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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Poetry” by Ray Davies

Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist
Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist

Kinks front man Ray Davies returns with a new album, Americana, on April 21st. The 15 song collection is an autobiographical work, chronicling the role America has played in Davies’ life. For the album he enlisted the help of The Jayhawks as his backing band. Continue reading →

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XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jungle” by Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo by Clint Peloso

Tash Sultana is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. She is self-taught on ten instruments and recently released her debut self-titled six song EP on her own label, Lonely Lands Records, which is being distributed in the States by Mom + Pop records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Inlaws And Outlaws” by Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan

After moving from Washington DC where he was a part of the East Coast folk rock scene to San Francisco in the mid-Sixties, singer-songwriter Terry Dolan was signed by Warner Brothers records. In September 1972, Dolan completed his self-titled debut album. For it, he recruited an incredible cast of musicians to play on the album including Rolling Stones touring pianist Nicky Hopkins, The Pointer Sisters, plus members of Journey, Steve Miller Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “No One Has The Answers” by Holly Macve

image from artist page on Bella Union web site
Holly Macve | photo via BellaUnion.com

Born in Galway, 21 year-old roots singer-songwriter Holly Macve was discovered singing in a basement bar in Brighton by Bella Union Records co-founder Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins). Informed by country and folk records she grew up listening to with her family, MacVe’s songwriting and vocals sound wise beyond her years. Continue reading →

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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 →