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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Alley

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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This is a rare band that really sounds like a band - a complete complimentary unit. They have that special combination of natural, grooove-oriented music combined with the fact that, lyrically, they really have something to say.

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Martin Sexton With an incredible vocal range and an uncommon talent for the guitar, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton has been consistently been able to channel his love for classic, soulful folk, blues, rock, and pop music into accessible, emotional songs that combine the best aspects of singers like Van Morrison and Otis Redding.

A self-taught guitarist and singer, Sexton formed his first rock n'roll band when he was in the eighth grade; his garage bands in high school would play the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. He left his home in Syracuse, NY for the coffeehouse scene of Boston, where he began busking and playing open mic nights in 1989. Recorded in a friend's attic in 1990, Sexton's cassette-only self-released debut record, In The Journey, managed to sell 15,000 copies before it was later reissued by Eastern Front Records. After winning the National Academy of Songwriters' Artist of the Year award in 1994, Sexton continued his grueling touring schedule while taking time to release eight more albums, up until the present day. His latest album, Sugarcoating, was released on Kitchen Table in 2010. As always, the tracks are powerful and interesting, without a hint of pretense. The album was written as a reflection on a society that's been through much, including 9-11. In addition, Sexton also addresses subjects important to him--family and selflessness. Don't miss an opportunity to see this talented musician--he's got one heck of a stage presence.

Website: martinsexton.com
MySpace: myspace.com/martinsexton
Recent Release: Sugarcoating
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Label: Kitchen Table
Origin: Syracuse, NY

Free At Noon Setlist
1. America/Found
2. Boom Sh-Boom
3. Stick Around
4. Livin’ the Life

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Eli Blue-eyed soul virtuoso, Eli “Paperboy” Reed may have grown up in Massachusetts but he executes the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Even more bizarre, Reed, along with his seven-piece True Loves, just finished a month long tour, sharing dates with alternative/pop-punk band, Say Anything.

Reed’s electrifying performances enable him to captivate any crowd. With his mixture of high-energy, body-swinging music and tear-jerking, lovelorn ballads, he keeps his audience craving for more. Paperboy was nominated as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the 2009 Mojo awards after his two independently released albums, Sings Walkin' and Talkin'and Other Smash Hits!, and Roll With You.. His major-label debut, Come and Get It, is respectful of pop music. Mr. Reed knows the true origin and value of this sometimes-devalued genre. As he said in reference to his style, "...it's all about writing pop songs. Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century and its influence is so far-reaching." You can listen to his 2008 session on World Cafe, by clicking here.

Website: elipaperboyreed.com
Myspace: myspace.com/elipaperboyreed
Recent Release: Come and Get It
Label: Capitol
Band Origin: Allston, MA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Intro/Satisfier
2. Name Calling
3. Just Like Me
4. Come and Get It

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XPN Free at Noon Featuring the ALO
at World Cafe Live

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

ALO Branching from a popular Santa Barbara nine-piece band with a brass section called The Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns, ALO's Zach Gill, Dan Lebowitz and Steve Adams returned to their hometown in San Francisco to form a stripped down version of the group. After reuniting with college friend and drummer David Brogan in 2002, the ALO line-up was officially in place. The jam band released a number of indie label albums before joining forces with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, one of Zach Gill's college mates. Supporting Jack Johnson in live performances and later signing to Johnson's Brushfire label, ALO released their first studio album "Roses & Clover" (2007) under Brushfire. The album's blend of jam rock, jazz, folk and pop made them a shoo-in for success.

Following "Roses & Clover" with extended tours and a few side projects, ALO decided to turn to their second album "Man of the World" (2010), making their way to Oahu, Hawaii to record in Johnson's home studio. The laidback quality of the album definitely relays the environment of their recording process, one that revolved around comfortable jazzy-jam sessions. Engineered by Dave Simon-Baker and produced by Jack Johnson, the 11-song collection was mostly recorded live, relying on a more organic process of music making. The compilation strongly reflects songwriting, vocal and strong instrumental contributions from each member, which solidly lock together to create a bluesy rock framework. And yet, their is an overall cafe lounge vibe to the album that sits nicely next to its edgier parts.

Upon the release of "Man of the World," ALO will be putting on quite a show for us for this Friday's afternoon concert. You don't want to miss it.

Website: http://www.alomusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/alomusic
Recent Release: Man of the World
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Label: Brushfire Records
Origin: San Francisco, CA

ALO Free At Noon Setlist

1. Barbeque
2. States of Friction
3. Big Appetite
4. I Love Music
5. Man of the World
6. The Champ
7. Try
8. Maria
9. (Encore:) Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down

From the Band..."Check out ALO"s new album Man of the World produced by ALO and Jack Johnson. We'll be touring the States throughout the Summer with Jack Johnson and playing quite a few festivals. Check out alomusic.com for tour dates and more info. Thanks to WXPN and all their listeners for a great show today!"

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PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

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Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

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