Photos: Escort grooved with J.C. Brooks and The Uptown Sound at The TLA

Escort | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |
Escort | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |

Brooklyn disco / electronic ensemble Escort co-headlined the TLA on South Street last Wednesday night alongside retro-soul outfit (and XPN Fest alums) J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The latter has a new and very dance-oriented LP called Howl, while the former recently released its self-titled LP. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.


Listen to a new JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound song, “Rouse Yourself” (playing the Firefly Music Festival in June)

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 3.42.57 PM JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are releasing their new album, Howl, May 21st on Bloodshot Records. The band will be at Firefly Music Festival June 21-23 in Dover, Delaware. The band played a blistering, rollicking and soulful set at XPoNential Music Festival last summer; go here to listen to it. Below, listen to “Rouse Yourself” from the band’s forthcoming album.


XPoNential Fest: J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound bring the funk to the Marina Stage (photos, audio, setlist)

A highlight of Friday night at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival was an electrifying performance by funky Chicago ensemble J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The charismatic frontman worked the crowd with intensity and got the Marina Stage crowd dancing inspite of the ominous storm crowds lingering around Wiggins Park. Check out a photo gallery above, and see the setlist below. here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


WXPN broadcasting Non-Commvention shows with Grace Potter, War On Drugs, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Polica, Norah Jones and more

Next Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 17th WXPN’s annual music conference, the Non-Commvention, rolls in to World Cafe Live and WXPN. This is the 12th year for the industry conference started by WXPN’s Dan Reed when he worked at WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky. Hundreds of music industry personnel will be in town from various radio stations across the country alongside industry publicists, labels representatives, digital media folks, managers, and listeners and members of WXPN. The lineup for this year’s Non-Comm includes dozens of bands who will be performing at World Cafe Live Wednesday through Friday night, and a listener appreciation Free At Noon on Saturday at Penn Park. WXPN will be broadcasting and webcasting the following sets live:

Wednesday, May 16
8:00 PM – The Key Studio Sessions Live with Graham Alexander, Find Vienna
10:00 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thursday, May 17 Free At Noon
Noon – Joseph Arthur
12:30 – Citizen Cope

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Father John Misty
9:35-10:05 – Beth Orton
10:45-11:25 – The War On Drugs
12:05-12:45 – Polica

Friday, May 18 Free At Noon with Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson

The NPR Music Stage
8:30-9 – Diego Garcia
9:35-10 – Nada Surf
10:40-11:10 – Good Old War
11:50-12:30 – J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Saturday, May 19 – Listener Appreciation Free At Noon from Penn Park:
12-12:20 – Dex Romweber Duo
12:25-1:05 – Rufus Wainwright
1:15-1:45 – Sons of Fathers
1:55-2:25 – Elle King
2:30-3 – Nick Waterhouse


Listen to Gary Clark Jr.’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

Gary Clark Jr.

From NPR Music:

With three self-produced albums under his belt, Gary Clark Jr. plays more than just blues: He cuts through a stunning blend of reggae, rock and soul. Clark can sing some sweet R&B, but at heart, he’s a blistering blues-rock guitarist who’s about to blow up big. In August, he released The Bright Lights EP.

Clark began playing guitar at the age of 12, and has since expanded his arsenal to the harmonica, bass and drums. He’s also the winner of multiple accolades, including the Austin Music Award for Best Blues Band in three separate years. Though still only in his 20s, Clark has shared the stage with legends like Jimmie VaughanSheryl Crow, and Eric Clapton. Hear Clark’s fiery songwriting and wild guitar work in this performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.