XPN MusicNotes: Courtney Barnett covers The Lemonheads, Yusuf Islam releases a new song and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href="
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN 

A couple of weeks after performing just part of it in Philly, Courtney Barnett covered The Lemonheads 1993 tune “Paid To Smile,”  plus two of her new ones, as an accoustic guest on CBC Radio 2’s The Strumbo Show.  In a recent interview Barnett called it “The perfect pop song.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers at Johnny Brenda’s, Quarry Street Hymnal at World Cafe Live, Slingshot Dakota with Saintseneca at The Barbary, The Lemonheads with Birdie Busch at the Capitol Theater

Nomadic rock outfit Crooked Fingers comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is the sometimes-solo, sometimes-full-band project of the former Archers of Loaf lead singer.  Currently touring in support of his 2011 album Breaks in the Armor, Bachmann spent recent months with his former bandmates for an Archers of Loaf reunion tour coinciding with the re-release of the 1990s band’s discography.  Tonight’s show will feature Bachmann and a full band alongside John Vanderslice.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 here, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m.  Below, watch a rooftop video for “Your Apocalypse” off of Breaks in the Armor.

Crooked Fingers: “Your Apocalypse” Continue reading →


Psychedelic Furs and The Lemonheads coming to the Keswick Theatre on October 19th

English new-wave rockers Psychedelic Furs have been relishing in the music scene since 1977. They created a buzz from their song “Pretty in Pink” (used in the 1986 Molly Ringwald film of the same name) as well as their smash hit “Heartbreak Beat” (watch the music video below). The Furs are coming to The Keswick Theatre this October, and co-headlining from our side of the pond will be The Lemonheads. They have been rock and rolling since the mid 1980’s. On this tour, founding member Evan Dando will be joined by past collaborator Juliana Hatfield. Listen to their cover of “Mrs. Robinson” below. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday at noon.