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Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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G Love releases new video for “Too Much Month”

G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

Promotion continues for G Love & Special Sauce‘s new Sugar. The album, which was released last month, features the song “Too Much Month,” which has all the characteristics of a typical G Love track – sloppy, bluesy, yet splendidly cohesive. The song’s video features the band in an empty diner, with G Love decked out in his distinctive fedora, leather jacket, and harmonica (which he never even plays in the song, it just lies on his shoulders).  The black and whiteness of the video gives the song a particularly nostalgic feel as band members Jimi Jazz and Jeffrey Clemens jam along with him.

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Download a new G Love Song: “Fixin’ To Die”


One of our long-time faves G Love is releasing his new album Fixin To Die on February 22nd on Brushfire Records. The record was produced by The Avett Brothers at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. There’s a cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and the stomping title song written by the legendary Bukka White.

As G says on his website:

“It was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of focus, care and passion Scott & Seth brought to it. We felt connected the entire time – it was instantaneous. It always feels like crunch time in the studio but it never felt like that with these guys. It was a team thing, no drama, no agenda. It was a tremendously positive and encouraging experience. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record – let’s just put it that way. I’m still buzzing about it.”

Here’s the title song for you to download, compliments of G –

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The Stray Birds return with a hopeful and vulnerable note on love, “Nothing To Say About It Now”

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds | photo courtesy of the artist

Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds recently announced their new album, Let It Pass, set to release September 7th via Yep Roc Records. The album is reflective of the band members’ tumultuous relationship in creating music together in the wake of the dissolved romantic relationship between multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Oliver Craven and Maya De Vitry. Continue reading →

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“Both Sides of Love” will celebrate Elaine Hoffman Watts’ life and work in classical and klezmer this Sunday

Elaine Hoffman Watts drums at a Curtis Institute of Music holiday party in 1951 | photo courtesy of Mark Rubin

When noted klezmer and classical percussionist Elaine Hoffman Watts passed away in September, it seemed like a given that there would be a memorial concert for her at some point. After all, how else do you honor the life and career of someone who made music for more than seven decades and taught literally thousands of students? This Sunday at Temple Beth Hillell-Beth El in Wynnewood is “Both Sides of Love,” a celebration of Watts and her contributions to the music world. Continue reading →

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Arcade Fire celebrates the audacity of love in the animated new music video for “Chemistry”

Arcade Fire’s “Chemistry” video | still from video

Watching Arcade Fire’s music video for “Chemistry” feels like indulging in Saturday morning cartoons over a bowl of sugary cereal— to enjoy it, you have to revert back to an adolescent mindset. Directed by Ray Tintori and animated by Starburns Industries (the people behind Rick And Morty), this is a vibrant and endearing endeavor.

The story follows a typical underdog-gets-the-girl plotline (literally). Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis | Photo Credit: Jacalyn Meyvis | Courtesy of Rounder Records

Mikaela Davis came out of of the Rochester, New York music scene. A classically trained harpist and singer-songwriter, Davis studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, was raised on the Salzedo method of harp playing and studied under Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years. Davis releases her debut for Rounder Records, Delivery, on July 13th. Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen will perform at the grand reopening of beloved Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

On June 18th, the city of Asbury Park will celebrate the grand renovation of its famed Asbury Lanes with a night of live music…and of course Jersey native Bruce Springsteen will be featured in the lineup.

A bowling alley and bar that became a beloved spot to catch punk shows in the Garden State, Asbury Lanes is now officially outfitted as a new music venue, and the celebration (which also features Portugal. The Man) will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Asbury Lanes has been officially open since Memorial Day Weekend. Continue reading →