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XPN Artist To Watch JD McPherson returns to Philadelphia on Friday November 2 for a sold out show at Johnny Brendas, and he'll be our guest for a Free At Noon concert.
Photo credit Samantha Franklin Oklahoma artist JD McPherson and his band brought their retro-infused rock & roll sound to the XPoNential Music Festival last summer. And, his debut album, Signs and Signifiers, released in April was both an XPN Featured Album of the Week, and CD of the Month this year. The album captures his appreciation of classic rock 'n' roll; the guitarist's gift lies in his ability to repackage timeless sounds into catchy, relevant tunes. McPherson also made a stop on the World Cafe with host David Dye in August. Listen to J.D. McPherson's World Cafe session on TheKey.XPN.org, and check out the video of him performing "Farmer John" onstage at the Festival.


Recent Release: Signs and Signifiers
Release Date: April 2012
Label: Rounder
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages, with 10 fair trade retail stores in the greater Philadelphia area supports XPN Artist to Watch. Stop by the Ten Thousand Villages table during the Artist to Watch Ryan Bingham Free at Noon, and learn more about the festive holiday decor items and gifts handcrafted by fairly paid artisans around the world. From shining mercury glass to whimsical ornaments to jewelry, scarves, art decor and keepsakes Ten Thousand Villages' holiday items celebrate cultures around the world.

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Danielia Cotton Daniela Cotton was an XPN Artist To Watch in 2005, and it has been four years since she released her acclaimed album Rare Child. Since then, the singer-songwriter has endured some very personal tragedies. Between the two albums, she lost the twins she was pregnant with and survived cancer. Her new album, Gun In Your Hand, was inspired by her endurance of these, very personal, losses. The album embodies her typical blend of soul-searing funk and rock. On her single, “Save me,” Cotton pleads "I’m halfway to hell and the devil knows my name. Somebody save me, I don’t want to go crazy." The album is gut wrenching and intimate while searing with the spirit of someone who nearly drowned but somehow made it to shore. Cotton uses her raspy, bluesy wail to convey the story of, as she simply puts it, "survival." She also reworks “Lighthouse Keeper,” a lighter, hopeful tune. Cotton’s Gun in Your Hand is due out October 30.

Cotton played the Sellersville Theater on September 24, and will be playing XPN's Free At Noon show on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Website: danieliacotton.com
Facebook: facebook.com/danieliacotton
Recent Release: Gun In Your Hand
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Label: Adrenaline Records/ADA
Hometown: NYC

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A double-hearder, featuring Ryan Bingham and Sea Wolf

Grammy & Academy Award winning Songwriter, Ryan Bingham just released his new album, Tomorrowland, and performs, Friday night, October 19 at Union Transfer in Philly. Sea Wolf is on tour in support of their new album, Old World Romance. He plays The North Star Bar on Sunday, October 21. They're both here on Friday, October 12 for an XPN Free At Noon.

Ryan Bingham Ryan Bingham still maintains a remarkable connection to his roots. Born in New Mexico and raised on the ranches of Texas, the Americana singer-songwriter turned to music, and at 17 learned to play the guitar.

Ryan was 26 when his first album, Mescalito, hit the music scene in 2007. Backed by The Dead Horses' Matthew Smith (drums), Corby Schaub (guitar, mandolin), and Jeb Stuart (bass), Bingham's debut hearkened to his upbringing in Texas. Bingham followed up his debut album with Roadhouse Sun, released in June 2009.

Bingham was featured in the movie, Crazy Horse, which proved to be a major boon to his career. His song "The Weary Kind" garnered him both a Golden Globe and an Academy award for "best original song," as well as a Grammy.

His latest album, Tomorrowland, was released last month.

Website: binghammusic.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/RyanBingham
Recent Release: Tomorrowland
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Label: Axster Bingham Records
Hometown: Texas, New Mexico

Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages, with 10 fair trade retail stores in the greater Philadelphia area supports XPN Artist to Watch. Stop by the Ten Thousand Villages table during the Artist to Watch Ryan Bingham Free at Noon, and learn more about the festive holiday decor items and gifts handcrafted by fairly paid artisans around the world. From shining mercury glass to whimsical ornaments to jewelry, scarves, art decor and keepsakes Ten Thousand Villages' holiday items celebrate cultures around the world.

Sea WolfTaking it’s name from the Jack London adventure novel and headed by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf began recording demos in early 2000 with producer Phil Elk who has worked with The Shins, Band of Horses, and Built to Spill. Sea Wolf was named a WXPN Artist to Watch in 2007. The band's records include Leaves in the River and White Water, White Bloom..

Sea Wolf returned with his new album Old World Romance on September 11, which combines his typical vivid, eloquent imagery and warm acoustic styling. Church chose to write, record and produce Old World Romance primarily alone from his home studio and the album is a departure from the more expansive and less intimate White Water, White Bloom. You can listen to the new album in its entirety on TheKey.XPN.org.

Sea Wolf is playing Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on October 19, and The North Star Bar in Philadelphia, on Sunday, October 21 with Hey Marseilles and Andrew Lipke.

Website: seawolfmusic.com
Facebook: facebook.com/seawolf

Recent Release: Old World Romance
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Label: Dangerbird
Hometown: Los Angeles

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion broke out into the New York City music scene in 1991 with their unique mix of alt rock, punk, and blues. Since then, the band has continued to experiment with their sound, releasing numerous albums over their 20+ year career. The band has worked with a diverse group of artists throughout their expansive career, such as Elliot Smith, Dr. John, Beck, and Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys. All three members of the group have also done various individual projects, working with artists such as Cat Power, Duran Duran, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tom Waits, and Yoko Ono. Following the reissues of their Matador albums, the band just released a raucous new album entitled Meat and Bone on September 18th, which is their first studio album in eight years. The band kicks off its tour in the U.S. and Canada in support of the release of Meat and Bone, plays The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg on October 4, and is in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 6th for a show at Underground Arts.

Website: thejonspencerbluesexplosion.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/thejonspencerbluesexplosion
Recent Release: Meat and Bone
Release Date: September 20, 2012
Label: Mom & Pop Music

Hometown: New York City, NY

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Shemekia Copeland photo credit Sandra Lee Shemekia Copeland is no newcomer to Blues. A mere 33 years old, he has opened for the Rolling Stones and been nominated for two GRAMMYs. She has performed with legends such as Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. Her soulful, throaty voice has graced the stage at numerous music festivals the world over, including the XPoNential Music Festival. And, she has performed at the White House.

Copeland's stregnth lies in the sheer power of her voice. A melodic powerhouse, She is sometimes compared to Tina Turner - and with good reason. The music she produces combines the sounds of the city with a vocal tour-de-force. Her fans include Maya Angelou, Carlos Santana, and Robert Plant.

Born in Harlem in 1979 to Texas blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemika grew up with music around every corner. She first performed (at her father's request) in Harlem's old Cotton Club when she was only eight. At fifteen, with her father's health failing, Shemika turned to music as a refuge. At nineteen, she released Turn the Heat Up! on Alligator Records. A year later, she appeared in the movie, Three to Tango. In the year following that motion picture debut, she released her second album, Wicked.

Wicked (2000) garnered Copeland three Handy awards (Song of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, and Contemporary Female Artist of the Year). It also earned her a GRAMMY nomination.

Copeland's third album, Talking to Strangers, was released in 2002 and was praised as a bold and well-crafted departure from her previous works. Three years later, in 2005, she released The Soul Truth to critical acclaim. In it, she collaborated with Stax guitar man Steve Cropper, who also produced the album.

In 2009, Copeland released Never Going Back, her fifth album, this time under the Telarc label. Her new album is due out September 26, called "33 1//3" on Telarc. Shemekia's musical backing includes Arthur Neilson on guitar, Willie Scandlyn on rhythm guitar, Kevin Jenkins on bass, and Morris Roberts on the drums.

In addition to XPN's Free At Noon, Shemekia Copeland plays a full show at World Cafe Live on Friday night, September 28, 2012!

Website: shemekiacopeland.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/shemekiacopelandband
Recent Release: 33 1/3
Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Telarc

Hometown: Harlem, NY

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Calexico Calexico is celebrating their recent release, Algiers, and stops in Wilmington for a special XPN Free At Noon from World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington

There are constants in the shapeshifting collective known as Calexico: Calexico founders Joey Burns (Vocals/Guitar) and John Convertino (drums). Together they have lit up the indie scene for over a decade, releasing six albums and five EPs. Their music has hints of country, jazz, and indie rock, combined with a hearty dose of Latin styles. Their name reflects their mixed heritage, which is in turn reflected in their music. Another trademark of Calexico is the richly narrative aspect of their lyrics. The stories they tell, in large part reflections of their native Southwest, are moving and dramatic.

Burns and Convertino met in LA in 1990 through the band Giant Sand. They both collaborated with Giant Sand, eventually relocating when the band moved to Arizona in 1994. Their first independent work was recorded on the album Spoke in 1996, under the small Hausmusik label. At the time, Spoke was both the album and band name. Spoke caught the attention of Quarterstick Records, and the band signed under their new name. "Calexico" is the name of a town in southern California, and reflected the band's diverse musical roots. In 2007, Quarterstick re-released Spoke.

By the time Calexico released their next album, The Black Light (1998),they were a cornerstone of the Arizona music scene. The band reinforced this with Hot Rail (2000) and Scraping (2002), still keeping the Quarterstick label. In 2003, their LP Feast of Wire became a huge hit, making the Billboard Heatseekers and Independent Album charts. One song from the album, "Guero Canelo," was chosen for the soundtrack to Collateral, a blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.

In 2005, the band was introduced to Iron & Wine, and a collaboration was hatched. The result was an EP under the title In the Reins, a critical success. In the Reins marked the first time the band appeared in the Billboard 200. Additionally, they hit the #12 spot on the independent charts. Since then, the band released Carried to Dust in 2008 and has toured with Arcade Fire. Their new album, Algiers, was released September 11, 2012.

They are on tour in Europe and return to the states in October to play the 930 Club in D.C. on October 11, and a full show at Union Transfer in Philly on Friday night, October 12.

Website: casadecalexico.com
Facebook: facebook.com/calexico
Recent Release: Algiers
Release Date: September, 2012
Label: ANTI Records

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Sun Airway Philadelphia's electronic pop band, Sun Airway, have a new album coming out on October 2 called Soft Fall and they will be here on Friday, September 21 for an XPN Free At Noon.

“Sun Airway’s music has always had a sense of audio collage to it; chamber string sections peek out like sunbursts, snippets of early electronic music swish and swirl, psychedelic rock rumbles underneath” - so writes John Vettese on The Key.

The work of songwriter and producer Jon Barthmus, Sun Airway released its debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier in 2010. On October 2nd, Sun Airway releases Soft Fall through the Dead Oceans label. The album pulses with shimmering, moody, upbeat electronica reminiscent of New Order and David Bowie’s 1999 classic Low album. Soft Fall surges with washes of colorful energy in the form excellent pop songs.



Website: sunairway.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/sunairway
Recent Release: Soft Fall
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Label: Dead Oceans

Hometown: Philadelphia

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Richie Sambora Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and New Jersey native Richie Sambora has been playing the guitar since he was twelve, inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. He was the guitarist for the band Message before he was asked to join Bon Jovi in 1983. Sambora has recorded eleven studio albums with Bon Jovi and released two solo albums, 1991's Stranger in This Town and 1998's Undiscovered Soul. He has a new album, "Aftermath of the Lowdown," set for release on September 18. Now Sambora will be gracing the downstairs stage at World Cafe Live for a Free at Noon session on September 14.

Website: richiesambora.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/TheRealSambora
Recent Release: Aftermath of the Lowdown
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Label: Dangerbird

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Canadian Rockers The Sheepdogs were winners of Rolling Stone Magazine's "Choose the Cover" Competition in 2011! They play Johnny Brendas in Philly on September 20, and will be our guest for a special XPN Free At Noon at The Porch (30th Street Amtrak Station) in University City on September 7!

The Sheepdogs - Canadian boogie rock revivalists Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs was formed back in 2006 in their hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 2007 and 2011 the band independently released three full-length albums before appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 2011 after winning the magazine’s "Choose the Cover" competition. The Sheepdogs were the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone and, after gaining recognition, the band was signed to the Warner Music Canada label and Atlantic Records. The band has garnered critical success in Canada, winning awards such as "Favorite New Artist," "Favorite Indie Album," and "Favorite New Album" at the CASBY Awards in 2011, "Rock Album of the Year" at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards, and "Rock Album of the Year," "Best New Group" and "Single of the Year" at the 2012 Juno Awards. The band just released the song "The Way it Is" in July as the first single for their new album. The self-titled album, which was produced by The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, is set to release on September 4, just in time for their XPN Free at Noon performance at The Porch (30th Street Station) in University City on September 7.



Website: thesheepdogs.com
Facebook: facebook.com/thesheepdogs
Recent Release: The Sheepdogs
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Label: Warner Music Canada
Hometown: Saskatchewan, Canada

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the DB's The DB's are back with their first new album in over 25 years, Falling Off The Sky. They'll join us on August 31 for an XPN Free At Noon Concert.

A "power pop/jangle pop" band originally formed of Winston-Salem, North Carolina transplants in New York in 1978 by bass player Chris Stamey when he moved from North Carolina to NYC to attend classes at NYU. Their name is a reference to "drums and bass" as well as the abbreviation for deciBels. The band released two studio albums before Stamey left the group in '82 to pursue a career as a solo artist and producer and then switched up the line-up and released two additional records before they split in 1988. The band has since gotten back together as of 2005 and released a new album, Falling Off the Sky, in June 2012. Although they released two posthumous compilation albums in the 1990s after the break up,Falling Off the Sky was their first new studio release in 25 years and their first in 30 years with the original 1978 lineup. The band is currently playing shows in the U.S. in support of their new album.

Website: thedbs.com

Recent Release: Falling Off the Sky
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012
Label: Bar None
Hometown: New York City, New York

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Dispatch Dispatch first appeared on the indie music scene back in 1996. The band formed while members How Corrigan, Chad Stokes, and Pete Francis were attending Middlebury College in Vermont and, after achieving modest success, called it quits in 2002. After almost a decade-long hiatus, the New England jam band reunited in 2011 for a national tour and put out their first release in eleven years. Now the band is gearing up for the release of their new album, Circles Around the Sun, in stores this week. The band will be promoting the album on a U.S. tour this fall, including a stop at the Tower Theater on Tuesday, October 9 at 8pm.

Website: dispatchmusic.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/dispatch
Recent Release: Circles Around the Sun
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Label: Universal Republic

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Band of Horses have a new album, Mirage Rock, coming out in September. They perform at The Mann on August 17 with My Morning Jacket. Selah Sue releases her self-titled U.S. debut on August 21. Both artists will be here for an XPN Free At Noon show on Friday, August 17!

Band Of Horses Band of Horses will burst onto the Free at Noon stage August 17th. The band, which traces its origins to Washington state, has survived a tumultuous history: of the four original members, only frontman singer-songwriter Ben Bridwell remains. Bridwell is supported by Tyler Ramsey (guitar/vocals), Bill Reynolds (bass), Ryan Monroe (keyboard), and Creighton Barret (drums). Renowned as soulful rockers with a touch of country, they have garnered a faithful following and numerous awards.

Band of Horses (originally "Horses") got its start in 2004 as Ben Bridwell's pet project after the breakup of his previous band, Carissa's Wierd. Their first album, Everything All the Time, was an indie hit in their northwest corner of the United States. In 2005 they got their first real break, opening for Iron & Wine and catching the ear of the Sub Pop label. Under Sub Pop, they were able to re-release Everything All the Time in 2006 to a larger audience.

The band moved to South Carolina, Bridwell's native state, before releasing their next album. "Cease to Begin" debuted in October, 2007, peaking at 35th on the Billboard charts and exposing the band to their first critical and financial success. Three years later, the band released an even bigger album, "Infinite Arms," this time under COlumbia Records. "Infinite Arms" received the rousing support of critics and fans alike, culminating in a Grammy for the band.

The band's newest album, "Mirage Rock," was produced by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Glyn Johns. Johns has worked with such artists as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton, to name only a few. "Mirage Rock" is scheduled for release on September 18.

Website: bandofhorses.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/bandofhorses
Recent Release: Mirage Rock
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Label: Columbia Records
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Selah Sue Sporting big hair and a bigger voice, Belgian songwriter Selah Sue has gotten significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic. Her 2011 eponymous debut album sold over 400,000 copies in Europe and peaked high on many European charts. She has won two European Border Breakers awards. Selah Sue, whose real name is Sanne Putseys, taught herself acoustic guitar at age 15 in her hometown Leefdall. She was offered a record deal at age 17 by Universal but declined, preferring to write her own songs.

Selah Sue's sound might be best characterized by her song "Raggamuffin," which was the title track of an EP she released in 2010. Selah Sue delivering reggae-style vocals might come as a surprise from a young white European girl, but her control and raw soul talent prevent her from coming of as gimmicky. Her patois-inflection is not at all forced. Her rise to stardom was swift. She first attracted fans on the web with a handful of videos. In just a short while she was opening for Prince when he came to Antwerp, Belgium, recording a duet with Cee-Lo Green entitled Please, and traveling the European festival circuit.

Her soulful sound often draws comparisons to Amy Winehouse. Like Winehouse she often covers The Zutons. She considers Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and of course Bob Marley to be her major influences. Sue studied psychology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven while trying to launch her musical career. Her studies have helped her better understand human emotion, and understanding that has helped her craft a resonating live performance.

Website: selahsue.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/SelahSue
Recent Release: Selah Sue
Release Date: March 4, 2011
Label: Because Music
Hometown: Leefdaal, Belgium

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Ryan Shaw Ryan Shaw has a new album out, "Real Love." He plays the Mt. Airy Night Market on August 16th, and will be joining us for a Free At Noon Show on August 10.

Gospel and soul music has been a key part of Ryan Shaw's life from birth. The Decatur, Georgia native was born into a deeply faithful southern Pentecostal family. He began singing in church regularly at the young age of five; joining his four brothers in a family group. Shaw's musical upbringing was strictly religious – secular pop music was not part of the picture.

Shaw has thus far released two albums and has been nominated at the Grammys twice for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Shaw's powerful music showcases a blend of traditional gospel melodies and arrangements – musical elements he feels are neglected in black music today – with some more contemporary lyrical content. Shaw's most recent studio album, Real Love, was released on May 15 of this year on Dynotone Records. The album's title is quite apt; Shaw tackles the topic of love in all its forms with his exalted tenor and deep palpable emotion.

Shaw left college after successfully landing apart in the gospel musical A Good Man is Hard to Find (Part II). He later helped Tyler Perry's musical I Know I've Been Changed become a massive hit, performing sold-out shows at the Beacon in New York. After spending some more time in New York gaining exposure to other forms of music, Shaw joined the classic soul and doo-wop act The Fabulous Soul Shakers in 2004. By 2006 word of his talents reached the ear of the in-demand session percussionist Jimmy Bralower, who recorded a 4 track demo with Shaw. Columbia signed Shaw soon after. Since then Shaw has gone on to be called a "massive talent" by Billboard and open for Van Halen. The seemingly strange choice was a good one – Shaw more than proved his mettle in front of massive audiences.

Website: thisisryanshaw.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/ThisIsRyanShaw
Recent Release: Real Love
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Label: Dynotone Records
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia

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James McMurtry Texas songwriter, James McMurtry is back in town for a show this Friday night at the Tin Angel and will be here at 12noon for an XPN Free At Noon!

Folk rock Americana musician James McMurtry has been accoladed for his expressive lyrics over a 23 year professional career. Each of his songs tells an incredibly rich story that speaks with truth and emotion to his listeners. McMurtry receives less praise for his guitar work, which only stands to show just how influential his lyrics are – the man is phenomenal on the electric guitar.

McMurtry's career got a jump start due to a lucky confluence of circumstances in 1987. First, at a friend's behest, McMurtry entered and ended up winning the New Folk songwriter competition. McMurtry's father is the acclaimed author Larry McMurtry. When John Mellencamp got involved in a project written by McMurtry's father, it gave the artist a chance to get a demo tape in Mellencamp's hands. Mellencamp clearly saw McMurtry's talent from that tape; he co-produced McMurtry's debut album, Too Long in Wasteland.

McMurtry has gone on to release ten more studio albums. The latest is Live Europe, a 2009 release featuring tracks from the artist's first European tour and tremendous live show. McMurtry most successful studio effort is Childish Things, which won the 2006 Americana Music Awards Album of the Year. The song We Can't Make it Here on that album won Song of the Year. McMurtry keeps himself busy. He plays a Wednesday night show whenever he is in Austin at the Continental Club with the Heartless Bastards. McMurtry plays the Tin Angel on Friday night August 3, before heading to Birchmere in Alexandria on August 4, and Rams' Head Tavern on August 5.

Website: jamesmcmurtry.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/JamesMcMurtry
Recent Release: Childish Things
Release Date: 2011
Label: LIGHTNING ROD REC.

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The Tallest Man On Earth is playing Union Transfer on Monday July 30



Tallest Man on Earth Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour. With his crooning voice and folksy acoustic tunes he could easily be compared to a stripped-down Bob Dylan. Matsson recently released his third full-length album under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth. The album, There's No Leaving Now, is the follow-up to 2010's The Wild Hunt and, for fans of his previous work, the latest release does not disappoint.

However simple his formula may seem, The Tallest Man on Earth is much more than just a man with a guitar. Matsson's intricately crafted finger picking, thoughtful lyrics, and big voice give his work height far greater than is average stature—making the name Tallest Man on Earth quite fitting.

In support of his new album, There's No Leaving Now, released June 12 on Dead Oceans, Matsson announced a few tour dates this summer, starting in Sweden, then the U.S. and the U.K., and finishing up in Belgium. In addition to the July 27 XPN Free At Noon, he's playing the 930 Club in DC on July 26, and the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 29, and Union Transfer at on Monday, July 30.

Website: thetallestmanonearth.se/
Facebook: facebook.com/thetallestmanonearthofficial
Recent Release: There's No Leaving Now
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Label: Dead Oceans
Hometown: Dalarna, Sweden

Tallest Man on Earth Wanderlust is a band of Philadelphian musicians you may remember from way-back-when in the '90s. The band saw recognition for the track 'I Walked' off of their studio debut Prize, which was recorded in 1995 with RCA. After a long break, in which the band members have moved as far from Philly as California, Wanderlust is back with a new in-studio live album. The record, called Record Time, is available as an online stream for now.

Wanderlust is - Scot Sax on lead vocals, guitar, piano, percussion Rob Bonfiglio on harmonies, lead guitar, lead vocals, keys, bass and drums. Mark Getten on bass and Jim Cavanaugh on drums.


Scott Sax, who has worked on Grammy winning pop songwriting teams, is an important part of the XPN family. He has collaborated with Sharon Little and played with her on tour with Robert Plant and Allison Krauss. He also played last year's XPoNential Music Festival with Queen Electric, another project of his. The play the North Star Bar on Friday night, July 27.

Website: wanderlustfans.com/site/
MySpace: myspace.com/wanderlustfans
Recent Release: Record Time
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Alberta Cross As it turns out, Americans don't have a monopoly on Americana. Not in music, at least. Born in New York City bar from the minds of native Londoner Terry Wolfers and Brit-Swede Petter Ericson Stakee, Alberta Cross took the matter of American roots music into their own hands and -- God Save the Queen -- made something great. Their folky, bluesy, old-school rock sound emulates the firm foundations laid by genre greats such as The Band and Neil Young. From gritty rock n' roll numbers like "ATX" from their last album, 2009's Broken Side of Time, to the slow and sincere "Low Man" from 2007's The Thief & The Heartbreaker, Alberta Cross' proven versatility has garnered them a spot in the hearts of alt-country.

Alberta Cross has toured extensively, selling out venues across America and Europe. Now settled in Brooklyn, the band is set for the July 17 release of their their new album, Songs of Patience. They play Johnny Brenda's in Philly on Wednesday, July 11 and Rock N Roll Hotel in D.C. on July 12, before hitting Cincinnati, Nashville, St. Louis and more this summer!

Website: albertacross.net/
Facebook: facebook.com/albertacross
Recent Release: Songs of Patience
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Label: ATO
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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photo credit Todd-Roeth Langhorne Slim was born as Sean Scolnick, hailing from his pseudonym-sake, the borough of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. A self-professed lover of "early" music -- the roots of the genres -- Slim is well known for a sound that showcases the primitive. A gentle, rollicking mix of folk-Americana, blues, and early rock n' roll wrought with banjos and guitars weave the familiar layers beneath his earnest voice.

After graduating college, Slim moved to New York City where he began his slow climb into the nation's musical consciousness. Touring with indie art-rockers the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Slim garnered public appeal. His popularity grew as Slim took his act from festival to festival and even into an appearance on The David Letterman Show. As the folk influence continues to grow in contemporary music, Langhorne Slim is nothing short of guaranteed to stay in the hearts and minds of those who will listen.

His latest album, The Way We Move, was released this spring and Langhorne Slim is currently undergoing a US tour to promote it.

Website: langhorneslim.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/langhorneslim
Recent Release: Way We Move
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Label: Ramseur Rec.
Hometown: Langhorne, Pa

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Jukebox The Ghost "The Germans can't pronounce it," Jukebox the Ghost say of their name, which they admit "is impossible to say." The trio came together while attending George Washington University in D.C. when the drummer and keyboardist responded to a flyer the guitarist had put up in the school's music department. In their own words, "It was musical love at first sight." They initially performed under the name The Sunday Mail, but after a few years the band decided that a new identity was in order. Creating a sound full of fresh-faced indie-pop goodness, Jukebox the Ghost have found themselves often compared to the likes of They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds, with whom they toured in 2009.

After a brief post-college stint living in Philadelphia, the band moved on to bigger things in Brooklyn. Jukebox the Ghost has reaped the benefits of a their wide appeal, taking their sound around the country and through the world. Their latest album, Safe Travels, came out this month and it's got every ounce of bounce and joie de vivre that the band is known for. In the wake of Safe Travels, Jukebox the Ghost has again gathered themselves and their instruments to tour the country and spread the word -- and hopefully the love -- for their new record.

Website: jukeboxtheghost.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/jukeboxtheghost
Recent Release: Safe Travels
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Label: Yep Roc Records
Hometown: Washington D.C./Philadelphia, Pa

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Greg Laswell San Diego's Greg Laswell released his fifth studio album, Landline, this April on Vanguard. Laswell has been recording as a solo artist since 2003. His previous project, a band called Shilglen, enjoyed moderate success at the turn of the centruy. After taking a mutually agreed upon break in 2001, the band decided not to regroup. Laswell's music features an equal balance of electric and acoustic guitar; his songwriting is at times almost bluesy or mournful and at other times his sound takes a more pop direction.

You may have heard Laswell without realizing it - the songwriter has been heard on quite a few national television programs - Grey's Anatomy, House, One Tree Hill, True Blood, NCIS, and Glee. He has also contributed his songs to movies such as Danika and My Sister's Keeper.

Laswell's Free at Noon appearance is part of his summer tour in support of his new release. Following his stop in Philadelphia, he will tour as a supporting act for his wife, Ingrid Michaelson. They married in Maine last August!

In addition to XPN's Free At Noon, Laswell plays a full show, with Elizabeth and the Catapult, at World Cafe Live on Friday night June 22.

Website: greglaswell.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/greglaswellmusic
Recent Release: Landline
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Label: Vanguard
Hometown: New York, New York

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Drexel University's graduation ceremony is being held this weekend, which will result in limited or no parking in University City. The lot in Penn Park is expected to fill-up early. Please use public transportation, bike or walk to this SOLD OUT show.

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FEATURING - GLEN HANSARD, ARTIST TO WATCH MICHAEL KIWANUKA, AND MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER!


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Mary Chapin Carpenter Five time Grammy award winner and Princeton, NJ native Mary Chapin Carpenter has been producing country/folk/rock standards for nearly 25 years. She has earned fans and accolades for her ten studio albums and countless live performances. Carpenter grew up on the likes of The Mamas & the Papas and Judy Collins. After graduating from Brown in 1981, Carpenter decided to keep music as a hobby and focus on a career. That changed quickly after a few job interviews, and was signed to a deal with Columbia a short while afterwards.

Although Carpenter initially found success when Columbia touted her as a country act, many have argued that her style is far too broad to be characterized as a strictly country or folk. Carpenter herself has long expressed her disdain for music categorization, explaining that she loves many different styles of music and draws from varied sources for inspiration. Carpenter's latest studio effort, entitled Ashes and Roses, will be released this June 12th on Zoe Records. Carpenter kicks off a North American tour in July making stops in Denver, Calgary, Alberta, Atlanta, and other cities to support her new release. You can find her tour schedule here.

Website: marychapincarpenter.com
Facebook: facebook.com/officialmarychapin
Recent Release: Ashes And Roses
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Label: Zoe/Rounder Records
Hometown: Princeton, NJ.

Glen Hansard Having already found success as the vocalist/guitarist for the Irish band The Frames and as half of the folk rock duo The Swell Season, musician Glen Hansard is venturing out as a solo artist. His debut album, Rhythm and Repose, is slated for a June 19th American release on the ANTI record label. The album, Hansard's first since The Swell Season's 2009 Strict Joy, was recorded over the past year and a half in New York City.



To promote the new album, Hansard will be touring the US in June, followed by a two month stint in Europe. In the fall Hansard will reurn to the States for a month, and then back to Europe through mid-December. Hansard a native of Dublin, is in an Irish rock band and a multi-national folk duo and recorded his solo debut in New York. It will be interesting, at the very least, to see how his different fan-bases and audiences will receive this upcoming album and tour.

Website: glenhansardmusic.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/GlenHansardMusic
Recent Release: Rhythm And Repose
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Label: ANTI Records
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Michael Kiwanuka Although Michael Kiwanuka, born to Ugandan parents in North London, first started out in music as a session guitarist, it is his soulful voice and emotional songwriting that have made him one of Britain's up and coming singer-songwriters. His voice and style tap into vibes reminiscent of artists like Bill Withers and Otis Redding, the later whom Kiwanuka credits along with Bob Dylan as inspiring his folk-inflected soul music. After spending time recording guitar for rap and R&B acts and doing some small jam shows, Kiwanuka realized he had much more to express in musically and decided to try his hand at songwriting. When friends fell in love with his demo tapes, Kiwanuka realized he had found his calling.

Kiwanuka is XPN's Artist To Watch this month, and has released 2 EP's with Communion Records in 2011, and gained exposure traveling with Adele on her 2011 tour. Kiwanuka's first album, Home Again, was released this March by Polydor Records. The record peaked at number 4 in Kiwanuka's native UK. This June and August, Kiwanuka will tour the United States in support of his studio debut.

Website: michaelkiwanuka.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/MichaelKiwanuka
Recent Release: Home Again
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Label: Polydor UK
Hometown: UK

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Shawn Colvin Shawn's new album and memoir are due out June 5. She plays a full show at World Cafe Live on June 30, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on June 8!

This week marked the next step in singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin's long and productive career in contemporary folk music. Colvin's eighth studio album, All Fall Down, was released through Nonesuch records. This latest effort, recorded in Nashville, features notable folk and country stars such as Emmylou Harris, Stuart Duncan, Alison Krauss, Jakob Dylan, and Julie Miller. All Fall Down will be Colvin's first record produced by Buddy Miller, whom she has toured and played with in the past.

The multiple Grammy award winning folksinger also published her first memoirs through Harper Collins. The work, entitled Diamond in the Rough, also hit the shelves this week. In these memoirs, Colvin looks back on her long journey to critical acclaim with candor and introspection. Her life has taken her from Illinois, to playing western swing in Austin, to the folk scene in New York. It was in the Big Apple where Colvin truly came into her own, winning the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her 1989 studio debut, Steady On.

Website: shawncolvin.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ShawnColvin
Recent Release: All Fall Down
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Label: Nonesuch

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June 1 - Double Header: Kopecky Family Band, w/ KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith

12:00-12:30 – KIN
12:30-1:00 – Kopecky Family Band

The Kopecky Family The six-piece, Nashville based Kopecky Family Band play MilkBoy Philly on Friday night June 1 and they'll be the same day for an XPN Free At Noon!

Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. 'The Family' began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What began as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW and Bonnaroo, three EP releases and friendships across the country. Leading the family are singers Gabe and Kelsey, along with Steven (lead guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), and David (drums). The music is emotive, and evokes raw honesty and vulnerability, whilst capturing your attention through its unmistakable power and presence. The sounds created by the booming and orchestral-like 6-piece challenge the listener's ear while still offering sweet melodies to sing along with.

In the spring of 2010, it was time for the family to pack into their 15-passenger van (which was lovingly called "The War Wagon") and head to Austin, TX for their showcase at SXSW as one of ASCAP's notable bands to watch. A follow up performance at Next Big Nashville in 2010 had A & R reps scurrying to put their Blackberrys away and listen. When in the studio with Partners in Crime, Russ Long and Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None the Richer), the Kopecky clan produced The Disaster EP which was released in August 2010.

The Kopeckys followed up SXSW with a mammoth CMJ 2010, where they were invited to play at the official Paste Magazine showcase.

Straight back into the studio after CMJ, the band produced the follow up to The Disaster, the perfect compliment entitled Of Epic Proportions. The EP is comprised of digital B-Sides & rarities, featuring crowd favorite "Howlin' at the Moon", and a remix of "God & Me" that explores the band's varied and broad scope to produce amazing and diverse sounds.

Since then, the band released a limited edition split 7" vinyl with Seattle friends Ivan & Alyosha, and returned to Austin yet again for SXSW. The band played the infamous Paste Magazine showcase, Schubas Day Party at SXSW 2012, Next Big Nashville and performed for Austin's KUT during the festival. And to keep themselves really busy in 2011, the band attended Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the first time as performers. Notching up 3 amazing sets during the festival and amassing several new friends and fans along the way.

Website: kopeckyfamilyband.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/kopeckyfamilyband
Recent Release: Of Epick Proportions
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Self-released
Hometown: Nashville, TN

KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith

Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times Best Selling author Mary Karr are scheduled to release Kin: Songs of Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell on Vanguard Records on June 5, 2012. Produced by Joe Henry, KIN marks the first collaboration between the two writers and is Karr's entry into the world of music.

"I called out to her in the darkness because she was a bona fide poet I knew could write songs, and despite her professor's pedigree, she'd ridden a bike in a mosquito truck's fog." Rodney Crowell

"An outlaw pedigree isn't always a disadvantage for a poet...this record's about everybody." Mary Karr



Find Rodney at...
Website: rodneycrowell.com
Facebook: facebook.com/RodneyCrowellOfficial

Find Mary at...
Mary's Website:
marykarr.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MaryKarrLit

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The Polyphonic Spree A twenty-plus piece choral rock band, The Polyphonic Spree return to Philly to play the TLA on Friday night, May 25, and will be here that afternoon for an XPN Free At Noon!

The Polyphonic Spree is exactly what their name suggests: a chorus of voices with little restraint. The group is lead by Tim DeLaughter and, though the line-up changes constantly, typically involves some 20-odd individuals who provide talents from singing to piccolo. The Polyphonic Spree came about after DeLaughter's previous band, Tripping Daisy, broke up when band mate Wes Berggren died unexpectedly in 1999. The Polyphonic Spree has been called a reaction to Berggren's untimely death, and the upbeat, melodic songs often discuss lost loved ones and other heavy themes.

The group's blend of dark topics and Beatles-esque harmonies has earned Polyphonic Spree a beloved place in pop culture. The group's songs have been featured in films, commercials and TV shows all over the world. To name a few, just the song "Light and Day/Reach For the Sun" alone has been featured in a Volkswagen and iPod joint advertising campaign, in an NFL tribute to Bill Walsh, in an episode of Scrubs, in an episode of the British show Undone, in the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in the documentary "Murderball," and in the trailer for this year's "The Lorax," among other places. The band opened for David Bowie and played the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2004. Needless to say, this group makes music that is even bigger than the tour bus it would take to move all of its members.

We are thrilled to host The Polyphonic Spree at World Cafe as a Free At Noon guest on May 24th. The group has a new single out called "What Would You Do?" and we can't wait to hear them perform it.

Website: thepolyphonicspree.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/polyphonicspree
Recent Release: What Would You Do? (Single)
Release Date: January 21st, 2012
Label: Good Records Recordings
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

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XPN Free At Noon was held SATURDAY, MAY 19 - OUTSIDE AT PENN PARK

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Listen to the Concert Audio - The 11-person psychedelic folk band performed songs from its new album.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Finishing out this Live Friday perfomance is another XPN favorite, the fabulously invigorating folk collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Breaking out in 2009, riding the strength of their catchy single 'Home', the currently 11-person outfit revolves around vocalist Alex Ebert. Ebert started ES and the MZ after creating a fictional, messianic character named Edward Sharpe while dealing with addiction and life changes. The result is mesmerizing--from their school bus converted to a tour bus, back-porch and improvised acoustics, and big communal folk sound, ES and the MZ has quickly become something of a worldwide sensation. Their sound calls to mind influences such as Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on their psychedelic rocking bluegrass-y neo-folk.

ES and the MZ are on the cusp of releasing their follow-up to their breakout album, 2009's "Up from Below". Fresh off appearances with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, ES and the MZ played the new release, entitled "Here", in Santa Monica in April. It doesn't disappoint--"Here" is a product of a group that know how to collaborate, how to live together, and how to share a musical, utopian vision in the most believeable of ways. From the quiet whistling in "All Wash Out" to the energizing, rock-based "Man on Fire", this is an album that will help solidify ES and the MS' appeal.

Don't miss out on this special Free at Noon performance--three great artists in two locations. What better way to start the weekend?

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play a full show May 11 at the Tower Theater.

Free At Noon Setlist
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Archived Concert
1. I Don’t Wanna Pray
2. 40 Day Dream
3. Fiya Wata
4. Man On Fire
5. Child
6. Home

Website: edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/edwardsharpe
Facebook: facebook.com/themagneticzeros Recent Release: Here
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label: Rough Trade Records
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Spiritualized

Spirtualized Spirtualized is the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground. Following a dramatic initial release in 1990, Spiritualized has since gone through numerous line-up changes, released seven full-lengths that evince an evolving sound (think perhaps shoegaze to blues to pop), and pushed the boundaries of live performance. Pierce has done everything from shooting a video on an erupting volcano to performing 114 stories in the air to sharing a stage with Depeche Mode.

Sweet Heart Sweet Light is the seventh studio album of Spiritualized, and it has been three years in the making. Featuring eleven poppy tracks, more so than any previous Spiritualized release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light is crisp and invigorating. Its deft combination of rock'n'roll and gospel is no doubt made all the more poignant by Pierce's experience with chemotherapy while mixing Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

In addition to the XPN Free At Noon, Spiritualized plays a full show at the TLA on Friday night, May 11 at 8pm w/ Nikki Lane.

Free At Noon Setlist
Spiritualized will be archived at NPR.org/Music
1. Hey Jane
2. Mary
3. Lord Let It Rain On Me
4. I Am What I Am
5. Come Together

Website: spiritualized.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/spiritualized
Facebook: facebook.com/Spiritualized
Recent Release: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Double Six Records
Hometown: Rugby, England

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Dar Williams - Live from World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington

photo credit-Amy Dickerson One of our favorites in this triple-header is long-time XPN listener favorite, folk songstress Dar Williams. Dar Williams will play XPN's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington at 12:30pm.

Williams began her foray into folk while in Boston, making the coffee shop rounds and recording her own demos. Her brand of pop-inspired confessional folk soon caught the eye of folk legend Joan Baez, who subsequently recorded some of Williams' songs. Since then, Williams has released a grand total of 18 highly acclaimed releases. She's shared the stage with the likes of Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carter, and Joan Baez. And finally, she's been able to fine-tune her knack for delivering emotion on-stage.

William's latest release, In the Time of Gods, represents something of a return to her more traditional folk leanings--less pop and more pensivity. Thematically centered on classical Greek mythology, the album explores accessible narratives based on mythological personalities. Of course, it's all held together by Williams' arousing melodies and insightful lyrics.

Dar Williams will also play a full show on Friday night in Wilmington at World Cafe Live at the Queen, w/ The Milk Carton Kids.

Free At Noon Setlist
Dar Williams Performance will be available here
1. The Light and the Sea
2. I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything
3. You Will Ride With Me Tonight
4. Babysitter
5. Are You Out There
6. I Have Been Around the World

Website: darwilliams.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/darwilliams
Facebook: facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Recent Release: In the Time of Gods
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Razor & Ties
Hometown: Mount Kisco, NY

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FRIDAY, MAY 4 LAST CHANCE to drop off your outdated electronics that have been gathering dust. eForce Compliance will be here to collect and recycle your outdated phones, appliances, cords, cassette tapes, VHS, CDs, and more – this Friday, May 4 (11:30am-1pm). Click here for the list of acceptable items that can be donated. The more stuff donated, the more $$ XPN will make.

The Walkmen - Photo courtesy of Arno Frugier The Walkmen's sound has been compared to The Strokes, and called "Bob Dylan meets the Velvet Underground" by NPR. Their rock is characterized by its simplicity-- energetic, repetitive guitar hooks, driving drums, and of course, the voice of front man, Hamilton Leithauser, who seems to bellow, howl and croon simultaneously. They've released six albums, including a cover album of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's "Pussy Cats" in its entirety. The Walkmen return to Philly with the upcoming release of their seventh album approaching to play an XPN Free At Noon at World Cafe Live on Friday, May 4. The Walkmen will tour this summer in support of the album, Heaven including a string of shows with Florence and the Machine.

The five members of The Walkmen all grew in the DC area and attended the same high school. They formed in 2000 after the bands that the members were previously split between, Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Recoys, broke up. The Walkmen's career began when the group moved to Harlem and created a recording space called Marcata Studios.

In 2002, the band released its first full length, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, to critical acclaim and one track, "We've Been Had" was featured in a Saturn Ion car commercial. Bows + Arrows, their sophomore album, launched their band into national success. Their singles "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" demonstrated the band's versatility and they were booked to play not only concerts and festivals, but also to play on an episode of The O.C.

The band has consistently continued to make music that delights critics and attracts fans, despite closing their recording studio in 2006. The group recently finished recording their seventh album, Heaven, and it's release date has been moved up to May 29! The members described this album as the easiest they've ever written, and in an interview said that they actually wrote "30 something songs" when they sat down to write for "Heaven" but narrowed it down. This album promises to be quieter than previous albums, though they have been performing with a full horn section. With an album trailer out and a spring tour to debut new material, The Walkmen prove yet again that while they can still change directions after 12 years, they never stray far from their distinct and beloved sound.

Come hear new material from The Walkmen's upcoming album Heaven when they perform at World Cafe Live on May 4. It's a show you won't want to miss.

Website: thewalkmen.com/heaven/
Myspace: myspace.com/thewalkmen
Facebook: facebook.com/TheWalkmen
Recent Release: Heaven
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label: Fat Possum/Bella Union
Hometown: New York City

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