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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Little Boys with Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist
Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back with another new classic soul song, “Little Boys With Shiny Toys.”

Last year, Jones released the Grammy-nominated Give The People What They Want, and she’s recovered from the cancer she battled in 2013. The soulful Jones is a high energy show stopper and for a decade she and the Dap-Kings have been keeping soul music and real R&B alive. There’s no shortage of bands trying to take the the soul sounds of the past into the future, and none do it as well as Jones and her band. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the week: “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fade Out Lines” by The Avener

The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Avener | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Avener is French electronic music producer and DJ Tristan Casara. Classically trained, he developed his skills as a DJ and producer, striking international gold with a reworking of a song by the Berlin based band, Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “A Taste Of Silver” by Until The Ribbon Breaks

Until The Ribbon Breaks | Photo by Jesse DeFlorio
Until The Ribbon Breaks | Photo by Jesse DeFlorio

Until The Ribbon Breaks are a three piece band fronted by Cardiff native, singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and visual artist Pete Lawrie Winfield and featuring James Gordon on keyboards, and drummer Elliot Wall. Winfield has an impressive musical lineage; both his parents are classical musicians and his grandfather Michael Winfield, played on The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Continue reading →

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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 →