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Shawn Colvin Shawn's new album and memoir are due out June 5. She plays a full show at World Cafe Live on June 30, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on June 8!

This week marked the next step in singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin's long and productive career in contemporary folk music. Colvin's eighth studio album, All Fall Down, was released through Nonesuch records. This latest effort, recorded in Nashville, features notable folk and country stars such as Emmylou Harris, Stuart Duncan, Alison Krauss, Jakob Dylan, and Julie Miller. All Fall Down will be Colvin's first record produced by Buddy Miller, whom she has toured and played with in the past.

The multiple Grammy award winning folksinger also published her first memoirs through Harper Collins. The work, entitled Diamond in the Rough, also hit the shelves this week. In these memoirs, Colvin looks back on her long journey to critical acclaim with candor and introspection. Her life has taken her from Illinois, to playing western swing in Austin, to the folk scene in New York. It was in the Big Apple where Colvin truly came into her own, winning the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her 1989 studio debut, Steady On.

Website: shawncolvin.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ShawnColvin
Recent Release: All Fall Down
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Label: Nonesuch

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June 1 - Double Header: Kopecky Family Band, w/ KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith

12:00-12:30 – KIN
12:30-1:00 – Kopecky Family Band

The Kopecky Family The six-piece, Nashville based Kopecky Family Band play MilkBoy Philly on Friday night June 1 and they'll be the same day for an XPN Free At Noon!

Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. 'The Family' began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What began as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW and Bonnaroo, three EP releases and friendships across the country. Leading the family are singers Gabe and Kelsey, along with Steven (lead guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), and David (drums). The music is emotive, and evokes raw honesty and vulnerability, whilst capturing your attention through its unmistakable power and presence. The sounds created by the booming and orchestral-like 6-piece challenge the listener's ear while still offering sweet melodies to sing along with.

In the spring of 2010, it was time for the family to pack into their 15-passenger van (which was lovingly called "The War Wagon") and head to Austin, TX for their showcase at SXSW as one of ASCAP's notable bands to watch. A follow up performance at Next Big Nashville in 2010 had A & R reps scurrying to put their Blackberrys away and listen. When in the studio with Partners in Crime, Russ Long and Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None the Richer), the Kopecky clan produced The Disaster EP which was released in August 2010.

The Kopeckys followed up SXSW with a mammoth CMJ 2010, where they were invited to play at the official Paste Magazine showcase.

Straight back into the studio after CMJ, the band produced the follow up to The Disaster, the perfect compliment entitled Of Epic Proportions. The EP is comprised of digital B-Sides & rarities, featuring crowd favorite "Howlin' at the Moon", and a remix of "God & Me" that explores the band's varied and broad scope to produce amazing and diverse sounds.

Since then, the band released a limited edition split 7" vinyl with Seattle friends Ivan & Alyosha, and returned to Austin yet again for SXSW. The band played the infamous Paste Magazine showcase, Schubas Day Party at SXSW 2012, Next Big Nashville and performed for Austin's KUT during the festival. And to keep themselves really busy in 2011, the band attended Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the first time as performers. Notching up 3 amazing sets during the festival and amassing several new friends and fans along the way.

Website: kopeckyfamilyband.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/kopeckyfamilyband
Recent Release: Of Epick Proportions
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Self-released
Hometown: Nashville, TN

KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith

Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times Best Selling author Mary Karr are scheduled to release Kin: Songs of Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell on Vanguard Records on June 5, 2012. Produced by Joe Henry, KIN marks the first collaboration between the two writers and is Karr's entry into the world of music.

"I called out to her in the darkness because she was a bona fide poet I knew could write songs, and despite her professor's pedigree, she'd ridden a bike in a mosquito truck's fog." Rodney Crowell

"An outlaw pedigree isn't always a disadvantage for a poet...this record's about everybody." Mary Karr



Find Rodney at...
Website: rodneycrowell.com
Facebook: facebook.com/RodneyCrowellOfficial

Find Mary at...
Mary's Website:
marykarr.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MaryKarrLit

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The Polyphonic Spree A twenty-plus piece choral rock band, The Polyphonic Spree return to Philly to play the TLA on Friday night, May 25, and will be here that afternoon for an XPN Free At Noon!

The Polyphonic Spree is exactly what their name suggests: a chorus of voices with little restraint. The group is lead by Tim DeLaughter and, though the line-up changes constantly, typically involves some 20-odd individuals who provide talents from singing to piccolo. The Polyphonic Spree came about after DeLaughter's previous band, Tripping Daisy, broke up when band mate Wes Berggren died unexpectedly in 1999. The Polyphonic Spree has been called a reaction to Berggren's untimely death, and the upbeat, melodic songs often discuss lost loved ones and other heavy themes.

The group's blend of dark topics and Beatles-esque harmonies has earned Polyphonic Spree a beloved place in pop culture. The group's songs have been featured in films, commercials and TV shows all over the world. To name a few, just the song "Light and Day/Reach For the Sun" alone has been featured in a Volkswagen and iPod joint advertising campaign, in an NFL tribute to Bill Walsh, in an episode of Scrubs, in an episode of the British show Undone, in the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in the documentary "Murderball," and in the trailer for this year's "The Lorax," among other places. The band opened for David Bowie and played the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2004. Needless to say, this group makes music that is even bigger than the tour bus it would take to move all of its members.

We are thrilled to host The Polyphonic Spree at World Cafe as a Free At Noon guest on May 24th. The group has a new single out called "What Would You Do?" and we can't wait to hear them perform it.

Website: thepolyphonicspree.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/polyphonicspree
Recent Release: What Would You Do? (Single)
Release Date: January 21st, 2012
Label: Good Records Recordings
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

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XPN Free At Noon was held SATURDAY, MAY 19 - OUTSIDE AT PENN PARK

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Listen to the Concert Audio - The 11-person psychedelic folk band performed songs from its new album.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Finishing out this Live Friday perfomance is another XPN favorite, the fabulously invigorating folk collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Breaking out in 2009, riding the strength of their catchy single 'Home', the currently 11-person outfit revolves around vocalist Alex Ebert. Ebert started ES and the MZ after creating a fictional, messianic character named Edward Sharpe while dealing with addiction and life changes. The result is mesmerizing--from their school bus converted to a tour bus, back-porch and improvised acoustics, and big communal folk sound, ES and the MZ has quickly become something of a worldwide sensation. Their sound calls to mind influences such as Polyphonic Spree and Bob Marley, but it's hard to pin a single genre on their psychedelic rocking bluegrass-y neo-folk.

ES and the MZ are on the cusp of releasing their follow-up to their breakout album, 2009's "Up from Below". Fresh off appearances with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, ES and the MZ played the new release, entitled "Here", in Santa Monica in April. It doesn't disappoint--"Here" is a product of a group that know how to collaborate, how to live together, and how to share a musical, utopian vision in the most believeable of ways. From the quiet whistling in "All Wash Out" to the energizing, rock-based "Man on Fire", this is an album that will help solidify ES and the MS' appeal.

Don't miss out on this special Free at Noon performance--three great artists in two locations. What better way to start the weekend?

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play a full show May 11 at the Tower Theater.

Free At Noon Setlist
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Archived Concert
1. I Don’t Wanna Pray
2. 40 Day Dream
3. Fiya Wata
4. Man On Fire
5. Child
6. Home

Website: edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/edwardsharpe
Facebook: facebook.com/themagneticzeros Recent Release: Here
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label: Rough Trade Records
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Spiritualized

Spirtualized Spirtualized is the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground. Following a dramatic initial release in 1990, Spiritualized has since gone through numerous line-up changes, released seven full-lengths that evince an evolving sound (think perhaps shoegaze to blues to pop), and pushed the boundaries of live performance. Pierce has done everything from shooting a video on an erupting volcano to performing 114 stories in the air to sharing a stage with Depeche Mode.

Sweet Heart Sweet Light is the seventh studio album of Spiritualized, and it has been three years in the making. Featuring eleven poppy tracks, more so than any previous Spiritualized release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light is crisp and invigorating. Its deft combination of rock'n'roll and gospel is no doubt made all the more poignant by Pierce's experience with chemotherapy while mixing Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

In addition to the XPN Free At Noon, Spiritualized plays a full show at the TLA on Friday night, May 11 at 8pm w/ Nikki Lane.

Free At Noon Setlist
Spiritualized will be archived at NPR.org/Music
1. Hey Jane
2. Mary
3. Lord Let It Rain On Me
4. I Am What I Am
5. Come Together

Website: spiritualized.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/spiritualized
Facebook: facebook.com/Spiritualized
Recent Release: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Double Six Records
Hometown: Rugby, England

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Dar Williams - Live from World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington

photo credit-Amy Dickerson One of our favorites in this triple-header is long-time XPN listener favorite, folk songstress Dar Williams. Dar Williams will play XPN's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington at 12:30pm.

Williams began her foray into folk while in Boston, making the coffee shop rounds and recording her own demos. Her brand of pop-inspired confessional folk soon caught the eye of folk legend Joan Baez, who subsequently recorded some of Williams' songs. Since then, Williams has released a grand total of 18 highly acclaimed releases. She's shared the stage with the likes of Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carter, and Joan Baez. And finally, she's been able to fine-tune her knack for delivering emotion on-stage.

William's latest release, In the Time of Gods, represents something of a return to her more traditional folk leanings--less pop and more pensivity. Thematically centered on classical Greek mythology, the album explores accessible narratives based on mythological personalities. Of course, it's all held together by Williams' arousing melodies and insightful lyrics.

Dar Williams will also play a full show on Friday night in Wilmington at World Cafe Live at the Queen, w/ The Milk Carton Kids.

Free At Noon Setlist
Dar Williams Performance will be available here
1. The Light and the Sea
2. I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything
3. You Will Ride With Me Tonight
4. Babysitter
5. Are You Out There
6. I Have Been Around the World

Website: darwilliams.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/darwilliams
Facebook: facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Recent Release: In the Time of Gods
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Razor & Ties
Hometown: Mount Kisco, NY

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FRIDAY, MAY 4 LAST CHANCE to drop off your outdated electronics that have been gathering dust. eForce Compliance will be here to collect and recycle your outdated phones, appliances, cords, cassette tapes, VHS, CDs, and more – this Friday, May 4 (11:30am-1pm). Click here for the list of acceptable items that can be donated. The more stuff donated, the more $$ XPN will make.

The Walkmen - Photo courtesy of Arno Frugier The Walkmen's sound has been compared to The Strokes, and called "Bob Dylan meets the Velvet Underground" by NPR. Their rock is characterized by its simplicity-- energetic, repetitive guitar hooks, driving drums, and of course, the voice of front man, Hamilton Leithauser, who seems to bellow, howl and croon simultaneously. They've released six albums, including a cover album of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's "Pussy Cats" in its entirety. The Walkmen return to Philly with the upcoming release of their seventh album approaching to play an XPN Free At Noon at World Cafe Live on Friday, May 4. The Walkmen will tour this summer in support of the album, Heaven including a string of shows with Florence and the Machine.

The five members of The Walkmen all grew in the DC area and attended the same high school. They formed in 2000 after the bands that the members were previously split between, Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Recoys, broke up. The Walkmen's career began when the group moved to Harlem and created a recording space called Marcata Studios.

In 2002, the band released its first full length, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, to critical acclaim and one track, "We've Been Had" was featured in a Saturn Ion car commercial. Bows + Arrows, their sophomore album, launched their band into national success. Their singles "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" demonstrated the band's versatility and they were booked to play not only concerts and festivals, but also to play on an episode of The O.C.

The band has consistently continued to make music that delights critics and attracts fans, despite closing their recording studio in 2006. The group recently finished recording their seventh album, Heaven, and it's release date has been moved up to May 29! The members described this album as the easiest they've ever written, and in an interview said that they actually wrote "30 something songs" when they sat down to write for "Heaven" but narrowed it down. This album promises to be quieter than previous albums, though they have been performing with a full horn section. With an album trailer out and a spring tour to debut new material, The Walkmen prove yet again that while they can still change directions after 12 years, they never stray far from their distinct and beloved sound.

Come hear new material from The Walkmen's upcoming album Heaven when they perform at World Cafe Live on May 4. It's a show you won't want to miss.

Website: thewalkmen.com/heaven/
Myspace: myspace.com/thewalkmen
Facebook: facebook.com/TheWalkmen
Recent Release: Heaven
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label: Fat Possum/Bella Union
Hometown: New York City

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The Ting Tings Don't let the skeletons on the cover of Sounds From Nowheresville confuse you: The Ting Tings are alive and well. Four years after the release of their debut full length, the duo is back with an album of diverse and danceable tracks. Though, with a track record like theirs, that's hardly a surprise. In 2007 they put out the single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" and within a year were featured in iPod commercials, video games, and movies. Katie White and Jules De Martino, who started as co-writers in a girl punk group, seemed to become a sensation over night. They released their debut album, "We Started Nothing", in 2008 to critical acclaim. Even up through 2010, the duo was still receiving nominations and awards for the infectious electronic pop that they created on that first record.

Following up We Started Nothing was no small task. Though the duo was making progress on their sophomore album in 2010, a full four years passed between full length releases. In the meantime, they sharpened their live skills, playing festivals and headlining shows around the world. Their theatrical live show incorporates White's punk background, and De Martino has been praised for his multi-instrumental talent, often playing two instruments at once or switching mid-song.

You can hear tracks from White and De Martino's latest album and see them live when The Ting Tings play XPN Free At Noon Friday, April 13. This energetic, unpredictable duo is an act that you won't want to miss!

The Ting Tings are in town to play a full show at The Trocadero on Friday night, April 13.

Website: thetingtings.com
Myspace: myspace.com/thetingtings
Recent Release: Sounds From Nowheresville
Release Date: February 24, 2012
Label: Columbia Records
Hometown: Salford, Greater Manchester, England

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Joan Osborne For nearly twenty years, Joan Osborne has surprised and delighted fans with the diversity of her talent. Her hit "One of Us" catapulted her to international fame in 1995, and though she was mostly writing country, folk and blues at that point, she soon expanded her style beyond alt country. In 2003, she released "How Sweet It Is," her third studio album and first album of covers. "How Sweet It Is" was mostly comprised of classic rock and soul songs, and showcased Osborne's ability to reinvent major hits. Over the years, Osborne toured with The Funk Brothers, The Dixie Chicks and sang with The Dead. She covered Dolly Parton, Motown and Willie Dixon. In each stage of her career, she proved that there was some other genre, some new project that she could make her own.

On her latest album, Bring It on Home, Joan Osborne returns to the craft of covering hits. In a collaborative process that involved her band, her blues aficionado friends, her label and her own ideas of what she wanted to sing, Osborne came up with a list of 12 blues and soul classics to cover. On some tracks, she tried to accentuate the mood that was already captured. On others, she let her breathy, feminine voice alter the tune completely. The result is due out March 27th, and includes songs originally performed by Betty Wright, Al Green, Nina Simone and others. The album itself features a star-studded cast including Allen Toussaint and The Holmes Brothers.

Joan Osborne kicks off her national tour this month and is stopping by World Cafe Life for a Free At Noon performance on April 6. Make sure to sign up for her show. This Grammy nominated songstress is a guest you won't want to miss!

She plays a full show at The Rams Head in Annapolis, MD on April 5, World Cafe Live on Friday night, April 6, before heading up to Tarrytown, NY, then south to Raleigh and Charlotte. More info on her tour can be found here.

Website: joanosborne.com/
Facebook facebook.com/joanosborne
Myspace: myspace.com/joanosbornemusic
Recent Release: Bring It on Home
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Label: Saguaro Road Records
Hometown: Anchorage, Ky

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Delta Spirit California rockers, Delta Spirit have just released a new self-titled album on Rounder Records and will in Philly for a special Free At Noon at Union Transfer on March 30. They play a full show that same night at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia 19123. Directions & Parking for venue.

Delta Spirit is a five-piece Americana band, and the youth of its members belies the classical folk sound of their collaboration. Jon Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (percussion), Matthew Vasquez (vocals/guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentals) and Will McLaren (guitar) have created a sound that blends indie rock, folk, soul, and blues influences. They've been evolving and perfecting this sound since 2005 when the burgeoning group spotted Vasquez busking on a bench and brought him in. After their first EP in 2006, they've shared the stage with the likes of Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Dr. Dog. They've also had plenty of their work featured in various soundtracks (The Big C, Friday Night Lights), and taken their fair share of airtime here at XPN. They've been featured on World Cafe for two of their follow-ups, and even played a Live Friday Free At Noon in 2010. Now they're back for another performance, this time at Union Transfer, promoting their latest release.

Delta Spirit's third full-length is eponymous and nothing short of daring. Taking flight from their established brand of roots rock, the group incorporates electronic, hip-hop, and prog elements into their usual fare of trash-can percussion, rustic folk, and booming bass drums. The result is cathartic and appeasing, fully displaying the expressive, affecting songwriting that has brought Delta Spirit such a devoted fan base.

Don't miss Delta Spirit on Friday, March 30, and start off the weekend right with an XPN Free At Noon concert. Directions & Parking for (venue): Union Transfer

Website: deltaspirit.net/
Facebook facebook.com/Deltaspirit
Myspace: myspace.com/deltaspirit
Recent Release: Delta Spirit
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Label: Rounder Records
Hometown: San Diego, CA

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Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby has just released his first new album in almost two decades, called A Map of the Floating City. He's playing a couple of local venues as part of his Time Capsule Tour with Special Guests Aaron Jonah Lewis and Ben Belchera - Sellersville Theatre on March 28, and World Cafe Live Philadelphia, on March 24. Dolby is here for an XPN Free At Noon on Friday, March 23.

English electronic musician Thomas Dolby has branded himself as a mad scientist, harnessing the power of electronic music as none have before him. Considering how he shaped the electronic music industry and continues to 30 years after his debut, it may be more appropriate to call him an electronic genius. As a teenager, Thomas Robertson earned the nickname "Dolby" because of his fascination with electronic means of music production. The name, which came from Dolby Laboratories, stuck as Thomas Dolby began to make a name for himself in the music scene-- first with Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, then in Lene Lovich's backing band, having written her single, "New Toy," and eventually contributing synthesizer on "Urgent" by Foreigner and playing keyboard on Def Leopard's Pyromania album.

Dolby went out on his own in the early 80's and his debut solo album, "The Golden Age of Wireless", peaked at #13 on the Billboard Album Chart. He rereleased it four different times, as the original did not include his hit single "She Blinded Me with Science." "The Golden Age of Wireless" set Dolby up as a pioneer of electronic music, and established his talent for writing lyrics that combined science and science fiction with themes of love and relationships.

Dolby went on to release four more solo albums, plus soundtracks, singles and he also produced albums for other artists. In 1993, he took a break from making music to start his own company, Beatnik. Though he intended for the break to be brief, it ultimately proved to be a 20-year hiatus. Yet Dolby was never completely removed from the music scene. In 2001 he began serving as the Musical Director of the TED conference, and debuted his track "Love Is a Loaded Pistol," at the conference in February 2010. The album that he eventually released in 2011 called "A Map of the Floating City" was released in three parts. It also featured a video game in which players could trade, collaborate and compete to get to "the Floating City" and unlock new tracks from the upcoming album. The game earned Dolby new fans, but that wasn't the point. Instead, he claimed that it was his latest foray into how technology could enhance the audience's experience with his music.

The album was produced in Dolby's home studio which is housed in a 1930's era lifeboat and powered by solar panels and a wind turbine. In celebration of the three-part album, Dolby is planning his first extended tour in decades. In true Dolby sci-fi style, the tour will feature a "time-capsule": a three-seater trailer in which fans and guest artists can record 30-second messages for the future-- and more immediately for YouTube. In the midst of his jet-setting this spring, Dolby will be playing World Cafe: Free At Noon on Friday March 23rd. This is a show that you'll have to see to believe.

Website: thomasdolby.com/
Facebook facebook.com/officialthomasdolby
Myspace: myspace.com/thomasdolby
Recent Release: A Map Of The Floating City
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Redeye Label
Hometown: London, England

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Simone Felice Simone Felice's narrative song-writing style is all the more powerful when his life story is taken into account. Felice suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 12 that should have rendered him musically incapable. Instead, he went on to become the drummer and one of the primary song writers for the Felice Brothers, a band that he started with his brother, Ian, in 2001 after 9/11. Though he'd played punk music as an adolescent, Felice found his stride in folk music and before long, The Felice Brothers were an internationally recognized name.

Felice turned to music after every tragedy in his life, including the loss of a child to still-birth and emergency open-heart surgery in 2010. His acoustic, lyric-driven music brims with sorrow and also joy. He is a man who has known life's blessings and life's heartbreaks and he has turned his experiences into music, against all odds.

Simone Felice's latest project is a self-titled solo debut. The album will be released in April, but Felice will be playing tracks from his upcoming album at World Cafe Live Free At Noon on March 16th. The show is part of an international spring tour that he will embark on this month. Make sure to catch him here in Philadelphia. It's a show that you won't want to miss.

Website: simonefelice.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/simonefelice
Recent Release: Simone Felice
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Label: Team-Love Records
Hometown: Palenville, New York

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Tommy Stinson Profile: Bass Player for Guns N' Roses and the legendary Replacements, Tommy Stinson's latest album is called "One Man Mutiny." He'll be here for an XPN Free At Noon on Friday, March 9!

Tommy Stinson is perhaps best known as the spiky-haired, charismatic bassist for hard rock outfit Guns N'Roses, but he's also now on top of a budding solo career. But Stinson is no spring chicken--he's been playing bass since the tender young age of 11, and not too much later, he was on stage with his brother in punk legend outfit The Replacements. Given his natural guitar talent, sophisticated song writing skills, and endless drive, it's little wonder he's been called "the hardest working man in rock'n'roll these days" by the press. He's currently playing bass for both GNR and Soul Asylum, and he also recently released his latest solo offering.

"One Man Mutiny" is certainly bluesy, perhaps partially influenced by one of Stinson's other groups, alt-rock outfit Bash & Pop. Also containing not-so-little hints of country, such as the pedal steel in a couple of the later tracks, "One Man Mutiny" is still based on solid rock'n'roll, gritty and visceral. Singing of relationships and liquor, Stinson is backed by the resonating vocals of his fiance, Emily Roberts. The album turns out to be a good showcase for the talent and the many influences of an iconic rocker. Also, Stinson is donating a portion of the proceeds from "One Man Mutiny" towards struggling Haiti schools--this is great music for a great cause.

Don't miss Tommy Stinson this weekend, stopping in at the World Cafe for a Live Friday performance. It's the Free at Noon, and there's no better way to start the weekend!

Website: tommystinson.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/tommystinsonofficial
Facebook: facebook.com/tommystinson
Recent Release: One Man Mutiny
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: Done To Death Music
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

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Islands From Monteal, the band Islands are on tour in support of their new album A Sleep & A Forgetting. They play two shows at the First Unitarian Church here in Philly on Friday, February 24 and will be here that day for an XPN Free At Noon show.

Islands is an indie rock outfit hailing from Canada, and featured on World Cafe with their second album in 2008. Now on their fourth release, this dynamic foursome are back at XPN, performing a Free at Noon and showcasing the diverse influences of their latest, "A Sleep & A Forgetting".

Islands was born from the ashes of lo-fi band The Unicorns in 2005, and their first release had them touring with Metric and establishing a reputation for diverse art rock with depth. Since then, Islands has released three more studio albums, toured internationally, and gone through a few lineup changes. Now on a fourth full length, the members of Islands have created the most personal collection of songs yet. Frontman Nicholas Thorburn began writing "A Sleep & A Forgetting" one year ago on February 14, and now the album is being released exactly one year later. Infused with Island's special brand of dark yet catchy pop, "A Sleep & A Forgetting" has hints of introspective folk influences, layers of glimmering instrumentals, and Thorburn'slyrical take on soul. The result is astonishing--more honest and open than previous Islands' releases, yet a confessional offering with bounce.

Don't miss this Free at Noon with Islands--given a reputation for infectious and touching performances, this is going to one great way to start the weekend.

Website: islandsareforever.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/islands
Facebook: facebook.com/islandsareforever
Recent Release: A Sleep & A Forgetting
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Label: Anti
Hometown: Montreal, Canada

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credit Michael Weintrob Boundary-pushing blues rocker Joe Louis Walker has done it again. Walker has 50 years of music and more than 20 albums under his belt, but he continues to churn out powerful, gritty, heavy blues rock. Walker's musical influences course through his songs. He grew up listening to blues greats, including T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and Pete Johnson. At age 8, Joe Louis Walker picked up his first guitar and began to imitate their work. By sixteen, Walker was the house guitarist of San Francisco's The Matrix and was opening shows for the next generation of blues rock heroes-- Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and Lightnin' Hopkins, to name a few. Joe Louis Walker manages to channel the sound of each of his heroes, yet maintain a distinct sound.

Walker's latest release, Hellfire is aptly named. It is a fierce album. Underlying musically diverse tracks that range from gospel to 70's rock is Walker's guitar playing, specifically, his guitar solos. This album showcases Walker's famous ability to shred, and his playing on Hellfire has garnered comparisons to Hendrix himself. Walker doesn't simply tear it up, though. He expertly incorporates his intense, racing solos into spiritual songs, crashing rock jams and blues waltzes.

Joe Louis Walker will be performing from Hellfire at the next XPN Free At Noon on February 17th and he has a two-night stint at Warmdaddy's in Philly on February 17th and 18th. Don't miss a chance to see this legendary blues musician live!

Website: joelouiswalker.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/joelouiswalker
Facebook: facebook.com/joelouiswalker
Recent Release: Hellfire
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Label: Alligator
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

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Sharon Van Etten One of the first Shaking Through artists and current XPN Artist To Watch, Sharon Van Etten has a new album called Tramp. She's in town to play a sold out show on Friday at Johhny Brenda's, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon, this Friday, February 10, 2012!

Sharon Van Etten made her debut in 2009 as a raspy-voiced sweetheart of the folk rock scene. Her first album, "Because I Was In Love" was acoustic, with simple melodies made chilling by Van Etten's lyrics and inflections. She was quickly picked to sing with several contemporary acts, and was featured on The Antler's album "Hospice" and The National's track "Think You Can Wait" for the Win Win soundtrack. Her second album, "Epic," lived up to its name. "Epic" featured more instrumentation, bigger sound, and after its 2010 release, its final track, "Love More", was covered by iconic artists David Bowie and The National.

Sharon Van Etten's third album, Tramp, literally rocks. On Tramp, Van Etten's voice is still her strongest instrument, but she's not afraid to employ a half dozen others, including an electric guitar that she shreds. For a recent performance on The Jimmy Fallon Show, Van Etten expanded her touring band to include four other musicians, bringing her on-stage guitarist count up to three, including herself. She's also joined by a bassist and a drummer. Her sound is heavier than it's ever been, but it works. On "Tramp", Van Etten's music brings the same power as her intense, raspy vocals.

Sharon Van Etten's new album comes out February 7th and she will be performing from Tramp on XPN's Live Friday Free At Noon. RSVP, and head to World Cafe Live at noon on February 10 to catch her show. It's a performance you won't want to miss!



Website: sharonvanetten.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/sharonvanetten
Facebook: facebook.com/SharonVanEttenMusic
Recent Release: Tramp
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Label: Jagjaguwar
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Pete Donnelly For over ten years, Pete Donnelly has made pop music in Philadelphia. He's plays in several bands, including The Figgs and NRBQ, and has produced and played for acts such as G. Love and Special Sauce and Amos Lee. Now, after 10 years as a critical figure in the Philadelphia music scene, he's released a solo album.

When You Come Home, was released in December and met praise as high as "the perfect end to 2011." With poppy hooks and crisp vocals, it's immediately a sing-a-long album. On this album, packed with love songs and ballads, Donnelly proves that he can write music from his heart that gets trapped in your head. "The Only One" is easily one of the brightest tracks on the album, perhaps outshined only by "Can't Talk At All." Both songs demonstrate Donnelly's command and creativity. Each has a distinctly jazz feel, while also showcasing upbeat alternative rock riffs.

Donnelly has big plans for the next couple months. He'll be doing a six-show residency at Milkboy Philadelphia January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. In addition to that, he'll be playing the Live Friday Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live this Friday, February 3, at noon. Judging by Donnelly's album, the show is sure to be a dance party.



Recent Release: When You Come Home
Release Date: December, 2011
Label: self-released
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Website: petedonnellymusic.com
Myspace: myspace.com/petedonnelly

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Dr Dog Dr. Dog's new album Be The Void will be out February 7, and the band plays two nights at the Electric Factory on March 24-25. They'll be here for an XPN Free At Noon Friday, January 27!

Filtering classic rock and pop hooks through a lo-fi slacker aesthetic, Philadelphia's Dr. Dog has a style that's both timeless and immediate. We're all big fans at XPN, and they've been featured on World Cafe, and at the XPoNential Music Festival. This Friday, they'll play our Live Friday Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live for a highly anticipated performance.




Website: drdogmusic.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/drdog
Facebook: facebook.com/Drdog
Recent Release: Be The Void
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Label: Anti-Records
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Real Estate Hailing from Ridgewood, NJ, but now comfortably situated (both in sound and influence) in Brooklyn, NY, Real Estate is a young five-piece making waves in the music market. Band members Alex Bleeker (bass), Martin Courtney (vocals, guitar), Mathew Mondanile (guitar), Jackson Pollis (drums), and Jonah Mauer (keys and guitar) have all been together for just one year, though the roots of Real Estate were planted in 2008. In the last few years, Real Estate have been building a reputation for coherent, catchy, and precise tunes--but tunes that are also introspective or effervescent at all the right times. Real Estate's summer-y indie rock is nothing short of spell-binding.

Since releasing a set of demos and their self-titled debut in 2009, Real Estate has since been named 'Best New Music' by Pitchfork, toured with the likes of Deerhunter, Girls, and Kurt Vile, and played at festivals around the world. Now that they're out with their follow-up, Real Estate is picking up even more followers and buzz. This latest album, entitled "Days" and released on their new label Domino, is just as cheerful yet just as sentimental in sound. Influenced by power-pop and beach sun by turn, it's clear that Real Estate is definitely here to stay.

Don't miss your chance to see Real Estate as the week winds down--they're here for a Free at Noon session this Friday! There's no better way to start the weekend.



Twitter: twitter.com/realestateband
Facebook: facebook.com/realestateband
Recent Release: Days
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Domino
Hometown: Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Front Bottoms The NJ duo The Front Bottoms have their self-title debut album out on Bar None Records. They play The Note in West Chester on January 25, 2012, and will be here for an XPN Free At noon on Friday, January 6!

There's no real way to pin down the sound of The Front Bottoms, an up-and-coming duo from New Jersey. They self-describe as acoustic, indie pop-punk, but Brian Sella (vocals, guitars) and Mathew Uychich (drums, bullhorn) "like to keep it familiar so that it's not too intimidating, but we always make sure it's not immediately recognizable," as Sella said. The two have known each other since they were in their first decade of life, and they've been making music together almost as long.

The Front Bottoms were officially formed in 2006, and they've just released their official, eponymous debut on Bar/None Records. It's an irreverent and smart release, mostly acoustic guitar and drums, but some indie folk instrumentation as well. The result is inspired in part by Joni Mitchell, probably Bruce Springsteen, and no doubt a long friendship between Sella and Uyich. The Front Bottoms are a young duo to keep an eye on, and their deft balance between comical and emotional is evident on-stage and off.

Don't miss out on this sure-to-be energizing Free at Noon, the first of the New Year. What better way to start it off with one of our latest World Cafe: Next artists?



Website: thefrontbottoms.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/thefrontbottomsmusic
Facebook: facebook.com/thefrontbottoms
Recent Release: The Front Bottoms
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Label: Bar/None Records
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ

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Photo credit - Nina Sabatino Philly's punk rock heroes The Dead Milkmen have reunited and released their new album, "The King in Yellow" in March. Celebrating this release and return to the Philadelphia punk rock scene, The Dead Milkmen will be performing at the Free At Noon this Friday, December 23.

Even before their national fame, The Dead Milkmen's satirical punk stylings were a staple of 1980's underground and college radio rock. Already a Philadelphia living legend, the band reached commercial success in the late 80's with the release of their album, "Beelzebubba." The album's single, "Punk Rock Girl," landed The Dead Milkmen on MTV rotation and the Billboard's Top 200 Albums when it was released. As their sound mellowed out, The Dead Milkmen faded from the punk rock scene, and eventually split up.

In 2004, the band members began to discuss reuniting, following their successful "Now We Are 20" retrospective released the year before. Unfortunately, plans to reunite were derailed when bassist Dave Schulthise committed suicide. The remaining band members played two tribute shows for Dave and donated the proceeds to several organizations that he supported. The band didn't play together again until 2008, when they performed at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin with Dan Stevens on bass. To prepare for the festival, The Dead Milkmen played two warm-up shows in their hometown, Philadelphia. The success of these reunion shows inspired the members to officially move forward as an active band. Over the next two years, they toured and wrote material, finally releasing "The King in Yellow," in early 2011.

Be sure to tune in to The Dead Milkmen this Friday at 12noon ET, where they'll perform material from their new album. Listen Online or On-the-Radio at 88.5FM



Website: deadmilkmen.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/deadmilkmen
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/The-Dead-Milkmen/41874574877
Recent Release: The King in Yellow
Release Date: March 19, 2011
Label: Independent
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Laura Marling Our October XPN Artist to Watch, Laura Marling's latest album is called A Creature I Don't Know, and she'll be here for an XPN Free At Noon on December 9, 2011.

Twenty-one-year-old Marling has the makings of the next great folk singer-songwriter. With a sound characterized by graceful, refined lyricism and remarkable, ear-catching melody, Marling has been taking the music world by storm. She's just released her third highly acclaimed album--quite an accomplishment for such a young artist.

Growing up surrounded by music, the 16-year-old artist made her way to London to join the 'nu-folk' movement. She became a part of indie folk outfit Noah and the Whale, and collaborated/toured with a number of acts, including Mystery Jets and The Moldy Peaches. She then debuted her solo album, "Alas I Cannot Swim" in 2008, and was promptly nominated for the Mercury Prize. I Speak Because I Can came soon after in 2010, evidence that Marling was continuing to craft her own brand of graceful folk music. This year, Marling has released A Creature I Don't Know, a dark and wonderful third album. As with her earlier work, comparisons to the likes of Dylan, Feist, Fiona Apple, and Joni Mitchell all at once can hardly be helped. Laura Marling has crafted an album both hauntingly mystifying and warmly welcoming. This album's theme could be seen as deeply personal--Marling sings of a woman struggling against herself and convention--but at the same time, it's a release that's both frustratingly hard and gratifying to try to interpret. With jazz undertones, banjo plucking, and lots of angry guitar, A Creature I Don't Know is simply mesmerizing.XPN has been captured by Marling since having her on World Cafe back in 2010, and her latest release has only served to entrance us all the more.

We're lucky enough to have Laura Marling on the stage for this week's Live Friday XPN Free At Noon! Don't miss this burgeoning young artist--it's free and it's at noon. There's no better way to start the weekend.



Website: lauramarling.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lauramarling
Recent Release: A Creature I Don't Know
Release Date: Sept. 12, 2011
Label: Virgin Records
Hometown: Hampshire, England

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Dana Alexandra JD Souther is a veritable country-rock living legend, writing songs over his impressive career for the likes of The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. He's on tour in support of his latest album "Natural History," and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on December 2, along with a special set by Magnolia Memoir.

After Souther relocated to Nashville, he wrote for an even greater variety of artists--India Arie, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn and over time has accumulated numerous awards for hit records, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum albums. He's also a successful solo artist, releasing several charting albums in the '70s and '80s. In 2008, he released his fifth solo album. Though "If the World Was You" is undeniably Souther--hearty, solid country-rock--the years of change are evident in this collection. Now he's back with a follow-up, released just this past May.

"Natural History" is retrospective and hearty, full of a mix of obscure recordings from Souther's long history, a new song, and plenty of reclamations from his past - the Eagles with 'The Sad Cafe', 'Best Of My Love' and 'New Kid In Town', and Linda Ronstadt with 'Faithless Love' are now all Souther's again. Souther described the result as "smoky and rainy", almost like "film noir", full of occasionally jazzy acoustics and his sophisticated vocals.

Don't miss JD Souther at this Free at Noon, as he brings some truly inspired country rock to the World Cafe stage. There's not a better way to start the weekend!

And, be sure to catch him for a full show on Saturday night, December 3 at Sellersville Theater.



Website: jdsoutherstore.net/store/
MySpace: myspace.com/jdsouthermusic
Facebook: facebook.com/jdsouthermusic
Recent Release: Natural History
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Label: Entertainment One Music
Origin: Detroit,Mi

Magnolia Memoir Magnolia Memoir brings the sultry danceability of jazz to contemporary rock. Self-described as "Billie Holiday meets the Killers with a dash of the Clash," LA-based Magnolia Memoir is making waves. Vocalist and songwriter Mela Lee boasts a five-octave range and a girlishly sweet voice, which has been featured in numerous movies, television shows and commercials. With Alexander Burke as music director and keyboardist, bassist Gordon Bash, guitarist Aron Forbes and Matt Lucich on drums, the ensemble will be doing a special acoustic set opening for J.D Souther this week's Free at Noon show. They are currently touring their EP "What's A Good Girl Do?" and their debut album "The Perfect Crime" will be released on eOne Music Group in February.



Website: magnoliamemoir.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/magnoliamemoir
Facebook: facebook.com/MagnoliaMemoir
Recent Release: The Perfect Crime
Release Date: February 2012
Label: eOne Music Group
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

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Mike DoughtyFormer Soul Coughing frontman, Mike Doughty, is on tour in support of his new album Yes and Also Yes. Mike Doughty and His Band Fantastic with Moon Hooch and Jesse Ruben play a full show at the TLA in Philly, on Wednesday night, November 16, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon Show on the 18th.

Doughty began his solo career in the nineties, and self-released Skittish in 1996, originally selling it on CD-Rs after small shows he played around the country. His hard work and determination paid off and Doughty began to develop his own following. In 2005, he released Haughty Melodic with his full band, and the song, "Looking At The World From The Bottom of a Well" got a lot of airplay. The album was an XPN Featured Album in June of that year and made no. 14 on the XPN Year In Review. Several of his songs have been featured on television shows - his other well known songs include "27 Jennifers" (from Golden Delicious) and "Busting up a Starbucks," (from Gratified). His latest album, Yes and Also Yes, follows closely on the heels of his electronic sampler, Dubious Luxury which was released earlier this year. Yes and Also Yes was released in August on ATO.

Mike Doughty and his band played the XPoNential Music Festival in 2005, and we are excited to have him back on stage at WXPN and World Cafe Live for our next Free At Noon show.



Website: mikedoughty.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mikedoughty
Recent Release: Yes and Also Yes
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: ATO
Hometown: New York, New York

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White Denim Austin's White Denim has a style that is different album to album, song to song and even within a song. They incorporate everything from garage rock to acid blues, from pop to post-punk, and still maintain a distinct sound. The band formed in 2005 when the four founding members played a show together. Joshua Block, James Petralli and Lucas Anderson of Parque Touch and Steve Terebecki of Peach Train began to play as Parque Touch, but when Anderson moved to Russia the following year, the resulting trio changed their name to White Denim and jumped into the Austin circuit. They have released five albums in the last four years and each has exceeded the expectations set by the previous album. Today, White Denim's member count is back up to four, with the addition of Austin Jenkins, a second guitarist. They released a new album this past summer called "D" and are currently touring the country on a tour called "For D." They'll be playing from their newest album here at XPN's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live for free on Friday, November 11 at noon. Come on down. Just RSVP now.



Website: whitedenimmusic.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic
Recent Release: D
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Downtown Records
Hometown: Austin, Tx

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Frank Turner Frank Turner is slowly but surely marching his his way up to the mainstream. From Winchester, England, the folk-punk songwriter spent his early years as the voice of various short-lived bands like Kneejerk and Million Dead. Since striking out on his own in 2005, he's accumulated significant notice for his heartfelt storytelling and honest musicality.

Turner combines punk with poetry, juxtaposing gorgeous melodies and aggressive beats with zest that's catapulting his popularity. Last year alone he supported Green Day on their European tour, in addition to headlining a sold-out gig of his own; on April 21, 2011, he played his thousandth solo show at London's Strummerville festival. His latest album, England Keep My Bones, offers a compelling assortment of acoustic ballads, hard-rock tracks, and even an a cappella account of the Norman Conquest.

Frank Turner is on tour in support of his new album, "England Keep My Bones." He plays a sold out T.L.A. show Friday night and will be here for a Free At Noon Friday November 4.



Website: frank-turner.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/frankturner
Recent Release: England Keep My Bones
Release Date: June 7, 2008
Label: Epitaph Records
Hometown: Winchester, England

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Angel Band From the Santa Monica Pier to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, with three solid years of touring under their collective belt, Angel Band has rapidly expanded their following from opening act up to headliner status. No audience has been known to have been unmoved by Angel Band's all-out stage presence, signature rootsy, bluesy Americana songs, superb back-up band and the vocals of leader and lyricist Nancy Josephson and fellow Angels Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige. Initially performing as opening act and backup singers for Josephson's husband, world-class roots musician David Bromberg at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other high profile events, Angel Band has moved up to playing prestigious concert venues on their own. Voted one of the Top 10 Favorite Bands at Bonnaroo, Angel Band are clearly a group on the ascent.

Born and raised in new York City, Nancy Josephson says "I don't ever remember not singing," and was thumping on an acoustic guitar at age six. She learned to play stand-up bass and was a founding member of the all-girl bluegrass group, the Buffalo Gals. After a move to California in the mid 70's she performed with a number of well-known bluegrass and "new grass" performers, including Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick (of the Good Ol' Persons), and The David Bromberg Big Band. She has also sung back-up with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow, among others.

In 1980, David and Nancy moved to Chicago, where he studied violin making while Nancy sang commercial jingles, joined The Annettes as the only Caucasian in a 30-voice women's choir, raised two young children and switched to visual arts as her main creative outlet. When the city of Wilmington, Delaware asked David and Nancy to become artists in residence in 2002, Nancy initially refrained from joining the bluegrass sessions David organized there, until Bromberg started raving about a mother and sister vocal duo that might accommodate a third voice. "Mainly to satisfy David" Nancy attended the next jam and was hooked by the resultant three-part harmonies. Thus began the formation of Angel Band.

Kathleen Weber comes from a musical family in Philadelphia. She is a four-year veteran of the Angel Band and a lifelong singer; one critic exclaimed "her deep, bluesy voice seems almost out of place in her small frame." You can really hear her influences channeled: Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and and Alison Krause, among others. Her versatility allows her to move easily between Angel Band's low down and dirty and simple, sweet songs. Aly Paige's vocals are clear, clean and powerful. Originally from Delaware, now living in Philadelphia, Aly joined the band as a novice in the Americana world, but with some roots in the world of opera. Aly belts with the best of them, and one can hear a little Etta James in her approach to the material; soulful, soaring, then close up and intimate, Aly's approach captivates and ignites the audience.

Website: angelband.net/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theofficialangelbandsite
Recent Release: Shoot the Moon
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Appleseed Records
Hometown: WILMINGTON, Delaware

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