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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fallin’ Rain” by Karl Blau

Karl Blau

Country-soul singer-songwriter Karl Blau. a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and KNW-YR-OWN label. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: The War On Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis cover the Grateful Dead

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

A highly anticipated collection of covers of Grateful Dead songs, Day Of The Dead, is being released on May 20th. Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the all-star collection features 59 songs, with contributions by The Lone Bellow, Jim James, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Mumford and Sons, Kurt Vile, Lucius, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and many others. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Worry” by Jack Garratt

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt quietly made his Philly debut in August 2015 at MilkBoy. Those who atteneded and were familiar with the buzz that was building for him the UK got a glimpse of an exciting new musician. The word “speechless” was used by one reviewer, signaling the arrival of an “artist to watch,” who have the potential to actually deliver. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jesus Is Coming Soon” by Cowboy Junkies

Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records
Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is a cover of “Jesus Is Coming Soon” from God Don’t Never Change, a new tribute album to gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. The album also features contributions from Lucinda Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee, Sinead O’Connor, and two songs by Tom Waits. Continue reading →