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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as PHOX performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Wisconsin six-piece PHOX join us next Friday for a live Free at Noon concert. The indie pop / folk outfit formed in 2011 before releasing a debut EP called Confetti in 2013, followed by their self-titled LP last summer.

PHOX's star has risen quickly over the last few years, having already landed opening slots on tour with Blitzen Trapper, The Lumineers and The Head and The Heart. In March of last year the band recorded a World Cafe session while at SXSW in Austin and performed during the KUTX showcase.

Lauded for frontwoman Monica Martin's sweetly soulful voice and the layered instrumentals of her bandmates, PHOX presents a beautifully subdued yet fun spin on quirky indie pop that can be intimate in small settings (like at Boot & Saddle last July) or command the crowd in larger venues (like at the Tower Theater last December). XPN welcomes PHOX to Union Transfer for their largest Philly headlining gig on Friday, February 13th following the Free at Noon. Catch the free preview concert by RSVPing here or tuning in at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.



Recent Release: PHOX
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Label: Partisan Records



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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as The Lone Bellow performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, this week, and they join us next Friday for a live Free at Noon concert. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, the album showcases their critically-acclaimed bluesy Americana sound. It's wrapped up in hometown melancholy, captured best on tracks like "Diners" and "To the Woods." Lead singer/songwriter Zach Williams' vocals on "Marietta" are haunting yet catchy, a hybrid that proves The Lone Bellow's second album is even more emblematic than the first. The group is no stranger to Philly, having rocked a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August and an appearance at NonCOMM in 2013. The band headlines Underground Arts on March 24th, but you can catch them live this Friday by RSVPing to the show or tuning in at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.



Recent Release: Then Came the Morning
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Label: Descendant Records



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Join us at The 15th Annual NON-COMMvention May 13-15, 2015 at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia

Artists Already Confirmed:

SHELBY LYNNE
JJ GREY & MOFRO
JAREKUS SINGLETON
HOUNDMOUTH
LEON BRIDGES
NATALIE PRASS
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR
SAUN & STAR
BRANDI CARLILE
BILLY BRAGG
NATALIE PRASS
TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
DR. DOG
BORNS
GLEN HANSARD
RYLEY WALKER
CALEXICO
ZELLA DAY
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE
HEARTLESS BASTARDS
SON LITTLE
ELLE KING

And more still to come!!!!



There are two ways to attend Non-COMM in 2015


• Make a pledge of $125/month or more and we’ll thank you with all the benefits of our Program Partners club level, AND we’ll add on tickets to this year’s Non-COMM as a special thank you gift.

• Purchase passes to Non-COMM at $100 each



To see more Non-Comm 2014 video highlights visit Non-COMM on Youtube

Tracklist
Gary Clark Jr. - Don’t Owe You A Thang - (12/10/11)
Dawes - Some People - (3/22/13)
Ian Hunter - All The Way To Memphis - (6/22/07)
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years - (8/15/09)
Nickel Creek - Destination - (5/2/14)
Spoon - Do You - (9/1/14)
Phoenix - Long Distance Call - (8/4/06)
Ryan Adams - Let It Ride - (6/15/07)
Steve Earle - Jerusalem - (10/12/07)
Sharon Van Etten - Serpents - (2/10/12)
Michael Kiwanuka - I’m Getting Ready - (6/15/12)
Ray Lamontagne - Trouble - (8/20/10)
Kurt Vile & The Violators - He’s Alright - (2/18/11)
Parquet Courts - Black & White - (11/17/14)
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Super 8 - (8/9/13)
Dr. Dog - Shadow People - (4/9/10)
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT - WATCH the live webcast of the show TODAY AT NOON!


CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBCAST
LIVE AT NOON 1/20


This weeks Free at Noon will feature American folk singer-songwriter Father John Misty. A native of Washington D.C, the artist formally known as Josh Tillman moved to Seattle when he was 21, where he eventually caught the eye of a Seattle recording artist Damien Jurado. Opening for Jurado lead to the creation of his debut album I Will Return which saw the conception of his rather angelic and serene tone that became a mainstay for further projects. Having been a member of bands such as Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes, Tillman once again chose the solo route this time under his new moniker Father John Misty. His current project I Love You, Honeybear is set to release on February 15th and if featured singles such as the title track and "Bored in the USA" are concerned, the listener could expect to get a sense of longing, passion, and beautiful complacency. Catch him at this Free at Noon concert before he stops back in Philly on April 1, 2015 at Union Transfer.



Recent Release: I Love You, Honeybear
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Label: Sub Pop Records



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