The Cranberries share “All Over Now” from final album In the End

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons
Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons

In the year since the tragic passing of Dolores O’Riordan, the voice of The Cranberries, the band’s remaining members have been working on completing the unfinished projects that were in progress at the time of O’Riordan’s death. The Cranberries had been working on a new album in 2017, for which O’Riordan had already recorded vocals. The band had plans to finish the album early last year, but it was put on hold until they eventually came to the decision to go ahead with the release. Called In the End, The Cranberries’ eighth and final album will be released on April 26. The first single, which is aptly and eerily titled “All Over Now,” is out now. Continue reading →


Japanese Breakfast covers The Cranberries’ “Dreams”

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Following the sudden passing of The Cranberries‘ frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan earlier this year, many musicians have been moved to incorporate covers of the iconic band’s hit songs into their live sets. But Japanese Breakfast had already been doing just that, for quite some time. If you’ve seen Michelle Zauner and band play, you may have caught their cover of “Dreams,” the breakout single from The Cranberries’ 1993 LP Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We. Now, Japanese Breakfast’s rendition of “Dreams” has been properly recorded — the band just released the cover as part of the Spotify Singles series. The release also includes a live recording of “Road Head,” off JBrekkie’s 2017 album Soft Sounds From Another Planet. Continue reading →


The Cranberries will complete work on their final album with the late Dolores O’Riordan, reissue their debut

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons

When Dolores O’Riordan passed away in January, it put the breaks on two projects the Irish singer and songwriter was working on with her band, The Cranberries.

Not only was a deluxe reissue of the band’s 1993 debut Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We in the works to celebrate its 25th anniversary, which was March 1st of this month, but a new album was in the works. Today, the surviving bandmates — bassist Mike Hogan, guitarist Noel Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler — shared via The Cranberries’ website that after much reflection, both projects were moving ahead. Continue reading →


R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, gone at 46

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons

Irish singer and songwriter Dolores O’Riordan — the singular voice at the front of alternative-era favorites The Cranberries — has passed away in London at age 46.

According to a BBC report, O’Riordan was in London for a recording session; a statement from the band’s publicist said “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” Continue reading →


The Cranberries revisit classics in Something Else, announce Philly date this September

The Cranberries | photo via the band’s Facebook page

Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries are back. The band just dropped a new album titled Something Else, where they revisit classics through stripped acoustic renditions along with sweeping orchestral additions.

The Cranberries also just announced an upcoming tour, in which they’ll perform these new arrangements alongside a string quartet. And if there’s one thing I know for sure in this life, it’s that adding string quartets is never a bad thing. Only added awesomeness awaits. Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “Show Me The Way” by The Cranberries (playing Electric Factory on Saturday night)

Photo by Jess Baumung

The Cranberries released their first new album in eleven year, Roses, in February and are currently on a short North American tour that began last night in New York. The band play the Electric Factory tomorrow night. Go herefor tickets and more information. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, you can download “Show Me” from the band’s recent album.


#XPN5050: 1993

For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Julian Booker is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1993.

26 years ago, everyone was talking about this new thing called the internet, and the introduction of web browsers made it easy for us to welcome this new technology as a part of our daily lives. The way we listened to music was changing, too. By ’93, CDs were beginning to outsell cassettes, and you could take your tunes on the go with a Sony Walkman that would only set you back 30 bucks.

Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks straight, and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle became the fastest-selling hip-hop album ever. Beck burst onto the scene with “Loser,” and Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey. The Cranberries also made their debut that year, giving us songs like “Dreams” and “Linger.” Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: John Vettese’s Top Six Philly Music Finds of 2018

Low Dose | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. To kick off the series, Key editor John Vettese recaps six of his favorite Philadelphia music finds from the past 12 months.

This page of the calendar is always a blur for me. Thinking back over the 300-some previous days of listening to records from Philly musicians, getting to their gigs, recording them in the WXPN studio, and spinning their music on the air is a lot to take stock of. Putting together my annual rundown of jaw-dropping artists that were new to me in 2018 quickly went from “hmm, I know I was stoked about these three” to “OMG I already have 20, I need to narrow this down.”

But that’s the blessing of living in Philly, as I say every year. We have amazing musicians operating on all tiers — the broadly-reaching Meek Mills releasing the best and most poignant records of their career, the War on Drugs-es returning home this week for a sold-out run of underplay shows, the Hop Alongs garnering widespread acclaim for their own masterpieces — but we also have musicians who are still sweating it out on basement show bills, touring in battered vans, hustling across the bar scene, and grinding to make it all work for them.

Finding the most exciting musicians in that latter space, and watching them make their way to the former, is easily my favorite part of my job. Here are a handful of artists I hope to see make that journey this year.

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