Every fall big name rock & rollers dominant the season with new releases, and this year is no different. While new albums from heritage and popular acts like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Mumford & Sons account for lots of listening, there is one album that should compete for your ears. Enter Ben Schneider. The brainchild of Lord Huron, Ben started to shape the sound for his band a couple years ago after a trip back home to Michigan’s Lake Huron.
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New Orleans native, Aaron Neville releases his new album, My True Story (Blue Note Records) on January 22, 2013. He hand-picked his favorite tracks from the doo-wop era for this album and revitalized them by adding his soulful and expressive voice into these songs. Working with well-known producer Keith Richards, Neville's return to the music scene is destined for success. An inductee of the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, Neville has embarked on a national tour to promote the release of his album and treat his fervent fans with performances of his most recognizable career hits. Clearly, an artist who possesses an iconic and evocative voice, Neville is on the verge of celebrating his 50th year in the music recording world. Enjoy his powerful voice at this upcoming Free At Noon concert.
It’s not always easy for young bands to channel their youthful exuberance and still come away with a finished product that’s as representative as their intentions. For most bands, it usually takes a few records. But in the case of Kids Raising Kids, the debut full-length from the Nashville based Kopecky Family Band, the highly energized six-piece hit their target and then some. And that’s not to say that the Kopecky Family Band hasn’t taken some time to formulate their sound.
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After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-escaping, indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo has once again taken center stage with its first studio album in nearly four years, Fade. The record will be the band's 13th full-length release and features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showing the group's stately side.
Few groups have embraced as many musical directions as Yo La Tengo, whose Hoboken, N.J. native members have delved into noise pop, shoegaze, minimalist acoustic folk, funky R&B, and straightforward rock and roll over the course of their career.
The group's expansiveness will continue with the deluxe edition of the LP, which is slated to include covers of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw The Light" and Times New Viking's "Move to California," while the digital deluxe edition will include an 11-minute,still-untitled bonus track.
The band plans to spend most of 2013 on the road, kicking off a North American trek on Jan. 23 in Carrboro, N.C., and heading to Europe on Mar. 1.
Recent Release: Fade
Release Date: 2012
Label: Matador Records
Band Origin: Hoboken, N.J.
Hailing from London, England, Natasha Khan is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has recently released her third studio album The Haunted Man (Parlophone Records) this past October. Adopting the stage name, Bat for Lashes, Khan's third album is riding on a wave of momentum that is clearly setting her up to an international path of success in the music world. In its first week, the album debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart and sold approximately an impressive 13,334 copies. The album's debut single "Laura" performed just as well in the UK Singles chart. Having received prestigious Mercury Prize nomination for her previous studio albums Fur and Gold (Parlophone Records) and Two Suns (Parlophone Records), her name has become a bubbling household name in the United Kingdom.
A passionate songstress from a modest upbringing, Khan worked diligently through college and work, at a card-packing factory, to be recognized a serious emerging artist. Eventually, signing with Echo records, Khan began to enchant the UK with her soothing and heart-warming voice. Khan's unique musical style led her songs to be featured in a variety of commercials, video games and even the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Additionally, Khan has even collaborated and toured with Coldplay following a one-off gig in London in early 2010. Lately, Khan has been working on promoting The Haunted Man and its 2nd single "All Your Gold" which was released on October 3rd. Making a special stop to WXPN, check out Khan's captivating voice and unique as she performs for the Free At Noon concert.
December 31, 2012 - London folk rockers Mumford and Sons made a splash on the indie music scene with their 2009 debut album Say No More. The album combines the raspy crooning vocals of lead singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and thoughtful lyrics in songs that range from soft and soothing to rocking, toe-tapping tunes.
Now 28 years old, Gary Clark Jr. has been preparing to release his major label debut since he first started playing live in Austin, Texas at the age of 12. Undeniably a blues guitar phenom since that young age, Gary has been Austin’s little secret until recently. The buzz surrounding his 4-song EP Bright Lights was substantial. And his live show, so dynamic that it demanded a relentless touring schedule the last couple years and ultimately delayed the release of his proper introduction - Blak and Blu.
This week, XPN unwraps a brand new holiday compilation – Holidays Rule! Just in time for the season, some of our favorite artists put their signature spin on seasonal classics! Listen all week for newly recorded holiday jams from THE SHINS, RUFUS WAINRIGHT, FUN., CALEXICO, THE HEAD AND THE HEART, PAUL McCARTNEY and more!
Although he hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Martin "Bap" Kennedy incorporates a wide range of genres with American origins into his music, such as blues, rocky, country, and Americana. Former member of the band Energy Orchard, with whom he recorded five albums, Kennedy launched his solo career in 1998 with his debut album, Domestic Blues. Produced by Steve Earle and including vocal contributions by Nanci Griffith, the album was a major critical and commercial success for Kennedy. Since then, Kennedy has released seven albums and two EPS and has collaborated with artists such as Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler. His most recent album, The Sailor's Revenge, came out this past January. Currently, Kennedy is touring the Netherlands to promote the album. He will be performing with his full band in Belfast on December 29th.
December 10, 2012 - The Nashville trio – consisting of vocalist Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum, and percussionist Jeremy Lutito – produces ethereal joy explosions of pop and rock quite unlike that of their contemporaries.