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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Case” by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Photo by Joey Martinez

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have announced the release of its next new album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) on June 14th. Nelson and POTR’s new album features contributions from Neil Young, Margo Price, Kesha, Lucius, Shooter Jennings, Sheryl Crow, his father Willie, and more. Continue reading →

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#XPN5050: 1988

For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Bruce Warren is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1988.

It’s 1988, and your Walkman collection of cassettes game is strong. You’re holding a new album by this a new Philly hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, few new releases by The Jungle Brothers, Eric B & Rakim, and some new band called N.W.A. was about to make musical history. New Jack Swing was in full effect, and while you were bummed about Bobby Brown leaving New Edition, you’d wind up playing side one of his solo sophomore release, Bobby, over and over. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wedding Bell Blues” by Morrissey ft. Billie Joe Armstrong

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Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

“Wedding Bell Blues” is a song written by Laura Nyro in 1966 and first recorded on her debut album of the same year, More Than A New Discovery. Three years after Nyro released the song, it was covered by the singing group The 5th Dimension, who had a number one hit with it.

Teaming up with Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, Morrissey covers “Wedding Bell Blues” on his new collection of cover songs, California Son. Continue reading →

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Ali Awan, Strand of Oaks, Rachel Andie and more rocked #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

Ali Awan at #AmplifyPhilly | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddinger.com

Last month at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Amplify Philly convened during SXSW Interactive for three days of networking, cheerleading, panels, and partying from members of Philly’s tech, startup, business, music, and cultural communities. The Amplify Philly “house” took over the Pour Choices Bar and Restaurant in Downtown Austin for three days and nights. During the day, the programming featured panels and discussions, and the evenings were filled with some incredible Philly grown talent. Continue reading →