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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

Photo via facebook.com/ElleKingMusic
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 →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)” by Johnny Winter featuring Ben Harper

Johnny Winter | Photo courtesy of Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Winter/58833032349
Johnny Winter | Photo courtesy of Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Winter/58833032349

Recently, the music world was stunned by the death of the legendary blues and rock guitarist and singer Johnny Winter at the age of 70. Sadly, he didn’t survive long enough to see the release of his new album, Step Back. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “World Restart” by Kindness

Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine
Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine

British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) is releasing his highly anticipated second album Otherness on October 14th. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Nothing To It” by The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes | Photo courtesy of the artist
The New Basement Tapes | Photo courtesy of the artist

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, is a new collaborative album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. The album, which will be released on November 11th, celebrates the discovery of never before heard handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics from his 1967 “Basement Tapes” writing and recording period. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

King Tuff, the moniker of Kyle Thomas, recently released “Eyes of the Muse” off of his forthcoming album Black Moon Spell out September 23rd (Sub Pop). Last year, King Tuff played a stellar show at the First Unitarian Church. During an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, Thomas explained that “There’s just been kind of this cold quality to indie music where there’s a lot of good stuff but not the fun aspect to it,” and that his music attempts to fill in that gap.

Compared to 2012′s self-titled album, “Eyes of the Muse” is more polished and mature. It still contains King Tuff’s signature mix of ridiculous lyrics and catchy guitar hooks. Black Moon Spell also features an appearance by Ty Segall, on drums on the title track. Listen to “Eyes of the Muse” below.

King Tuff plays the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, October 7th. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calender.