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Doubleheader: Matt Costa and Sahara Smith

Hear a live concert every Friday at noon from WXPN NPR Music
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Matt Costa's New Album, Mobile Chateau Comes Out Next Week, and
22 year-old Texas Native Sahara Smith's New Release, Myth of the Heart, is out now.

Matt Costa Growing up in California, Matt Costa started his musicianship at age twelve when he first picked up a guitar. Though he was in a band throughout high school and wrote music in his off-time, music wasn't his first love. He had dreams of being a pro-skateboarder, but after an injury that took him out for over a year, Costa realized that his true calling was his music.

Subsequently, Costa begain churning out demos from his four-track. One of those demos made it into the hands of Tom Dumont, No Doubt guitarist, and soon Costa had a producer. After the two released a couple independent EPs, Jack Johnson invited the young singer-songwriter onto his label. It's only been up and up for Costa's easy-going guitar style, with three full-lengths and stage appearances with names like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Oasis.

Costa's latest release, Mobile Chateau, could be a different thing entirely--Costa, who has always admired "'60s psychedelic superheroes" such as Donovan and the Electric Prunes, decided to take his music into that direction with this album. "I've always been drawn to that sound," he said. "I've been hearing songs like these in my head for my whole life and Mobile Chateau is the closest I've gotten to getting those songs out of my head and onto a record."

Recent Release: Mobile Chateau
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Label: Brushfire Records
Origin: Huntington Beach, CA

Free At Noon Setlist

1. Painted Face 2. Witchcraft 3. Strings of Change 4. Mobile Chateau 5. Johnny’s Love of Majik 6. Can You Tell Me

Sahara Smith Located 28 miles southwest of Austin, Wimberley, TX, boasts natural springs and gravesites of early pioneers. It's also been the hometown to Sahara Smith - a stunning, young singer-songwriter who started performing at age 12, and first garnered national attention at age 15 when she placed second in a contest for young songwriters on A Prairie Home Companion.

Now 21, Sahara is poised for a breakout with Myth of the Heart, the just-completed album of original songs shepherded by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman due August 31. The album features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Dennis Crouch.

Recent Release: Myth of The Heart
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Label: Playing in Traffic Records
Origin: Austin, Wimberley, TX

XPN Free at Noon Featuring Matt Costa and Sahara Smith
at World Cafe Live

A co-production of WXPN and

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Free At Noon Setlist

1. All I Need 2. Tin Man Town 3. The Real Thing 4. Angel 5. Thousand Secrets 6. Are You Lonely

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.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

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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