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North Carolinian country-rock band Mount Moriah made its Non-COMM debut and kicked off the second night of music at World Cafe Live. The band played a selection of songs from its latest Merge Records LP Miracle Temple; check out the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety Setlist
Bright Light
Eureka Springs
White Sands
Miracle Temple Holiness
With a big hometown gig coming up this weekend featuring his backing band The Violators, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile went acoustic for a subdued upstairs set for the Non-COMM crowd. It was a rare chance to see Vile unadorned, his songs in their barest essence, both the expansive pieces from his new Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze (“Goldtone,” the title track) as well as older numbers like “Baby’s Arms” and “Peeping Tomboy.” Check out photos from Vile’s set in the gallery above, read the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety.
Perennial dance party band Tom Tom Club brought a funky and celebratory vibe to the evening concert at Non-COMM last night. “Does everyone have a drink?” drummer Chris Frantz asked the crowd as they took the stage. “Okay, good.” And then they launched into “Who Feelin’ It” from their 2000 LP The Good, The Bad and the Funky. The band, led by Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth (also known for their similar roles in The Talking Heads), touched on their new album Downtown Rockers, as well as their new wave-era hits “Genius of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood.” Check out a gallery of images above, see the setlist below, and listen to the performance in its entirety .
Out on tour in support of their 2013 LP Bankrupt!, international pop-rock sensations Phoenix stopped by Non-COMM last night for a 45-minute set that pulled from almost all of their five studio albums (2004′s Alphabetical being the only one not touched on). With their trademark light show and high-tech visuals absent, the band showed that they transcend flash, throwing as much energy into this intimate performance for about 500 Non-COMM attendees as they have at arena shows in the past. Check out photos from their performance in the gallery above and see the setlist after the jump.
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
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