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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Lana Del Rey join Leonard Cohen’s son for cover of his dad’s “Chelsea Hotel #2” at Tower of Song Tribute

Tower of Song flyer

Musicians from around the world gathered in Montreal last night for the Tower of Song Tribute to celebrate the life & music of Leonard Cohen on the eve of the 1st anniversary of his death. Watch Lana Del Rey and Cohen’s son Adam perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2. Continue reading →

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Sept 14 in Music History: Genesis make their live debut, Counting Crows release August and Everything After

Counting Crows August and Everything After

1955 – Little Richard enters a New Orleans studio to begin two days of recording. The sessions don’t start well, but they end fantastically. During a break, he and his producer Bumps Blackwell go to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard starts wildly playing the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard records this version of the song with the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”

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Sting enthralls an intimate Fillmore crowd with a career-spanning set

 

Sting | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | <a href="http://moonloopphoto.com/" target="_blank">moonloopphoto.com</a>
Sting | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | moonloopphoto.com

Kudos to whoever was able to convince Sting to play The Fillmore in Philly, what a great booking. Packed with a crowd of just over 2000 enthusiastic fans, I expected the smaller show to be driven by new material by Sting’s recent 57th & 9th release from last year, or something more experimental. He clearly had other plans. Sting came out promptly at 8 p.m., and sat down for a solo acoustic version of “Heading South on the Great North Road.” He then left the stage for a brief warmup set from his backing band the Last Bandoleros as well as his son Joe Sumner. It has something of an old R&B feel to it with the young band just getting the crowd ready. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sting surprises die-hards with intimate Fillmore gig in March

Sting | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | courtesy of the artist
Sting | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | courtesy of the artist

Are you sitting down? Good, there’s something I’ve got to tell you…

Iconic 4-sting slapper Sting is embarking on an expansive world tour to promote his latest effort 57th and 9th (out November 11th), his first new album in over a decade. To top it all off, he’ll be making a quick stop at The Fillmore on March 11th. The venue’s more intimate setting poises the show to be a must-see for any die-hard fan. Continue reading →

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Sting readies his first rock album in over a decade

Sting | via facebook.com/sting

Sting releases his new album, 57th & 9th, on November 11th. It’s his first new rock album in over a decade. The album features his long-time collaborators Dominic Miller on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. It includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese of Nine Inch Nails, guitarist Lyle Workman and the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Listen to the first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” below. Continue reading →

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Sylvan Esso returns with a new song called “Radio”

Sylvan Esso | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Sylvan Esso | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Sylvan Esso returns with a new song called “Radio,” their first release since their self-titled 2014 debut album. The duo is planning to release their sophomore record sometime in 2017. The new single, “Radio,” will be released on vinyl on November 18th along with “Kick Jump Twist.” Listen below. Continue reading →