The Both introduce an overzealous new band member in “Milwaukee” video

Photo by Christian Lantry
Photo by Christian Lantry

With only a week until their self-titled collaborative project hits shelves, The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) have released the hilarious new video for “Milwaukee”. In the clip, shot at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, Leo portrays his own washed-up, wannabe rockstar uncle Ed Leo who joins the band. As he masks his face with black makeup, before heading on stage it’s clear that he doesn’t fit the image of the band. Do they let him go or tame his presence? Watch below and catch the band live at XPN’s NonCOMMvention on May 15th. Go here for more details and here for tickets to their Union Transfer show on May 3rd. Stream The Both early over on NPR.


You gotta watch this: Mavis Staples live in concert from WXPN’s Non-COMMvention

mavis620x413 The legendary Mavis Staples played WXPN’s Non-COMMvention on Thursday, May 16 at World Cafe Live with guitarist Rick Holmstrom. Mavis releases her new Jeff Tweedy produced album, One True Vine, on Anti- Records on June 25.

You can listen to the audio of the concert here. Better yet, watch the video below.

Mavis Staples live from WXPN’s Non-COMMvention at World Cafe Live from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Non-COMM Recap: The Relatives wrap up the show with gospel harmonies (photos)

Sharply-dressed gospel-funk ensemble The Relatives wrapped up this year’s Non-COMM with a Friday night set of sweet harmonies on the World Cafe Live stage. Hailing from Texas and performing together since 1970, the group just released its first album of original material in 30 years, The Electric World. Check out photos from their performance above, and see more of Joe Del Tufo’s coverage of Non-COMM here. Listen to David Dye’s World Cafe interview with The Relatives here.


Non-COMM Recap: Jose James brought smooth sounds to the World Cafe Live stage (photos)

Singer and songwriter José James and his his impressive backing band brought smooth, jazzy and eclectic sounds to Non-COMM last weekend. James released his album No Beginning, No End on Blue Note Records in January and worked through an assortment of songs from it during his set, as well as a winning cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” (the second cover of it we heard during the Non-COMM weekend). Check out a gallery of photos from his set above, and see more of Joe Del Tufo’s Non-COMM coverage here.


Non-COMM Recap: Meet lively bluegrass combo Della Mae (photos)

Boston bluegrass five-piece Della Mae got Non-COMM attendees warmed up for three days of music with a lively set during the convention’s opening cocktail hour on Wednesday. Their new album, The World Oft Can Be, is out next Tuesday on Rounder Records. Check out photos from their set in the gallery above. For more of Joe Del Tufo’s Non-COMM photos, go here.


Non-COMM Recap: The legendary Mavis Staples shows the crowd how it’s done (photos, setlist)

Gospel-rock legend Mavis Staples played a powerful set accompanied only by a guitarist for the downstairs Non-COMM crowd at World Cafe Live. Her performance touched on Staples Singers staples such as “The Weight” and “I’ll Take You There” along with selections from her new Jeff Tweedy-produced LP One True Vine. Check out photos from the performance and see the setlist below. Continue reading →


Non-COMM recap: Photos, audio, and setlist from the Mississippi Blues Project concert with Homemade Jamz Blues Band

Last Thursday during XPN’s Non-COMMvention, the Tupelo, Mississippi brothers and sister trio, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, performed in concert with Super Chikan for the final Mississippi Blues Porject concert series. The band performed songs from its new album, Mississippi Hill Country. The band, featuring Ryan (guitar/vocals), Kyle (bass) and Taya (drums), played a fun and spirited set. You can listen to the band’s full set here via the XPN media player. All photos by Mike Lynch,

Homemade Jamz Blues Band set list
1. Blues Train
2. Buy One Get One Free
3. Burned Down the House
4. If Home is Where the House Is
5. Voodoo Woman
6. Red Eye Flight
7. Ain’t No Sunshine
8. Mississippi Hill Country
9. Pay Me No Mind
10. Washing Clothes
11. So Many Tears

The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


Non-COMM Recap: Pete Yorn and J.D. King brought The Olms to World Cafe Live (photos, audio, setlist)

Photo by Joe Del Tufo |
Photo by Joe Del Tufo |

Pete Yorn and J.D. King developed their new project The Olms out of a shared love of 60s psych pop (The Byrds, The Beatles) and extended periods of studio collaboration, and brought the live band that resulted to the Non-COMM stage on Saturday. Their self-titled album is out on June 4th; check out the setlist below and listen to their set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →