XPN MusicNotes: Watch The National perform a new song, read George Clinton’s thoughts on retiring from Parliament/Funkadelic

The National | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

It does not appear that The National are preparing to release a new album anytime soon —  they did just put out their four-years-in-the-making Sleep Well Beast in September, after all — but they performed a new song at their Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati over the weekend.  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Bob Dorough, the songwriter behind Schoolhouse Rock!

School House Rock | via Like Totally 80s

“I wrote songs to entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92” -Bob Dorough, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter

His name might not have been familiar, but for anyone who grew up watching cartoons in the 70s and 80s, you knew the music of songwriter Bob Dorough the person responsible for the unforgettable songs of Schoolhouse Rock! Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Hear Elvis Costello perform sweeping new song with lyrics from a Johnny Cash poem

Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello | photo via Consequence of Sound

“There was one lyric that was thought to be one that might suit me. And then I was glancing through the folio and that particular lyric was there on the page, and the next thing I could hear it in a very unusual way” –  Elvis Costello in an interview w/ Rolling Stone re: a song he wrote to a Johnny Cash poem.

Next month an album called Forever Words will be released featuring well-known singers who have taken poems and letters written by Johnny Cash, and have put his words to music. Elvis Costello is one of the performers.  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Courtney Barnett covers INXS, Laura Veirs sings with Sufjan Stevens, Chris Cornell’s voice appears on a Johnny Cash tribute

Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist
Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

It’s a terrific Tuesday of new music including Courtney Barnett’s cover of the INXS classic “Never Tear Us Apart”; Chris Cornell’s contribution to a Johnny Cash tribute album, and Laura Veirs’ new song featuring vocals from Sufjan Stevens. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch a Foo Fighters fan join Dave Grohl onstage and shred on “Monkey Wrench”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |

“Come on kid, get on up here right now…are you sure you can play it?”- Dave Grohl to wannabe Foo Fighter

It’s every rock & roll fan’s dream to play alongside their heroes on stage, but few are up to the task…unless you’re some guy named Joey and your hero is Dave Grohl & the Foo Fighters. Continue reading →