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PHILADELPHIA, PA WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Bell X1 as its March Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Monday, March 2 in the 4 p.m. hour.

Already incredibly popular in their homeland of Ireland and critically-acclaimed by alternative music press on both sides of the Atlantic, Bell X1’s upcoming album, Blue Lights On The Runway, presents the band’s most ambitiously creative and tightly executed work yet. From lush, slowly-building ballads like “How Your Heart Is Wired” to quirky, dance-ready jams like “The Great Defector,” (reminiscent of Talking Heads) the band covers the spectrum of modern indie sound, forging their own unique music out of what they find. Called “one of Ireland’s greatest bands” by Paste Magazine, the group’s new album seems poised to take the band’s popularity and acclaim to new heights.

“We were fans of Bell X1’s last album Flock, and this time around with their new album, Blue Lights On The Runway,, the band has really stepped up their songwriting, production and performing,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN.

“Bell X1 is a smart, passionate band, and have really come into their own songwriting-wise on this new album,” said Dan Reed, WXPN Music Director, “There's something potentially very big going on here.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, click here.

The XPN Artist 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.