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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 Cults and Foster The People, as its July Artists To Watch. WXPN Assistant Music Director and On-Air Host Mike Visilikos presented the first of the month's on-air segments today, July 1, in the 4 p.m. hour.

This duo known as Cults comprised of Manhattan-based Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin first played together in 2010 while attending New York University. Shortly after the band's creation they released an EP that Pitchfork Media named "Best New Music." Many bands have attempted to recreate the sound of classic female lead-vocal groups in the indie style but Follin's voice has the style down pat. They recently performed at SPIN’s headquarters in New York City and during this dazzling rooftop performance, audiences were captivated by Follin's vocal flexibility, sounding sweet at one moment and desperate and dark in another. The pair mixes a cute nostalgic sound with darker tones and Oblivion's drenching guitar to accomplish a unique taste of what indie pop is all about. They released their self-titled debut album this past June and are currently on tour around the U.S.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the indie-pop group formed in 2009 under the name Foster & The People but was often misheard as Foster The People. This name stuck with the band, evoking a feeling of caring for their fans. Since then, it has been obvious that this group achieves just that. With their exciting electronic dance-inducing sound, they have attracted an audience of all ages, from trendy adolescents to mothers and their children. Their first single "Pumped Up Kicks" reached #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in June and boasts a mix of a `60s vibe with a modern one. They recently released their debut album Torches in May, continuing to capture a widely diverse audience with their catchy, laid-back tunes. They are currently on tour nationally and internationally-performances undoubtedly worth attending.

"Many of our listeners know that we usually choose one Artist To Watch a month," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN, "This time around we're doing an unprecedented two bands as our Artists To Watch. Cults and Foster The People have been on our `watch' list for a while and it was hard to chose one over the other cause they're both so terrific!"

Dan Reed says, "Two new bands with tremendous upsides; Cults have come from out of nowhere to create dreamy, but accessible, pop music that begs repeated listens. And Foster The People have created an incredible piece of pop perfection in `Pumped Up Kicks.'"

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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.

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.