PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names David Wax Museum as its November Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month's on-air segments today, November 1, in the 4pm hour.
David Wax Museum, composed of core members David Wax and Suz Slezak, is a folk and rootsy rock band that blends traditional Mexican music with Americana into what they call "Mexo-Americana." Wax sings and mainly plays the jarana, a Mexican instrument comparable to the guitar. Slezak, who is experienced in Appalachian and Irish fiddle music, is also known to play the quijada, a percussion instrument made from a donkey's jawbone. Since releasing their first album in 2008, the Boston-based band has received a great deal of positive attention, largely due to their performances at the Newport Folk Festival and South by Southwest. The band recently released its fourth album, Knock Knock Get Up, in early September. The album has been praised for reflecting the band's maturation and for its vibrant, rich sound. Like all of the band's albums, Knock Knock Get Up is self-released. David Wax Museum will perform in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda's on November 29th.
"David Wax Museum is one of the most creative bands working in the broadly defined roots music world alongside bands like The Lumineers and Civil Wars," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "Influenced by Mexican folk music, they are an engaging folk mash-up experience with some very crafty singer-songwriter skills at the heart of what they do. As live performers, they know how to put on a show. Last year at Newport Folk they blew a lot of people's minds."
Dan Reed added, "We read so many press quotes about bands that say 'this band sounds like no other.' With David Wax Museum, that's absolutely the case. Plus, the guy can write a good song."
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Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of 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.
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