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Langhorne Slim May Be Single And Sober But He Still Has A Hat Upon His Head
Tune in to the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Jesse Malin and Langhorne Slim perform a live midday concert on Friday.


Jesse Malin began to rise through the ranks of the punk rock underground at the young age of 12. He fronted the short-lived hardcore band Heart Attack and the glam punk band D Generation, as well as several other projects. Malin spent his time after these bands reshaping his sound to emulate his idols: Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Steve Earle. This kickstarted his career as a solo musician. To date, he has released 8 studio albums. He's associated with punk and rock musicians from all walks of life, from Bruce Springsteen to Green Day. Now, he'll stop by the World Cafe, touring in support of his newest album, New York Before the War, which is out now on One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records.

Sean Scolnick, better known by his stagename Langhorne Smith, was born in Langhorne, PA (no surprise there). He began to gain a following as a musician through years of touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and appearing at Bonnaroo Festival. After those appearances, his music spread like wildfire, reaching the movie soundtrack for Waitress and touring with bands such as Cake, The Avett Brothers, The Violent Femmes, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. He even sang "God Bless America" at a Phillies game back in 2009! He will be welcomed back to Free at Noon in support of his latest record, The Spirit Moves, which is due out on August 7. It will be his 5th studio album.

Langorne Slim plays the Chameleon Club with David Wax Museum on July 14th and Union Transfer on September 16th, while Jesse Malin plays Boot and Saddle on July 25th. Catch both of them for Free at Noon next week by tuning in at 88.5 FM or RSVPing above.

Recent Release: New York Before the War
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Label: One Little Indian Us

Recent Release: The Spirit Moves
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Label: Dualtone Music



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Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim took his stage name from his hometown of Langhorne in Bucks County, Penssylvania. Born Sean Scolnick, Langhorne Slim studied music at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Langhorne Slim moved to Brooklyn and came into public awarenessafter touring with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

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photo credit Todd-Roeth Langhorne Slim was born as Sean Scolnick, hailing from his pseudonym-sake, the borough of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. A self-professed lover of "early" music -- the roots of the genres -- Slim is well known for a sound that showcases the primitive. A gentle, rollicking mix of folk-Americana, blues, and early rock n' roll wrought with banjos and guitars weave the familiar layers beneath his earnest voice.

After graduating college, Slim moved to New York City where he began his slow climb into the nation's musical consciousness. Touring with indie art-rockers the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Slim garnered public appeal. His popularity grew as Slim took his act from festival to festival and even into an appearance on The David Letterman Show. As the folk influence continues to grow in contemporary music, Langhorne Slim is nothing short of guaranteed to stay in the hearts and minds of those who will listen.

His latest album, The Way We Move, was released this spring and Langhorne Slim is currently undergoing a US tour to promote it.

Website: langhorneslim.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/langhorneslim
Recent Release: Way We Move
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Label: Ramseur Rec.
Hometown: Langhorne, Pa

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