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PHILADELPHIA, PA – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names The Low Anthem as its December Artist To Watch. Host Jim McGuinn will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Monday, December 1 in the 4 p.m. hour.

Sharply identifying their own influences in American folk legends like Guthrie, Dylan, Waits, and Young, The Low Anthem create a sound very much in line with that long lineage of the very best American roots artists. Whether playing stomping folk rock with wild, tin-canned vocals, or whispering hushed harmonies over simple acoustic instrumentation, this three-piece from Providence, Rhode Island condense the very best of Americana into a unified and surprisingly unique soundscape. Their newest album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, has been available in stores since September and is self-released.

“One moment angelic, haunting, languid and dignified, the next moment all Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering.” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. “There's a singular vision at work here with touchstones like Simon & Garfunkel, Red House Painters, Dylan's Highway 61, Aaron Copland, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Band, and a night ride home in Joni Mitchell's car. If there's a new definition of Americana, The Low Anthem have created it.“

WXPN music director Dan Reed said, “Every once in a while a band comes along with a record that just stops us in our tracks. The Low Anthem's new record Oh My God, Charlie Darwin did just that to us. The three-piece have made an absolutely beautiful record.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit Artist To Watch

The XPN Artists To Watch series reflects 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.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.