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White Denim Austin's White Denim has a style that is different album to album, song to song and even within a song. They incorporate everything from garage rock to acid blues, from pop to post-punk, and still maintain a distinct sound. The band formed in 2005 when the four founding members played a show together. Joshua Block, James Petralli and Lucas Anderson of Parque Touch and Steve Terebecki of Peach Train began to play as Parque Touch, but when Anderson moved to Russia the following year, the resulting trio changed their name to White Denim and jumped into the Austin circuit. They have released five albums in the last four years and each has exceeded the expectations set by the previous album. Today, White Denim's member count is back up to four, with the addition of Austin Jenkins, a second guitarist. They released a new album this past summer called "D" and are currently touring the country on a tour called "For D." They'll be playing from their newest album here at XPN's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live for free on Friday, November 11 at noon. Come on down. Just RSVP now.



Website: whitedenimmusic.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic
Recent Release: D
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Downtown Records
Hometown: Austin, Tx

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Angel Band will be playing
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Angel Band From the Santa Monica Pier to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, with three solid years of touring under their collective belt, Angel Band has rapidly expanded their following from opening act up to headliner status. No audience has been known to have been unmoved by Angel Band's all-out stage presence, signature rootsy, bluesy Americana songs, superb back-up band and the vocals of leader and lyricist Nancy Josephson and fellow Angels Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige. Initially performing as opening act and backup singers for Josephson's husband, world-class roots musician David Bromberg at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other high profile events, Angel Band has moved up to playing prestigious concert venues on their own. Voted one of the Top 10 Favorite Bands at Bonnaroo, Angel Band are clearly a group on the ascent.

Born and raised in new York City, Nancy Josephson says "I don't ever remember not singing," and was thumping on an acoustic guitar at age six. She learned to play stand-up bass and was a founding member of the all-girl bluegrass group, the Buffalo Gals. After a move to California in the mid 70's she performed with a number of well-known bluegrass and "new grass" performers, including Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick (of the Good Ol' Persons), and The David Bromberg Big Band. She has also sung back-up with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow, among others.

In 1980, David and Nancy moved to Chicago, where he studied violin making while Nancy sang commercial jingles, joined The Annettes as the only Caucasian in a 30-voice women's choir, raised two young children and switched to visual arts as her main creative outlet. When the city of Wilmington, Delaware asked David and Nancy to become artists in residence in 2002, Nancy initially refrained from joining the bluegrass sessions David organized there, until Bromberg started raving about a mother and sister vocal duo that might accommodate a third voice. "Mainly to satisfy David" Nancy attended the next jam and was hooked by the resultant three-part harmonies. Thus began the formation of Angel Band.

Kathleen Weber comes from a musical family in Philadelphia. She is a four-year veteran of the Angel Band and a lifelong singer; one critic exclaimed "her deep, bluesy voice seems almost out of place in her small frame." You can really hear her influences channeled: Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and and Alison Krause, among others. Her versatility allows her to move easily between Angel Band's low down and dirty and simple, sweet songs. Aly Paige's vocals are clear, clean and powerful. Originally from Delaware, now living in Philadelphia, Aly joined the band as a novice in the Americana world, but with some roots in the world of opera. Aly belts with the best of them, and one can hear a little Etta James in her approach to the material; soulful, soaring, then close up and intimate, Aly's approach captivates and ignites the audience.

Website: angelband.net/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theofficialangelbandsite
Recent Release: Shoot the Moon
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Appleseed Records
Hometown: WILMINGTON, Delaware

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Matthew Sweet is on tour in support of the 20th Anniversary re-issue of his classic 1991 album, Girlfriend and plays World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, on Friday night October 28, and Sellersville Theatre on Thursday, November 3. He'll play XPN Free At Noon at the Queen on Friday, October 28.

Matthew Sweet photo credit Henry Diltz Creating catchy rock/powerpop music seems to always have been an integral part of Matthew Sweet's life. Sweet was off to an early start in his musical career, self-recording several solo pieces onto four-tracks and later recording with his high-school band Specs for a battle of the bands LP. Such mild stepping stones in Sweet's life lead him straight to the heart of the 80's Athen's music scene. After settling in Athens for college, he found himself collaborating with several groups and top artist including Community Trolls with Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Oh-Ok and Buzz of Delight. By the mid-80's, Sweet landed himself a deal with Columbia Records and later A&M Records. While his poppy tunes and catchy riffs were praised, he never quite achieved mainstream status. It wasn't until the release of his third album "Girlfriend" (1991) that his expanding melodic sound broke through the boundaries of the pop aesthetic and paved the way to a more successful career. With a newfound momentum, Sweet embarked on assembling new bands, such as The Thorns (2002), and working on several new solo projects. Among his most recent work is his solo-album Modern Art. Full of yearning pop, infectious medolies, and witty wordplay, "Modern Art" proves to be another successful release for Matthew Sweet.



Website: matthewsweet.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/matthewsweetmusic
Recent Release: Modern Art
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Label: Missing Piece
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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Mekons One of the longest-running bands to come from the first-generation British punk movement, The Mekons have been making music since 1977. Punk at the core but not afraid to mix it up, The Mekons have dabbled in a range of other genres, from folk to reggae. But the eight members of The Mekons are still defined by their brand of post-apocalyptic cowboy punk, which has garnered them a significant amount of acclaim. Their 28th album, titled Ancient and Modern, was released just this past September--and it holds to Mekon sound, albeit some evidencing some of the Mekon's mellowing over time. But that doesn't mean it's any less charming.

True to form, the Mekons have infused Ancient and Modern with plenty of hooks and clever, thought-provoking lyrics. Group choruses abound in The Mekons' music and the band actually sound they are having fun when they play. It is this fact that makes The Mekons so appealing: in an age where being cool means acting unaffected, The Mekons are still not afraid to put everything on the table and to have fun while doing it.

Wrapping up a list of tour dates in the Midwest and Eastern US, the Mekons will be visiting World Cafe. Come see one of the longest-running, and still rocking, bands in the history of punk at XPN's Live Friday on October 7. It's free and it's undoubtedly the best way to start your weekend.



Website: mekons.de/mekonhom.htm/
Facebook: Facebook.com/mekons
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mekons
Recent Release: Ancient and Modern
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Label: Sin Records
Hometown: Leeds, England

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Diego Garcia XPN Artist To Watch, Diego Garcia is on tour in support of his debut album, Laura, and plays two shows at the Tin Angel on September 21. He'll be here for a Free At Noon show Friday, September 23.

Former frontman of the indie band, Elefant, Diego Garcia went solo in 2010. His new album Laura is on many "Best of the Year 2011" lists, and is also a XPN Featured Album of the Week.

Incorporating his Latin background – his parents are both Argentinean – into his lush, delicate music, Diego Garcia’s deeply reflective music calls to mind the likes of Leonard Cohen and Morrissey. Garcia writes incredibly introspective, often-anguished lyrics, and subtly fuses the Spanish guitar with a more traditional folk sound. With lyrics that explore a range of emotional planes, Garcia is a master of subtlety: Whether it is with panicking guitar strums, twinkles of Spanish guitar, or his soft and intimate musings, Garcia is able to delicately move the listener on an emotional level. He manages to weave his sounds like a tapestry, crafting a dreamlike, confidential album that is sure to leave listeners wanting more. After all, the album is all about his wife, Laura, and signifies a new, more personal chapter in music-making for this talented artist.

Don't miss this Free at Noon--Diego Garcia's emotional web of sound can't be beat when it comes to starting off the weekend.

And be sure to listen to his live session in the World Cafe Archives, including two web extra songs - at WorldCafe.NPR.org.



Website: www.diegogarciamusic.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/diegogarciamusic
Recent Release: Laura
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Label: Nacional Records
Hometown: New York, New York

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U.S. RailsFresh off an appearance on the David Letterman Show, and just nominated by Mojo Magazine as "Best Live Band," The Jim Jones Revue play The Blockley in Philly on Friday September 16, and will surley rock, on the next XPN Free At Noon on September 16!

There's sure to be not a little fire and brimstone. If you've ever wanted to see rock'n'roll incarnated, the Jim Jones Revue is probably the closest thing to it. The five-piece garage-and-blues rock outfit from London came together in 2008, when frontman Jim Jones (a veteran of rock, creating solid songs since the '80s) met guitarist Rupert Orton at the aptly named 'Not the Same Old Blues Crap' club night. They recorded an eponymous debut in just 48 hours that year, and news of their back-to-basics sound, inspired by the likes of The Sonics and Little Richard, quickly began to spread.

Now The Jim Jones Revue is onto their second release, which is out on August 16th in the US. They've created another masterpiece of bluesy riffs and raspy vocals, all infused with endless, primal energy. The band previewed "Burning Your House Down" at London nightclub Madame Jojo's for a sold-out audience last September. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher as well as members of Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were in attendance, and it's safe to say that the reputation of The Jim Jones Revue is growing. "Burning Your House Down" could very likely take the US by storm, just as it has across the pond.

Produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman), this 11-track collection catches most of the power of The Jim Jones Revue on stage, but to get the full effect of their take-no prisoners vibe, a live performance is necessary. Thus, this week's Free at Noon is not to be missed. There's not a better way to start the weekend!



Website: http://www.jimjonesrevue.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thejimjonesrevue
Recent Release: Burning Your House Down
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Punk Rock Blues Records
Origin: LONDON, London and South East, UK

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Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Deer Tick have a new album on the way in October called Divine Providence, and they will be here to start out the Labor Day Weekend right, with a Free At Noon concert on September 2, 2011!

Deer Tick Complete with strings, drums, guitars, and bass, Deer Tick is a self-described rock-rock-rock outfit with a little something more--a twist of alt-country and gritty blues, as demonstrated on their 2010 studio album, The Black Dirt Sessions. With their serious music and humorous on-stage banter, these five young musicians have one goal: to rock across the continent.



Website: http://www.deertickmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/deertick
Upcoming Release: Divine Providence
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Partisan Records
Origin: Providence, Rhode Island, US

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The Peace Creeps, featuring frontman Richard Bush formerly of The A's, plus a special set from newcomers from Texas, Beck & Cauthen. Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

The Peace Creeps One of two great Live Friday artists gracing the World Cafe stage this week, The Peace Creeps are a Philly-based psychedelic rock outfit. Front man Richard Bush was originally the leader of local icons The A's, but after some label issues Bush brought together guitarist John Marchiano, drummer Jeff Pancoast and bass guitarist Roy Fisher. The Peace Creeps had gotten their start. Their debut, "Autumn of Love", brought together a number of local musiciams on a nostalgic and colorful journey through human experience.

Just about five years later, The Peace Creeps are back with their second offering. "Time Machine" is definitely an album for Bush to hold his '60s rock reverence high--one can easily here the Beatles, the Stones, and British Invasion as influences, along with more contemporary and closer inspirations such as Dr. Dog and Wilco. Yet "Time Machine" is aptly named--it's clear that this album was deeply inspired by the Era of Flower Children and their best rock. Any listener can tell that Bush means it when he sings,

"We can do anything we want to when I get my time machine together. I'll stop back and pick you up, we'll go and meet The Beatles."

And just about every listener feels the pull as keenly with the Peace Creeps on stage or through headphones. Don't miss them on the stage with Beck & Cauthen this Friday at noon.



Website: peacecreeps.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thepeacecreeps
Recent Release: Time Machine
Release Date: July 30, 2011
Label: Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beck and Cauthen David Beck and Paul Cauthen have both been professional musicians, going solo, for some time. Both natives of Texas, they had childhoods full of music--Beck was the son of a successful touring artist, and Cauthen was singing in church at the age of seven, learning guitar from his grandfather. Both eventually made their way to Austin, where they formed a collaboration in 2009 after a series of chance musical encounters. Today, Beth & Cauthen have just cut their studio debut, "Sons of Fathers".

Beck & Cauthen could best be described as roots rock powerhouse--with influences such as Robert Earl Keen, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Stones, the moving harmonies of this duo can be deeply country, folksy, experimental, or just plain rock-based. After secluding themselves in Doss, Texas, to perfect their finest work, Beck & Cauthen headed to the studio. Their debut was produced by Grammy winner Lloyd Maines, and it promises to be full of their signature melodies, fine instrumentation, and the feel of Texas on the road. Beck & Cauthen currently have a number of shows lined up in the Lone Star State, but they will be in Philly this weekend, so catch them at the Free at Noon! They're playing with Philly natives, The Peace Creeps. There's no better way to start the weekend--two great acts, a beer, and good company.



Website: beckandcauthen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beck-Cauthen/107791102636426
Recent Release: Sons of Fathers
Release Date: N/A
Label: N/A
Origin: Texas

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The War On Drugs will release their new album Salve Ambient on August 9. They play Johnny Brenda's on August 18, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on August 12!

War On DrugsThis week's Live Friday features a local band that's been gaining a lot of buzz, both here and across the pond. With lyrical and vocal techniques reminiscent of Petty, Springsteen, and Dylan and the blazing guitar rifts of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, Philadelphia trio The War on Drugs plays retrospective music in a progressive manner. Founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile met at a party and indulged in their mutual admiration for Bob Dylan. The two would soon begin recording together. Granduceil's gritty vocals are supported by the band's dreamy ambience, inventing a masterful soundscape. With their full-length debut, "Wagonwheel Blues", the band experimented with various sounds and influences, blending noisy distortions and roots rock.

Though Kurt Vile has left the band and other line up changes have occured, The War on Drugs have been steadily building an audience--locally and abroad--in the past few years. Their latest release, "Slave Ambient", has them embarking on an extensive tour both in the States and abroad. "Slave Ambient" is a hearty dose of rock 'n' roll, with plenty of side influences. From the expertly placed synthesizers and bold electric guitars to the undercurrents of country rock and old pop ditties, "Slave Ambient" is just plain stimulating. It's been under construction for four years, recorded in Granduciel's home studio here in Philly. Don't miss this chance to hear from The War on Drugs right before the official release of their second proper album. It's the Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, and it's the best way to start off the weekend.

And, check out their performance from the 2008 XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to the full concert at NPR.org/music, recorded live in concert from WXPN at Wiggins Park in Philadelphia on July 11, 2008.



The War On Drugs Tour Dates:
Thu. Aug. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. Aug. 19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Sat. Aug. 20 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sun. Aug. 21 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue. Aug. 23 — Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 24 — Toronto, ON @ TBD
Thu. Aug. 25 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Aug. 26 — Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Sat. Aug. 27 — Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Sun. Aug. 28 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Aug. 30 — St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club at St. Louis University
Wed. Aug. 31 — Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Thu. Sep. 1 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sep. 2 — Washington, DC @ Red Palace
Thu. Sep. 8 — Lisbon, Portugal @ Terraza Hotel Regency
Fri. Sep. 9 — San Sebastian, Spain @ Club Victoria Eugenia
Sun. Sep. 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Megafaun
Mon. Sep. 12 — Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate Festival w/ Megafaun
Tue. Sep. 13 — London, UK @ Lexington
Wed. Sep. 14 — Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Thu. Sep. 15 — Sheffield, UK @ Drowned In Sound presents at The Harley
Fri. Sep. 16 — Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Sep. 17 — Brussels, Belgium @ AB club
Tue. Sep. 20 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Wed. Sep. 21 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotelbaren
Thu. Sep. 22 — Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
Fri. Oct. 14 — Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival

MySpace: www.myspace.com/thewarondrugs
Recent Release: Slave Ambient
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Secretly Canadien
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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An Acoustic Session with Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit is in town supporting Death Cab for Cutie, and plays the Mann Music Center on Friday night at 7:30pm - opening for Death Cab for Cutie. They will be here for a live "Free At Noon" show Friday, August 5.

Frightened Rabbit (credit Dave Gourley)Since their formation in 2004, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit have been lauded for their folk-tinged introspection. Their breakthrough album, "Midnight Organ Fight," launched the band into international acclaim. Led by singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit recently released "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" to critical acclaim. A grand, sweeping album, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" finds Frightened Rabbit adding an uplifting, optimistic tone to their music that was previously not to be found. This works well for Frightened Rabbit too; their music sounds urgent and important, while still being very soulful and emotive. Featuring intelligent wordplay, densely layered guitars, and fervent choruses, the album's themes of liberation and escape are highlighted throughout. Complete with smooth, slick production, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" serves as a sort of bridge for these Scottish musicians from their more lo-fi, folk roots. Thanks to many years spent honing and polishing their sound, Frightened Rabbit have created an impressive, complex album worthy of all its hype.

"The Winter of Mixed Drinks" has done very well since its release, charting very high on the US and UK Independent Albums. Critics are not holding back the praise either, first calling it a contender for the Best of 2010 and often noting the 'sharp' songwriting. As best put by Dave Simpson from The Guardian, "...most of their songs – with themes of escape, freedom and reinvention – have huge impassioned choruses that are made to be shouted from the nearest available mountain." Their live performances are just as passionate.

Currently, Frightened Rabbit is touring the US, headlining as well as sharing the stage with names as big as Death Cab for Cutie. Don't miss them this Friday as the light up the stage at World Cafe--it's the Free at Noon, Scottish style! There can't be a better way to start the weekend.



Website: wearefrightenedrabbit.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit
Recent Release: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Label: Fat Cat Records
Origin: Se lkirk, Scotland

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Live from the Kimmel Center Plaza and
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This Month, XPN Free At Noon is On The Road
Live from the Kimmel Center Plaza and PIFA

Duncan SheikThis week's free at noon performance features the renowned Duncan Sheik, a multiple award winning singer-songwriter and Broadway composer, who from the start of his career was a top Billboard charter. After releasing his self-titled debut album in 1996 on Atlantic Records, his smashing single "Barely Breathing" brought Sheik into the songwriting spotlight and the album was certified Gold. Despite his incredibly strong start, Sheik continued to take each of his subsequent albums to new territories of sound, content and structure. Expanding from pop elements to orchestral arrangements and important social concerns, his sound exponentially matured with time. So while Shiek's occasional returns to pop territory brought him back into mainstream popularity, his additional projects as a composer exposed his talent for putting together elaborate works.

While continuing to produce albums, Sheik also forayed into the world of Broadway plays. Teaming up with Stephen Sater, he composed music for the Grammy and Tony award winning musical Spring Awakening, for which he won awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score. His success as a composer lives on, but to many fans, the announcement of his upcoming release comes as a pleasant surprise. Following 2009's Whisper House, his sixth full length album to date, he plans on releasing an album full of synth-pop 80's covers. Due for release on June 7, the album is aptly called Covers 80's and explores takes on classic tunes from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and more. Featuring some additions from folk vocal sweethearts Rachael Yamagata and Holly Brook, the covers are undeniable Sheik and personal.

Duncan's new album, Covers 80's will be out in June. He'll play a full show at World Cafe Live in Philly on June 12.



Website: duncansheik.com
MySpace: myspace.com/duncansheik
Recent Release: Covers 80's
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Origin: Montclair, New Jersey

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

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This Month, XPN Free At Noon is On The Road
Live from the Kimmel Center Plaza and PIFA

Low AnthemFrom hipsters to housewives, there is something universally appealing about The Low Anthem's traditional ly rooted yet innovative style. The Rhode Island-based group's organic, sincere and markedly pleasant tunes have landed them as the quintessential Americana group of the year. Their sound is highly distinguishable, with husky vocals and poetically crafted lyrics supported by a foundation of rich harmonies, heavy blues guitar, upright bass, drums and clarinet. Citing Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan as their main influences, The Low Anthem produce their folksy, layered sound with a tenacity for the natural--they have been known to forego PA systems and amplification in order to blend with their surroundings. "If there's a new definition of Americana, The Low Anthem have created it" (Bruce Warren- XPN).

Since the release of The Low Anthem's first self-titled album, they have undergone many positive changes, incorporating a growing dose of raw minimalist rock sound. The new edge was a great feature on their third and critically acclaimed record, "Oh My god, Charlie Darwin," an album that captured the deapth and beauty of folk Americana. Now, the follow up to Oh My God, Charlie Darwin shakes off some of thir their past wimsy and taps into something that is much more visceral and melancholic. Aptly called "Smart Flesh," the recent release sounds humanly organic, though as it treads on misty layers of sound that in turn sound moodily haunting, it is evident that they use their words and their music to dig deeper than anything superficially skin deep.

This is a band that must be experienced, here's your opportunity to catch them live!

The Low Anthem is on tour in support of their new album Smart Flesh. They play the Electric Factory in Philly with Iron & Wine On Thursday, April 21, and will play Live Friday Free At Noon from the Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center, as part of Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts on April 22.

Website: lowanthem.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/lowanthem
Recent Release: Smart Flesh
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Label:
Origin: Providence, Rhode Island

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This Month, XPN Free At Noon is On The Road
Live from the Kimmel Center Plaza and PIFA

Eilen JewellWith her early works teaming with folk and jug band styles, Eilen Jewell has since explored everything from country gospel, blues, R&B and even 60's inspired garage rock.

Her story begins as early as age 7, when the singer-songwriter became increasingly fascinated by classical music. Picking up her first guitar at 14, she went straight to writing songs and performing them at local farmers' markets and bars. Now in her early 30's, she has become far more than just a local talent. After she released her official debut Boundary County in 2006, Jewell was instantly compared to the likes of Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, a comparison that holds true due to her emotional voice and heartpouring writing style. Today, she is a national favorite.

Since her last album, Eilen Jewell went to a small cabin in Idaho where, enclosed in isolation, she crafted a particularly moody and somber upcoming album. Calling the album, and in essence herself, Queen of the Minor Key, she wears her somber mood with utmost pride. And with the help of various guests for her backup band, her goal to make this record "even more real, more heartfelt, than the one before it," has become a reality. The album is set for release this coming June, and we are glad to have her welcome the stage for this week's XPN Free at Noon performance, live from the Kimmel Center Plaza and Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on April 15, 2011.

Eilen Jewel also appears at Sellersville Theater Friday night, April 15 at 8:00pm.



Website: eilenjewell.com
MySpace: myspace.com/eilenjewell
Recent Release: Queen of the Minor Key
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Label: Signature Sounds
Origin: Boston, MA

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Hayes Carll Texas songwriter, Hayes Carll is a dry-witted folk musician whose humble music is poised but infused with humorous anecdotes. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 15, played during college, moved around Texas, eventually returning to Houston, his hometown,and started to develop a following. That's where he released his first album, 2002's Flowers Liquor. which became an immediate hit with critics and fans alike.

Almost a decade later, Carll has racked up a list of achievements, written three more full-lengths, and spent a good deal of time on the road, honing his craft and receiving inspiration. First off, his second release, though courted by record companies, was on his own label, and became the first self-released Americana album to top the charts. Carll has been named best folk and best new artist by the Houston Press, he's written music with Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and he's largely recognized as a lead man in a resurgence of Texas artists greatly influenced by Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.

Carll's latest release is the miliatry acronymic KMAG YOYO, standing for Kiss My A** Guys, You're on Your Own. It's storied by personal, full of songs with rich military characters and influences. The album was largely inspired and created on the road, using riffs created on stage. As Carll puts it on his website, "I wanted to challenge myself musically, and see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the music first, with the music calling the lyrics."

The resulting album has been described as full of "fiery rock, twangy country, pensive folk and even a touch of gospel." If there really is as close a connection between Carll's performances and his music, he's got to have really energetic, exciting shows.

Hayes Carll will be here for a Free At Noon show from World Cafe Live on Friday, February 11, playing songs from his brand new album KMAG YOYO. RSVP by clicking on the link above, or hear it on your radio, or online at XPN.org/listen.

Website: hayescarll.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/hayescarll
Recent Release: KMAG YOYO
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Label: Lost Highway Records
Origin: Houston, Texas

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

Doubleheader: Adele and Matt Duke - SOLD OUT

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THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT - LISTEN LIVE FRIDAY AT 12NOON
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Adele British singer/songwriter and multi-Grammy award winner Adele pays a warm welcome to World Cafe Live for this Friday's free at noon concert.

At 22 years old, the accomplished soul sensation was inspired by the works of Etta James, Jeff Buckley and Jill Scott from which she developed a powerful voice of her own. Enrolling in the BRIT School (which produced artists such as Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Imogen Heap, and Leona Lewis), Adele perfected her sound by the time of graduation and emerged as a soulful songbird and myspace sensation in 2007 and 2008.

In January 2008, Adele made her premiere on XL Recordings with her full-length debut, 19. Masterfully weaving blues, jazz, folk, pop, and soul into a creative tapestry, 19 introduced Adele's knack for lyrical sincerity. Later nominated with The Mercy Prize, 19 debuted at number one on the UK album chart and quickly attained platinum status. Branching out from the successful seed planted by 19, Adele's sophomore album 21 explores similar topics of love, life and struggle. But with a few more years of experience to line the album, she admits that her handling of such experiences has been more honest and patient and that the 21 has reflected that.

With singles such as "Rolling in the Deep" hitting number one on the charts before the album was even released, Adele has become an inspiring global sensation. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see her perform live!

Website: adele.tv/
MySpace: myspace.com/adelelondon
Recent Release: 21
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Label: XL Recordings/ Columbia
Origin: London, England

A Special Appearance from Philly's Own, Matt Duke

Matt Duke

Twenty-six year old Philadelphian, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Duke started off by performing in coffee houses in the area. He recorded his first demo in the winter of 2004. In 2008, he released a second full-length album Kingdom Underground, his first with the label Ryko.

His newest album, One Day Die is due for release March 1. He will be performing at World Cafe Live on March 5 opening for Vienna Teng!

Matt Duke has been one of our WXPN Musicians On Call performers and has helped raise awareness and support for this program.


Website: mattdukemusic.net/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mattduke
Recent Release: One Day Die
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Label: Rykodisc
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

 

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows, metered parking on Walnut Street is limited.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Losers Lounge The esteemed Losers Lounge tribute to The Rat Pack, a bi-monthly tribute project established in New York City by Joe McGinty (keyboardist for Psychedelic Furs, The Romones) in 1993, is coming to Philadelphia to pay honorable tribute to none other than The Rat Pack!

When McGinty and singer Nick Danger established Losers Lounge, their original piano singalong night turned into a hit tribute concert to Burt Bacharach. Since then, McGinty and Danger maintained a strong tradition of honoring artists throughout time and space, and with the help of the Kustard Kings back up band, they've thrown over 16 years of sold out tribute shows across various NY venues. In the past, Losers Lounge has explored well known and lesser known works by artists such as Queen, Neil Diamond, and David Bowie, with quite a number of famous artists such as Debby Harry and Nellie McKay stopping in to join the fun. Now turning their attention to the famed 1960's Rat Pack, which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, Losers Lounge are coming to Philadelphia to present an exciting list of covers.

For the first time in history, they are bringing their exciting performance to Philly. So if you love the music of the Rat Pack, come join us this Friday at Noon for an unforgettable tribute to some of history's most cherished musicians.

Tickets are still available for a full show at target=_blank>World Cafe Live on Friday night, January 28, 2011.

Website: www.loserslounge.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/losersloungenyc
Recent Release: N/A
Release Date: N/A
Label: N/A
Origin: New York City, NY

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

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.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Kurt Elling Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association on half a dozen occasions in the past ten years, and during the same interval has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is also a Grammy winner, and every record he has made has been Grammy nominated. Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.s

Declared The New York Times, "Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time." Said The Washington Post, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz." He has been featured in profiles for CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, on Ramsey Lewis's Legends of Jazz, and in hundreds of publications.

Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore Music and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has also written multi-disciplinary works for The Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago. The Obama Administration's first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.

Elling is a renowned artist of vocalese—the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. He often incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda, and Proust into his work. The late poet and Bollingen Prize winner Robert Creeley wrote, "Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit."

Already 2010 has been a year of expanded creativity for Elling. He completed an extensive tour with the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and staged Passion World, a commissioned event for Jazz at Lincoln Center with French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano, singing songs of love and loss in four languages. Elling also just completed The Gate, a new studio recording for Concord Records. Produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), The Gate will be released in February 2011.

Website: www.kurtelling.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/kurtelling
Recent Release: Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane & Hartman
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Label: Concord Jazz
Origin: Chicago, IL

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

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.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Steel Train, photo by L. Byrnes This Friday, the Jersey indie-pop outfit Steel Train will be on the World Cafe stage for the weekly Free at Noon. They've released a new eponymous album after coming off some impressive tours--they've toured with Tegan and Sara, Ben Folds, The Fray, Silversun Pickups, The Formate, Bare Naked Ladies...the list goes on and on. They've been on stage at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Cochella and various late night shows. It's obvious that there's something catchy about this five-piece and their bright yet insightful pop.

Steel Train just released their third album, the eponymous "Steel Train", which came out on their own label in June 29. It was released with an all-female companion album, "Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, with covers and remixes from artists like Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson. Steel Train buzzed up the album by streaming parts on their website, and reception was great.

"Steel Train" is a collection of songs full of bright improv and just a little bit of crazy. Lead singer Jack Antonoff described the band's humble beginnings as inspiration--bad soundsystems, strange venues, and an underground following. As he put it, "Steel Train" is a return to where they came from--and "the music and lyrics reflect all that madness". The result is a grand bunch of sunshiny pop that critics and fans alike are embracing.

Don't miss out on a chance to see Steel Train and a bit of their madness at the World Cafe. It's a great way to start off the weekend, and it's free!

Website: steeltrain.net
MySpace: myspace.com/steeltrain
Recent Release: Steel Train
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Label: Terrible Thrills
Origin: New Jersey

1. You and I Undercover
2. Bullet
3. Turnpike Ghost
4. You Are Dangerous
5. Kill Monsters in the Rain
6. Road Song
7. American Girl
8. S.O.G. Burning In Hell

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Doubleheader: Good Old War and Liz Phair

Hear a live concert every Friday at noon from WXPN NPR Music
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

 

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Good Old War Good Old War, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, have been turning heads recently with their eponymous release. Rising from the ashes of rock band Days Away, this folk-influenced indie outfit created one of the summer's most upbeat records, and have since been cultivating a reputation that's beginning to stretch between the coasts and no doubt across the waters.

Good Old War's interesting name is a combination of parts from all three band members' last names. Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Daniel Schwartz got together during a 'hiatus' of Days Away, and slowly began to build a fan base. Their dedicated practice, including their daily vocal harmonizing, led to some deft arrangements, which they placed on their debut album.

On their most recent album, Good Old War continues its trademark harmonies, uptempo instrumentation, and honest, youthful lyricism. Good Old War has the ability to bring the listener into a fun, breezy world, filled with warm guitar tones and catchy choruses. As the trio alternately brings to mind images of 1960s doo-wop, whimsical folk music, and indie rock aesthetics, Good Old War deserves credit for making smart, simplistic, and clean music full of great hooks. In an age of studio quirks and digital gimmicks, Good Old War isn't afraid to write happy, catchy songs that aim to please.

This week's Free at Noon features this up-and-coming local trio, playing from their latest. There aren't many other ways to start off the weekend this well.

Website: goodoldwar.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/goodoldwar
Recent Release: Good Old War
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Label: Sargent House
Origin: Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Liz Phair Phair began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the moniker Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records.

Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim: by the turn of the twenty-first century, it had been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Her career began after a series of tapes she made as The Girly Sound came to the attention of Matador Records in 1992. Exile in Guyville followed in 1993 to rave reviews. Consequently the release of Whip-Smart (1994) was much anticipated and promoted. It debuted at No.27 but though it achieved gold classification it did not sell as well as had been expected.

Ten years after the release of her debut, Phair's fourth album, Liz Phair, was released on Capitol Records and her music began to move in a more pop rock-oriented approach. Phair has sold nearly three million records worldwide.

There was a gap of several years before Liz Phair (2003) hit the shops. The delay was caused in part by the insistence of the record label that Phair develop the content with her production team. The collaboration resulted in some of the most poppy and successful songs on her album, including "Why Can't I" and "Extraordinary". However, she continued to explore sexually explicit themes in songs like "H.W.C.". The album equaled her best chart performance, reaching No.27 in the Billboard charts.


Website: lizphair.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lizphair
Recent Release: Funstyle
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Label: Rocket Science
Origin: Chicago, ILLINOIS

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

 

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Trout Fishing In America Trout Fishing In America first came together when Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet did a little show at a grade school after meeting in the adult folk band St. Elmo's Fire. From there they've gone on to a venerable career of children's music, along with a few adult releases. They've won four Grammys and a number of parents' choice awards, and they've kept up their fan bases in the old and young alike. Since 1979, they've release 19 records on Trout Records, and their latest, "Lookin' at Lucky", is an adult-aimed mix of folk influences.

"Lookin' at Lucky" features Grimwood on bass and vocals, with Idlet contributing vocals and quite the line up of instruments, including guitar, uke, banjo, bouzouki, and percussion. The album has quite a blues and bluegrass leaning, and song topics range from love and growing old to disappointment and distractions. Released in October, the album has gotten positive reactions from fans and critics alike. As the LA Times puts it, these guys have made and maintained their reputation as "some of the most lyrically creative, musically sophisticated, vocally muscular music-makers in the family music business."

Trout Fishing In America will be on the World Cafe stage this Friday, playing the Free at Noon. Don't miss it! This will be one great way to start off the weekend.

Trout Fishing in America also performs two family shows on Dec 11th at 11:30am and 2:00pm at Sellersville Theater.

Website: troutmusic.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/troutfishinginamerica
Recent Release: Lookin' At Lucky
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Label: Big Kids Productions
Origin: Prairie Grove, Arkansas

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Amos Lee Philly Local singer-songwriter Amos Lee takes his inspiration from soul and folk artists of the '70s. John Prine, Neil Young, James Taylor and Bill Withers have all been inspiration to him. And this Live Friday will feature this local favorite, playing his special blend of styles.

Amos Lee graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English, but soon gave up his job as an Elementary School teacher to pursue his career as a musician. Lee first gained wide recognition when he toured with Norah Jones in 2004. His style is a pleasant and intriguing blend of folk, soul, and jazz, and every one of his releases has shown his versatility with these styles. Lee's latest, "Last Days At The Lodge", keeps up his range of melodies and feelings--slow to driving, simple to dark.

"Last Days At The Lodge" came out in 2008, and reception for the alt-folk sentiments was enthusiastic. As Jordan Richardson for Blog Critics wrote,"Amos Lee’s Last Days at the Lodge fits agreeably with a sinking sun on a summer evening." Lee took the feedback and has brought together a super list of people and music for his newest, "Mission Bell". Due for release in January, the album will include contributions from Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Priscila Ahn, Pieta Brown, James Gadson, and Calexico.

Don't miss this week's Free at Noon with Amos Lee, as he gears up for his exciting new release the next month.

Website: amoslee.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/amoslee
Recent Release: Last Days At The Lodge
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Label: Blue Note
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

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!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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Jon Langford photo credit Nero's House of Women John Langford has been at the core of punk-country expression from the start--and his latest album is more proof of that fact, and just adds one more entry into this man's list of formidable achievements. As described in the Chicago Tribune, this "punk-rock pioneer, a leading light of alt-country, a troubadour for our times, a musicians’ mentor, a visual artist of uncommon skill, a singer-songwriter who writes with the authority of having lived a life rather just having imagined it" is not to be taken for granted.

Many probably remember Langford getting his start as a drummer with punk band The Mekons, and since then he's been in involved in numerous projects playing numerous parts. From Waco Brothers to Killer Shrews to visual art to his current group, Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, he's evolved but kept basic folk and punk always close to his work.

Old Devils is his latest release, with Skull Orchard, is evidence that the man is not "mellowing in his old age," as Popmatters reviewed it. It addresses issues personal and public, from insecurity to homelessness, and it does it in an extremely effective manner--with music that perfectly complements the message.

Don't miss this week's Live Friday, with Langford and Skull Orchard on stage at World Cafe Live. It's free and it's a great way to start the weekend.

Website: http://www.jonlangford.de/
MySpace: myspace.com/jonlangfordskullorchard
Recent Release: Old Devils
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Label: Bloodshot
Origin: Chicago, IL

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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.

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...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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