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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as the Bobbie Gentry Tribute perform a live midday concert on Friday.



The Lower 40 is a new all-star collaboration of Philadelphia musicians dedicated to re-creating Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 smash record Ode to Billie Joe in celebration of Tara Murtha’s new book for the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. The Lower 40 features bandleader and bassist Phil D’Agostino, guitarist Brad Hinton, drummer Matty Muir, violinists Jay Ansill and Hollis Payer + special guests. Vocalists including Birdie Busch, Barb Gettes, Kerry Hallett, Susan Rosetti, and Ali Wadsworth. That evening, The Lower 40 will be making their world premier playing Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 smash record Ode to Billie Joe at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. Tickets are available here


Recent Release: Ode to Billie Joe / Touch Em With Love
Release Date:October 14, 2008
Label:Raven [Australia]


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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as US Rails performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Americana supergroup US Rails will join us this Friday at World Cafe Live for this week's Free At Noon concert. Made up of five established solo artists - Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam and Matt Muir - the band quickly gained support from the Philadelphia music scene and eventually moved on to tour internationally over the years. US Rails has now three full–length studio LPs, most recently including Heartbreak Superstar in 2013. The band recently wrapped up an international tour and returns to its hometown with a showcase of their classic, rootsy folk tunes at Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, November 29th. For tickets go here. Join us at World Cafe Live as they warm up for their two night stand at Free at Noon. You can tune into this week's performance on your radio at 88.5 or experience it in person by RSVPing


Recent Release: Heartbreak Superstar
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Label: Blue Rose Records / USR Records


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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as The Revivalists perform a live midday concert on Friday.



New Orleans-based rock collective The Revivalists will play this week's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live. The seven-piece outfit blends folk, funk, pop, and soul, and joins us after headlining the Theatre of the Living Arts on Wednesday, November 19th. Their 2012 release City of Sound established The Revivalists' unique mix of jam band influences with a knack for a classic rock sound; this year, it was re-issued with a bonus live disc. The group will continue touring the United States straight through the new year and you can catch them in Philadelphia at this week's Free At Noon; tune in on your radio at 88.5 FM, or join us in person by RSVPing to the event.


Recent Release: City of Sound
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Label: Wind-Up


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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Shark Tape performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Philadelphia-based indie trio Shark Tape takes the stage at this week's Free At Noon. Mixing classic alt-rock elements with 80s pop guitar riffs and vocals that will evoke bands like The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen, the group is coming to light in the best way possible. This fall Shark Tape releases its latest album, Marathon, which they worked on with producers Jeff Ziegler and Phil Nicolo. XPN Welcomes Shark Tape to MilkBoy to celebrate the release of Marathon on November 22nd, but you can get a taste of the album by joining us at World Cafe Live this Friday, November 14th.

Recent Release: Marathon
Release Date: November 18, 2014

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Philly’s Son Little is the new musical project from Aaron Livingston. He’s collaborated with The Roots and RJD2, and his song “The River” was one of our recent Gotta Hear Songs of The Week. John Vettese called it “a barn-burning bootstomp jam, an utterly catchy song that’s a little bit electronic, a little bit soul, a little bit blues.”
October 2014 CD of the Month
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Parquet Courts performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Brooklyn-based four-piece Parquet Courts will be joining us for this week's Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday. The punk rockers released their third studio album, Sunbathing Animal, this past June and recently made a splash when they announced that another album will be following, Content Nausea, but under the moniker Parkay Quarts, which focuses more on the collaborative work of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown. The release date is set for Nov. 11th. Parkay Quarts will be holding it's own shows along with their other titles, Parquet Courts and PCPC, their collaboration with PC Worship. The foursome will also be playing PhilaMOCA Saturday, November 8th in promotion of the new album. RSVP for Friday's Free At Noon at XPN.org or tune in to your radio next Friday.


Recent Release: Sunbathing Animal
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Label: WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE


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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Angus & Julia Stone performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Australian folk rock duo Angus and Julia Stone will take the stage at this week's Free At Noon. The brother-sister twosome are known for their instant classic songwriting and have a way of evoking emotion in their folk tunes. They received a warm reception for their self-titled third full-length album released back in August and have had a music video released for their song "A Heartbreak". Now the Stones will take on World Cafe Live after playing Union Transfer this Wednesday, 10/29. You can RSVP for this week's Free At Noon at XPN.org or tune in to your radio this Friday.

Recent Release: Angus & Julia Stone
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Label: Republic Records


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Join us for the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Sylvan Esso and Kindness performs a live midday concert on Friday.



It’s an electro-pop doubleheader as Sylvan Esso and Kindness co-headline this week's Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live.

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Formed in North Carolina by singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, Sylvan Esso has been praised for their ability to emote through their glorious synth textures, delivering a complete sound even with a minimal setup. After forming in 2013, the two have had a quick rise to fame and released their debut self-titled album this past May. They will play Union Transfer October 24th but you can catch them for a live midday concert that afternoon.

Recent Release: Sylvan Esso
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Label: Partisan





Kindness, the solo project of British artist Adam Bainbridge, also takes the stage this Friday. His synth-infused style reminiscent of 80s pop icons Prince and Duran Duran has gained attention from the likes of Pitchfork and MTV, who have hailed his ability to create sonic soundscapes. This month, he released a music video for his song "This Is Not About Us," as well as his second album Otherness. Be sure to catch him this Friday for Free at Noon, as it is his only Philadelphia appearance for the rest of the year.

Join us in person at World Cafe Live, on the air at 88.5 FM or online at XPN.org

Recent Release: Otherness
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Label: MOM & POP MUSIC


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Philly Local Covers 2014

Philly Local Covers 2014 Looking back on 2014, we asked some Philly local musicians to cover their favorite songs of the year. Listen to their studio recordings on The Key.

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