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If you haven't heard "Random Access Memories" yet, the new album from the French duo Daft Punk, well where've you been? Ok, we're kidding...sort of. Random Access Memories is not only one of the most talked about, buzzed about albums of the year so far, but at the same time it's delivering on all those expectations and rave reviews.

Don't let his punk demeanor fool you. English folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner attended Eton on a scholarship, and when his hardcore band Million Dead disbanded in 2005, he took his solo career on a more acoustic route - with an edge. He's already released 5 studio albums, 4 EPs, and 2 rarities compilation albums. His most recent album, Tape Deck Heart, came out in April and features the lively single "Four Simple Words." It was the follow up to Turner's 2011 album, "England Keep My Bones," which sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Tape Deck Heart was produced by Rich Costey (who has worked with Muse, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine and Interpol), and has launched a worldwide tour - China, New Zealand, Europe, the U.K, and the U.S, including a stop in Bonnaroo this June (that's how you know you've made it).



LISTEN to this Free At Noon Live Performance.

Set List:
1. Recovery
2. Losing Days
3. Peggy Sang The Blues
4. Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons?
5. The Way I Tend To Be
6. Substitute
7. The Road
8. I Still Believe

"Tape Deck Heart" features the talents Turner's band, The Sleeping Souls: Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Tarrant Anderson (bass guitar), Matt Nasir (piano, organ, keyboards, string arrangements, vocals), and Nigel Powell (percussion, mandolin, vocals).

You can catch Turner on Free at Noon, and also at Lancaster's Chameleon Club on June 1, or at the sold out show on June 7 at Underground Arts in Philly.



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Recent Release: Tape Deck Heart
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Label: Interscope Records


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Named as one of the Top 5 acts on the Philadelphia scene by philly.com. Vintage rock-and-roll noisemakers Low Cut Connie ended 2012 with their crazy infectious single "Boozophilia" ranked #31 in Rolling Stone's top 50 songs of 2012.


We're most psyched that Low Cut Connie continues getting recognition at a national level - Philadelphia Magazine said, "You can practically smell the Yuengling coming off this skunky, slippery ode to lowbrow kicks from Philly to the South Side of Chicago."



Low Cut Connie self-released their second album "Call Me Sylvia" last September. It is full of rowdy, barroom-friendly rock-and-roll, with the double-barreled songwriting strength of guitarist Dan Finnemore, originally of Birmingham, England, and piano-pounding showman Adam Weiner of Cherry Hill. A throwback, with something new up their sleeve.

You can catch Low Cut Connie at a pair of shows this summer, first at Appel Farm on June 1 and then at Underground Arts on August 3. And, watch their video on The Key

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Recent Release: Call Me Sylvia
Release Date: September 2012
Label: self-released


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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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Boston bluegrass five-piece Della Mae got Non-COMM attendees warmed up for three days of music with a lively set during the convention’s opening cocktail hour on Wednesday.
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
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