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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 →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

Photo by Danny Clinch for Rolling Stone

If you’ve never been to the Jersey shore, don’t worry, because Steve Van Zandt, one of rock and roll’s most incredible sidemen, is bringing the sounds of the shore directly to your speakers on his new album, Soulfire. On his first new solo album in 18 years, out on his own Wicked Cool Records, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul embody the best of East Coast rock and soul. Fans of The Boss, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Richard, Ronnie Spector, The Drifters: rejoice! Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Continue reading →