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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 Lord Huron as its October Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month's on-air segments today, October 1, in the 4pm hour.

Lord Huron, the music and visual project of Ben Schneider, showcases a unique blend of indie, folk, and tropical beats on the band's first full length album, Lonesome Dreams, which will be released on October 9th. As a child in Michigan, Schneider began learning acoustic guitar from his father, who would often play the instrument during summer campfires on the shores of Lake Huron. This lake also gave Schneider the inspiration to record the three songs that would make up his Into the Sun EP. The EP quickly gained positive attention, so Schneider promptly recruited musicians to turn the songs into a performance. On Monday, October 8th the band will make a stop in Philly to perform at Kung Fu Necktie.

"Two years ago I was first introduced to Ben Schneider's band, Lord Huron, at SXSW and was immediately and magically swept in to the band's dreamy world influenced indie island pop and Graceland styled groove," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "Over a couple of EPs and now with the band's debut, they've realized a really unique musical voice."

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

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, 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.