Five things we’re looking forward to at this year’s NonCOMM

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haimThe 2014 Non-COMMvention kicks off in a few hours and the schedule is jam-packed full of amazing showcases, talks and performances.  Because there are so many great things going on, we wanted to highlight a few of the events that we are looking forward to seeing the most this year:

1. Opening night party (4-7pm) hosted by Columbia Records featuring an interview with HAIM – These sisters are completely dominating the scene right now.  They played a sold out show on Saturday May 10th at Terminal 5 in NYC and we are more than excited to welcome them to the World Cafe Live stage.  This event will be for nonCOMM attendees only.

2.  Music showcase featuring Ásgeir (Weds, 7-7:25pm).  A showcase is a perfect setting for the icelandic folk singer to show off his Bon Iver-like vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar.  Check out Ásgeir’s latest album In the Silence and look out for him at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hozier/167555553297787
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hozier/167555553297787

3.  Music showcase featuring Hozier (Thurs, 9:30-9:55pm). Soulful Irish powerhouse Hozier, currently has 2 impressive EPs out; Take Me to Church released in 2013 and From Eden, the most recent.  Each EP only gives you a glance into the musician’s sound, which some describe as a combination of gospel, folk and blues.  We are excited to see how he will captivate in a small intimate setting.

4.  Free at noon concert (Fri, 12-1:15pm) featuring Chet Faker.  Chet Faker just released his debut album Built on Glass last month and is on tour now.  His single “Talk Is Cheap” is a perfect example of how Faker blends his deep, melodic vocals with electronic ambient beats.  Faker will play Union Transfer May 16.

5. Music showcase featuring Lykke Li (Fri, 9:50-10:20pm).  Lykke Li will play a showcase at this year’s Non-COMM after her latest album I Never Learn was named best new album by Pitchfork.  The album shows an extremely vulnerable side of Lykke Li, which was written after a bad break-up.  The showcase will most likely be a very raw and emotional experience for the Swedish singer/songwriter who will appear at Lollapalooza later this summer.

Below, check out the full schedule via XPN.org.

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 14

7-7:25 PM — Asgeir

7:30-7:55 PM — Matt Andersen

8-8:25 PM — Elbow

8:30-8:55 PM — Grizfolk

9-9:40 PM — The Afghan Whigs

9:45-10:15 PM — The Districts

10:20-11 PM — The Hold Steady

11:05-11:35 — No Sinner

THURSDAY MAY 15

Free At Noon: Jessica Lea Mayfield; The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

8-8:25 PM – Those Darlins

8:30-8:55 PM – The Felice Brothers

9-9:25 PM – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

9:30-9:55 PM – Hozier

10:00-10:30 PM – Ian MacLagan

10:35-11:15 PM – Counting Crows

11:20-11:45 PM – Benjamin Booker

11:50 PM – 12:20 AM – Shovels & Rope

FRIDAY MAY 16

Free At Noon: Chet Faker; Hamilton Leithauser

8-8:20 PM – Strand Of Oaks

8:25-8:45 PM – Paul Burch

8:50-9:20 PM – Nicole Atkins

9:25-9:45 PM – Lydia Loveless

9:50-10:20 PM – Lykke Li

10:25-10:55 PM – Parquet Courts

11:00-11:30 PM – Hurray for the Riff Raff

11:35 PM – 12:00 AM – Cheetah Chrome

 

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