This Wednesday, May 15 through Friday night May 17, the 13th annual Non-COMM industry and music conference is being hosted at WXPN. Many of the bands performing over the three days will be broadcast and webcast on XPN. Below is the schedule (subject to change).
Wednesday, May 15
7 – 7:25 p.m. Gabriel Kelley
7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (video webcast)
8:10 – 8:35 p.m. John Murry
8:40 – 9:20 p.m. Tom Tom Club (video webcast)
9:25 – 9:55 p.m. Kurt Vile
10:00 – 10 :45 p.m. Phoenix (Phoenix will NOT be broadcasted live)
10:50 – 11:20 p.m. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
Thursday, May 16
12:00 p.m. – A Special Mississippi Blues Project Free At Noon 12 featuring
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks (video webcast)
7 – 7:20 p.m. Mount Moriah
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Mavis Staples (video webcast)
8 – 8:20 p.m. Wild Belle
8:25 – 9:05 p.m. Tom Jones (video webcast)
9:10 – 9:40 p.m. The Last Bison
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. José James
10:20 – 10:55 p.m. David Wax Museum
11 – 11:45 p.m. Robert Randolph
11:50 -12:20 a.m. Foxygen
Friday, May 17
12 – 1:00 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bobby Long
7 – 7:25 p.m. Wild Feathers
7:30 -8 p.m. Laura Mvula
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. The Lone Bellow
8:40 – 9:10 p.m. Free Energy
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Kopecky Family Band
9:50 – 10:30 p.m. The Olms featuring Pete Yorn
10:35 – 11:05 p.m. Marie Miller
11:10 – 12:00 a.m. The Relatives
Touring in support of his latest releases – the Wishbone LP and the Bedroom EP – British singer-songwriter Bobby Long plays World Cafe Live tonight. Mixing downtempo country and rockabilly with a decidedly retro bent, Long has built a growing stateside fan base since his 2009 debut Dirty Pond Songs. Tickets and information on the all-ages show can be found at the WXPN concert calendar. Below, download “Devil Moon” from Wishbone.
Bobby Long has announced a spring tour that brings him to World Cafe Live on April 17th. The British singer-songwriter will be supporting his second full-length Wishbone, out on February 19th through ATO. From what we’ve heard of the new album so far, Long’s time spent in the States seems to have rubbed off on his songwriting – lead single “In Your Way” pits a twangy Americana slide guitar against his classic British folk arrangements. Tickets for the Philadelphia date go on sale this Friday, February 8th, and more information can be found here. Stream “In Your Way” below and listen back to Bobby Long’s 2011 appearance on XPN’s World Cafe here.
The 12 Days of Local Christmas are back this year, kicking off with a track called “Christmas Eve With You” by Aaron Brown & The York Street Hustle. Mid-day host Helen Leicht has curated a great compilation of original holiday songs by local musicians, featuring music by Good Old War, Deb Callahan and more – go here to download the full set, and listen in to XPN to hear the songs played back during My Morning Download with Morning show host Michaela Majoun in the 9 a.m. ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1 p.m. ET hour.
XPN Free at Noon and festival alum Bobby Long has announced a new album, set for release on February 19th. Wishbone follows up the British singer-songwriter’s 2011 EP The Backing Singer and LP A Winter’s Tale. Paste Magazine premiered the first single from Wishbone yesterday, a twangy, emotional track called “In Your Way.” Stream and download the song below via ATO Records‘ Soundcloud. Revisit Long’s 2010 XPoNential Music Festival set here and watch him perform “Hard to Take” on the JerseyArts.com Marina Stage in the following video.
Bobby Long’s music harkens back to that of the 1960s folk revival, as does his method of distributing it. This is at least true of his most recent EP, The Backing Singer, which was released earlier last month and is available exclusively at his live shows. Recorded in a church over a brief, month-long period, Long said of the project, “I had these songs I wanted to get out there… We recorded it live in one afternoon. All of the songs are first or second takes.” The production of the album hints at the simple, acoustic roots Bobby Long is known for. His first major-label full-length album, A Winter Tale, only came out last February. It is a minimalist folk album composed of lyrically driven tales, very much akin to his British-folk contemporary Johnny Flynn. The Backing Singer might also be similar, but you have to attend the concert and purchase the EP to be sure. Bobby Long performs with Rayland Baxter at 8 p.m. at World Café Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $22-$27. —Caitlyn Grabenstien