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WXPN Features Gnarls Barkley as the XPN Artist To Watch for May

PHILADELPHIA, PA – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Gnarls Barkley its May Artist To Watch. Host David Dye will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Monday, May 1 in the four o’clock hour.

Gnarls Barkley is the debut collaboration between DJ Danger Mouse and Cee Lo. Danger Mouse, the producer of the legendary Grey Album and Gorillaz’s Demon Days, teams up with Atlanta rapper Cee Lo to release their first album St. Elsewhere. The album releases on May 9 on the Downtown label.

St. Elsewhere’s debut single, “Crazy,” synthesizes rock, soul and funk into a unique, eclectic whole and the entire album is filled with songs equally as good as the single.

“Gnarls Barkley’s debut album St. Elsewhere is very likely to continue DJ Danger Mouse’s hot streak that he had as producer for the Gorillaz,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of programming for WXPN. “Now, with Cee-Lo singing, they’ve crafted an incredible album of infectious songs that bridge funk with rock and soul music.”

Dan Reed, music director for WXPN adds, “St. Elsewhere is filled with undeniably catchy songs for a modern world, a psychedelic soul masterpiece. The first single `Crazy’ will be the song of the summer, if it doesn’t ultimately become the song of the year.”

The XPN Artists To Watch series reflects WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist. F

or more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit Artist To Watch.

WXPN 88.5 FM, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by National Public Radio, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Harrisburg at 88.1 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.xpn.org.

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