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This Day in Music History: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is released, Red Hot Chili Peppers get their first #1 album 22 years into their career

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.

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Listen to a new Loretta Lynn song featuring Elvis Costello

Loretta Lynn | photo by Pete Troshak for WXPN
Loretta Lynn | photo by Pete Troshak for WXPN

The last studio album we got from country music legend Loretta Lynn was almost 12 years ago, the Jack White produced, critically acclaimed Van Lear Rose. Her new album, out on March 4th on Legacy Recordings, Full Circle was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elvis Costello at SBC, The Turtles at ArtsQuest Center

Elvis Costello | Photo by Rachael Naomi | via elviscostello.com
Elvis Costello | Photo by Rachael Naomi | via elviscostello.com

Perennial rock and roll favorite Elvis Costello rolls through the area tonight when his co-headlining tour with Steely Dan comes to SBC. Costello’s last album was Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 collaboration with The Roots. Watch the video for “Walk Us Uptown” below and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bono’s surgery forces U2 to postpone “Tonight Show” residency, & watch Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello & Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith- aka “New Basement Tapes” perform on Ellen

Bono

Bono has injured his arm an apparent cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair, and has forced the postponement of U2’s week-long residency on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Continue reading →

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Listen to Questlove and Elvis Costello discuss the birth of Wise Up Ghost on WFUV and XPN’s World Cafe

Photo by Tamara Weber
Photo by Tamara Weber

Fordham University’s WFUV recently sat down with Philly’s own Questlove (The Roots) and Elvis Costello to discuss how their collaborative LP, Wise Up Ghost came to fruition earlier this year. Music lovers were given something to look forward to once news of the unlikely pairing began to surface. Upon release, the album was rightfully praised as it surpassed expectations. Listen here. Watch them perform “Wise Up Ghost” below. The band also appeared on World Cafe with David Dye this fall. Listen to that interview by clicking below.