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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Amputation” by The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick
The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick

Scottish alt-rockers Jesus and Mary Chain are back! Brothers Jim and William Reid are returning with a new studio album, Damage And Joy, on March 24th. It’s their first album of new material since 1998’s Munki. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Strand of Oaks anthem, “Radio Kids”

Strand of Oaks | photo courtesy of the artist
Strand of Oaks | photo by Maclay Heriot | courtesy of the artist

Tim Showalter, the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Strand Of Oaks, was three albums deep into his career when he released his breakthrough, 2014’s HEAL. It changed the Philadelphia musician’s life, led him to months on the road, playing in front of increasingly larger crowds than ever before. An ensuing series of very personal life experiences took emotional toll on Showalter’s being. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Look At What The Light Did Now” by Flo Morrisey and Matthew E. White

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

British singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey has teamed up with producer, singer and songwriter Matthew E. White for an albim of covers, Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, out on January 13th.

The album includes covers of James Blake (“Colour Of Anything”), The Velvet Underground (“Sunday Morning”), Roy Ayers (“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”), Frank Ocean (“Thinking Bout You”), Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne”) and more. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” by Ron Gallo

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Ron Gallo | photo by Tim Duggan

Rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Ron Gallo left Philly after leading the roots rock band Toy Soldiers for eight years, taking off to Nashville looking for inspiration and a scene that spoke to his rock and roll urges. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle

First David Bowie, then Prince, and recently Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; these are some of the greats that have passed away this year. And as singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet sings on our Gotta Hear Song of the Week, it’s “Been A Bad Year for Rock and Roll.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fever” by Purling Hiss

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Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

We’re highlighting new music from Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss this week, so get ready to rock out.

The trio released their new LP High Bias this past Friday. They’re a band that seems to keep a steady stream of material flowing, as this marks their third record for Drag City in just four years. And yet they never feel thrown together or haphazard – everything Mike Polizze and comany put to tape is patiently coaxed out of a collection of years-old riffs and spur-of-the-moment jams. For its part, “Fever” showcases Hiss’ layered, full sound that is still nuanced. We get scuzzy guitars and a barrage of percussion right out the gate, with Polizze’s garage-fi vocals slinking in amidst howls and solos. Continue reading →