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



Singer-songwriter Bobby Long will join us for this week's Free At Noon concert upstairs at World Cafe Live. The UK-based Long first received recognition for his raw folk storytelling after his song "Let Me Sign" was featured in the soundtrack to the hit flick Twilight. Long has continued to build his body of work with three full-length albums, including last year’s Wishbone. He approaches the end of his 2014 tour with an acoustic holiday show at World Cafe Live Upstairs Friday night following his Free At Noon performance. If you can't join us tune in to 88.5 FM or online at XPN.org. WCL


Recent Release: Wishbone
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: Ato Records


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



Multi-genre artist Marco Benevento will take the stage this week at our Free At Noon. Starting off as a jazz pianist, the New Jersey-born musician has expanded his sound to an eclectic mix of styles including post-rock, experimental and indie rock. Currently on a U.S. tour, Benevento is making the rounds in Philadelphia this weekend, with a show at Johnny Brenda's following his Free At Noon. He will then play another show at the venue the following night before taking off for Brooklyn. His latest album, Swift, released in September, explored Benevento's vocal capabilities mixed with an indie rock sound that garnered him praise for experimenting with new sounds and textures. Join us this Friday for Marco Benevento’s midday concert at World Cafe Live by RSVPing at XPN.ORG, or tune in at XPN.org or 88.5 FM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: World Cafe Live will NOT be open for lunch tomorrow after the Free At Noon on Friday, December 12

Johnny Brenda's Friday night
Johnny Brenda's Saturday night


Recent Release: Swift
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Label: The Royal Potato Family


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British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) recently released his highly anticipated second album Otherness. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the recipient of the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship, and created an album, Live In Philly. On one of the songs for the project, he collaborated with Kurt Vile.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as the Bobbie Gentry Tribute perform a live midday concert on Friday.



The Lower 40 is a new all-star collaboration of Philadelphia musicians dedicated to re-creating Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 smash record Ode to Billie Joe in celebration of Tara Murtha’s new book for the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. The Lower 40 is Phil D'Agostino (bandleader, bass), Brad Hinton (guitar), Ross Bellenoit (guitar), Matt Muir (drums), Jay Ansill (strings), Larry Toft (horns), Ansel Barnum (harmonica), Carl Bahner (vibraphone). Featuring vocalists Birdie Busch, Kerry Hallett, Allison Polans, Susan Rosetti & Ali Wadsworth. That evening, The Lower 40 will be making their world premier playing Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 smash record Ode to Billie Joe at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. Tickets are available here


Recent Release: Ode to Billie Joe / Touch Em With Love
Release Date:October 14, 2008
Label:Raven [Australia]


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



Americana supergroup US Rails will join us this Friday at World Cafe Live for this week's Free At Noon concert. Made up of five established solo artists - Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam and Matt Muir - the band quickly gained support from the Philadelphia music scene and eventually moved on to tour internationally over the years. US Rails has now three full–length studio LPs, most recently including Heartbreak Superstar in 2013. The band recently wrapped up an international tour and returns to its hometown with a showcase of their classic, rootsy folk tunes at Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, November 29th. For tickets go here. Join us at World Cafe Live as they warm up for their two night stand at Free at Noon. You can tune into this week's performance on your radio at 88.5 or experience it in person by RSVPing


Recent Release: Heartbreak Superstar
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Label: Blue Rose Records / USR Records


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



New Orleans-based rock collective The Revivalists will play this week's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live. The seven-piece outfit blends folk, funk, pop, and soul, and joins us after headlining the Theatre of the Living Arts on Wednesday, November 19th. Their 2012 release City of Sound established The Revivalists' unique mix of jam band influences with a knack for a classic rock sound; this year, it was re-issued with a bonus live disc. The group will continue touring the United States straight through the new year and you can catch them in Philadelphia at this week's Free At Noon; tune in on your radio at 88.5 FM, or join us in person by RSVPing to the event.


Recent Release: City of Sound
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Label: Wind-Up


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



Philadelphia-based indie trio Shark Tape takes the stage at this week's Free At Noon. Mixing classic alt-rock elements with 80s pop guitar riffs and vocals that will evoke bands like The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen, the group is coming to light in the best way possible. This fall Shark Tape releases its latest album, Marathon, which they worked on with producers Jeff Ziegler and Phil Nicolo. XPN Welcomes Shark Tape to MilkBoy to celebrate the release of Marathon on November 22nd, but you can get a taste of the album by joining us at World Cafe Live this Friday, November 14th.

Recent Release: Marathon
Release Date: November 18, 2014

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Philly’s Son Little is the new musical project from Aaron Livingston. He’s collaborated with The Roots and RJD2, and his song “The River” was one of our recent Gotta Hear Songs of The Week. John Vettese called it “a barn-burning bootstomp jam, an utterly catchy song that’s a little bit electronic, a little bit soul, a little bit blues.”
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