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Listen to Patti Smith on Mountain Stage

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye | photo by Brian Blauser | courtesy of Mountain Stage

Poet, author, visual artist, singer, songwriter: these are just a few of the things Patti Smith has been over the years. But even with all her personal accomplishments and accolades, the iconic artist’s recent appearance on Mountain Stage was dedicated entirely to her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith. Best known as guitarist of the punk band MC5, Fred passed away in 1994. Continue reading →

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Watch Patti Smith sing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Patti Smith at the Nobel Prize ceremony | still from video
Patti Smith at the Nobel Prize ceremony | still from video

This year, singer-songwriter icon Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature — and it was an unconventional feat in a number of ways. It was the first time the Nobel committee has honored a musician as a writer. There was also the way in which Dylan, under widespread media scrutiny, took a week to publicly acknowledge his win. And the fact that he did not attend today’s awards ceremony in Stockholm to claim his award. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to new Ryan Adams song, watch Michael Stipe join Patti Smith in concert

Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

“I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything. I felt like I needed to tell a story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could.”
-Ryan Adams interview with NME

Ryan Adams has revealed that his16th album will be called Prisoner” and it will come out on February 17th. He also revealed the first single, “Do You Still Love Me?”, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →

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Father John Misty covered both Rihanna and Patti Smith last night because he’s Father John Misty

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

It’s been a strange week for covers. First, we got Drake covering Jackson Browne/Nico‘s “These Days”, which still feels like a weird dream. Then last night, at his show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, psilocybin loverboy Father John Misty covered both Rihanna‘s “Kiss It Better” and the Patti Smith/Bruce Springsteen co-penned “Because The Night.” Continue reading →