XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Quatro Crazy” by Y La Bamba

Photo by Steffannie Walk | Courtesy of the artist

Y La Bamba is the musical nom de plume of Luz Elena Mendoza. Menodza formed the group in 2006 in Portland, Oregon, and created an eclectic mix of folk, ethereal pop, and traditional Latin music. The daughter of immigrants from Michoacan, Mexico, she’s worked with an evolving cast of players on her records, however at the heart of Y La Bamba is Mendoza’s musical vision. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “For Real” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

Tom Petty’s new two-disc collection, The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 includes many of Petty’s best known songs. Songs like “Breakdown,” “Listen To Her Heart,” “Free Falling,” and dozens more. The Best of Everything includes solo Petty, Tom with the Heartbreakers, and Mudcrutch. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: Discover The Latin Shade of Texas Soul with Adrian Quesada and more

Look At My Soul recording sessions | still from video

Texas Chicano soul music is given the spotlight on an excellent new collection of new music that celebrates the influence of soul and R&B on Latin music in the 50s and 60s.

Look at My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul pays tribute to the sounds of old with new recordings, produced and spearheaded by producer and musician Adrian Quesada, who has performed with Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, The Echocentrics, and other bands. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: “Sisyphus” and “Bloodless” by Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird | photo by Amanda Demme | courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler Andrew Bird releases his finest work yet, My Finest Work Yet, on March 22nd. With violin as is his primary instrument, his finest work yet is the followup to 2017’s Echolocations: River, the second in a series of records he made primarily using field recordings. Continue reading →