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Listen to a playlist of WXPN’s 2015 Gotta Hear Songs of the Week

Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

2015 was a year filled with lots of great new musical discoveries, and WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week introduced us to musicians like Leon Bridges, Natalie Prass, Brazilian psychedelic rockers Boogarins, Britney Howard of the Alabama Shakes’ side project, Thunderbitch, blues rockers Songhoy Blues from Mali, a hot reggae jam from The Frighnrs, and new songs by Adele, El Vy, and others. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: Selections by Bruce Springsteen from The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Bruce Springsteen | Phot by Joel Bernstein | via http://shorefire.com/client/bruce-springsteen
Bruce Springsteen | Photo by Joel Bernstein | via shorefire.com/client/bruce-springsteen

This week WXPN is putting the spotlight on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a collection of recordings from The Boss’s ‘The River‘ era. The River was Springsteen’s and the E Street Band’s double album opus that followed 1978′s Darkness On The Edge of Town.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection features 52 songs on 4 CDs with previously unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. The collection also include “The Ties That Bind,” on one DVD, 60-minute documentary that features an interview with Springsteen reflecting on the time when wrote and and recorded The River. Additionally, the collection includes a show recorded in Tempe, Arizona from 1980,” and 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Nemesis” by Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine | Photo by Micky Clement | via http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/26/benjamin-clementine-at-least-for-now-review
Benjamin Clementine | Photo by Micky Clement | via http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/26/benjamin-clementine-at-least-for-now-review

London based Benjamin Clementine is a pianist, singer and songwriter who recently won the prestigious Mercury Prize, an award given to an artist for the best album of the year in the UK and Ireland. Other nominees this year for the Album of the Year honor included Aphex Twin, Wolf Alice, Ghostpoet, Florence and the Machine, SOAK, and others, including the favorite of the lot, Jamie xx. Continue reading →