XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen | still from A Black & White Night

30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Hear an unreleased Elliott Smith song, see Bon Iver’s tour cancellation note

Elliott Smith | via

It’s hard to believe Elliott Smith left this world in 2003, but his music still graces us all. Smith’s old record label (Kill Rock Stars) is marking the 20th anniversary of his album Either/Or by reissuing it with previously unheard bonus material. Either/Or: Expanded Edition will features a bunch of rarities and live tracks. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: The Black Keys now on Spotify, plus 8 songs Bruce Springsteen would take to a Desert Island


The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney officially Tweeted the news today that The Black Keys discography has finally made its way onto Spotify.

As recently as 2014 The Black Keys made it very clear how they felt about the streaming service. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Listen to new Ryan Adams song, watch Michael Stipe join Patti Smith in concert

Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |
Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

“I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything. I felt like I needed to tell a story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could.”
-Ryan Adams interview with NME

Ryan Adams has revealed that his16th album will be called Prisoner” and it will come out on February 17th. He also revealed the first single, “Do You Still Love Me?”, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Phil Collins jam with The Roots, hear Lady Gaga sing Carpool Karaoke, read about Neil Young’s new album

Phil Collins and Questlove | photo via NME

It was a cool old-meets-new mashup on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as Phil Collins hooked up with The Roots for a rendition of the classic 80’s hit “In the Air Tonight.” Check it out below, and pay attention to Questlove’s take on the song’s iconic drumming. Continue reading →