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XPN MusicNotes: Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan on her new album and fall tour

Joan Osbourne | Photo via Rollingstone.com

“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to talk about Dylan as an artist who’s on the same level as Pablo Picasso or William Shakespeare. He’s really an epic poet of America, and any singer can find such an incredible wealth and richness in his material, not just me.”- Joan Osborne re: Bob Dylan in Rolling Stone

Joan Osborne will be heading out on tour this fall, singing the songs of Bob Dylan as she releases a new album. Find out more & check out some of her covers. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Steve Miller Band to release career compilation set with all the hits and more

Steve Miller | via LiveNation

“I’ve been blessed to work with so many wonderful musicians over the years. Mostly I want to thank you our fans who come out to our shows and listen to our records. I hope you enjoy this as much I did putting this together for you.”- Steve Miller

Steve Miller Band recently performed a rockin’ throwback show with Peter Frampton at the Mann Center on June 27th, and now Miller has announced a giant, career compilation set due out this September. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: James Murphy explains how David Bowie challenged him to reform LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I talked to David Bowie. I thought I couldn’t talk to him, but he was so gracious and so friendly. I had an email friendship with David Bowie, which is one of the weirder, more amazing things.”- James Murphy-LCD Soundsystem

After a seven-year hiatus LCD Soundsystem is making music and touring again. But that might not have happened if it hadn’t been for David Bowie’s advice to James Murphy to get “uncomfortable.”  Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 cover Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” in tribute to the late Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono

U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto.  Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See Dave Grohl’s daughter play drums with Foo Fighters, read lyrics to George Harrison’s “Hey Ringo”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

How about this for a rock-n-roll “Father’s Day Special” this weekend: Dave Grohl brought his 8-year-old daughter Harper onstage to play drums with the Foo Fighters at their show at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival. Watch some great fan videos below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sing Fleetwood Mac on Fallon, see Green Day’s new video

Fallon, McVie, Buckingham, kids and The Roots

Fleetwood Mac alums Christine McVie & Lindsey Buckingham have been busy promoting their recently released duet album Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, but last night they joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for a fun rendition of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Don’t Stop.”  Continue reading →