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Crowded House

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

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Crowded House As a teenager growing up in the bustling New Zealand rock scene, Neil Finn idolized his older brother's band, Split Enz, and only wished for a chance to join. In 1977, at the tender age of 19, Finn (vocals, guitar, piano) got his wish and was thrown into the touring inferno of New Zealand's primary force in the New Wave rock scene. However, after seven years of success, Finn and fellow Split Enz member Paul Hester (drums) decided that they wanted to start a "3 piece band that could fit into one rental car." Bassist Nick Seymour teamed up with Finn and Hester to form the group "Crowded House", named after the close living quarters which the group shared upon their move into Los Angeles.

Crowded House immedietly gained a loyal fanbase in Australia and New Zealand because of their Split Enz days, but had difficulty getting their name out within the States. This all changed once the group released their hit single "Don't Dream It's Over." The song became an international hit, and reached #2 on the April, 1987 Hot 100 list in the United States. Crowded House capped of their big year by winning the 1987 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. While 1987 may have been the height of commercial success for Crowded House, the band did go on to release three more pop-rock classics, each reaching most of it's popularity in Austrailia, before an eventual break-up in 1996.

For 10 years Neil Finn and Nick Seymour embarked on different projects until tragedy brought them back together. Orginal band member and longtime friend Paul Hester committed suicide 2005, leading the remaining members of Crowded House to reconnect. What resulted was a band reuinion and two new albums. In 2007 "Time On Earth" was released and warmly recieved as a classic Crowded House album, full of "deeply personal pop songs and deceptively tricky melodies", according to Pitchfork Magazine. The group was clearly excited to be back on the Crowded House train, and just two years later released 2009's "Intriguer." The new album has been heralded as one of the group's best, and more of a full-band effort than "Time On Earth", which reveals that the group may be fully adjusted to their new lineup.

Don't miss this opportunity to see these pop-rock veeterans perform live and in person at the World Cafe this Friday, free at noon!

Free At Noon Setlist
Set List: 1. Fall At Your Feet
2. Amsterdam
3. Twice If You’re Lucky
4. Elephants
5. Saturday Sun
6. Locked Out
7. Either Side of the World
8. Distant Sun

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

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Recent Release: Intriguer
Release Date: June 13, 2010
Label: Universal
Origin: Melbourne, Australia

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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!

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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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