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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “My Only True Friend” by Gregg Allman

Photo courtesy of Rounder Records

On “My Only True Friend,” the first new song by Gregg Allman, co-written with Gregg’s longtime music director/guitarist Scott Sharrard, from his forthcoming posthumous album, he sings “I hope you’re haunted by the music of my soul when I’m gone.” It’s a bittersweet emotional tug given his passing on May 27th. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How Did I Find Myself Here?” by The Dream Syndicate

Steve Wynn | The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The Dream Syndicate are back with their first new music in almost thirty tears and are still rocking as good as they ever have. On September 8th, the seminal indie rock rockers will release their fifth studio album, How Did I Find Myself Here? It’s the band’s first album since 1988’s Ghost Stories. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Black Tears” by Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck

Imelda May

Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May plays Free At Noon this Friday, June 23rd, before playing a show at Union Transfer on Sunday, June 25th. Or her new album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood., May has taken on a new musical direction, under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett.

She’s traded in her rockabilly musical ways for ballads and sophisticated mid-tempo love songs. Working with a core band that includes drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassists Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Dennis Crouch, May’s expressive and powerful voice remains center stage. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fool In Love” by Jamtown

Jamtown

Welcome to Jamtown: the new collaboration between G. Love, Cisco Adler, and Donavon Frankenreiter. The trio, who have been friends and off and on again collaborators since G. Love and Frankenreiter met in 2003, recorded with Adler last December. A five song EP is being released on June 23rd on Adler’s Bananabeat Records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wall of Glass” by Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher | Photo credit: RANKIN

Last week, Liam Gallagher released “Wall Of Glass,” the lead single from his forthcoming album, As You Were. Gallagher and his brother Noel formed the internationally acclaimed Manchester Britpop band Oasis in 1991, with Liam going on to front Beady Eye until 2014. Continue reading →

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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 →