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Nothing was ordinary about this alt-J show — not that anything is ever ordinary from the artful British band.

But on Tuesday night at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, alt-J would play its first concert in eight months: its first without departed friend and bassist/guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, its first with touring member Cameron Knight, and its first playing songs from the upcoming album This Is All Yours.

Interpol First Listen

Aug 26, 2014

You can listen and watch Interpol , as the New York band will play songs from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

Watch/Listen to Interpol Live!

Join us this Friday at Noon as Selwyn Birchwood performs a live midday concert on Different Radio.

You may have seen him at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and Friday, we get a case of the blues this as Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage in this week's  concert from World Cafe Live. The 29-year old Floridian is currently promoting his latest release, Don't Call No Ambulance. It's his second album since his 2011 debut, FL Boy. 

Recent Release: Don't Call No Ambulance
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Label: Alligator Records

Join us Friday at Noon for Live from World Cafe Live as Soja performs a live midday concert. Seasoned 

Samantha Franklin

Rockabilly specialist J.D. McPherson will grace the stage for this week's edition of Live from World Cafe Live, making 

  for a swinging midday dance party! The Oklahoma native released his album Signs and Signifiers in 2012 and is currently on tour, gearing up for the release of his sophomore album next year. 

 

Recent Release: Signs & Signifiers
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Rounder

Newport Folk Festival programmers like to close their lineups on a note of uplift; to send fans to the exits feeling elated and moved. On that front, they couldn't have done much better than the great Mavis Staples, whose titanic career has spanned more than 60 years. From her time in the best-selling gospel family band The Staple Singers through her role in the civil rights movement, she's been a face of change and a voice behind some of the most powerful songs in modern history.

Trigger Hippy is a roots rock powerhouse formed in 2009, whose prominent members include guitarist 

  Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, along with longtime singer/songwriter Joan Osbourne. The band joins us for a live midday concert on Friday, August 1st. So far, Trigger Hippy has only released one self-titled EP - four songs of blistering, blues-infused rock and roll – along with a live album recorded at the 2012 Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. But they have plans to release a new album soon later this year.

There aren't a whole lot of failures on the resume of Jeff Tweedy, who co-piloted the groundbreaking alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in the '80s and early '90s, then multiplied its popularity as the leader of Wilco. In that band, Tweedy's refusal to compromise his vision led to his greatest commercial success, vaulting idiosyncratic records like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born into the canon.

Far removed from his days as a white-knuckled teenage prodigy in Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst has settled into his 30s as a wise and wizened elder statesman. He's come to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship, especially onstage, while continuing to mine powerful emotions and a sort of fearless poignancy in his songwriting.

The Newport Folk Festival sells out months before its lineup is announced, but fans aren't entirely in the dark: Most know there's at least a 50 percent chance that the lineup will include the countrified California roots-rock band Dawes. Led by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Dawes is a heartwarming crowd-pleaser, both on stage and on albums like last year's Stories Don't End.

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