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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Angus & Julia Stone performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Recent Release: Angus & Julia Stone
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Label: Republic Records


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Join us for the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Sylvan Esso and Kindness performs a live midday concert on Friday.



It’s an electro-pop doubleheader as Sylvan Esso and Kindness co-headline this week's Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live.

Formed in North Carolina by singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, Sylvan Esso has been praised for their ability to emote through their glorious synth textures, delivering a complete sound even with a minimal setup. After forming in 2013, the two have had a quick rise to fame and released their debut self-titled album this past May. They will play Union Transfer October 24th but you can catch them for a live midday concert that afternoon.

Recent Release: Sylvan Esso
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Label: Partisan





Kindness, the solo project of British artist Adam Bainbridge, also takes the stage this Friday. His synth-infused style reminiscent of 80s pop icons Prince and Duran Duran has gained attention from the likes of Pitchfork and MTV, who have hailed his ability to create sonic soundscapes. This month, he released a music video for his song "This Is Not About Us," as well as his second album Otherness. Be sure to catch him this Friday for Free at Noon, as it is his only Philadelphia appearance for the rest of the year.

Join us in person at World Cafe Live, on the air at 88.5 FM or online at XPN.org

Recent Release: Otherness
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Label: MOM & POP MUSIC


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Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with The Stray Birds and Kopecky Family Band at a live midday concert on Friday.



The Lancaster-based newgrass trio The Stray Birds are gearing up to release their second album, Best Medicine, which comes out on Yep Roc Records on October 21st. The band celebrates the record with a October 23rd show at World Cafe Live, but you can catch them a few days early when they join us for Free at Noon.

Recent Release: Best Medicine
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Label: Yep Roc Records

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On the same show, Nashville favorites Kopecky Family Band will join us for one of their trademark rousing sets. Still touring in support of their 2012 release Kids Raising Kids, the band headlines Union Transfer on Friday night. Get a preview of their big show when they hit the Free at Noon stage. Join us in person at World Cafe Live or listen on your radio at 88.5 FM or online at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Kids Raising Kids
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Label: Ato Records


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



Bi-costal retro duo Foxygen made a splash last year with their charming single “San Francisco,” found on the heady rock and roll collage that made up their debut LP We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. With an adventurous spirit and heavy dose of psychedelia reminiscent of Arial Pink and The Flaming Lips, the band returns this month with their follow-up double LP, …And Star Power. The record is out October 14th via Jagjaguwar Records, and XPN Welcomes the band to Union Transfer on Friday, October 10th. Click here for tickets. Earlier that day, they join us for a Free at Noon performance from the World Cafe Live stage.
Recent Release: ...And Star Power
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Label: Jagjaguwar


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Fly Golden Eagle is fronted by Ben Trimble, originally from Detroit, who made his way to Nashville to attend college. When he got there he settled into a creative community of musicians anchored around producer and recording studio owner Andrija Tokic’s Bomb Shelter, the East Nashville epicenter of many things musically cool: Alabama Shakes, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Caitlin Rose, The Ettes, and many others have recorded their records here. Trimble recorded the Alabama Shakes debut and has toured, opening for the Shakes.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Field Report performs a live midday concert on Friday.



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This week, Wisconsin-based band Field Report joins us for our Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday. Noted for their striking acoustic arrangements and the songwriting of Chris Porterfield, the band's sophomore LP Marigolden is on it's way, set to be released October 7th through Partisan Records. The band plays the Communion Philly showcase at Underground Arts on October 2nd, and joins us the next day for a live midday concert. RSVP for the show at XPN.org or tune in on your radio next Friday.

Recent Release: Marigolden
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Label: Imports


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Tracklist
1. Courtney Barnett - "Avant Gardener"
2. The War On Drugs - "Under The Pressure"
3. Temples - "Mesmerise"
4. Kaiser Chiefs - "Coming Home"
5. Strand Of Oaks - "Goshen 97"
6. Brett Dennen - "Wild Child"
7. David Crosby - "Long Time Gone"
8. Rosanne Cash - "Etta's Tune"
9. Hurray For The Riff Raff - "I Know It's Wrong"
10. The Head & The Heart - "Shake"
11. Jeremy Messersmith - "Ghost"
12. Metric - "Gimme Sympathy"
13. Lucius - "Turn It Around"
14. Lake Street Dive - "Bad Self Portraits"
15. Chet Faker - "1998"
16. Asgeir - "King & Cross"

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



This week, J Mascis will be joining us at our Free at Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday. The former frontman of 90s indie legends Dinosaur (Jr.) has branched out on his solo work over the years. His alluring new album, Tied To A Star, was released earlier this year and has attracted much attention from critics and fans. His vocal timbre is undeniably reminiscent of Eddie Vedder, but his solo songs take lighter, poppier approach. In addition to this week's Free At Noon, Mascis will also appear with Purling Hiss at World Cafe Live on September 25th. Tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Recent Release: Tied to a Star
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Label: Sub Pop


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