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Don’t Believe Your Eyes! Hear St. Paul And The Broken Bones In Your Soul
February 2014 CD of the Month - In the current climate of music there is certainly no lack of talented singer-songwriters. With that said, it's even more impressive when an unsigned, independent voice can grab your attention.
Another Definition Of Psychedelic Music From Seattle’s Rose Windows
Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Elizabeth & the Catapult and The Sam Roberts band at a live midday concert on Friday



Elizabeth Ziman, the head of Brooklyn-based indie-pop group Elizabeth and the Catapult have kept busy after a tour with psychedelic pop musician Kishi Bashi. Earlier in January, the band released Like It Never Happened produced by previous members and current Lucius bandmates Dan Molad and Peter Latish. Prior to that, the band released Taller Children in 2009 and The Other Side of Zero in 2010, which both reflect the band’s Feist and Joni Mitchell-esque sound. Elizabeth and the Catapult will be playing with Katie Herzig at the Boot & Saddle in the coming months on Saturday, May 3rd, after some stops in the band’s home state. Boot & Saddle ticket info

Recent Release: Like It Never Happened
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Label: Scratchback Records


Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts will bring The Sam Roberts Band and their steady indie rock sound as well during this week's Free at Noon. The band just put out their newest album in three years, Lo-Fantasy, on February 11th. Released through Paper Bag Records, the newly recorded album was produced with Martin “Youth” Glover, who is also credited with working and performing with Paul McCartney, The Ord, Crowded House and more. Their stop at World Cafe Live will be their only stop in the area during the band’s tour. For ticket info available HERE

Recent Release: Lo-Fantasy
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: Paper Bag Records

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Jonathon Wilson has CANCELLED his Free At Noon appearance. Philly local singer-songwriter Kwesi K will be performing.
The band releases its debut Sun Structures on February 11th and they will be on World Cafe the same day of the band’s record release.
Join us for the Free At Noon as Malian music collective Tinariwen performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Specializing in the "assouf" guitar style of the Sahara Desert's nomadic Tuareg people, Tinariwen blend traditional West African desert instruments with pop influences from across their continent and overseas.

Discovered in 1998 by French musicians Lo'Jo, Tinariwen have gone on to perform hundreds of concerts around the globe and at major international festivals. This year brings their seventh studio album, Emmaar, set for release on February 11th through Anti Records. Tinariwen's previous LP, Tassili, was recognized with a Grammy Award for Best World Music in 2011 and featured guest musicians Nels Cline (Wilco) and TV On the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe. Emmaar is Tinariwen's first release to be recorded outside of the band's home country, but their adopted desert home of Joshua Tree, California proved to be an inspirational and creative breeding ground that resulted in a poetic and culturally rich piece of art.

Recent Release: Emmaar
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ANTI Records


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World Cafe: Next The Districts Leave School & End Up Head Of The Class

January 27, 2014 - It wasn't that long ago that the members of The District were in high school together in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Now after some wise touring (including a SXSW visit last year) and a video of one of the songs (that has over 300,000 views), they have an EP coming out on Fat Possum Records tomorrow.
Deprived Of New Foxygen, You Must Listen To This Vintage Cafe

January 27, 2014 - Foxygen is the work of Jonathan Rado and Sam France. Today we revisit a Vintage Cafe from early 2013 around the release of their very successful album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.
Tracklist
1. Okkervil River - "Down Down The Deep River"
2. Franz Ferdinand - "Right Action"
3. Midlake - "The Old And The Young"
4. Neko Case - "Night Still Comes"
5. Moby - "The Perfect Life"
6. Jason Isbell - "Stockholm"
7. Amos Lee - "The Man Who Wants You"
8. Blitzen Trapper - "Thirsty Man"
9. White Denim - "Pretty Green"
10. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - "Love Has Come For You"
11. Laura Marling - "Master Hunter"
12. Lissie - "Further Away (Romance Police)"
13. Dr Dog - "Broken Heart"
14. Houndmouth - "On The Road"
15. Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Part Of Me"
16. Elastic Bond - "Find A Way"
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