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WXPN’s Gotta hear Song of the Week: “A Knife In The Ocean” by Foals

Foals | Credit: Neil Krug
Foals | Credit: Neil Krug

From Oxford, England, the indie rock band Foals are one of the UK’s most popular bands. While they’ve got their share of fans in the States, they’ve struggled however, to build the huge following they’ve truly deserved. That’s all about to change with the release of their fantastic new album, What Went Down on August 28th. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is kicking up one heck of a soul music storm. When Rateliff started to release albums and begin working the acoustic/folk music scene back in 2007, I’m sure he didn’t see his evolution into a dynamic soul music performer coming. That’s exactly what is happening right now, in large part to a triumphant performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon several weeks ago, when he performed the song “S.O.B.” from his new album out next Friday, August 21st. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Return To The Moon” by El VY

El Vy | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/ELVYclub
El Vy | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/ELVYclub

Matt Berninger, the lead singer and songwriter from The National and Brent Knopf from Portland’s Menomena and Ramona Falls have combined musical forces as El VY (pronounced El-Vye). Their debut, Return to the Moon, is out October 30th with a tour that makes a stop at Union Transfer in Philly on November 10th. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week” “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT

In 1990, Yo La Tengo released their acclaimed Fakebook, a collection of mostly cover songs. The band is revisiting the concept of Fakebook on their new album, Stuff Like That There, coming out on August 28th via Matador Records. Yo La Tengo will also be touring with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on Thursday, September 24th. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Gunga Din” by The Libertines

The Libertines | Photo via http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/86775
The Libertines | Photo via http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/86775

The Libertines debuted in 2002 with Up The Bracket and garnered some of the most notorious, yet acclaimed international press of any British band. Fronted by Carl Barât and Pete Doherty – both on vocals and guitar – and the rhythm section of bassist John Hassall and Gary Powell on drums, the garage-punk band shared a kindred spirit to The Jam, the Buzzcocks, and The Clash. In fact, Mick Jones of The Clash produced their first two albums.  Continue reading →