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Screaming Females announce Singles Too, an expansive collection of singles, covers, and b-sides

Screaming Females | photo by Colin Challender | courtesy of the artist

Jersey trio Screaming Females will take a look back at their decade-and-a-half history as a band this fall, with the release of their complete non-album recordings on Don Giovanni Records. Singles Too, the expansive collection of early 7” singles, digital-only b-sides and more, will be out on October 18, just in time to coincide with the band’s fall tour. Continue reading →

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Listen to Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Joel Hodgson join Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show

Joel Hodgson and Kristen Kurtis | photo by Robert Drake for WXPN

We’re all pop culture fiends here at WXPN, so when Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame first started appearing in our Twitter mentions over the past couple years, we collectively got a little giddy.

Turns out Hodgson is as big of a fan of us as we are of him (and his adventures in cheesy movies with Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo), and has been a loyal XPN listener since moving to the Philadelphia region with his wife ten years ago. He listens on his way to work, checks in with our hosts on social media, and was a huge voice in the commentary throughout XPN’s 50th anniversary broadcast of Woodstock.

Though he was still admittedly running on fumes from tuning in all weekend, Hodgson joined Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show on Monday, August 19th, to talk about the magical trip that was #XPNStock, among other things. Continue reading →

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Busses return with a performance video of the new “Talk To The Sea” ahead of Spruce St. Harbor Park show

Busses | still from video

Since they released Wizard of the Eye in 2015 we haven’t head much from Philly’s Busses. That was intentional. After releasing and touring the record, the Philly prog-psych trio took a break from playing together. At some point though, after about four years of focusing on family, work, and other obligations, the trio came back to each other. Next Thursday, August 22nd, Busses will make their return to performing together. Before then, the band has shared a video of them playing a new track, titled “Talk to the Sea” live. It is the perfect reintroduction to their work.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Great Time

They’re rigorously schooled musicians, but as their name suggests, Great Time likes to have fun. Back in the early teens, vocalist Jill Ryan, guitarist / bassist Zack Hartmann, and drummer Donnie Spackman connected in New York City, where all of them were jazz students. They loved the music they were absorbing in class, but they also wanted to do their own thing. So after graduation, they moved to the Philadelphia burbs, built a home studio, and began writing electronic pop songs in the vein of Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, and Little Dragon. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Boogieman Dela

Think you know Boogieman Dela? Think again. The Philadelphia artist has spent the past few years blurring genre lines, as we heard on his projects like last year’s Broken Watch series and 2017’s Feels Different. He can spit over hard-hitting trap rhythms just as easily as he can sing suave melodies, his love songs can be blunt and his raps can be sweet.

For this week’s Key Studio Session, Boogie stretches that musical grey area even further. Continue reading →

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Jacqueline Constance ruminates on reflection and resolution in a new video for “Carl Thomas”

Jacqueline Constance | still from video

Philly R&B singer Jacqueline Constance has made a name for herself through alluring single releases over the last several years and an engaging live show built around live looping and crowd participation. Her emotional vocals breathe life into the songs she creates, and her latest, “Carl Thomas,” has just recieved a beautiful music video treatment that highlights Jacqueline’s powerful lyrics.

Constance told us over email that “conceptually, ‘Carl Thomas’ is a song around reflection and resolution, and I wanted the video to reflect that. Especially the elements of scattered thoughts and emotions redirecting themselves to a particular event that you wished you had performed differently in, the party where I wish I was more social or an experience with lost love that I wish I could have been more open to.” Continue reading →

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Jeremiah Tall returns with his most expansive music yet

Jeremiah Tall | photo by Nikki Catanese | courtesy of the artist

One-man band no more! Bucks County’s own Jeremiah Tall has pushed his sound to heights he hasn’t reached before. He accomplished this by inviting some friends to add their talents to his interpretation of Americana traditions. From Bare Bones, Tall’s new album due October 11th, is an expansive and robust addition to his catalog. The album’s first single, “Graves”, and Tall’s upcoming shows, will provide fans with a glimpse into how the artist has grown since his 2015 album, Where The Lore Began.

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Flamingo Chicks release wild and crazy EP Motorcycle Picnic

Flamingo Chicks | via facebook.com/FlamingoChicksband

Philly indie quartet Flamingo Chicks landed on our radar during 2017’s Items Tagged Philadelphia project. Previously known together as Space Cadets, their sound is a cross between indie pop and punk, but they describe it as “reverb-soaked-indie-dream-fuzzy-post-pop-punk-folk-tier sh*t.” Their newest release, Motorcycle Picnic, presents all of those words and more as it never ceases to surprise. Continue reading →

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Reconstructing History: Listen to Woodstock Archivist Andy Zax in conversation with XPN’s Dan Reed


There’s Woodstock as it happened — the three-day music festival that took place in the summer of 1969 on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, not too far from Scranton, Pennsylvania. And then there’s Woodstock the legend — the peace-and-love totem of the hippie generation, memorialized in Michael Wadleigh’s documentary film and two album releases over the course of the 70s.

As the 50th anniversary of Woodstock approaches this week and various commemorative celebrations are held — including #XPNStock, a set-by-set playback of the entire festival beginning on Thursday, August 15th at 5:07 p.m. — a new, massive collection of music seeks to parse the difference between the legend and the reality of Woodstock. Compiled by archivist Andy Zax over the past decade-plus, Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive puts together every scrap of audio in the order it occurred, creating a more nuanced picture of the event than the less-than-accurate narrative of the film version.


Live Stream: Woodstock – As It Happened – 50 Years On


Ahead of #XPNStock, Zax caught up with XPN Program Director Dan Reed to discuss the project at length, beginning with the surprisingly difficult search for the most basic of information: set times.      Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Molly Burch warms up for her Johnny Brenda’s performance tonight with a stellar set at World Cafe Live

Molly Burch | photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN

Austin-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch is currently on her U.S tour and is set to play Johnny Brenda’s later tonight. Earlier today, she stopped by World Cafe Live and gave a nice preview of what the show will be like: lively, energetic, and full of emotion. Burch’s music truly can touch your soul and have you relating to her lyrics of loss and heartbreak amidst various uplifting instrumental elements. Continue reading →