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My Morning Download (Valentine’s Day edition): “Last Forever” by Amy & The Engine

Photo credit: Shervin Lainez
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Here’s a Valentine’s Day treat for you from the South Portland, Maine, the indie pop band Amy & The Engine, fronted by irresistibly charming Amy Allen. With two EP’s and an appearance on The Voice on her resume, Allen the her bandmates in the Engine at Berklee College of Music. Continue reading →

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Download “If I Could” by the Juliana Hatfield Three

Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish
Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish

After 21 years, The Juliana Hatfield Three has recorded their first new album, Whatever, My Love, out February 17th. Though Hatfield herself has released several outstanding solo albums over the years – including 1998′s Bed, 2005′s Made In China and 2013′s Wild Animals – this album is the first she’s made with the band that made Become What You Are in 1993, and its propulsive tempos and distortion-pedal riffs play as perfectly today as Become did 22 years ago. The JH3 plays a sold out show at Boot & Saddle on Tuesday, March 3rd; tickets are still available for a second show on Monday, March 2nd, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist
Sharon Jones | Courtesy of the artist

Tonight, WXPN Welcomes Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to the Merriam theatre. Last year, Jones released the Grammy-nominated Give The People What They Want, and she’s recovered from the cancer she battled in 2013. The soulful Jones is a high energy show stopper and for a decade she and the Dap-Kings have been keeping soul music and real R&B alive. There’s no shortage of bands trying to take the the soul sounds of the past into the future, and none do it as well as Jones and her band. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe session version of “Rocking Chair” by The Districts

The Districts' lead singer Rob Grote at XPoNential Music Festival, 2013
The Districts’ lead singer Rob Grote at XPoNential Music Festival, 2013

It’s been a fun rock and roll trip for the Lititz/Philly rock and roll band The Districts since they played the XPoNential Music Festival in July 2013. Barely a blip on the local Philly music scene at the time, things moved pretty quickly for the band. They recently released their debut on Fat Possum Records, A Flourish And A Spoil. This coming Saturday night, the band play a sold out show at Union Transfer. We’re incredibly proud of the band as they set off on a tour in March, and a spot on the lineup at Governors Ball in June in New York. Continue reading →

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Download “Billions Of Eyes” by Lady Lamb

Lady Lamb | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Lady Lamb | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lady Lamb (Aly Spaltro) is releasing her new album, After, on March 3rd. She’s been making music since she was 15 years old, releasing home recordings in handmade packages out of her home in Brunswick, Maine. Continue reading →

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Soul + Blues + Hip-hop = Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Rag 'N' Bone Man | Photo courtesy of Gregory Nolan | http://www.gregorynolan.com/blog/2013/11/2/ragnbone-man
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man | Photo courtesy of Gregory Nolan | http://www.gregorynolan.com/blog/2013/11/2/ragnbone-man

Meet Rory Graham, a hip-hop influenced young soul and blues singer based in London, who makes music as Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. Graham’s got a stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, and for the last several years he’s been on the fast track to broader fame. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance by Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo did an absolutely fantastic interview and performance session on World Cafe in April, 2014, that you can listen to in its entirety here. Kidjo’s interview and performance featured songs from Eve. The album, dedicated to the women of Africa, included music for her mother whose work in theater inspired Angelique to perform. Continue reading →

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Download “Feel Safe” by Liverpool trio All We Are

All We Are | Photo by Jon Bergman
All We Are | Photo by Jon Bergman

Newcomers All We Are are a trio based in Liverpool, featuring Guro Gikling on bass and vocals, drummer and vocalist Rich O’Flynn, and guitarist Luis Santos. The trio met when they attended the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. On twitter, they describe themselves as the “Bee Gees on diazepam,” but their world of sound is a place where The XX meets Steely Dan, and smooth, laid back grooves provide the incentive to stay tuned in. Continue reading →

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