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Celebrate Prince’s birthday with this beautiful gospel cover, newly uncovered from 1983

Prince’s Piano & A Microphone 1983 | via Brooklyn Vegan

Today would have been Prince‘s 60th birthday, and to mark the occasion, a new release from his storied archives has been announced. Piano & A Microphone: 1983 is nine solo songs performed by Prince and recorded at his studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The track list includes renditions of “Purple Rain” and “International Lover,” a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” and a cover of “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” a gospel song with roots dating back before the Civil War that is best known in its 1957 recording by The Swan Silvertones. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: William Prince got real personal to kick off day three

William Prince | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Canadian folk singer-songwriter William Prince sings with his heart, and is not afraid to be vulnerable on stage. To kick off day three of the NonCOMM Convention, the Juno Award winner gave us a performance that hits ya right in the feels. His soulful vocals and storytelling skills made his performance so memorable. His music is inspired by all aspects of his life, and “Breathless” from his most recent album Earthly Days was one of the songs that truly depicted those raw feelings; he dedicated the song to his wife. Towards end his set, Prince sung an unpublished track dedicated to his father, who passed a bit of time ago. It was a soulful tear jerker that left my heart aching. Continue reading →

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Listen to an incredible recording of Elliott Smith at Princeton, NJ’s Terrace Club in April of 1997

Elliott Smith in 1997 | via letsgetlost.org

Before he made a beautifully understated suit-clad performance at the Oscars, before his Figure 8 album cover turned the mural at 4330 West Sunset Boulevard into a L.A. tourist destination, before he tragically died at age 34, Elliott Smith was a singer with an acoustic guitar and some beautifully sad songs, traveling the country and playing gigs.

In April of 1997, Smith was on an east coast run in support of Either / Or — an album which, along with his self titled record from 1995, are essential documents of his minimal, home-recorded Kill Rock Stars years — and the tour came through Princeton, New Jersey’s Terrace Club on April 12, 1997. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Jeff Tweedy will play a solo show at Princeton’s McCarter Theater

Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy is taking some time to himself in 2018, and embarks on a solo tour this spring that brings him to the region for an April 18th show at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets for the show will be available Friday, February 9th, more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Princess Nokia provides a vivid glimpse into the life of an NYC teenager in video double feature “Bart Simpson / Green Line”

Princess Nokia | photo by Milah Libin | courtesy of the artist

New York City native Princess Nokia has dropped a double feature video for “Bart Simpson” and “Green Line”, both from her recent release 1992 Deluxe, which is out now via Rough Trade Records. The record is an expanded edition of her mixtape release from last year, named after the year of her birth. Continue reading →

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Questlove, Sheila E., Morris Day and PnB Rock will honor Prince with a free West Philly concert

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

When Prince passed away last year, he was eulogized by artists the world around — and one of the most devoted voice was from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer and bandleader of The Roots. Quest was a fan from a young age, and as he wrote in Rolling Stone essay last April, “I patterned everything in my life after Prince.”

Next month, Questlove leads a loving tribute to the Purple One at the 2017 N2N Festival (Neighborhood to Neighborhood), and the performers joining him are no joke: Prince collaborators Morris Day and Sheila E. will take the stage at the free concert along with a rising rap sensation from Germantown, PnB Rock. The event, which takes place Saturday, September 16th, is basically a huge block party in West Philly between 49th and 51st Streets, stretching from Willows to Catherine with its nexus at at 50th and Baltimore.  Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie’s weird and colorful video of Prince cover, “Controversy”

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Philly’s Low Cut Connie, Adam Weiner, is a massive Prince fan; so much so that the band included an amazing cover of “Controversy” on their latest album, Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1. 

When the track was first released back in May, the cover held the title of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, so we like it quite a bunch around here. More recently, Diffuser has premiered a colorfully weird video as the tune’s visual counterpart. Continue reading →