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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Lana Del Rey join Leonard Cohen’s son for cover of his dad’s “Chelsea Hotel #2” at Tower of Song Tribute

Tower of Song flyer

Musicians from around the world gathered in Montreal last night for the Tower of Song Tribute to celebrate the life & music of Leonard Cohen on the eve of the 1st anniversary of his death. Watch Lana Del Rey and Cohen’s son Adam perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 cover Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” in tribute to the late Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono

U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto.  Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Leonard Cohen perform at the Walnut Street Theater on April 30, 1985

Leonard Cohen in 1985 | via YouTube

When Leonard Cohen passed away at age 82 last November, he was mourned as an iconic elder statesman of singer-songwriters the world around. How much of a statesman, exactly? When Cohen played the Walnut Street Theater 32 years ago today, it was a comeback show: his first U.S. performance in ten years, and he had over two decades of music to draw from in compiling his setlist.

As you can hear in the below recording we dug up on YouTube, Cohen wound up playing two sets totaling 26 songs over almost two hours that night. His most recent album at the time, the previous year’s Various Positions, was represented with “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” “Coming Back To You” and his sublime version of “Hallelujah.” Older cuts like “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” “Suzanne,” and “Lover Lover Lover” were in the mix as well. He performed with five bandmates — they absolutely shine on “So Long, Marienne” — and started the second set with four solo numbers, including the timeless “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Continue reading →

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Celebrate the work of Leonard Cohen in music and spoken word at the Gershman Y

Leonard Cohen | photo courtesy of the Gershman Y
Leonard Cohen | photo by Route66 | courtesy of the Gershman Y

It’s been six months since the passing of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, and it’s no doubt that his influence and inspiration will continue to live on through artists for years to come. To pay tribute to such an important figure, the Gershman Y is presenting An Evening of Leonard Cohen at the Y’s Levitt Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Dove and the Wolf’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Cover songs often pose a tricky predicament. Do you stay as close to the original as you can? Completely transform the song into your own?  It’s very risky territory, especially when covering a song by a legend like Leonard Cohen.  But all this didn’t hinder Philly-based indie pop duo, The Dove and the Wolf, from taking the leap and covering Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”  And I’m super glad it didn’t, because Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard’s take on the sweet and simple folk tune is a beautiful gem of a cover. Continue reading →

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Hear Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner cover Leonard Cohen at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Earlier this week, an all star bill of musicians paid tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The night included performances from Lee Ranaldo, Josh Ritter, and more, including a turn by Philly’s own Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie). He does a particularly fiery take of I’m Your Man cut “Everybody Knows”, taking a more rock & roll approach to the originally synth-driven track. Watch him stand on his piano bench and preach to the crowd in video from the event below. Continue reading →

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The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf covered Leonard Cohen, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video
The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video

Philly rockers The Districts settled in for the weekend at Johnny Brenda’s to kick off a late fall tour of intimate venues. The whole run of shows sold out very quickly, and last night’s gig in particular was filled with immense amounts of awesome. Not the least of which were six songs from the new record we’re hoping to hear from The Districts in 2017.

Song titles included “Violet,” “Rattling of the Heart,” “Night Time Girls,” “Point,” “Ordinary Day” and “If Before I Wake,” and we’ll have more on them when our Jeremy Zimmerman reviews night one of the series later this week. Suffice it to say, the songs are varied, big and bold, and frontman Rob Grote’s voice soars in a way we haven’t heard from him before…very exciting stuff.

For today, we’ll focus on another bit of awesome from the weekend: collabs and covers. Continue reading →

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Margo Price works the crowd, honors Leonard Cohen at World Cafe Live

Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN
Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN

On Thursday evening, Margo Price held court at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. The Nashville singer-songwriter has been rising to the top this year after releasing her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, on Third Man Records.

With a tight twang and booming voice, Price took the crowd by storm, covering all of the fan favorites from her anthem “Tennessee” to the heartbreaking “Hands of Time,” diving offstage to dance with the crowd on the main set closer “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle).” Continue reading →