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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, however, you can watch Josh Ritter perform a live midday concert this Friday on VuHaus.

Ritter is stopping by the World Café Live for Free at Noon on the heels of the release of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks. Known for his narrative-rich Americana style, Ritter takes a light and playful tone on the new record, which he recorded with The Royal City Band in New Orleans. His Free at Noon show will feature many of these new tracks and likely a few old favorites.

Ritter plays a headlining show at Union Transfer this February 21st, but you can catch him warming up for tour by RSVPing to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tuning in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Sermon On The Rocks
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Label: Elektra Pytheas Recordings



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

The Brooklyn-based synth-pop trio burst onto the scene with 2013’s self-titled EP and are now on the verge of releasing their debut full-length album, Don’t You. Since forming, Wet has toured with indie-pop acts like London Grammer and CHVRCHES, and recently released a handful of singles from their new album including the melodic and soulful, “Weak.”

The band plays Union Transfer on Friday, October 16th with Tobias Jesso Jr., but you can catch them early at Free at Noon. RSVP to reserve your spot, or tune-in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.





Recent Release: Wet
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Label: Columbia

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Arkells and Jim Boggia and Friends perform a live midday concert on Friday Toronto’s Arkells are arguably among the best indie groups that hail from our neighbors up north. Just this year the band took home their second Group of the Year Juno Award for their album, High Noon. The band first made waves back in 2008 with their single “Oh, The Boss Is Coming!," a song which features their knack for catchy chorus’s and infectious indie-rock hooks. They headline MilkBoy on Saturday, October 10th, so Free at Noon is your chance to catch them early.

Following Arkell’s set, Jim Boggia and friends will play a special tribute in honor of what would have been 75th birthday.

RSVP to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tune-in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.








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



Shemekia released her eighth record Outskirts of Love just a couple of weeks ago via Alligator Records, following up 2012's Grammy nominated 33 1/3 with a fiery blend of blues and rock. The Texas native has worked with Dr. John, Ruth Brown and Steve Cropper on previous releases, but joined forces with The Wood Brothers' Oliver Wood for the third time on this effort. During her almost two decade long career, Copeland has been dubbed the Queen of Blues, earning several Blues Music Awards and other accolades.

Shemekia headlines The Sellersville Theater on Thursday, October 1st, but you can see this XPN favorite early.

RSVP to join us for the concert at World Cafe Live. You can also tune-in to the show via 88.5 FM, or stream worldwide at XPN.org.





Recent Release: Outskirts Of Love
Release Date: Sep 11, 2015
Label: ALLIGATOR RECORDS

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