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XPN MusicNotes: See the latest video from Sharon Jones’ final album, listen to some early Nirvana demo tapes

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XPN MusicNotes: See the latest video from Sharon Jones’ final album, listen to some early Nirvana demo tapes

Sharon Jones | photo by Jacob Blickenstaff | courtesy of the artist

If God watches over a little sparrow, you know, if he takes care of the birds, here I am, one of his children, you know, he’s got so many of us down here. Human beings that send our faith up and believe. And if he watch over a sparrow, I know he watches over me.”-Sharon Jones

Before her death in 2016 Sharon Jones recorded one last album with the Dap-Kings called Soul Of A Woman. There’s already been two posthumous music video releases, and now comes the third ...

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Aug 18 in Music History: The Fab 4 play live together for the first time, The Who release Who Are You

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The Who Who Are You

1937 – The first FM radio station in the US, Boston’s WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.

1962 – Ringo Starr plays his first gig with The Beatles at the Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead, England, with just two hours’ preparation. This is the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

1965 – Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone interviews Elvis Presley in Honolulu, where Elvis is filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

1977 – The Police make their live debut as a ...

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This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases The Man Who Sold The World, The Last Waltz premieres

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This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases The Man Who Sold The World, The Last Waltz premieres

1957 – Jackie Wilson makes his US chart debut with “Reet Petite.”

1965 – The Beatles record “What Goes On.”

1967 – Pink Floyd makes their US live debut at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California. They share the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company and singer/songwriter Richie Havens.

1968 – In Providence RI, Cream perform their last US concert.

1970 – David Bowie releases his third studio album. The Man Who Sold the World features the nucleus of what becomes the Spiders from Mars backing band.

1977 – Director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The ...

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This Day in Music History: Eddie Cochran signs with Liberty Records, David Bowie releases Stage

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This Day in Music History: Eddie Cochran signs with Liberty Records, David Bowie releases Stage

1952 – Ray Charles records his first four songs for Atlantic Records after they buy out his contract with Swingtime.

1954 – DJ Alan Freed makes his move from Cleveland to New York, where he begins broadcasting the “Alan Freed Rock ‘n’ Roll Show” on WINS.

1956 – Eddie Cochran signs a one year contract with Liberty Records. He goes on to give them three top 40 hits over the next several years, including “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” and “C’mon Everybody.”

1965 – The television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter run an ad seeking “Folk & ...

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April 11 in Music History: Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield make their live debuts, Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their final album

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April 11 in Music History: Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield make their live debuts, Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their final album

1936 – The SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America), now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society, is founded.

1956 – James Brown debuts on the R&B charts with “Please, Please, Please.”

1956 – Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps record “Be-Bop-a-Lula.”

1961Bob Dylan performs live for the first time when he opens for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village. His set includes “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

1966 – Frank Sinatra records “Strangers in the Night.”

1966 – Buffalo Springfield makes their live debut at The Troubadour ...

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Rock On Philly’s 2nd Annual Kurt Cobain Tribute with Andorra, Sansom, Katie Barbato and Josh Miller

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Photography by Breanna Keohane

The night was cold, but Rock On Philly’s 2nd Annual Tribute for Kurt Cobain heated up the small room at the Tin Angel. With the ignition of delicious, Nirvana-themed blondies provided courtesy of Cake and the Beanstalk, four Philly artists, Josh Miller, Katie Barbato, Andorra, and Sansom, showcased their impressive talents and took pieces of Nirvana’s catalog and made each song uniquely their own.

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Nirvana-themed Blondies by Cake and the Beanstalk – Photo by Samantha Sweeney

Josh Miller kicked off the unplugged party with an emotive performance. No frills, but clearly ...

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Remembering Kurt Cobain As He Was and What He Became

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Featured image via Natalia Hidalgo Galvis

It only took Nirvana two months and $65,000 to record Nevermind. At the time, no one believed that the album would create much of an impact upon its release. The record company, DGC Records, had initially only pressed 46,251 copies of the album and couldn’t generate much interest for Nevermind’s single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from radio stations in the months leading up the release. DJ’s would tell DGC reps “We can’t play this. I can’t understand what the guy is saying.” The stations that did play the single slated it for late ...

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Nirvana in the Afterlife: A Look at Some of the Top Bands Inspired by Nirvana

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Featured Image by Jesse Frohman

Nirvana undoubtedly represents a massive tectonic shift in the overall landscape of punk music. Their unlikely overhaul of an entire generation of listeners catalyzed a new grunge counterculture, with the great enigma of the 1990s, Kurt Cobain, at the center. Although Kurt Cobain’s reign was short-lived, his influence remained tangible long after his sudden suicide in 1994. Cobain’s magnetism, shown both through his music and his character, still emboldens artists today. As outliers, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana did not skate the periphery of popular music in the nineties. Rather, they carved a space in culture ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Kurt Cobain Tribute, Animal Collective, Josh Ritter!

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Featured Image by Mike Mauger

This weekend is filled with big names as venues have sold out tickets to shows months ago. Try your luck getting tickets to those events or check out some of the entertaining, intimate, and low key events. Click through to see the best in Philly this weekend!

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Photo by Amanda Silberling

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Monday Playlist: Tribute to Kurt Cobain

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Featured Image by Jesse Frohman

This Thursday, we honor the misunderstood legend Kurt Cobain of Nirvana with our second-annual unplugged tribute at the Tin Angel. Cobain shirked convention and stayed true to his artistic vision and sought to convey the world as he saw it through music. Let us take a moment to honor that vision as well his upcoming birthday with this playlist!

Kurt Cobain 

Tickets are still available for the event and you can get them here.

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Rock On Philly presents 2nd Annual Kurt Cobain Tribute: Unplugged 2/18

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Featured Image by Jesse Frohman

Rock On Philly is hosting the 2nd Annual Kurt Cobain Tribute: Unplugged at Tin Angel on February 18, 2016 to honor the legendary grunge rocker Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

Cobain, who would have been 49 on Febuary 20th, broke down barriers, musically and socially, shirking conventionalism in order to convey his artistic vision and his experience of the world. Approaching nearly 22 years since his death, his music lives on to influence future generations of artists.

Following the wild success of last year’s tribute, The 2nd Annual Kurt Cobain Tribute: Unplugged continues as an opportunity ...

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A Portrait of the Artist Kurt Cobain: “Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings”

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The release of the album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, a soundtrack of sorts to the Kurt Cobain documentary of the same name released earlier this year, has not been without controversy. Some fans have argued that the album is exploitative, and that Cobain would not have wanted these tracks to be released to the public. However, director of the Montage of Heck film and curator of the album, Brett Morgen, told The New York Times that “I believe there is a tremendous public interest in exploring how great art is created… I think ...

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Checking the Nirvana Index: Notes on the Continuing Search for an American Guitar Rock Savior

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Featured Image via “In Bloom” by Nirvana, occurs at approximately 2:11

Popular music is inherently appropriative. Everything new is made, at least partially, from something borrowed. There’s no escaping this fact. Even something like the industrious specificity of Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey still requires a brief citation and explicit thank you note to Roy Orbison’s cigarette-lit loneliness. And it was Orbison’s own void that was buried somewhere deep in the cracks between the sunny and sedated early 50’s harmonies he’d come up trying to write. But, to keep disentangling music history like this is to realize ...

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XPN MusicNotes: See photos from Nirvana’s 1st house concert in 1987, Carlos Santana wins book award, and watch Modest Mouse perform “Pups to Dust”

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consequenceofsound.netA teenage girl has shared some never before seen photos from Nirvana’s very first gig…A 1987 House Concert! 19 year old Maggie Poukkula is the daughter of Tony Poukkula, (a Seattle musician) whose house was the site of the very … Continued

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Girl Power! Epic Moments in Female Music History

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Featured Image by Jean-Luc Ourlin via Flickr

Throughout history music has played a large role in storytelling through cultural and thoughtful expression. Music has moved and evolved with history like an epic soundtrack to society as we know it. Some amazing feminist moments and female musicians have come to be thanks to the artistic expression that music allows. Women have continued to use music as an outlet to break through stereotypical expectations and barriers and have created amazing moments in music history in our own lifetime.

Ella Fitzgerald: From the Apollo to the Grammys, Winning Against Discrimination

Take Ella Fitzgerald for instance, the “First Lady of ...

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

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There are plenty of videos and theories about Kurt Cobain’s life.  I’ve been a fan since I was very young and listened to his songs on the mixtape that my mother made. These were on repeat and featured songs from his live MTV performance and Nevermind. I don’t remember other songs …

11 Unmatched Male Vocalists

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Popular music has seen exploration into countless genres and human emotions, with some of the most heartfelt explorations coming when the intensity of the lyrics and instruments are matched by earnest exhales of air. Whether they convey a sense of fleeting joy, or a more raspy frustration, these are ten male singers that were or are masters of their voice.

11. Jónsi Birgisson

Icelandic band Sigur Ros has become internationally acclaimed for their ambient, post-rock sound, which they create using a wide range of instruments in addition to frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s high-pitched voice. Jónsi often sings in Icelandic, or a ...

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Montage of Heck Releases Kurt Cobain from Mythological Status

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After months of promotion and intrigue, Brett Morgen’s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiered on HBO on Monday night. Viewers were promised to hear something different than the typical Kurt propaganda of his rise and fall, and rebirth as an urban legend. Montage of Heck definitely delivered on that promise and gave us probably the closest thing to a Kurt Cobain autobiography.

Throughout the entire film, we get to see Cobain through intimate home movies shot from his birth until near his end. We also get to hear his voice and read his writings. Morgen makes extensive use ...

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Nirvana play a living room concert in the mid ’80′s, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard team-up on a new album, & “ABBA” restaurant to open in Sweden.

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nirvanaThe soon to be released documentary: “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” shows video of a very young Nirvana playing a living room show for 3 people. Band members appear to by 16 or 17 years old. Watch. “Kurt Cobain: Montage … Continued

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Hear new song from Florence + The Machine, Listen to The Cure’s Robert Smith’s new cover, & Kurt Cobain’s daughter: “Doesn’t really like Nirvana”

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florence-and-the-machine-ship-to-wreck-coverFlorence + the Machine have released the latest song from their new album.  “Ship to Wreck” is the 4th new song from Florence + The Machine’s new album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which is due out in June. … Continued

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Digesting an Icon: The First Trailer for Montage of Heck

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Like a naked baby swimming for years after an uncatchable fish-hooked dollar bill, the first trailer for the long-anticipated, much misconstrued Kurt Cobain documentary, Cobain: Montage of Heck, surfaced online yesterday via Yahoo. The film, which was directed by Brett Morgen, already premiered at Sundance earlier this year, but this first trailer is still something to behold. So let’s set aside all the rumors of Grohl-lessness and dig into this two and a half minute four-course meal:

First Course: The Fan Service.

The trailer opens with a whole lot of tragicomic mythology footage of Kurt as a kid. He’s ...

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Trailer for Kurt Cobain doc-”Montage of Heck,” & checkout clip from Nina Simone doc- “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

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kurtThe first trailer for the Kurt Cobain authorized documentary film, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is out. “Montage of Heck” will air on HBO on May 4th.  Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain’s daughter with Courtney Love, is an executive producer of … Continued

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ROP’s Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain Event Recap!

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On Friday night, Rock On Philly and friends honored the late and great Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 48th birthday with a special edition Songwriters in the Round event at Tin Angel. With candles lit, instruments sound-checked and drinks poured, the featured singer-songwriters Nik Greeley, Hayley Jane, John Gilbride, and Rock On Philly’s own Jennifer Logue and Devon O’Connor readied themselves for an extraordinarily fun yet intimate evening.  As the crowd filed in, filling the tiny space to the brim, reverent excitement filled the air as the magic of Cobain’s legacy would soon ...

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ROP Looks Back: Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York

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Many can look back remember this now-consecrated collection of songs, stripped down and an attempted pre-packaged commodity by the MTV corporation. Released following Kurt Cobain‘s suicide, Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York features no Nirvana radio hits, rather covers from David Bowie, the Meat Puppets and Lead Belly, and B-side tracks from their legendary archive as a final middle finger to that same corporation by the band and Cobain himself.  It is beautiful, awkward, and nostalgic all at once.  The setting in the video version–set up intentionally like a funeral at Cobain’s request according to The ...

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