We’ve got a challenge for you tonight.  Are you up for it? It starts at 8pm.  We’ve got two hours of brand new music that you NEED to hear!  Seriously, nestle up to your radio and listen as we play music from all corners of the world.  It may … just may … change your life.  Americana darling Valerie June lends us another song from her forthcoming album.  We’ll meet one of Melbourne’s most hyped songwriters who performs under the musical alias The Outdoor Type.  Plus, new Latin soul from LA’s Chicano Batman and the Old 97s recruit Brandi Carlile to play the voice of God on their new single “Good with God”.  Your ears will thank you for listening, and so will we. Our New Music Show with Mike Vasilikos begins at 8pm on XPN.  Oh! And we almost forgot …

We’ve also got new tunes from:

THE SHINS “Name For You”

The Shins deliver on high expectations with an earworm of a new song. Frontman James Mercer finds inspiration from his daughters on “Name For You”, a buoyant call for female empowerment.  It certainly has the musical trademarks of The Shins coupled with a playful and inspirational tone.  Fans can rejoice fully on March 10th when the band releases their fifth album Heartworms.  For now, have some fun with “Name For You”:



Speaking of uplifting songs, we’ve got another one you can file under that banner – both in its musicality and message.  Ahmad Gallab is the creative force behind SINKANE.  A stylish, funky blend of world rhythms, jazzy instrumentation and independent spirit make his new song “U’Huh” irresistible.  Life & Livin’ It is the name of the full album coming out this February. Sinkane will play Johnny Brenda’s on February 19th.  “U’Huh” is your catchy introduction to the new album, have a listen:



Maybe it’s their youthful exuberance but the Dublin-based pop-punk rockers OTHERKIN caught our ears this week.  It feels like at one point there were a lot of bands like this, but those days are behind us and these guys are quite enjoyable.  They cite The Clash, Blur, The Ramones as influences and that’s a good place for any band of aspiring rockers to start.  They’ve built up a nice profile in Ireland and the UK and will release their US debut this year.  We’ll play you a couple tunes on the show tonight, but to warm you up check out “Ay Ay”:


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