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Today’s Concert Picks: MØ at Johnny Brenda’s, Eternal Summers at Underground Arts, Stone Jack Jones at World Cafe Live

MØ | photo courtesy of the artist
MØ | photo courtesy of the artist

Danish musician  will perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Erik Hassle.  Currently touring the U.S. for the first time in support of her debut LP No Mythologies to Follow, Karen Marie Ørsted has been making quick work of moving to the forefront of the electronic-pop dance scene.  She released her first singles in 2012 and has since worked with Avicii while topping the line-ups at festivals across the globe.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Check out “I Don’t Wanna Dance” below.

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Non-COMM Recap: Hurray for the Riff Raff brings southern folk fun to the downstairs stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Cameron Pollack

New Orleans-based roots group Hurray for the Riff Raff showed off their winning blend of southern folk, bluegrass and rock and roll on the last night of NonCOMM. Frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra started the show out with a solo performance of “The New SF Bay Blues” and brought the full band up for a lively set punctuated by their single “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Allright)” and wrapping with the clever number called “Fiddlesticks.” Most of the band exited so fiddle player Yosi Pearlstein could play center stage while Segarra sang and tapped the neck of the fiddle with two small sticks; it created an very unique melodic / percussive effect that brought the performance to a short and sweet close. Check out photos from the set below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Non-COMM Recap: Strand of Oaks slayed with their set on the NPR Music stage

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Philadelphia’s Strand of Oaks kicked off the final night of Non-COMM with a powerful performance on the NPR Music Stage. They showcased four tracks from their forthcoming HEAL, including the winning single “Goshen 97″ and the smouldering epic “J.M.”, a tribute to the late Jason Molina where frontman Tim Showalter positively shredded on his guitar, Crazy Horse style. Check out photos below and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). HEAL comes out on Dead Oceans Records on June 24th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Uh Huh Her at World Cafe Live, Twin Forks at The TLA

Uh Huh Her | photo via facebook.com/uhhuhher
Uh Huh Her | photo via facebook.com/uhhuhher

LA indie rock duo Uh Huh Her took its name from a record by PJ Harvey, and while the influence is undeniable, don’t expect a set of “Down By The Water” soundalikes at World Cafe Live tonight. The band has a cool and brooding synthpop underbelly, and released its third full length, Future Souls, this past March on Plaid Records.  Uh Huh Her is currently in the midst of a US / Canada tour; get tickets and info on tonight’s World Cafe Live show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a tour trailer below.

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Non-COMM Recap: A transfixing set by electronica heavyweight Chet Faker

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Australian electronica overlord Chet Faker kicked off NonComm Day 3 with an incredible set, filled with loop pedals, synth pads, and drum machines galore. Heavily influenced by jazz greats including Chet Baker, leading to his eventual name change, Chet Faker’s set was filled with jazz-influenced vocals, and syncopated drum beats. A highlight of the set was “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” an instrumental track which starts out with one single voice descending in a major scale, building in minimalist percussion, and eventually becomes driven by syncopated guitar and processed vocals.

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Non-COMM Recap: Shovels and Rope impressed with some midnight hour country-punk

Shovels and Rope | Photo by John Vettese
Shovels and Rope | Photo by John Vettese

The Charleston, South Carolina duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent brought night two of NonCOMM 2014 to a whopping close. Their band, Shovels and Rope. approaches country and western music with a minimal punk rock attitude, Hearst and Trent switching between drums and guitar and previewing new selections from their forthcoming LP Swimmin’ Time, out in August on Dualtone Records. Listen to their set in its entirety below and check out a photo gallery.

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Non-COMM Recap: Hozier artfully blends the best of folk and soul

Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack

During the middle of the upstairs-downstairs madness that is the NonComm convention, attendees were treated to one of the greatest voices I’ve heard in an extremely long time. Irish native Andrew Hozier-Byrne amazed the audience with an unbelievable display of vocal and guitar talent, taking multiple solos and throwing his falsetto up to the top of its range on a solo version of To Be Alone from his Take Me To Church EP. He concluded the set with a rendition of his breakthrough single Take Me To Church as well as feel-good track From Eden, and as a result, every audience member left with a bit more soul inside them.

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