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Free at Noon Flashback: Lo Moon continues their slow burn at World Cafe Live

Lo Moon | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Ah, Lo Moon. The mysterious, mysterious band who came out of seemingly nowhere with their hit song, “Loveless,” last year. I was introduced to the group — comprised of Matt Lowell, Crisanta Baker, Sam Stewart, and touring drummer Sterling Laws — when prepping to see them at NonCOMM last May.  And though I clasped my super-sleuthing cap on tight in detective-like determination, I could find nothing, save the lone 7 minute-long, slow-burning and soaring atmospheric rock track.

This Friday, WXPN welcomed back the LA-based band as one of the three inaugural Slingshot artists for a moody and ambient Free at Noon. Still as enigmatic as ever, Lo Moon has just released one new track, “This Is It,” along with a live performance of their 80s pop hook track, “Real Love” with KCRW.  In an information-overload world of instant gratification, their patient material-reveal timeline whispers a sort of magical, otherworldly feel to their music. Continue reading →

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Get to know Slingshot, a new artist-championing collaboration backing Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon


Teased this spring at the annual NonCOMM-vention, the new program Slingshot is an artist-championing collaboration between NPR Music and 18 VuHaus member stations — including founding stations WXPN, WFUV, KCRW, KUTX and The Bridge.

Over the summer, programming staff from the member stations each nominated a handful of artists to throw their support behind over the coming year. The submissions were reviewed, and the stations came to a consensus — Big ThiefJamila Woods and Lo Moon would be backed by Slingshot affiliates through interviews, editorial coverage, live performances and more over the next several months.

“Everybody in this room knows the impact of public radio on artist development,”  XPN general manager Roger LaMay told the crowd at NonCOMM this spring. “It’s really been essential with NonCOMMs and public radio writ large to pool our resources and work together to grow our impact.” Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Lo Moon soars, dips, and flows through dreamy, ethereal set

Lo Moon | Photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Lo Moon had big shoes to fill when World Cafe host Talia Schlanger introduced the band — comparing their few month’s back set at Johnny Brenda’s to Genesis when they first hit the scene in the 70s.

Slinking on stage against red and blue lights, the ethereal mood was set in an instant. This four-piece, mysterious band has totally got the whole cool, dark vibes thing down to a tee — but escape from that translating into a super blase, I-don’t-care-about-anything-because-I-wear-all-black-and-am-too-cool-for-school attitude. Continue reading →

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Nightlands channels Simpsonwave in new “Lost Moon” video

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Nightlands | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

Dave Hartley is rolling out more material from his latest Nightlands project I Can Feel the Night Around Me, this week sharing a surreal video for lead single “Lost Moon.” The album is out on May 5th via Western Vinyl, and Nightlands will wrap up an accompanying tour at Johnny Brenda’s on May 27th (featuring Eliza Hardy Jones, Jesse Hale Moore, Anthony LaMarca, and Scott Churchman alongside Hartley in the live set-up). Continue reading →

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Nightlands announce album and tour, stream single “Lost Moon”

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Nightlands | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

Four years ago Dave Hartley set himself apart from concurrent roles in The War on Drugs and Buried Beds with the release of Oak Island, his second effort as the Philly-based Nightlands. After a whirlwind few years with the former of those projects, the pinball expert and basketball fanatic is back with a third solo output called I Can Feel the Night Around Me, set for release via Western Vinyl on May 5th and accompanied by a national tour that wraps up at Johnny Brenda’s on May 27th.

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Arc Iris share two videos from their new Moon Saloon LP

Arc Iris | photo by Chattman Photography | via facebook.com/arcirismusic

Jocie Adams debuted her Arc Iris project back in 2014 after splitting with her cohorts in The Low Anthem. While that was initially surprising and disappointing for the band’s fans, Arc Iris has proven to be a wonderful addition to the avant-folk tapestry of American music. Their sophomore effort Moon Saloon is out now on Bella Union and they’ve recently shared two videos to go along with the LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Soft Moon at Boot and Saddle, Louie Louie at Ortlieb’s

The Soft Moon | Photo by Dennis Shoenberg | courtesy of the artist
The Soft Moon | Photo by Dennis Shoenberg | courtesy of the artist

Bay area noir rocker Luis Vasquez, aka The Soft Moon, has been making moody, evocative music recalling Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and early 80s Cure for a half dozen years. Last March, he released the band’s third LP, Deeper, via Captured Tracks records. Watch the frenetic music video for “Far” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →