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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 →