XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fever” by Purling Hiss

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Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

We’re highlighting new music from Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss this week, so get ready to rock out.

The trio released their new LP High Bias this past Friday. They’re a band that seems to keep a steady stream of material flowing, as this marks their third record for Drag City in just four years. And yet they never feel thrown together or haphazard – everything Mike Polizze and comany put to tape is patiently coaxed out of a collection of years-old riffs and spur-of-the-moment jams. For its part, “Fever” showcases Hiss’ layered, full sound that is still nuanced. We get scuzzy guitars and a barrage of percussion right out the gate, with Polizze’s garage-fi vocals slinking in amidst howls and solos. Continue reading →


Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fairies Wear Boots” by Brownout

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From Austin, Texas, the nine piece Brownout are a Latin band formed by members of Grupo Fantasma. Following up their acclaimed 2014 tribute to Black Sabbath, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, the band are releasing Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, Volume II, on October 28th. Continue reading →


Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Same Old Lie” by Jim James

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Jim James announced last week that he’ll be releasing a new solo record called Eternally Even on November 4th, a follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Regions of Light and Sound of God. “Same Old Lie” is the first single from the LP and sees the My Morning Jacket frontman embracing a more political tone in his lyrics.

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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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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Red Earth & Pouring Rain” by Bear’s Den

Bear's Den | Photo by Andrew Whitton
Bear’s Den | Photo by Andrew Whitton

Bear’s Den are playing this week’s Free At Noon at World Cafe Live. The London based duo includes singer/guitarist Andrew Davie and multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones. The band recently released Red Earth & Pouring Rain. Continue reading →


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 →


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 →