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R.I.P. Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, gone at age 68

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R.I.P. Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, gone at age 68

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Very sad news to report this afternoon; charismatic soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away at age 68. According to a post on Bradley’s Facebook Page:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley.
Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following ...

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Good news for fans of The Boss as well as giving to those in need; Bruce Springsteen has released a 26-track recording from a 1978 live show in Houston, with all of the revenue going to MusiCare’s hurricane relief fund. There have been video bootlegs of this show circulating in the past, but this is the first full-concert audio-only release. As well as being available for digital download, CDs of the show will be available beginning on October 9th. Watch “Badlands” from the concert below, and purchase ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters do “Carpool Karaoke” and cover Rick Astley

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters do “Carpool Karaoke” and cover Rick Astley

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Carpool Karaoke has become a late night staple on James Corden’s Late Late Show; Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez are among the guests who have entered the mobile song stage. Now the Foo Fighters — all 6 of them — have piled into James’ Cadillac Escalade for the latest installment.  

The 10-minute segment of Carpool Karaoke features the Foo Fighters and James Corden singling “All My Life”, “Best of You” and “Learn to Fly,” along with “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” from the Foo’s new album Concrete and Gold. They eventually Rickroll ...

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Get to know Slingshot, a new artist-championing collaboration backing Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon

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Get to know Slingshot, a new artist-championing collaboration backing Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon
Teased this spring at the annual NonCOMM-vention, the new program Slingshot is an artist-championing collaboration between NPR Music and 18 VuHaus member stations — including founding stations WXPN, WFUV, KCRW, KUTX and The Bridge.

Over the summer, programming staff from the member stations each nominated a handful of artists to throw their support behind over the coming year. The submissions were reviewed, and the stations came to a consensus — Big ThiefJamila Woods and Lo Moon would be backed by Slingshot affiliates through interviews, editorial coverage, live performances and more over the next several months.

“Everybody in this room knows the ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Morrissey’s new “Spent the Day In Bed”; watch Leonard Cohen’s posthumous music video

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Morrissey’s new “Spent the Day In Bed”; watch Leonard Cohen’s posthumous music video

Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey is getting ready to debut his new album, Low in High School on November 17th, and in advance he’s just released its first single, “Spent the Day In Bed.” 

Low in High School was recorded at Ennio Morricone’s Studios in Rome, as well as studios in France Listen to the single below.

Morrissey is also preparing to release a novel called List of the Lost, and has announced a U.S. tour behind the new album. Though the exact dates and venues have yet to be announced, Morrissey has confirmed he’ll ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Powderfinger” by Neil Young

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Powderfinger” by Neil Young
On August 11th, 1976, Neil Young walked into Indigo Studios in Malibu with an acoustic guitar, and proceeded to record an album of new songs he’d been working on. The album, Hitchhiker, sat on the shelves for years — decades, even — until recently.

On all but one song – on which he played a piano – Young recorded ten intimate, striking songs with producer David Briggs in the control room.

Always prolific, the 70s were Neil Young’s most peak creative period, penning some of his best known and timeless songs and albums, starting with After The Goldrush in 1970, and ...

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The Top Five At Five presents the music of the late great Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü

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The Top Five At Five presents the music of the late great Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü

Grant Hart | courtesy of Big Hassle Media

Sad to hear about Grant Hart passing away today. As a long time Hüsker Dü fan, I always felt that people mainly associated Bob Mould with the songwriting in that seminal American punk band. I’m certainly also a Bob fan, but Grant wrote many, many cool songs as well. He had a bit more of a pop songwriting sense of the two, and I loved his everyman vocals and the way he always seemed to be teetering on disaster when he went full throttle (witness the last 45 seconds or so of ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering the life and music of Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering the life and music of Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart

Grant Hart | via Hüsker Dü’s Facebook

“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.” -Bob Mould

Grant Hart — founding member, drummer and singer/songwriter for the influential alt-rock band Hüsker Dü — has died following a battle with kidney cancer at the age of 56.

Grant Hart, along with Bob Mould and Greg Norton, founded Hüsker Dü in 1979 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and helped create the sound of 1990s modern rock — paving the way for a number of other bands including the ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Eddie Vedder debut music play covers with Glen Hansard and Fiona Apple, see Prophets of Rage perform on Fallon

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Eddie Vedder debut music play covers with Glen Hansard and Fiona Apple, see Prophets of Rage perform on Fallon

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder flew solo as the headliner at this weekend’s Ohana fest, where he performed a new song, and covered others by Pink Floyd, Neil Young and George Harrison.

Eddie Vedder hasn’t named his new song yet but some are calling it “Share the Light”. Check out the fan video below.

Eddie also covered Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity,” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” on which he was joined by Fiona Apple and Glen Hansard among others. Watch the videos below.

Prophets of Rage will release their self-titled debut ...

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Mavis Staples announces Jeff Tweedy collaboration If All I Was Was Black

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Mavis Staples announces Jeff Tweedy collaboration If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

XPN Fest veterans and longtime friends Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) have collaborated together a few times before, but the just-announced If All I Was Was Black is a particularly special project. Slated for a November 17 release on Anti- Records, the 10-track album was produced and written by Tweedy, with vocalist Staples contributing to the lyrics on three tracks. In addition to being the first full-length of original material the the two have worked on together, If All I Was Was Black takes on a political tone, addressing racial ...

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Uncovering the mystery of Superorganism on the XPN Morning Show

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Uncovering the mystery of Superorganism on the XPN Morning Show

Superorganism | via twitter.com/SPRORGNSM

When we first discovered Superorganism back in April, we knew two things: 1) their song “Something for Your M.I.N.D.” was quirky cool, and 2) their story sounded like a marketing gimmick.

Turns out the 8-piece, London-based band fronted by a 17-year-old Japanese girl who was attending a boarding in Maine is indeed real, and they just signed a worldwide record deal with Domino. Last week on the XPN Morning Show, I got the low-down from singers Orono and Harry about how the band members found each other, ended up all sharing a house together, and what they’re ...

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The Edge calls in to WXPN studios to catch up with Dan Reed

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The Edge calls in to WXPN studios to catch up with Dan Reed

The Edge | via facebook.com/u2

So last Wednesday night I got an e mail from U2’s record company. It said that they had The Edge (he – of course – is the guitarist and original member of U2) available tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Did I want the interview? Uh… OK.

I did a little research on the band and their new album, got some question ideas from my “Dan & Dan Music Podcast” partner Dan Deluca of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and took the call. He was extremely nice, very cordial, very professional. It was an enjoyable 10 minutes ...

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The Edge calls in to WXPN studios to catch up with Dan Reed

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The Edge calls in to WXPN studios to catch up with Dan Reed

The Edge | via facebook.com/u2

So last Wednesday night I got an e mail from U2’s record company. It said that they had The Edge (he – of course – is the guitarist and original member of U2) available tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Did I want the interview? Uh… OK.

I did a little research on the band and their new album, got some question ideas from my “Dan & Dan Music Podcast” partner Dan Deluca of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and took the call. He was extremely nice, very cordial, very professional. It was an enjoyable 10 minutes ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “All About Waiting” by Dhani Harrison

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “All About Waiting” by Dhani Harrison
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Dhani Harrison (the only son of the late George Harrison) is releasing his debut solo album, IN///PARALLEL, on October 6th.

Dhani (pronounced in English as “Danny”) is the only son of the late Beatle and his second wife, Olivia Harrison. While there is no mistaking how he looks and sounds his father, Dhani has been making his own unique mark in the music. He formed the alternative rock band thenewno2, was a member of Fistful of Mercy with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur, and has scored television shows. In keeping his father’s great work and memory ...

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.

1962 – After George Martin insists that session drummer Andy White take Ringo Starr’s place, The Beatles return to EMI Studios in London for a third attempt at recording their first single. “Love Me Do” is selected to be The Beatles’ first A-side, with “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side (a reversal of the original plan). The single that is released on October ...

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Listen to a new song by Sam Smith, “Too Good For Goodbyes”

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Listen to a new song by Sam Smith, “Too Good For Goodbyes”

Sam Smith | Courtesy of Capitol Records

British singer songwriter Sam Smith just released “Too Good For Goodbyes,” his first new music since the release of his Oscar winning and Golden Globe winning James Bond theme for Spectre, “Writing’s On The Wall,” in 2015. The new song was Written with his longtime collaborator Jimmy Napes, as well as Stargate – the Norwegian record producing and songwriting team composed of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen.

About the song, Smith says in a press release:

“This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

The song, written by Ritter, is ...

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Listen to the new side project of Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Bermuda Triangle

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Listen to the new side project of Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Bermuda Triangle

Earlier this summer, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performed in a collaborative project with singer-songwriters Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser for a She Shreds-curated concert that took place in Nashville. The set, it seems, was the start of something new for Howard — the band, called Bermuda Triangle, released its debut single today.

This is Howard’s second side-project beyond the realm of the Shakes; two years ago, she released a record with the punk-fueled garage rock outfit Thunderbitch. This band, by comparison, explores the folkier side of her repertoire, awash in resplendent vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars.

Bermuda Triangle is reportedly ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

Photo by Danny Clinch for Rolling Stone

If you’ve never been to the Jersey shore, don’t worry, because Steve Van Zandt, one of rock and roll’s most incredible sidemen, is bringing the sounds of the shore directly to your speakers on his new album, Soulfire. On his first new solo album in 18 years, out on his own Wicked Cool Records, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul embody the best of East Coast rock and soul. Fans of The Boss, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Richard, Ronnie Spector, The Drifters: rejoice!

According to Rolling Stone, ...

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R.I.P.: Walter Becker of Steely Dan, passed at at 67

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R.I.P.: Walter Becker of Steely Dan, passed at at 67

Walter Becker | via walterbecker.com

Guitarist and bassist Walter Becker, co-founder of boundary-pushing rock band Steely Dan, passed away this weekend, according to an announcement on his website. He was 67 years old. 

Though official details were not given, Becker was not part of the “Classic East” and “Classic West” concerts the band recently performed in Los Angeles; according to an interview his bandmate Donald Fagan gave in Billboard, “Walter’s recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon,” but the type of surgery or prognosis were not elaborated on.

Becker and Fagan formed Steely Dan ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream.

Forsyth and his band are playing WXPN’s Free at Noon this week. He’s also playing Union Transfer on November 16th.

About the new album, NPR’s Laura Snapes wrote that Dreaming In The Non-Dream:

was conceived and recorded ...

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#TBTXPN: Revisit the magical hit factory of The Brill Building

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#TBTXPN: Revisit the magical hit factory of The Brill BuildingAt 1619 Broadway in Manhattan, 49th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, music history was written. The Brill Building was an office that, in the mid 50s and early 60s, housed teams of professional songwriters who would come up with hits of the day that went on to be popularized by girl groups and Motown Combos.

The writers, from Neil Diamond to Neil Sedaka, Carole King to Connie Francis, explored young love and heartbreak with top notch session musicians and even orchestras. Their sound was so striking that it went on to influence pop songwriters around the country, and for ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Pray For Peace” by Blind Boys of Alabama

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Pray For Peace” by Blind Boys of Alabama

Photo by Jim Herrington

If there’s a song we all need in our lives these days, it’s a song from the fantastic new Blind Boys of Alabama album, Almost Home.

With two of the founding members of the Blind Boys still alive, Clarence Fountain (87 years old) and Jimmy Carter (85) have made one of the best albums in their long, acclaimed, and important career as a gospel group. The album looks back on the long, hard, and winding roads they began to walk on when the two met as schoolboys in 1939 and began singing together.

The new album ...

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WXPN Presents Music for Monday’s solar eclipse

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WXPN Presents Music for Monday’s solar eclipse

Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

This week, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis got us ready for Monday’s solar eclipse with a moon and sun filled Friday morning mixtape. On Monday, they’ll be even more dancing in the dark on XPN.

The total eclipse will start on Aug. 21 at 1:16 p.m. ET in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, ending at 2:48 p.m. ET near Charleston, South Carolina. You can enter in your zip code here to find out exactly when you’ll be able to the solar eclipse. In Philadelphia, you’ll need to ...

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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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