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Asbury Park Music & Film Fest 2018 lineup (Built to Spill, Gov’t Mule & more)

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The 2018 edition of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival happens April 27 – 29, 2018.

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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles

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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles
1961 – Bob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting his idol while Woody Guthrie is on a weekend release from the NJ hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan plays “Song to Woody,” which appears on his first album the following year, and tells him, “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gives Dylan a card that says, “I ain’t dead yet.”

1962 – Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records.
1964 – The Beatles spend the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, their only studio recording session for EMI held outside the ...

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Jan 25 in Music History: The Beatles have their first #1, Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken

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Jan 25 in Music History: The Beatles have their first #1, Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken
1958 – Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” becomes the first single to ever enter the UK pop chart at #1.

1964 – The Beatles score their first best seller in the US when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reaches the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart.
1970 – Australia’s first rock festival begins. The Ourimbah Rock Festival ends the next day.
1973 – Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken.
1978 – After changing their name from Warsaw (inspired by the song “Warszawa” on David Bowie’s Low album), Joy Division make their live debut when they play at Pips ...

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Jan 24 in Music History: Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres, Motown releases Michael Jackson’s debut solo album

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Jan 24 in Music History: Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres, Motown releases Michael Jackson’s debut solo album

1961 – Bob Dylan arrives in New York to begin his music career after dropping out of the University of Minnesota.

1962 – The Beatles sign a management contract with Brian Epstein, who is to receive 25% of the band’s earnings. To prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.

1965 – Gerry and the Pacemakers’ first film, Ferry Cross The Mersey, premieres in the UK at the Liverpool Odeon Theater. It is the era’s only film document of the Merseybeat scene.

1969 – Jethro Tull play their first American show when they open ...

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Laura Marling weaves her own storyteller prowess through a Bob Dylan classic

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Laura Marling weaves her own storyteller prowess through a Bob Dylan classic

Laura Marling | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Laura Marling left us speechless with her powerful strength in delicacy this past spring at Non-COMM, where she performed her acclaimed 2017 album Semper Femina. Now, she’s managed to gift the world with another new track just before the year ends.

And not just any tune, but a cover of a Bob Dylan, classic, no less, as Marling weaves her own unique storyteller prowess throughout the track, “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” Though still keeping reverence to the original, Marling’s rendition could definitely be seen as a song ...

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Good Cover Version: Duncan Lloyd Does Bob Dylan/THEM

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Good Cover Version: Duncan Lloyd Does Bob Dylan/THEM

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

I know this one technically belongs to Bob Dylan, but to me this song was truly made perfect by Van Morrison’s THEM. With Morrison’s raw, resolute vocals and that famous Beck-sampled jangle, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” is one of my favorite songs. As such, I’ve got ...

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Bob Dylan concert doc ‘Trouble No More’ showing at Nitehawk w/ BV-presented Q&A

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The latest in Bob Dylan‘s “bootleg series” is Trouble No More, which pulls live recordings and demos from 1979 to 1981 — the “gospel era” during which Dylan became an Evangelical Christian…

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Grammys 2018 nominees (Kendrick, Jay-Z, SZA, Cardi B, LCD Soundsystem, Code Orange, more)

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2018 Grammy nominees also include Lorde, The War On Drugs, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, The National, Father John Misty, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Rapsody, Migos, Tyler the Creator, Iron & Wine, and more.

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Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

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#3 is the U2 album that isn’t even out yet. Can you guess #1 and #2?

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a guide to 2017 Thanksgiving Weekend events in NYC

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Read our day-by-day guide to the various events taking place around the city on Thanksgiving Weekend.

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Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples began their Beacon Theatre run (night 1 setlists)

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Bob Dylan began his five-night run at NYC’s Beacon Theatre last night (11/20). He’s supporting his latest covers album and did do some covers (including two Frank Sinatra songs), but also played a handful of classics…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Soccer Mommy | photo via sopharela.bandcamp.com

Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, was in town recently opening for Jay Som, and now they’ll headline their own gig tonight at Everybody Hits. Past Life and Witch Bomb also play. Soccer Mommy, known for their “chill but kinda sad bedroom-pop jams,” released Collection in August; listen to standout track “Out Worn” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Bob Dylan takes the stage at the Tower Theater tonight for the second of his two consecutive Philly shows. We last ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Mavis Staples’ new song “Build A Bridge” featuring Jeff Tweedy

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Mavis Staples’ new song “Build A Bridge” featuring Jeff Tweedy

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Soul singing legend Mavis Staples is still going strong at age 78 and has just released a new song called “Build A Bridge” from her soon to be released new album If All I Was Was Black, which she recorded with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

If All I Was Was Black comes out on November 17th and Mavis has a bunch of performances opening for Bob Dylan throughout November including two shows at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby this Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th; more information can be found at ...

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Jim James covers Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” for new LP

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The My Morning Jacket frontman’s upcoming covers album includes takes on The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, WIllie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and more.

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Good Cover Version: Cicada Rhythm Does Bob Dylan

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Good Cover Version: Cicada Rhythm Does Bob Dylan

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

When last we visited with Cicada Rhythm, the Athens, GA folk outfit was about to play Savannah Stopover. Fast forward a few months and now they’re working on a covers project, a group of songs that includes this charming, modern Americana rendition of one of my favorite Dylan songs, ...

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Celebrating Resistance and Triumph Over Tyranny at Lincoln Center

For three years now, Lincoln Center has been partnering with Manhattan’s High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry in an annual celebration of freedom fighters from across the decades. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, Thursday night’s annual performance featured “a stellar cast,” as Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez put it, playing some powerfully relevant music and reading insightful, inspiring, sometimes incendiary works by activists and authors from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Brianna Thomas raised the bar dauntingly high with the Civil Rights-era Sam Cooke hit A Change Is Gonna Come, guitarist Marvin Sewell playing bottleneck style on the intro for a ringing, rustic, deep blues feel. “I go downtown, and somebody’s always telling me, don’t hang around,” Thomas intoned somberly over Sewell’s terse icepick soul chords. In an era when Eric Garner was murdered because he got too close to a new luxury condo building, that resounded just as mightily as it did in Birmingham in 1964. She picked it up again with a ferociously gritty insistence, the audience adding a final, spontaneous “Yeah!” at the very end.

Later in the performance the duo played a hauntingly hazy, utterly Lynchian take of Strange Fruit. Thomas’ slow, surreal swoops and dives raised the macabre factor through the roof: If there’s any one song for Halloween month, 2017, this was it.

In between, a parade of speakers brought to life a series of fiery condemnations of tyrants and oppression, and widely diverse opinions on how to get rid of them. Staceyann Chin bookended all this with an understatedly sardonic excerpt from Bartolome de las Casas’ grisly account of early conquistadorial genocide, closing with a rousing Marge Piercy piece on how to build a grassroots movement.

Shantel French matter-of-factly voiced Henry George’s insight into how poverty is criminalized, but is actually a form of discrimination. Michael Ealy’s most memorable moment onstage was his emphatic delivery of the irony and ironclad logic in Jermain Wesley Loguen’s famous letter to the slaveowner he escaped during the Civil War: ‘You say you raised me as you raised your own children…did you raise them for the whipping post?”

Geoffrey Arend read Eugene Debs’ address for his 1918 sedition sentencing, optimism in the face of a prison sentence and a corrupt system doomed to collapse  Laura Mendoza voiced the anguish and indignity of a longtime resident of Vieques, Puerto Rico who’d seen his neighbors harassed and killed by drunken marines and errant bombs dropped in practice runs (this was in 1979, before the island was rendered uninhabitable by the same depleted uranium dropped on Afghanistan and Iraq). Considering that the President of the United States has castigated the people of this disaster-stricken part of the world for being a drain on the Federal budget, this packed a real wallop. We can only hope this latest incident helps the wheels of impeachment move a little faster.

Brian Jones read from a witheringly cynical pre-Emancipation Frederick Douglass speech on what the Fourth of July means to a slave, and also Martin Luther King’s emphatically commonsensical analysis of the racism and injustice inherent in the Vietnam War draft. Aasif Mandvi brought out all the black humor in Brooklyn College professor Moustafa Bayoumi’s account of being besieged by off-campus rightwing nutjobs. And joined by incisive, puristically bluesy guitarist Giancarlo Castillo, songwriter Ani Cordero sang a venomous take of Dylan’s Masters of War and an understatedly passionate, articulate version of Lydia Mendoza’s 1934 border ballad Mal Hombre, sad testimony to the fact that Mexican immigrants have been demonized long before Trump.

The next free performance at Lincoln Center’s Broadway atrium space just north of 62nd St. is on Oct 19 at 7:30 PM featuring artsy Mexican trip-hop band Ampsersan. Getting to the space a little early is a good way to make sure you get a seat, since these events tend to sell out.

Celebrating Resistance and Triumph Over Tyranny at Lincoln Center

Wilco announce vinyl reissues; Mavis Staples & Bob Dylan share songs

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Wilco have announced that they’re giving vinyl and CD reissues to their first two albums, A.M. and Being There, with bonus material including alternate takes, unreleased songs, and live recordings…

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The Village Voice just published its last print edition (Dylan’s on the cover)

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The 9/20 issue of The Village Voice came out today — it’s the last-ever print edition of the iconic NYC weekly which was founded in 1955. Bob Dylan’s on the cover, offering a farewell salute…

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Just Announced: Bob Dylan will headline The Tower for two nights in November

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Just Announced: Bob Dylan will headline The Tower for two nights in November

Bob Dylan | Firefly Music Festival | Photos by John Vettese

The title says it all: Bob Dylan. Tower Theater. Not one, but two glorious nights. November just got a whole lot better. The legendary singer-songwriter and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate will be bringing his iconic classics to life on November 11th and 12th as part of a just-announced national tour.

Dylan released the three-disc, thirty track Triplicate in March as a continuation of his uncovering of American classics.

Tickets for the double-headliner will go on sale Friday, September 15th at 10am. Check out some of the songs that you ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Sam Shepard and his music with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Sam Shepard and his music with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith circa 1971

“RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius.” – Marc Maron

Noted actor, musician and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard has died of ALS at the age of 73. His impressive creative legacy includes making music with some Rock & Roll legends.

Sam Shepard is perhaps best known for for his acting in such films as The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, Steel Magnolias, & August: Osage County. During his career, he produced 44 plays and a number of books, memoirs and short stories, but music fans will remember Sam Shepard as an ...

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