XPN MusicNotes: Watch Courtney Barnett perform on Colbert, Blondie and The Pixies added to NYC Bowie Tribute Shows, & Foals is taking a break

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Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

She may have missed out on the Best New Artist of the Year Grammy but Courtney Barnett is a hit with nearly anyone who’s seen or heard her music. Check out Courtney’s live-performance of “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” on last night’s  Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Continue reading →


This Day in Music History: Brian Wilson begins recording “Good Vibrations,” Mumford & Sons make their US television debut

Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN |
Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN |

1955 – Little Richard sends his first audition tape to Specialty Records.

1960 – The Everly Brothers sign a 10 year contract with Warner Brothers worth $1 million.

1966 – Brian Wilson begins recording the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Continue reading →


Listen to Marcus Mumford talk about the new sound, playing live and Gentlemen of the Road with WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos

Mumford and Sons | Photo  courtesy of the artist
Mumford and Sons | Photo courtesy of the artist

With a new song making the rounds, a new album in the pipeline and a big festival tour bringing them to Seaside Heights this summer, Mumford and Sons are poised to have a pretty excellent 2015. This morning, frontman Marcus Mumford called in to the XPN Morning Show to talk with Mike Vasilikos about how they spent their year off in 2014, what it was like playing first gigs in a while, the upcoming Gentlemen of the Road tour and the hotly-debated evolution of their sound. Continue reading →