Award winning Blues guitarist and singer Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks made the trip from his home in Clarksdale, Mississippi to Philadelphia last Thursday, May 16 in a double header Mississippi Blues Project concert as part of WXPN’s Non-COMMvention with the Homemade Jamz Blues Band.
North Carolinian country-rock band Mount Moriah made its Non-COMM debut and kicked off the second night of music at World Cafe Live. The band played a selection of songs from its latest Merge Records LP Miracle Temple; check out the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety
Miracle Temple Holiness
With a big hometown gig coming up this weekend featuring his backing band The Violators, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile went acoustic for a subdued upstairs set for the Non-COMM crowd. It was a rare chance to see Vile unadorned, his songs in their barest essence, both the expansive pieces from his new Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze (“Goldtone,” the title track) as well as older numbers like “Baby’s Arms” and “Peeping Tomboy.” Check out photos from Vile’s set in the gallery above, read the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety.
Perennial dance party band Tom Tom Club brought a funky and celebratory vibe to the evening concert at Non-COMM last night. “Does everyone have a drink?” drummer Chris Frantz asked the crowd as they took the stage. “Okay, good.” And then they launched into “Who Feelin’ It” from their 2000 LP The Good, The Bad and the Funky. The band, led by Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth (also known for their similar roles in The Talking Heads), touched on their new album Downtown Rockers, as well as their new wave-era hits “Genius of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood.” Check out a gallery of images above, see the setlist below, and listen to the performance in its entirety .
Out on tour in support of their 2013 LP Bankrupt!, international pop-rock sensations Phoenix stopped by Non-COMM last night for a 45-minute set that pulled from almost all of their five studio albums (2004′s Alphabetical being the only one not touched on). With their trademark light show and high-tech visuals absent, the band showed that they transcend flash, throwing as much energy into this intimate performance for about 500 Non-COMM attendees as they have at arena shows in the past. Check out photos from their performance in the gallery above and see the setlist after the jump.
A mix of lively comedic banter and danceable traditional bluegrass, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell entertained the Non-COMM crowd with selections from their collaborative album Love Has Come For You. Backing them were The Steep Canyon Rangers, a North Carolina ensemble that Martin told the crowd he came across while on vacation. Check out photos from their performance in the gallery above, and listen to the set in its entirety
Nashville by-way-of Athens, Georgia songwriter Gabriel Kelley played a set of his folk-influenced acoustic Americana to the Non-COMMvention crowd last night. His debut LP, It Don’t Come Easy, was released last summer.
Sam Beam of Iron and Wine got NonCOMM 2013 to a breathtaking start by playing a short acoustic set during the convention’s opening cocktail hour. He played four songs touching on the more recent end of his catalog before before heading across town to headline a sold-out show at Union Transfer. See photos from Beam’s performance in the gallery above, check out the setlist below and listen to his set.
Sibling-led Chicago band Wild Belle played a well-recieved set upstairs at non-comm, mixing electronic rhythms and synthesizer-crafted vibes with live instrumentation. Engaging frontwoman Natalie Bergman commanded the crowd, dancing with them to a selection of songs from the band’s 2013 debut Isles. Check out the setlist below and listen to the band’s set in its entirety
Incomparable crooner Tom Jones put his voice to songs written by some of his musical heroes on his 2012 release Spirit in the Room. For his outstanding Non-COMM set, the seasoned performer drew from this album and then some, also hitting on songs popularized by Johnny Cash, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and John Lee Hooker. Check out the setlist (along with the original artists of each song) below, and listen to Jones’ performance in its entirety