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.
November 25, 2012 - Canadian indie rock band Elephant Stone was formed in Montreal back in 2009 by sitarist and bassist Rishi Dhir. After leaving his former band The High Dials, Dhir began to explore Indian classical music, yet he realized that artists in 1960s pop he grew up with, such as The Beatles and The Kinks, had significant influence over how he played.
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.
Ben Folds Five emerged in 1994 as music's only punk rock, piano-led trio. After slogging it out in clubs and building a following, they became one of the commercial and critical darlings of the 90’s releasing distinctive and eccentric piano-based music amidst the guitar heavy bands of the time. After releasing their third studio album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner in 1999, the band abruptly announced the split of Ben Folds Five in November of 2000.