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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Creep City” by Jake Shears

Jake Shears | Photo by Raphael Chatelain

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, recently debuted his first solo song, “Creep City.”

Billboard reported that in an e-mail to his fans, Shears said: “The world is upside down right now. In the thick of it, I feel that we still need tunes that make us smile, that make us wanna sing and dance like fools,” and he described the new song as a “pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher | Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

Australian guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jen Cloher will perform at WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, November 3rd at World Cafe Live. Cloher — who is married to Courtney Barnett, and co-founder of Milk! Records with her — is an excellent songwriter/guitarist is her own right, as showcased on her recently released self-titled album. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Matter of Time” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

Recorded in the months leading up to her passing following a bout with pancreatic cancer, R&B / soul singer Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings produced one final studio album before her death in November of 2016. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet | Photo by Michael Lavine

Greta Van Fleet are a four piece rock and roll band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, about an hour and a half North of Detroit. The band was formed in 2012 by brothers Josh (lead vocals), Sam (bass and keyboards) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, and includes Daniel Wagner on drums. They released their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, in April. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Powderfinger” by Neil Young


On August 11th, 1976, Neil Young walked into Indigo Studios in Malibu with an acoustic guitar, and proceeded to record an album of new songs he’d been working on. The album, Hitchhiker, sat on the shelves for years — decades, even — until recently. Continue reading →