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The Emotionally Direct Songs of Melbourne’s “Hard-working Slacker” Courtney Barnett

Latin Roots: Nueva Trova from Cuba Transcends It’s State-Supported Origins

April 10, 2014 - Producer Aaron Levinson is back with a new Latin Roots segment on Nueva Trova, a style of music that started in Castro's Cuba in the 1960's but continues today. It started as a political music celebrating the ideals of the revolution but the music lives on, not just in Cuba but abroad.
It’s A New Beginning For Britain’s Kaiser Chiefs
Wild Cub –Straight Out of Brooklyn To Follow The Music To… Nashville!
The Free At Noon Doubleheader featuring the Black Lips and Boy George on Friday, is SOLD OUT. You can listen along, online or over the air.

Eighties superstar Boy George isn’t done performing. Though it’s been 18 years since his last album release in 1995, he's on a North American tour supporting his latest endeavor, This Is What I Do, released last January. The artist is also well-known for his work with the band Culture Club and is reportedly working on new material with them as well. After he performs at Free At Noon, Boy George will kick off his tour that same night with a stop at The TLA. Tickets can be purchased here.

Recent Release: This Is What I Do
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Label: Very Me Records

Photo credit: Mick Rock Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, this March with a twist on their garage rock sound. With it being their ninth full-length, the band decided to focus its sound following 2011’s Arabia Mountain by working with a producer for the first time during their career. Even though the band is mixing things up a bit, they’re keeping to their raw, gritty roots. The Black Lips are also known for their signature intense live shows, so catch them at next Friday’s Free at Noon or later that night at Union Transfer. Tickets for that show can be purchased here

Recent Release: Underneath the Rainbow
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Label: Vice Music

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World Cafe: Next Horse Thief Refined Their Sound In Oklahoma
Dirty Projectors Vintage Cafe From 2009: Deep, Intricate And Very Accesible
Gorgeous Rare Acoustic Set From Moby
Andrew Hozier Byrne, AKA Hozier, is the Irish singer-songwriter who sings the emotionally moving “Take Me To Church,” one of XPN’s 2014 break out songs.
He’s just released his second EP, From Eden, with a full length to come later this year. He’ll be performing at this year’s Non-Commvention in May.
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Join us for a special acoustic Free at Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia as 3 members of Midlake perform a live midday concert on Friday.

Midlake released its newest and fourth full-length album, Antiphon, just last November, but it didn’t come without some bumps in the road. The Texas-based band’s former frontman, Tim Smith, decided to leave the group in the midst of recording. However, the remaining members of Midlake took this time to reevaluate their former sound, resulting in something completely different than their past three albums. Join them at Friday’s Free at Noon as they showcase their much more experimental, psychedelic sound – a stray from their past folk-rock vibe. After their performance, Midlake will be heading out to Glenside to play at the Keswick Theatre as an opening act for singer/sonwriter Neil Finn. Tickets for their later show can be purchased here.

Recent Release: Antiphon
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Label: ATO Records

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