XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: “Manic Monday” and “The Glamorous Life” by Prince

Prince Originals | via The Current

When Prince died in 2016, a hefty collection of unreleased music was left behind — a collection that the legendary artist clearly intended to keep hidden. Over the past year, his estate has begun sifting through it, first for Piano and a Microphone 1983, and now for  a compilation of polished demos for songs he gifted to other artists, many of which went on to become those artists’ signature songs. 

The new album Originals features tracks like “Sex Shooter” (originally for Apollonia 6), “Jungle Love” (originally for Morris Day and The Time), and “Nothing Compares 2 U” (made famous by Sinéad O’Connor). Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “History Repeats” by Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Alabama Shakes‘ frontwoman, Brittany Howard, has led the band through chart-toppers and Grammys since their debut album Boys & Girls came out in 2012. Their sophomore effort Sound & Color came in 2015 and pushed them deeper into the alternative music scene. Now, Howard has just announced a forthcoming solo album titled Jaime, due September 20th via ATO Records. She’s also shared the LP’s leading track, “History Repeats”. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love” by The Bird and The Bee

The Bird and the Bee | photo by Alexa Nikol Curran | courtesy of the artist

In 2010, The Bird and The Bee – the duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin — released Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. They recently released announced their next tribute — Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen, on August 2nd, with covers of “Panama,” and “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.” Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Go Where You Wanna Go” from Echo In The Canyon by Jakob Dylan and Jade Castrinos

Jakob Dylan | Echo in the Canyon | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Echo In The Canyon is a new documentary that celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. From 1965 to 1967 the musicians living in Laurel Canyon created some of rock music’s most influential and longest-lasting songs and albums. Continue reading →


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 →