The 2019 NON-COMMvention was a parade of musical talent packed into the upstairs and downstairs of Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live last month. These are portraits of some of those who performed, taken by MAGNET’s Chris Sikich.
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The 2019 NON-COMMvention was a parade of musical talent packed into the upstairs and downstairs of Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live between May 14 and 17. The following are some of the highlights, courtesy of MAGNET’s Chris Sikich, who took the photos and wrote the words.
The night began with Cherry Glazerr soundchecking “Daddi” twice, and it sounded as disturbing and infectious as any track played at NON-COMM or during the year thus far for that matter … WIVES obliterated the upstairs with their stunning punk. They were one of the best discoveries of the convention … Locally based Ali Awan certainly gained some new fans with his rock hooks … Three of my favorite bands/performers stunned with tight sets. Adia Victoria wowed downstairs behind the sublime Silences. Ex Hex never gets old, always delivering a jolt with its timeless rock. And locals Strand Of Oaks wrapped the night up with a riveting trip to Eraserland and earlier works.
The National delivered a stunning live performance of songs from brilliant new album I Am Easy To Find. The band’s main performers and backing vocalists/musicians filled the downstairs stage to the brim, and hearing selections from the National’s best album in years was a great way to start a Thursday … Upstairs brought a trio of new awesomeness. Lula Wiles delivered stunning folk harmonies. Orville Peck haunted with country Roy Orbison melodies. And Mattiel wowed with indie-rock precision … Downstairs brought a bounty of established greatness. Amanda Palmer wasted no time in talking about abortion with songs timely, depressing, empowering and uniquely her. Rodrigo y Gabriela brought powerhouse guitar mastery to a stunned crowd. And KT Tunstall delivered the most pure-fun rock set of the convention, capping off a phenomenal day.
Lizzo delivered an unannounced two-song set that despite its brevity will not soon be forgotten. And newcomer Jade Jackson ended NON-COMM with a brilliant country set that reminded all convention attendees how diverse and wonderful this event truly is.
Happy birthday Barry Manilow. This one’s for you.
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Ride Me Back Home is the 69th studio album from Willie Nelson. Out June 21 via Legacy, the 11-track LP completes the “mortality trilogy,” following 2017’s God’s Problem Child and last year’s Last Man Standing … Steven Van Zandt‘s music from Netflix’s Lilyhammer (which he starred in, co-wrote and co-produced) has been compiled on two Lilyhammer The Score releases—Volume 1: Jazz and Volume 2: Folk, Rock, Rio, Bits And Pieces—out July 12 via Wicked Cool/UMe … Chrissie Hynde‘s Valve Bone Woe—a collection of songs written by the likes of Brian Wilson, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Frank Sinatra, Ray Davies and Charles Mingus—is out September 6 via BMG … Out now is Perry Farrell‘s Tony Visconti-produced Kind Heaven (BMG), featuring Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (Cars), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and more … The Cranberries‘ eighth and final album, In The End, is out now via BMG … Violent Femmes return with album number 10, Hotel Last Resort, out July 26 on PIAS and featuring guitar god Tom Verlaine of Television … Realm Of Spells is the first new LP from Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell in 18 years, out July 19 via Wobble’s eponymous label … Out now is 40 (Surfdog/Mascot), the first album from the Stray Cats in 26 years and one that celebrates the band’s four-decade existence … Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire will release Love Will Find A Way—featuring a star-studded collection of players from all genres—on June 21 via Verve … Vince Gill‘s Okie is out August 21 on MCA Nashville.
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