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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Chris Stapleton’s heartfelt tribute to Aretha Franklin

Chris Stapleton | photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | via Orange County Register

“I would never presume to sing an Aretha Franklin song but in tribute to her tonight, I’ll give it my best shot. She is the greatest singer that ever lived” -Chris Stapleton

Calling her the “greatest singer who ever lived,” Chris Stapleton paid tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, performing a cover of the Queen of Soul’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.”  Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Tash Sultana’s newest single “Harvest Love”

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

XPN listeners have been falling in love with Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana and her song “Salvation,” and now the 23-year-old from Melbourne has just put out a second song from her soon-to-be-released debut full-length Flow State, which comes out in late August. Take a listen to “Harvest Love” below. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Drummer Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit talks about his late brother and mental health awareness

Scott and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit | via NME

“Now is the time for men to be as gentle and open and emotionally fluent as they can be, I suppose.”- Grant Hutchison

A year after the late Scott Hutchison formed the Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit in 2003, his brother Grant became its drummer. Now, Grant Hutchison has given his first interview since his brother’s death this past May 10th. Continue reading →

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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 | jeremy-zim.com

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 →

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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 →