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

Austin, Texas indie-rock five-piece Spoon is back from a few years of silence with its latest record, They Want My Soul, released earlier this month on Loma Vista records. The band took time off after its 2010 release Transference, at which point singer Britt Daniel told the bloggers at The Line of Best Fit that he was looking for "something that was going to reinvigorate me, to excite me about working on new stuff again.”  It was time well spent: the new album is bustling with urgency and the band sounds energized on singles like “Rent I Pay” and “Do You.” The band is in town on Labor Day Weekend to play the Made In America Festival, but they’ll join us for a special Labor Day Free at Noon at World Cafe Live on Monday, September 1st. Listen to the broadcast on 88.5 FM, watch the webcast at or RSVP to join us at World Cafe Live.

Recent Release: They Want My Soul
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Label: Loma Vista/Republic

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September’s Artist To Watch is the Milwaukee, Wisconsin band Field Report. On October 7th, the band is releasing their sophomore album, Marigolden. This week the band’s single, “Home (Leave The Lights On)” is our Gotta Hear Song of the Week. You can listen to it here
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Join us for the Free At Noon at the Porch at 30th St Station in Philadelphia, as Little Hurricane performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Little Hurricane will head up a double-header outdoor Free at Noon on Friday, September 12th, at the Porch at 30th Street Station. The San Diego blues-rock duo this year formed in 2010 and quickly developed a reputation for its tremendous live energy, something that’s taken it to the stages of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. This year the band released its second album of original material, Gold Fever, though it also released a collection of cover songs in 2013 called Stay Classy, where it tackled popular favorites from Bill Withers to Elbow. Tune in to Free at Noon on your radio at 88.5 FM or RSVP to join us in person at The Porch at 30th Street on September 12th.

Recent Release: Gold Fever
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Label: Death Valley Records

Joining the band is Philadelphia’s New Sound Brass, who you may remember as the marching band that led the XPoNential Music Festival audience from Wiggins Park to the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer. The band also performed at 2nd Street Festival this year, opened for PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, and generally has become renowned for its lively and crowd participatory arrangements of popular songs reimagined in the brass band tradition. Tune in to Free at Noon on your radio at 88.5 FM or RSVP to join us in person at The Porch at 30th Street on September 5th.

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