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New Music Show Preview w/ Day of the Dead Tribute, Tragically Hip & more!

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Here’s a sample of what’s coming up Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:

Day of the Dead – VARIOUS ARTISTS

Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of THE NATIONAL, Day of the Dead is a massive celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead.  The 59 track album runs nearly 6 hours, and features an incredibly diverse and star-studded array of musicians.  From Jim James to Wilco, Charles Bradley to Courtny Barnett, Day of the Dead is a true testament to the power and influence of the Dead.  We’ll comb through the collection and pick the best of the best to play for you tonight. Continue reading →

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Pinkwash share low-fi, hi-color video for “Gumdrop”

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

Pinkwash just released their debut LP Collective Sigh on Don Giovanni Records, honing in on powerful hooks and heavy riffs that make it “one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records).” Now the duo has shared a video for “Gumdrop,” premiered earlier on the AV Club.

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NonCOMM Recap: Simo brings it home at the end of day three

Simo | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Simo | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

With 29 bands playing in the span of three days, NonCOMM is more of a marathon than a sprint. In that sense, Simo, being the 29th band to perform, is like a runner on the final two-tenths of a mile at the end of a marathon (this metaphor is not mathematically to scale). And let me tell you, this metaphorical runner finished mighty strong.

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NonCOMM Recap: A high-octane, winning set from Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Low Cut Connie | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It seemed like Adam Weiner talked to the crowd as much as he sang to them. “Philly, you stick with us and we’ll never lose,” he said as Low Cut Connie got things going on the PRX stage upstairs at World Cafe Live. Weiner, the vocalist and pianist for the Philly rockers, brought enough energy to the room for the whole audience. Weiner is a local, from just across the bridge in Jersey, and all set long he made it clear how much love he has for the city whose shadow he grew up in. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: In just four songs, Car Seat Headrest kills it

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

As I sat at a desk in the WXPN offices, working on a recap of Esme Patterson’s set here at NonCOMM, I faintly heard on a radio across the room that Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle had just finished up downstairs. I had to hurry if I were to get a good spot for Car Seat Headrest. So, I quickly finished and rushed out the office door, only to find a mob of people already filling the upstairs area of World Cafe Live.

I wasn’t going to settle for the back, so I started to push my way through. As I did, I noticed the guy in front of me, who was pushing his way through as well, looked oddly familiar. Then I realized, it was Will Toledo himself, the man behind Car Seat Headrest.

Toledo made it much further up than I did — all the way to the stage, of course. And when he got up there, he and his band crushed it. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Esme Patterson gets wild at the PRX stage

Esme Patterson | photo by Jeremy ZImmerman for WXPN | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Esme Patterson | photo by Jeremy ZImmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Esme Patterson has a smile that stretches from ear to ear; she seems friendly and caring, and poppy songs like “No River,” where she admits her human flaws, or “Find It,” a motivating track that tells the listener to go find what you need, seem to confirm that.

But Patterson’s upcoming album is called We Were Wild, and that’s exactly what she and her band were tonight — wild. With a curly head of hair intimidatingly covering her eyes and wielding a signature ESP guitar, Patterson blew the roof off World Cafe Live at NonCOMM. Continue reading →