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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, is bringing SXSW Music and Media Conference to Philadelphia on Thursday, March 15. WXPN will takeover the SXSW Radio Day Stage and broadcast live performances by The Lumineers, Delta Spirit and Father John Misty. In addition, WXPN and The Key have partnered with Bands In The Backyard for a showcase in Austin that will feature a handful of Philly bands and non-local acts. Videos from this showcase will be posted on The Key at http://thekey.xpn.org.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:  

The Bands In The Backyard showcase will include Mrs. Magician, Oh! Pears, Break It Up, Attia Taylor, Dad Rocks, Shorty Boy Boy, The Veda Rays, Spirit Animal, and other guests. The performances run from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th in the backyard at 913 W. Johanna Street, Austin, TX. In addition, WXPN will link to NPR webcasts of major conference events including Bruce Springsteen’s keynote speech online at http://xpn.org.

“Connecting artists with audiences is our mission, that’s why we’re so excited to bring the best of SXSW back home to Philly,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN program director. “We hope our listeners will tune in and experience SXSW with us and visit The Key for great videos from the Bands In The Backyard showcase!”

Now in its 26th year, the SXSW Music and Media Conference is the must-attend networking event for the 21st century music industry. Showcasing nearly 2,000 musical acts from around the globe on stages throughout downtown Austin, SXSW registrants have a first-look at tomorrow's stars.

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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 XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD. 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.