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A mix of lively comedic banter and danceable traditional bluegrass, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell entertained the Non-COMM crowd with selections from their collaborative album Love Has Come For You. Backing them were The Steep Canyon Rangers, a North Carolina ensemble that Martin told the crowd he came across while on vacation. Check out photos from their performance in the gallery above, and listen to the set in its entirety
Nashville by-way-of Athens, Georgia songwriter Gabriel Kelley played a set of his folk-influenced acoustic Americana to the Non-COMMvention crowd last night. His debut LP, It Don’t Come Easy, was released last summer.
Sam Beam of Iron and Wine got NonCOMM 2013 to a breathtaking start by playing a short acoustic set during the convention’s opening cocktail hour. He played four songs touching on the more recent end of his catalog before before heading across town to headline a sold-out show at Union Transfer. See photos from Beam’s performance in the gallery above, check out the setlist below and listen to his set.

The 13th Annual Non-COMMvention at WXPN: May 15-17, 2013

Visit the Non-COMM archive for all the highlights of Non-COMM 2013!

Our annual gathering of the tribe - radio programmers and industry types from adult album alternative radio (AAA) and public radio stations across the country. The annual convention gives them the opportunity to hobnob and preview new music from artists angling for radio waves. Once again, the convention is in Philly, with meetings and live music showcases to be held at the WXPN building at 3025 Walnut Street, which also houses World Cafe Live.

2013 Music Schedule
(subject to change)
Please note: These are all Ticketed Events

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upstairs (7-11:20pm)

Gabriel Kelley
John Murry
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

Downstairs (7:30--10:45pm)

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Tom Tom Club

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Downstairs (12-2pm)

XPN Free At Noon - Mississippi Blues Project
Homemade Jamz Blues Band
    Supa Chikin

Upstairs ( 7-10:55 pm)

Mt. Moriah
Wild Belle
The Last Bison
David Wax Museum

Downstairs (7:25pm – 12:15am)

Mavis Staples
Tom Jones
Jose' James
Robert Randolph

Late Night Lounge (12:20-2am - Upstairs)

Jason Isbell
Jay Farrar
Josh Rouse

Friday, May 17

Downstairs - XPN Free At Noon

Fabulous Thunderbirds / Bobby Long

Upstairs Music Meeting (2:30-4pm)

An opportunity for XPN Listeners to listen to, and comment on, brand new music!

Upstairs (7-11:05pm)

Wild Feathers
The Lone Bellow
Kopecky Family Band
Marie Miller

Downstairs (7:30-Midnight )

Laura Mvula
Free Energy
The Olms Featuring Pete Yorn
The Relatives

Sibling-led Chicago band Wild Belle played a well-recieved set upstairs at non-comm, mixing electronic rhythms and synthesizer-crafted vibes with live instrumentation. Engaging frontwoman Natalie Bergman commanded the crowd, dancing with them to a selection of songs from the band’s 2013 debut Isles. Check out the setlist below and listen to the band’s set in its entirety
Incomparable crooner Tom Jones put his voice to songs written by some of his musical heroes on his 2012 release Spirit in the Room. For his outstanding Non-COMM set, the seasoned performer drew from this album and then some, also hitting on songs popularized by Johnny Cash, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and John Lee Hooker. Check out the setlist (along with the original artists of each song) below, and listen to Jones’ performance in its entirety
Massive in sheer numbers, the Virginia folk revival ensemble The Last Bison packed the upstairs stage at Non-COMM in period dress (if we gave out awards for best costume design, they would have won) and a lively and engaging performance. Their LP Inheritance is big on percussive crescendos and chant-along refrains, which created a great opportunity for crowd interaction – which peaked when singer-guitarist Ben Hardesty taking the microphone out into the crowd on the closing “Distance.” Check out the setlist below, listen to the performance in its entirety (via the WXPN media player) and see The Last Bison again this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival.
David Wax Museum brought its lively blend of traditional Mexican music and Americana rock to a packed crowd in Non-COMM’s upstairs cafe last night. Drawing heavily from their 2012 offering Knock Knock Get Up, the seven-piece group played a variety of instruments including horns, accordion and a percussive jawbone. Check out the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety
Slide guitar wizard and XPN favorite Robert Randolph got the downstairs crowd at World Cafe Live dancing in his Non-COMM set. Randolph’s latest project was producing The Slide Brothers, though he recently released a single called “Amped Up” that will be on his forthcoming LP Lickety Split, which comes out in July on Blue Note Records. Listen to Randolph’s set in its entirety
Quirky upstate New York four-piece Foxygen got crazy in a late-night Non-COMM set yesterday that blended Doors-esque poppy psychedelia with punk-y dissonance. Check out the setlist below, and listen back to the set in its entirety
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