MAY 14-16, 2014: 14th Annual Non-Commvention (World Cafe Live, Philadelphia)
The leading national gathering of non-commercial music radio stations and music industry reps also features a full lineup of artist showcases
Sharply-dressed gospel-funk ensemble The Relatives wrapped up this year’s Non-COMM with a Friday night set of sweet harmonies on the World Cafe Live stage. Hailing from Texas and performing together since 1970, the group just released its first album of original material in 30 years, The Electric World. Check out photos from their performance above, and see more of Joe Del Tufo’s coverage of Non-COMM . Listen to David Dye’s World Cafe interview with The Relatives .
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Singer and songwriter Jose James and his his impressive backing band brought smooth, jazzy and eclectic sounds to Non-COMM last weekend. James released his album No Beginning, No End on Blue Note Records in January and worked through an assortment of songs from it during his set, as well as a winning cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” (the second cover of it we heard during the Non-COMM weekend).
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Gospel-rock legend Mavis Staples played a powerful set accompanied only by a guitarist for the downstairs Non-COMM crowd at World Cafe Live. Her performance touched on Staples Singers staples such as “The Weight” and “I’ll Take You T” along with selections from her new Jeff Tweedy-produced LP One True Vine. Check out photos from the performance and see the setlist below.
Last Thursday during XPN’s Non-COMMvention, the Tupelo, Mississippi brothers and sister trio, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, performed in concert with Super Chikan for the final Mississippi Blues Porject concert series. The band performed songs from its new album, Mississippi Hill Country. The band, featuring Ryan (guitar/vocals), Kyle (bass) and Taya (drums), played a fun and spirited set.
Pete Yorn and J.D. King developed their new project The Olms out of a shared love of 60s psych pop (The Byrds, The Beatles) and extended periods of studio collaboration, and brought the live band that resulted to the Non-COMM stage on Saturday. Their self-titled album is out on June 4th; listen to their set in its entirety
Marie Miller brought her blend of country, folk and pop to Non-COMM on Saturday night. Her album “You’re Not Alone” was released this year on Curb Records. Check out her set list below, and listen to her performance in its entirety
Philly pop-rock five-piece Free Energy took the stage at maybe not the most opportune moment during Non-COMM. The Lone Bellow had just wrapped up a tremendous set upstairs, and much of the industry crowd was still smoozing with that band; others had skipped the festival entirely to catch their flight home.
Exciting experimental British singer and songwriter Laura Mvula graced the World Cafe Live stage and delivered a haunting performance on Saturday night of Non-COMM. Her LP Sing to the Moon was released in March.