As July creeps by, we’re reflecting on some of the greatest albums released this year so far — and how XPN has been involved in the promotion of those records. We’re fortunate to have the following artists, all creators of some of the most notable works of art in 2024, here in our studios.

English Teacher – “The World’s Biggest Paving Slab” (Live on WXPN’s Indie Rock Hit Parade)

Released yesterday, this Indie Rock Hit Parade session shows the Leeds band rocking out four songs from their latest, This Could Be Texas. The debut may be new to some in the states (though NPR has taken notice), but England appropriately has been ahead of us on this one: the band played Glastonbury in June.

English Teacher - "The World's Biggest Paving Slab" (Live on WXPN's Indie Rock Hit Parade)

Sam Evian: WXPN’s Free at Noon 04.19.24 (Full Set)

Perhaps your favorite artist’s favorite producer, Sam Evian and his band performed from his can’t-miss 2024 album Plunge back in April.

Sam Evian: WXPN's Free at Noon 04.19.24 (Full Set)

Iron and Wine on World Cafe (Full Interview & Performance)

You know him and love him. And 2024 saw his first new full-length since 2017. Watch our special interview with the master Sam Beam cut with his performance from May’s NON-COMM.

Iron and Wine on World Cafe (Full Interview & Performance)

Phosphorescent on World Cafe (Full Interview & Performance)

This World Cafe session with Phosphorescent isn’t your only chance to hear Matthew Houck perform songs from his new album Revelator live — the singer-songwriter comes back to play XPoNential in September.

Phosphorescent on World Cafe (Full Interview & Performance)

Shabaka on World Cafe (Full Interview and Performance)

You probably won’t recognize all the instruments London-based multi-instrumentalist Shabaka used to create Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, but that only makes the record — and this World Cafe performance — and the more enchanting.

Shabaka on World Cafe (Full Interview and Performance)