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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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"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


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

Visit XPN.ORG to watch live artist performances during Non-Comm 2015




WEDNESDAY MAY 13


7 PM-12 AM - music showcases ***All time are (ET)
upstairs:downstairs:
ELLE KING 7PMBEST COAST 7:35PM
RYLEY WALKER 8:10PMBUFFY SAINTE-MARIE 8:45PM
MEG MAC 9:20PMSHELBY LYNNE 9:55PM
HOUNDMOUTH 10:40PMDR.DOG 11:15PM
12-2 AM - "Rhythm Lab" (late night dance party - sponsored by co-sign) (upstairs)


THURSDAY MAY 14

12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs)
ZELLA DAYBRANDI CARLILE
 
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases ***All time are (ET)
upstairs:downstairs:
SON LITTLE 7PMJ.J. GREY & MOFRO 7:35PM
BORNS 8:10PMBLUES TRAVELER 8:45PM
SAUN & STARR 9:20PMGLEN HANSARD 9:55PM
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE 10:30PMHEARTLESS BASTARDS 11:05PM
JAREKUS SINGLETON 11:40PM 


FRIDAY MAY 15

12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs) ***All time are (ET)
CALEXICOBRIAN WILSON
 
2:30-4 PM - "The Music Meeting" with SEAN COAKLEY of Songlines (upstairs)
 
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases
upstairs:downstairs: 
GAVIN JAMES 7PMJAMES MC MURTRY 7:35PM 
MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR 8:10PMNATALIE PRASS 8:45PM 
LEON BRIDGES 9:20PMTALLEST MAN ON EARTH 9:55PM 
ANDERSON EAST 10::30PMISRAEL NASH 11:05PM 

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!


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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

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

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



This week's Free At Noon will feature alternative country singer/songwriter Israel Nash. Hailing from Missouri, Nash garnered a following after people began to take note of his upbeat, ephemeral jams. His latest release, Rain Plans, takes an Americana approach tinged with psychedelic guitar riffs and recorded via analog giving the tracks a warm, vintage aura and forming Nash's unique approach to the album. The record was influenced by his recent residency in Dripping Springs, Texas, a small and humble town that acted as his inspiration. Now the musician is touring the United States, playing this week's Free At Noon in promotion of his show on January 23rd at Johnny Brenda's.



Recent Release: Israel Nash's Rain Plans
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Label: Loose Music

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Long Lunches" CD!

Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

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



Alt rock faves Guster took a break from their acoustic tendencies for some experimental rock on Evermotion, the band’s seventh album. Recorded with the help of the Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist, Richard Swift at Cottage Grove studio in January 2014, the album is out this month via Guster's own label, Ocho Mule Records. In addition to new music, the Boston band is celebrating 20 years together, and performs at the Theater of Living Arts on April 24 with indie sounds caper Kishi Bashi. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN concert calendar. You can listen to a teaser of the new album at The Key and join us for a live Friday afternoon concert with the band at World Cafe Live on January 16th.

Theatre of Living Arts


Recent Release: Evermotion
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Label: Nettwerk Records


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

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