XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Black Tears” by Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck

Imelda May

Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May plays Free At Noon this Friday, June 23rd, before playing a show at Union Transfer on Sunday, June 25th. Or her new album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood., May has taken on a new musical direction, under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett.

She’s traded in her rockabilly musical ways for ballads and sophisticated mid-tempo love songs. Working with a core band that includes drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassists Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Dennis Crouch, May’s expressive and powerful voice remains center stage. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fool In Love” by Jamtown


Welcome to Jamtown: the new collaboration between G. Love, Cisco Adler, and Donavon Frankenreiter. The trio, who have been friends and off and on again collaborators since G. Love and Frankenreiter met in 2003, recorded with Adler last December. A five song EP is being released on June 23rd on Adler’s Bananabeat Records. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wall of Glass” by Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher | Photo credit: RANKIN

Last week, Liam Gallagher released “Wall Of Glass,” the lead single from his forthcoming album, As You Were. Gallagher and his brother Noel formed the internationally acclaimed Manchester Britpop band Oasis in 1991, with Liam going on to front Beady Eye until 2014. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “A Nickel and A Nail” by Don Bryant

Don Bryant | Photo credit: C. Matt White

75-year-old soul and R&B singer and songwriter Don Bryant is having a second chance to a long and successful career. He recently released Don’t Give Up On My Love on Fat Possum Records. It’s only the second album of his career; his one and only other album, Precious Soul, was released in 1969. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How To Boil An Egg” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |

Last week, Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist and favorite rockers Courtney Barnett released “How To Boil An Egg,” a newly recorded song she recorded for Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Back in ’74” by Endless Boogie

Endless Boogie | Photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of the artist and No Quarter Records

Taking their name from John Lee Hooker’s 1971 album of the same, New York’s Endless Boogie have been rocking it out since 1997, when a couple of employees at Matador Records decided to start a band. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Controversy” by Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

One of our favorite Philly rock and roll party starters, Low Cut Connie, releases their new album, Dirty Pictures (part 1) on May 19th and it continues to showcase their full-on commitment to the heart and soul of rock and roll. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Thinking of a Place” by The War On Drugs

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann |

Last Friday, The War On Drugs returned with their first new original song since 2014’s Lost In The Dream. We last heard from them on last year’s massive Grateful Dead tribute collection Day of The Dead with their cover of “Touch Of Grey.”

“Thinking of a Place” was a special released for this past Saturday’s Record Store Day, released as a special 12-inch double sided single. Continue reading →


Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fire” by Beth Ditto

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Born Mary Beth Patterson in Arkansas Beth Ditto fronted the disco punk rock three-piece Gossip from 1999 until they broke up in 2016. This year, Ditto has returned with the first song from her solo debut full length album, Fake Sugar, due out June 16. Continue reading →