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CD of the Month December, 2012

Now 28 years old, Gary Clark Jr. has been preparing to release his major label debut since he first started playing live in Austin, Texas at the age of 12. Undeniably a blues guitar phenom since that young age, Gary has been Austin’s little secret until recently. The buzz surrounding his 4-song EP Bright Lights was substantial. And his live show, so dynamic that it demanded a relentless touring schedule the last couple years and ultimately delayed the release of his proper introduction - Blak and Blu.
This week, XPN unwraps a brand new holiday compilation – Holidays Rule! Just in time for the season, some of our favorite artists put their signature spin on seasonal classics! Listen all week for newly recorded holiday jams from THE SHINS, RUFUS WAINRIGHT, FUN., CALEXICO, THE HEAD AND THE HEART, PAUL McCARTNEY and more!

Happy Holidays!

Hear a Live Friday Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music Broadcast Live Fridays from the stage this week Upstairs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia



Bap Kennedy Although he hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Martin "Bap" Kennedy incorporates a wide range of genres with American origins into his music, such as blues, rocky, country, and Americana. Former member of the band Energy Orchard, with whom he recorded five albums, Kennedy launched his solo career in 1998 with his debut album, Domestic Blues. Produced by Steve Earle and including vocal contributions by Nanci Griffith, the album was a major critical and commercial success for Kennedy. Since then, Kennedy has released seven albums and two EPS and has collaborated with artists such as Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler. His most recent album, The Sailor's Revenge, came out this past January. Currently, Kennedy is touring the Netherlands to promote the album. He will be performing with his full band in Belfast on December 29th.

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Recent Release: Sailor's Revenge
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Label: PROPER AMERICAN
Band Origin: Belfast, Ireland

Bap Kennedy Set List:
1. Unforgiven
2. Jimmy Sanchez
3. Howl On
4. Cold War Country Blues
5. Shimnavale
6. Moonlight Kiss
7. The Right Stuff
8. Please Return to Jesus

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In A League of Their Own

December 10, 2012 - The Nashville trio – consisting of vocalist Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum, and percussionist Jeremy Lutito – produces ethereal joy explosions of pop and rock quite unlike that of their contemporaries.
New York Indie Rock from Guards

December 2, 2012 - The New York indie rock band Guards consists of members Loren Humphrey, Kaylie Church, and Richie James Follin, brother to Cults’ lead vocalist Madeline Follin.
Canadian Indie-Rock

November 25, 2012 - Canadian indie rock band Elephant Stone was formed in Montreal back in 2009 by sitarist and bassist Rishi Dhir. After leaving his former band The High Dials, Dhir began to explore Indian classical music, yet he realized that artists in 1960s pop he grew up with, such as The Beatles and The Kinks, had significant influence over how he played.
Striking Out on His Own with Tiny Prayers

November 19, 2012 - After a three-year stint as touring pianist with Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes, Bellfower, Calif., native Aaron Embry has struck out on his own.
Psychedelic Indie Rock Coming to Us from Seattle

November 4, 2012 - Few groups are as versatile as The Pharmacy, which Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers formed in 2002 as a garage-punk band before also embracing dance pop and psychedelic rock.
It’s not always easy for young bands to channel their youthful exuberance and still come away with a finished product that’s as representative as their intentions. For most bands, it usually takes a few records. But in the case of Kids Raising Kids, the debut full-length from the Nashville based Kopecky Family Band, the highly energized six-piece hit their target and then some. And that’s not to say that the Kopecky Family Band hasn’t taken some time to formulate their sound.
Ben Folds Five emerged in 1994 as music's only punk rock, piano-led trio. After slogging it out in clubs and building a following, they became one of the commercial and critical darlings of the 90’s releasing distinctive and eccentric piano-based music amidst the guitar heavy bands of the time. After releasing their third studio album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner in 1999, the band abruptly announced the split of Ben Folds Five in November of 2000.
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