Listen to Peter Matthew Bauer cover Bonnie Raitt on XPN’s Like A Version segment

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In advance of his debut solo LP Liberation!, Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen appeared on WXPN’s “Like A Version” cover song segment with afternoon host Dan Reed. With three singers delivering backup harmonies – his wife Marisa Brown, Emily Ounsworth and Jess Conda – Bauer covered “Your Sweet and Shiny Eyes,” a country-infused song performed by Bonnie Raitt on her 1975 album Home Plate. Bauer and Reed also chatted about the song, about touring and recording. Listen to the cover (and interview) below, and catch Bauer when he and his band return from tour to play a homecoming album release show at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, June 24th; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.


Review: Bonnie Raitt shines in a night of blues, rock and folk at The Grand

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The legendary Bonnie Raitt filled the intimate confines of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House with her signature mix of rock, blues and folk Tuesday night. For nearly 90 minutes, she delivered one knockout song after another, warming everyone up from the late-autumn chill and rain with her own classics, as well as a healthy dose from 2012’s covers album Slipstream.

Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Chris Sikich |

Sporting red curls that she joked were in the vein of Jessica Rabbit’s, Raitt showed off slide-guitar skills at peak performance and vocals that are as rich as ever. She wasted no time in getting the crowd revved up, with the second song of the night being one of her best known, “Something to Talk About.” She followed that with the Bob Dylan cover “Million Miles,” setting up a night of her familiar work mixed with engaging new interpretations.

Her band was in glorious form, with guitarist George Marinelli, bassist James Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar and keyboardist Mike Finnigan creating a rich expanse of sound that enveloped the Grand. And the Grand itself, surely one of the region’s greatest venues, was a star performer as well, with its refined acoustics and intimacy stirring Raitt to comment on its greatness multiple times.

Raitt invited no fewer than three guest performers to make the night even more special.

Opener Paul Brady, who had just arrived in the States the night before from Ireland to join Raitt for this leg of the tour, sat in with the headliner on multiple occasions. The standout invitation was for “Marriage Made in Hollywood,” a song Brady co-wrote with Michael O’Keefe, Raitt’s ex-husband. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bonnie Raitt at Grand Opera House, The World Is A Beautiful Place at First Unitarian Church, and Brian Setzer Orchestra at Strand Capitol

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Wilmington’s Grand Opera House will welcome rock and roll / country icon Bonnie Raitt to its stage tonight. The ten-time Grammy Award winner released her 16th album Slipstream in April of last year, and American Songwriter called it “her best album in years”. During her 40-year career, Raitt has enjoyed remarkable success and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Get tickets to the event here and watch the video for her classic hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” below.

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Tonight’s concert picks: Bonnie Raitt, Chill Moody, Keane, Toy Soldiers, Birdie Busch

Tonight’s concert picks include:

WXPN Welcomes Bonnie Raitt to the Academy Of Music with special guest Mavis Staples. 8PM; tickets are $45.50-$85.50

WXPN Welcomes Keane to the Merriam Theatre with special guests Mystery Jets. 8PM; tickets are $35-$45.00

Birdie Busch with Adam & Dave’s Bloodline at Morgan’s Pier. 5PM; the show is free but you must be 21+.

Goodnight Lights with The Quelle Source and The Bailey Hounds at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors at 8PM; Show at 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Chill Moody at The Fire. 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10

Toy Soldiers at World Cafe Live. Doors at 7PM; Show at 8PM. Advance tickets are $10 + processing fee in advance; $15 + processing fee at the door.


Watch Bonnie Raitt’s new video for “Right Down The Line” (new album out today; playing Academy of Music in June)

Bonnie Raitt releases her new album, Slipstream, today. The Joe Henry-produced album is her first new studio album in seven years and features covers of songs by Bob Dylan; it also includes songwriting contributions from Randall Bramblett, Al Anderson of NRBQ, Paul Brady, Loudon Wainwright III, and Henry. Raitt plays at the Academy Of Music on Saturday, June 16th, with special guest Mavis Staples. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch Bonnie’s video for “Right Down The Line.”


Bonnie Raitt playing Academy of Music in June

Bonnie Raitt is releasing her first new album in seven years called Slipstream on April 10th. The album was produced by Joe Henry and features covers of several Bob Dylan songs and a reggae-tinged version of “Right Down The Line” originally recorded by Gerry Rafferty. Today she announced a tour which brings her to Philly on Saturday, June 16th at the Academy Of Music. Mavis Staples will open the show. Ticket sales are “TBD.” Click here for more information on the Academy of Music website.


#XPN5050: 1972

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, Helen Leicht is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1972.

This week’s #XPN5050 takes us back 47 years, to 1972. It was a leap year with two additional leap seconds, making it the longest year in history — and to those who were watching the Watergate scandal begin to unfold on the news, it probably felt like the longest, too. But that’s where music comes in handy — in 1972, music was as much of an escape from the real world, and an outlet to process it, as ever.

David Bowie reinvented himself as Ziggy Stardust, and the Rolling Stones released their 10th studio album Exile on Main St. Roberta Flack’s version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” topped the charts, and Philly’s own Todd Rundgren released his biggest hit, “Hello It’s Me.” ABBA formed that year, though they were still known by the less-catchy name “Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid.” Continue reading →


#XPN5050: 1991

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, Mike Vasilikos is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1991.

1991 was “the year punk broke.” It was the year grunge became a mainstream phenomenon, with the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten, and Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger. It also saw the release of adventurous psychedelic classics, like the acid house fueled Screamadelica by Primal Scream, or the dub-heavy trip-hop of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines. The year also saw singer-songwriter classics like Bonnie Raitt’s Luck of the Draw, and golden era hip-hop essentials like A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory.   Continue reading →


#XPN5050: 2005

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, Helen Leicht is putting the musical spotlight on the year 2005.

Fourteen years ago, LCD Soundsystem made their debut and brought indie-dance mania into the mainstream spotlight; hard-working artists Grace Potter, My Morning Jacket, and Kathleen Edwards got their due with stellar albums, Bright Eyes released two stylistically diverse records in one shot, Fiona Apple returned with her long-awaited Extraordinary Machine, and Beck brought the party once-again with the Dust Brothers-helmed Guero.

The pop charts lit up with releases from James Blunt, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, and Gorillaz, and legacy rockers Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt released compelling work.   Continue reading →