courtesy of the artist

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things that made 2016 incredible.

Here are the top 100 songs of 2016 as voted on by the XPN community. To quote Chuck Prophet, it was a bad year for rock and roll, losing so many incredible musicians. David Bowie’s passing set the tone for the year as we headed into last January, the passing of Prince shook us to our core, and the passing of Leonard Cohen put an even darker stain on the year. We still have the music though, with the Thin White Duke and the Montreal poet extraordinaire each placing songs in the top 10. Cohen took the number one song of the year with “You Want It Darker.” Here’s to 2017 with many rays of hope.

Listen to our Spotify playlist of all 100 songs below from #1 (Cohen) to #100, “Solving Problems” by Brent Cobb.

You can see the entire list here.


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Mike Vasilikos’ top musical discoveries of 2016

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, XPN assistant program director and New Music Show host Mike Vasilikos recaps some of the best new music he heard in 2016.

I’ll be honest … a big part of me wants to just kick 2016 to the curb. For all the great music we enjoyed, the year will most likely be remembered for the losses of Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones … and sadly, I can go on. So as I reflected on the past 12 months, I really tried to focus on the music that energized me. And that led me to what was really a list of my favorite discoveries of 2016. I hate trying to rank these sorts of things, so in no particular order here are my Top 5 Musical Discoveries of 2016 (plus some honorable mentions). Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Union Transfer, Red Baraat at Exit 0 Jazz Fest and Anderson East at Ardmore Music Hall

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist
Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist

Tonight Union Transfer will host North Carolina-based band Hiss Golden Messenger. The group touches on genres spanning from country, blues and rock. The show tonight is one of many stops on their Heart Like A Levee tour promoting their newest album released on October 7th via Merge Records. Check out the video for “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing” below, and click here for more information on this all ages show. Continue reading →