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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 →

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

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

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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 →

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

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

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 →

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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 | katemccannphotography.com

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 →

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

Via Pitchfork http://pitchfork.com/news/72640-gossips-beth-ditto-shares-new-song-fire-off-her-debut-solo-album-listen/
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 →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “That’s How We’re Living” by Jeb Loy Nichols

Jeb Loy Nichols | Photo by Peter Williams

Bobby Womack, Al Green, George Jones, The Staple Singers, A Tribe Called Quest and The Sex Pistols. These are the musicians that influenced singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols’ career as a musician himself. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Big Boys” by Chuck Berry

CHUCK album cover | Courtesy of Dualtone Records

Last week, the world lost a rock and roll legend: Chuck Berry passed away at at his home in Missouri at age 90. In October, 2016, it was announced that Berry was going to release his first new album in 38 years. The announcement came on his 90th birthday. Continue reading →