Awash in moving acoustic arrangements and stunning harmonies, The Lone Bellow captivated the crowd at the 2013 Non-COMMvention. They sang selections from their self-released self-titled debut and packed what appeared to be the entire attendance of Non-COMM into World Cafe Live’s upstairs stage, raising the room’s collective temperature to a fever pitch. Listen to the band’s set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
The Lone Bellow
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
We just got word of a big treat for fans of XPN’s February Artist to Watch The Lone Bellow. The Georgia-born, Brooklyn-based close-harmony group was added to the bill of Ivan & Alyosha’s appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on April 16th. The band released its self-tltled record on January 22, and it was met with acclaim from NPR Music, which praised its “songs of survival and redemption, written out of necessity rather than opportunity.” Below, watch a music video for The Lone Bellow’s single “Two Sides of Lonely”; get more information on their Johnny Brenda’s appearance at the WXPN Concert Calendar (powered by The Swollen Fox).
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As we look towards bands on the verge of breaking in 2013, The Lone Bellow should be near the top of the list. In anticipation of their debut release on January 22nd, NPR is streaming The Lone Bellow’s self-titled record in-full as a First Listen feature this week. With the delicate ruggedness of The Swell Season and the approachability of The Lumineers, the Georgia-to-Brooklyn transplants brought the Gospel and close harmony traditions of the South up the coast with them. And though their music is steeped in Southern musical lore, there is an element of Northern wilderness in tracks like “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely” that makes the album a cozy and invigorating winter listen.
As NPR writes, “… if The Lone Bellow breaks big, which seems like a decent possibility, it’ll be with songs of survival and redemption, written out of necessity rather than opportunity.” The Lone Bellow will perform at The TLA on February 12th for To Write Love On Her Arms’ Heavy & Light Tour; tickets and information can be found here. Head over to NPR Music to stream The Lone Bellow and watch the video for “Two Sides Of Lonely” below.