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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Flaming Lips perform “A Day in the Life” w/ Miley Cyrus, The Velvet Underground share unheard mix of “I Can’t Stand It”, and 82 yr old Loretta Lynn signs multi-record deal!

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Question: What sings Beatles covers, has a beard, & wears a massive silver, iridescent cape?  Answer:  Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips of course!  Watch the spectacle as he and Miley Cyrus sing “A Day in the Life” on Conan, after the jump. Continue reading →

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It’s been so long since Jack White came to Philly, we went to Maryland to see Jack White. And it was outstanding.

Jack White | Photo by Chris SIkich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Jack White | Photo by Chris SIkich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Pardon me if I was not sweating by the end of Jack White’s rip-roaring 105-minute set on Sunday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland; it was a nippy 55 degrees by show’s end. The nearly sold-out crowd was certainly in a heated frenzy from start to finish as White orchestrated a set that spanned his two solo albums, The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs.

Notorious for moody and eccentric behavior, White seemed nothing but pleased to be playing on a Sunday night. From the first notes of the show-opening White Stripes’ song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” onward, the crowd was on its feet. Lit exclusively by blue lights, White, with a new hairdo that appeared inspired by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, did what he does best: paint an aural landscape of sublime rock ’n’ roll with his guitar brilliance and bluesy vocals. Continue reading →

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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “High Ball Stepper” by Jack White

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Last week Jack White announced he was releasing a new album, Lazaretto, on June 10th. The first song from the record that he’s released is an instrumental, “High Ball Stepper,” a bluesy, psychedelic guitar jam. White will release the title song of the album on April 19th as part of Record Store Day. He’s billing it as “the world’s fastest released record in the history of mankind.” According to his web site:

At 10am in the morning, Jack will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will then be rushed over to United Record Pressing, who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans.

Below, listen to “High Ball Stepper.”