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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Got It Like That” by Earl St. Clair

Earl St. Clair | photo by Ryan Jay | courtesy of the artist

Meet singer, songwriter and producer Earl St. Clair. Originally from Cleveland, he was born Earl Johnson II, spent most of his childhood in Alabama, getting his start as a producer for rappers Rick Ross and Machine Gun Kelly, and collaborating with electronic music superstar David Guetta. On his own, St. Clair is steeped in gritty soul and R&B. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Demon In Profile” by The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Chris Cuffaro | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Last week, The Afghan Whigs announced they are releasing a new album, In Spades.

The first song from the record, “Demon In Profile,” is classic Whigs. It’s big, bold, rocking and soulful, with a horn section whose sound is “inspired by the lush productions of R&B genius Norman Whitfield for The Temptations and Undisputed Truth” according to the band’s bio. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Santiago” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Danny Clinch

Preservation Hall Jazz Band return with a new album, So It Is, on April 21st.

Pres Hall have become internationally acclaimed for their live performances and recordings. Now led by current creative director Ben Jaffe, whose parents founded Preservation Hall in 1961, the band associated with it has been going strong since 1963. Jaffe also is the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, the charitable non-profit connected to the legendary New Orleans club that serves a mission to “pretty otect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans jazz music and culture.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Where’s The Revolution” by Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode | photo via side-line.com

Depeche Mode return with a new album, Spirit, on March 17th. The synth-pop band — made up of Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, and Andy Fletcher — formed in 1980 and held sway in the mainstream with hit after hit after hit. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Poetry” by Ray Davies

Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist
Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist

Kinks front man Ray Davies returns with a new album, Americana, on April 21st. The 15 song collection is an autobiographical work, chronicling the role America has played in Davies’ life. For the album he enlisted the help of The Jayhawks as his backing band. Continue reading →

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XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jungle” by Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo by Clint Peloso

Tash Sultana is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. She is self-taught on ten instruments and recently released her debut self-titled six song EP on her own label, Lonely Lands Records, which is being distributed in the States by Mom + Pop records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Inlaws And Outlaws” by Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan

After moving from Washington DC where he was a part of the East Coast folk rock scene to San Francisco in the mid-Sixties, singer-songwriter Terry Dolan was signed by Warner Brothers records. In September 1972, Dolan completed his self-titled debut album. For it, he recruited an incredible cast of musicians to play on the album including Rolling Stones touring pianist Nicky Hopkins, The Pointer Sisters, plus members of Journey, Steve Miller Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “No One Has The Answers” by Holly Macve

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Holly Macve | photo via BellaUnion.com

Born in Galway, 21 year-old roots singer-songwriter Holly Macve was discovered singing in a basement bar in Brighton by Bella Union Records co-founder Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins). Informed by country and folk records she grew up listening to with her family, MacVe’s songwriting and vocals sound wise beyond her years. Continue reading →