Free At Noon

WXPN Radio

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.

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Jesca Hoop

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

Jesca Hoop photo by Laura Guy A notable endorsement from Tom Waits, who describes Jesca's music "like going swimming in a lake at night"

Born and raised in California, Jesca Hoop plays a style of folk that encompasses aspects of experimental music and rock, with wordplay that calls to mind images of the Beat Poets of the 1950's. Hoop's second album, 2009's Hunting My Dress, has received significant critical acclaim since its release. Aside from her sound, Jesca Hoop’s rise to prominence is perhaps one of the most remarkable stories of today: As a nanny for Tom Waits' children, she gained her musical understanding, with Waits himself serving as her mentor. Now, after being tutored by Waits – who has described her sound as " going swimming in a lake at night" - Hoop has crafted a sound full of gorgeous harmonies, enchanting melodies, and extremely poetic lyricism. With such an extraordinary sound, as well as Tom Waits' endorsement, it seems to be only a matter of time before the world knows the beauty of Jesca Hoop.

Jesca has toured - both in the U.K. and in the U.S. - with Mark Knopfler, the Polyphonic Spree, Elbow, and Greg Laswel.

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Murder of Birds
2. Whispering Light
3. Four Dreams
4. The Kingdom
5. Phonograph
6. Angel Mom
7. Hunting My Dress

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

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Recent Release: Hunting My Dress
Release Date: July 27, 2010
Label: Vanguard
Origin: California
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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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