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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “What Still Remains” by Oyinda

Oyinda | Photo courtesy of the artist
Oyinda | Photo courtesy of the artist

Within seconds, hearing the London born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer Oyinda will leave you breathless. Her moody, striking, electronic based soul music brings to mind the mid-tempo sultry sounds of Sade, The XX, Massive Attack, and Jhene Aiko. She’s an exciting new musician, with endless potential, a gorgeous voice and magical sound. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: BADBADNOTGOOD remix Future Islands’ “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo by Connor Olthuis
The Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have a history of creating some incredible remixes, typically in the world of hip-hop, remixing Black Milk’s “Now Or Never,” Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown’s “Six Degrees,” and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s “Shame.” Recently they took to re-imagining one of 2014′s best songs, “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Radio” by Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham | Photo by Anna Axster
Ryan Bingham | Photo by Anna Axster

Alt-country singer, songwriter and guitarist Ryan Bingham is releasing a new album on January 20th, Fear And Saturday Night.

Bingham’s fifth album is being released on his own Axster Bingham Records, and was produced by Jim Scott. The legendary producer and engineer has an impressive resume, with work he’s done on records by The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Kathleen Edwards, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Fogerty, Citizen Cope and many more. The band on Fear And Saturday Night includes featuring Shawn Davis (Beck, Juanes) on bass, lead guitarist Daniel Sproul and drummer Nate Barnes, both from the band Rose Hill Drive. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Don’t Wanna Lose” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony has been in a series of excellent indierock bands over the years. She formed Helium in the early Nineties, was a member of Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Rebecca Cole, and has recorded several solo albums. Her most recent band project is Ex Hex, a trio including drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When I’m Able” by The Revivalists

The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Soulful and rocking, The Revivalists are a seven piece band based in New Orleans. With horns a plenty, pedal steel and keyboards complementing the guitar, bass and drums setup, the band formed in 2007 and since then has become a major touring band and a fixture on the local New Orleans music scene. Fronted by David Shaw, the band’s recent album, City of Sound was self-released in 2012 and was re-released with bonus live songs on Wind-Up Records last March. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire

The rock and roll band Sleater-Kinney is back and rocking like no time has passed at all since their decision to to go on hiatus in 2004. A lot of people are very happy they’re back together, and releasing a new album, No Cities To Love on January 20th. Their show at Union Transfer on February 28th sold out quickly, and most of the recently announced tour is close to selling out. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “One Way Street” by Wannabe Jalva

Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes
Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes

Wannabe Jalva are a rock band from Brazil with elements of psychedelia and space rock. The foursome include Rafael Rocha (Vocals, Guitar), Tiagao Abrahão (Bass, Guitar), Fernando Paulista (Drums and Percussion) and Felipe Puperi (Vocals, Guitars, Keys). They release their new record Collecture, on October 15th, 2014. The band began playing their self-proclaimed “uterus space-groove rock” in 2010. In the summer of 2011 they released their debut EP, Welcome To Jalva. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King

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Elle King | Photo via facebook.com/ElleKingMusic

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player Elle King’s new track, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” is a fiery roots rock stomper. Raised on soul, R&B, country and bluegrass, King released her debut EP in 2012. At the time, we were enamored with the song “Playing For Keeps” from the EP, and she performed at WXPN’s NonCOMM in 2012. The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and actress London King, Elle grew up in Ohio, New York and spent time in Philly where she attended the University of The Arts. Continue reading →