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Free at Noon Flashback: Kopecky Family Band got the crowd riled up for tonight's Union Transfer show

Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany SalernoNashville’s Kopecky Family Band played a solid set at today’s double-header Free At Noon concert with The Stray Birds. All six members of the Nashville band trickled on stage, got into position and launched into their trademark high-energy performance, quickly … Continued

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Free At Noon Flashback: Foxygen brings down the house

Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey StangerExperimental San Francisco rockers Foxygen showed that they were a force to be reckoned with at today’s Free At Noon show. With a packed house, the group played with seemingly-endless energy throughout their set, featuring backup vocalists performing synchronized dances … Continued

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Free At Noon Flashback: The humble Field Report plays a commanding show

Field Report | Photo by Brittany SalernoWisconsin folk outfit Field Report got a warm reception at today’s Free at Noon concert. Performing as a trio on this tour, the band opened with “Decision Day”, a song off their soon-to-be released Marigolden, and a tune hailed by Stereogum … Continued

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Listen back to round two with Trigger Hippy at Free At Noon

Trigger Hippy | Photo by Cameron PollackNashville supergroup and #XPNfest veterans Trigger Hippy stopped in at World Cafe for a fantastic Free at Noon today, showcasing the rock and roll garnered from singer Joan Osborne’s songwriting career and from Stever Gorman’s and Jackie Greene’s experience with … Continued

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Free at Noon Flashback: Trampled By Turtles bring Wild Animals to World Cafe Live

Trampled By Turtles | photo by Cameron PollackTrampled By Turtles treated attendees to an impeccable display of folk at a recent Free at Noon appearance, featuring frequent violin solos, four part harmonies, and stomp box and tambourine percussion. The band stopped in Philly for the first of … Continued

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Non-COMM Recap: A transfixing set by electronica heavyweight Chet Faker

Photo by Cameron PollackAustralian electronica overlord Chet Faker kicked off NonComm Day 3 with an incredible set, filled with loop pedals, synth pads, and drum machines galore. Heavily influenced by jazz greats including Chet Baker, leading to his eventual name change, Chet Faker’s … Continued

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Non-COMM Recap: Hamilton Leithauser showcases his songwriting prowess

Photo by Cameron PollackComing up to the NPR stage second on Day 3 of NonComm was former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, who treated the audience to varied selections from his forthcoming LP Black Hours. Accompanied by a gargantuan band comprised of guitars, bass, … Continued

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Suzanne Vega plays something old and something new for an enthralled World Cafe Live crowd

Suzanne Vega | photo by Cameron Pollack  Suzanne Vega stopped by World Cafe Life for the second time in 2014, following a sold-out Free @ Noon performance at the World Cafe Downstairs stage. Despite it being nearly thirty years since her debut self-titled album dropped in 1985, … Continued

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Listen back to the lively folk of Nickel Creek's Free at Noon, see them tonight at The Tower

NIckel Creek | Photo by Megan KellyFolk trio Nickel Creek are back in fine form with their new LP A Dotted Line and a spirited live show on display at today’s Free at Noon concert. The band, who plays the Tower Theater tonight (tickets and info at … Continued

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Boy George regales a sold-out Free at Noon crowd at World Cafe Live

Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.comNew wave icon Boy George warmed up for his show tonight at the TLA with a rousing Free at Noon set before a sold-out World Cafe Live crowd. Having just collaborated with co-headliners Black Lips on a cover of T. … Continued

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The sold-out Free at Noon from Pixies brings a warm mix of old and new to World Cafe Live

Photo by John VetteseThis afternoon alt-rock pioneers Pixies warmed up for their sold-out Electric Factory show with a stripped-down, high-energy Free at Noon performance. The nine-song set beautifully balanced music from the band’s new EP releases alongside hits like “Monkey Gone to Heaven” … Continued

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