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The Promise to Keep it Real: Lukas Nelson talks with the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

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The Promise to Keep it Real:  Lukas Nelson talks with the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

Lukas Nelson | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Lukas Nelson was in Philadelphia this week for a show at Union Transfer.  Prior to taking the stage, he stopped by WXPN and joined the Dan & Dan Music Podcast.  Lukas talks openly about his evolution as a songwriter, growing up the son of Willie Nelson, and his work touring & recording with Neil Young.  ...

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s epic “The Joke” from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s epic “The Joke” from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

It’s been ten years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captured our hearts with her breakthrough album The Story. After five studio albums, a Grammy nomination, and, in more recent memory, a breathtaking XPN Fest set, Carlile is back with her latest effort — her highly anticipated forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You will be released early next year.

The new album’s first track “The Joke” comes to us in the form of a live performance video shot in black in white at RCA Studio A. The song, a ...

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Robert Drake returns for the 25th Annual #XPNNightBefore – and the second Holiday Card-Tastrophe!

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Robert Drake returns for the 25th Annual #XPNNightBefore – and the second Holiday Card-Tastrophe!

Robert Drake gets ready for #XPNNightBefore | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A quarter century ago, WXPN was in need of a body – any body – to work Christmas Eve. It was that pre-digital era when specialty shows were broadcast from reel-to-reel tape, which meant someone had to thread the shows into the machines and hit play/stop at the right cues. With no real plans in place, I volunteered to work – as long as the station would allow me an hour or two to play songs from my personal collection of holiday music. What they didn’t know ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “I Was A Fool” by Sunflower Bean

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “I Was A Fool” by Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean | photo by Andy DeLuca | courtesy of the artist

You might remember New York City psych rock power trio Sunflower Bean from a killer performance at Non-COMM 2016, delivered on the heels of their Fat Possum Records debut Human Ceremony. The band drew on Sabbath and the Stooges, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and had a formidable live presence to boot; not only did bassist / vocalist Julia Cumming, drummer Jacob Faber, and guitarist Nick Kivlen get lost in the proverbial zone, they took the eager audience along for the ride.

Flash forward a ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch St. Vincent perform “Los Ageless” live on Ellen

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch St. Vincent perform “Los Ageless” live on Ellen

St. Vincent | photo by Nedda Afsari

Did you catch St. Vincent on Ellen? No worries — you can check out video below of Annie Clark performing “Los Ageless” from her new album Masseduction, copies of which Ellen gave away to her studio audience. Read more on St. Vincent’s new album Masseduction here and get information on her upcoming Electric Factory appearance at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Elvis Costello releases symphonic new single for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

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Elvis Costello releases symphonic new single for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Elvis Costello | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Elvis Costello‘s new song “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” was written for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, a movie following the life of Peter Turner and his relationship with actress Gloria Grahame. The song swells with the slow crooning of Costello’s vocals, lazy piano riffs, and dynamic builds of the strings. It’s beautiful, and I can already sense the vibe of the movie, even though this song could absolutely stand alone. Stream it below and watch a trailer for the film.

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#NPRSlingshot artist Jamila Woods teams up with Chicago friends NE-HI to reimagine their hit “The Times I’m Not There”

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#NPRSlingshot artist Jamila Woods teams up with Chicago friends NE-HI to reimagine their hit “The Times I’m Not There”

Jamila Woods | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Chi-town indie outfit NE-HI has had a very successful year after releasing their second full project Offers back in February. To follow up the commercial success from Offers, the group reached out to R&B favorite Jamila Woods to sing on a reimagined version of their track “The Times I’m Not There” off of NE-HI’s 2014 self-titled record. The collaboration also benefits Chance The Rapper’s Chicago-based charity foundation SocialWorks; all revenue from the song will go to SocialWorks, an arts empowerment organization for inner-city Chicago children.

NE-HI took more of a modern route with this ...

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Ani DiFranco shows she can turn any setting into an activist platform at her NPR’s Tiny Desk performance

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Ani DiFranco shows she can turn any setting into an activist platform at her NPR’s Tiny Desk performance

Ani DiFranco at NPR’ Music’s Tiny Desk | still from video via NPR Music

Ani DiFranco can now add ‘performing in front of the famed knick-knack-covered shelves at NPR offices’ to her thirty-years-long list of musical accomplishments, as the similarly famed singer-songwriter recently made her Tiny Desk concert debut.

It’s no secret that DiFranco values and utilizes the political platform that being an artist has offered her, as she is known for being a strong voice in progressive human rights activism. And being how times are right now, she’s got a lot of things to say — which is exactly what she does on ...

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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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Listen to Belly’s “Hushabye Mountain” cover, their first recording in 22 years

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Listen to Belly’s “Hushabye Mountain” cover, their first recording in 22 years

Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

If we thought last year’s brief reunion of iconic 90s rockers Belly — which included a Philly stop at Union Transfer — was too good to be true, then we were proven wrong when the band announced last month that they’d be recording a new album, their first in two decades. The title of the forthcoming record is still unknown, but news broke of an April 6 release date, and we can now listen to the first Belly recording in 22 years — their “long-promised” cover of “Hushabye Mountain,” originally from the 1968 ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Lana Del Rey join Leonard Cohen’s son for cover of his dad’s “Chelsea Hotel #2” at Tower of Song Tribute

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Lana Del Rey join Leonard Cohen’s son for cover of his dad’s “Chelsea Hotel #2” at Tower of Song Tribute

Tower of Song flyer

Musicians from around the world gathered in Montreal last night for the Tower of Song Tribute to celebrate the life & music of Leonard Cohen on the eve of the 1st anniversary of his death. Watch Lana Del Rey and Cohen’s son Adam perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2.

Lana & Adam / Chelsea Hotel

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The Tower of Song Tribute also featured artists such as Sting, Elvis Costello, The Lumineers and more. Check out more photos and music ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Creep City” by Jake Shears

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Creep City” by Jake Shears

Jake Shears | Photo by Raphael Chatelain

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, recently debuted his first solo song, “Creep City.”

Billboard reported that in an e-mail to his fans, Shears said: “The world is upside down right now. In the thick of it, I feel that we still need tunes that make us smile, that make us wanna sing and dance like fools,” and he described the new song as a “pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns.”

The past June, Scissor Sisters released a single, “SWERLK,” a collaboration with MNDR. It was ...

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The Story of Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks with biographer Joe Hagan

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The Story of Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner:  Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks with biographer Joe Hagan

Jann Wenner in 1977 | photo by Jean Pigozzi

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

Jann Wenner is the cofounder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.  Joe Hagan is the author of the new biography STICKY FINGERS: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.  The book looks at the life of a pivotal player in the history rock and roll, but it has also caused a stir.  Despite ...

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Look at these incredible photos of David Bowie in the 80s

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Look at these incredible photos of David Bowie in the 80s

David Bowie, jet-setting over Australia | photo by Denis O’Regan | via theguardian.com

In 1983, David Bowie released Let’s Dance, and it was one of the most important records of his career.

Though not as overtly experimental as his work during the famed Berlin years, nor as coolly stylized as his early 70s glam-era output, the album’s three hit singles — “Modern Love,” a cover of “China Girl” by Iggy Pop, and the title track — paired with production by Chic’s Nile Rodgers connected with listeners in a huge way, propelling Bowie to new levels of pop / rock stardom; the subsequent Serious Moonlight world tour ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Halloween on Jimmy Kimmel! Dave Grohl dressed as David Letterman, sang Frozen / Metallica mashup with Kristen Bell

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XPN MusicNotes: Halloween on Jimmy Kimmel! Dave Grohl dressed as David Letterman, sang Frozen / Metallica mashup with Kristen Bell

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All week on the the Jimmy Kimmel Show, guest hosts will be filling in for Jimmy, who’s with his son during heart surgery. Last night it was Dave Grohl’s turn, and it turned into a most memorable Halloween show as he dressed as David Letterman and sang with Frozen’s Kristen Bell. Watch below.

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Little Simz teams up with Gorillaz for electric new single “Garage Palace”

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Little Simz teams up with Gorillaz for electric new single “Garage Palace”

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Soon after coming off a major North American tour, Gorillaz and Little Simz have blessed us with a new single, the day before they embark on another sold-out tour, this time in Europe. Simz and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn have shown that they love working together, and “Garage Palace” is yet another example of their highly beneficial relationship.

“Garage Palace” is a harmonious collision of electro-pop and pure hip-hop. Simz delivers a short chorus with an existential hue and follows up strong with two killer verses. With bars like “On it, my ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Forgot Myself” by Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher | Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

Australian guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jen Cloher will perform at WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, November 3rd at World Cafe Live. Cloher — who is married to Courtney Barnett, and co-founder of Milk! Records with her — is an excellent songwriter/guitarist is her own right, as showcased on her recently released self-titled album.

The song that starts the album, “Forgot Myself,” was recorded with Barnett on guitar and her bassist Bones Sloane, along with drummer Jen Sholakis. It’s got a musical vibe reminiscent of early Patti Smith (with lyrics that reference Ms. Smith ...

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From David Gray to The War on Drugs: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks artist development with A&R vet Steve Ralbovsky

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From David Gray to The War on Drugs: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks artist development with A&R vet Steve Ralbovsky

David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

It’s part 2 of our conversation with Canvasback Music found Steve Ralbovsky, and this time in person! Steve took the trip to Philadelphia to continue the conversation about the role of a modern-day A&R person in the music industry. Steve gives some insightful advice for young bands and shares unique stories about some of the talented artists he ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to a new song from Morrissey, see Margo Price play “American Made” on the Daily Show, watch Hurray for the Riff Raff on Jools Holland

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to a new song from Morrissey, see Margo Price play “American Made” on the Daily Show, watch Hurray for the Riff Raff on Jools Holland

Morrissey | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

You’ve been hearing Morrissey‘s latest “Spent the Day in Bed” on XPN, and now the former Smiths frontman has just teased the next song from his soon to be released new album.

“I Wish You Lonely” will be on Morrissey’s forthcoming album Low In High School that comes out on November 17th. Check out a bit of it below.

Low in High School is Morrissey’s 11th studio album. It was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France, and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. Morrissey has also announced some ...

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R.I.P. Fats Domino, rock and roll pioneer, 1928-2017

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R.I.P. Fats Domino, rock and roll pioneer, 1928-2017

Fats Domino | via NPR

New Orleans-born piano player Antoine “Fats” Domino — who got his start playing rhythm and blues and went on to write and record hit songs that would form the foundation of rock and roll in the 1950s — has passed away, according to a report in the New York Times. He was 89 years old.

Domino earned more than three dozen top 40 hits in the 50s and 60s, selling 65 million singles, with 23 certified gold records. As the Times says, he was second only to Elvis Presley in terms of hits, and Presely acknowledged ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Eddie Vedder cover Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart” as David Letterman is honored with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Eddie Vedder cover Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart” as David Letterman is honored with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Pearl Jam | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

David Letterman was awarded the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC last night, and Eddie Vedder was among those on hand to honor the former late night TV talk show host. 

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined up with Letterman’s old bandleader Paul Shaffer for a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me In Your Heart.” Zevon had been one of David Letterman’s favorite guests over the years, and back in 2002 he appeared as the lone guest on the Letterman show as he ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: Two by former Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser (ft. Angel Olsen) and Peter Matthew Bauer

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: Two by former Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser (ft. Angel Olsen) and Peter Matthew Bauer

Hamilton Leithauser | photo courtesy of the artist

This week we’re featuring two Gotta Hear Songs of the Week, one each by former members of The Walkmen: Hamilton Leithauser and Peter Matthew Bauer.

Peter Matthew Bauer’s new tune, “Full Moon In The Sky,” from his forthcoming album, Mount QAF (Divine Love), is a full on rocker. About the song, he writes on his website:

I wrote this song a couple of years ago now. The guitar riff was recorded on 4 or 5 electric guitars each tuned to different ringing open notes. The final recording of the song ...

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Sleater-Kinney share “Here We Come” for Planned Parenthood compilation

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Sleater-Kinney share “Here We Come” for Planned Parenthood compilation

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Iconic power trio Sleater-Kinney are back on our radar with the release of a new song. “Here We Come” is the band’s contribution to the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood series, which features contributions from a variety of artists — musicians, writers, comedians, and more — and will benefit the nonprofit organization. The full compilation is out digitally on Oct. 20, and you can stream Sleater-Kinney’s track via Spotify below.

“Here We Come” was initially recorded for Sleater-Kinney’s 2015 comeback album No Cities to Love, but didn’t make the cut. It’s signature Sleater-Kinney sound would ...

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Remembering The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie with Talia Schlanger of World Cafe

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Remembering The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie with Talia Schlanger of World Cafe

Gord Downie of Tragically Hip | photo by Andrew Chin | via NPR Music

In May of last year, Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and that he was going on tour with his band. Courage. The Tragically Hip played its last show of that tour on August 20, 2016, in Kingston, Ontario. It was broadcast on television and online by CBC, and nearly 12 million people saw it. That’s about 1 out of every 3 Canadians. I was there in person and I’ll never ever forget it.

The feeling in the arena that ...

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XPN MusicNotes: St. Vincent covers The Clash, Cars’ Ric Ocasek displays artwork in NJ

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XPN MusicNotes: St. Vincent covers The Clash, Cars’ Ric Ocasek displays artwork in NJ

St. Vincent | photo by Nedda Afsari

St. Vincent was a guest on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 radio show yesterday, which included a cover The Clash’s “London Calling.”

Annie Clark played a selection of acoustic tracks from her new album, MASSEDUCATION, in addition to a cover of the Clash classic. Listen below.

As The Cars wait to hear if they’ve made it into the the Rock & Roll Hall of fame class of 2018, singer Ric Ocasek will be in New Jersey this weekend showing off some of his other artwork.

In addition to being a rock star, Ocasek is an ...

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