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Lo Moon recreates the feeling of its live shows on 'A Modern Life'

Lo Moon | photo by Paige Walter for WXPN
Lo Moon | photo by Paige Walter for WXPN

Around the release its debut album in 2018, Lo Moon toured a lot. And when the band set out to make its sophomore album, A Modern Life, the members wanted to recreate the feeling of their live shows. But then ... Well, you know the story: Everything shut down. Live shows were cancelled thanks to the pandemic. Lo Moon had to wait and wait before it could bring those new songs to a real, live audience. And that makes what you'll hear in this World Cafe session very special.

In this session, World Cafe sat down with Lo Moon singer Matt Lowell right after the band performed in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. It was the first time the band had played for a live audience since the pandemic began. It also happened to be the day A Modern Life was released.

Hear the complete session in the audio player above and watch the band's performance of "Expectations" via NPR Live Sessions above.

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Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She was also involved with Canada's highest music honors: hosting the Polaris Music Prize Gala from 2017 to 2019, as well as serving on the jury for both that award and the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News.
World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).