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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Blood On Me” by Sampha

Sampha | Photo by Ben Walker
Sampha | Photo by Ben Walker

British artist Sampha is gearing up to release a solo LP called Process later this year, featuring his new single “Blood On Me.” Though the electronic singer-songwriter has collected performance credits on tracks with Drake, Kanye, Frank Ocean and a recurring collaboration with SBTRKT since 2011, Process marks his debut full-length.

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Sting readies his first rock album in over a decade

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Sting releases his new album, 57th & 9th, on November 11th. It’s his first new rock album in over a decade. The album features his long-time collaborators Dominic Miller on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. It includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese of Nine Inch Nails, guitarist Lyle Workman and the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Listen to the first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Only A River” by Bob Weir

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Bob Weir | via Rolling Stone

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir is releasing a new solo album, Blue Mountain, recorded with Aaron & Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf of The National, and producer Josh Kaufman. While he’s released albums with his band Ratdog, several live recordings of performances with Kingfish and Rob Wasserman, and a collection of live/studio compilation in 2004, Weir Here, Blue Mountain is his first collection of new studio recordings in almost 40 years, when he released Heaven Help The Fool.

On his website, Blue Mountain is called “a deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth.” Continue reading →