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Longtime Milwaukee bandleader Paul Cebar and his group Tomorrow Sound join us for a live midday concert live Friday.



Formed in 1986, the ever-evolving ensemble explores different spins of rhythm and blues music, incorporating funk, soul and Afro-Cuban sounds into a dancefloor-ready stew.

The band's most recent release is Fine Rude Thing, its first full-length since 2007. Cebar recorded the album following a successful Kickstarter campaign and released it this year via Groovesburg Joys Records. Critics have likened it to Los Lobos and Tom Waits, though Cebar's sound is not an easy one to fit neatly in a package. Rather, it's a live taste of all sorts of music designed to make you move.

Don't miss Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound Janauary 30th at the Sellersville Theatre. Visit their website for more details



Recent Release: Fine Rude Thing
Release Date: 2014
Label: Groovesburg Joys


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Portland’s Blitzen Trapper With An Not-To-Be-Missed Live Set And Songwriter Eric Early Talks Hip Hop

January 17, 2014 - Blitzen Trapper, the band from Oregon, join us again on The Cafe today. Members of the group grew up in Salem, Oregon and the band formed 2000 in Portland where they now live. They signed to Sub Pop in 2007 and released their seventh album called VII last year.
Live Friday, we are excited to have alternative rock trailblazers Pixies for a SOLD OUT Free At Noon performance.



The reunited band is back with a series of new EPs, featuring the songs "Bagboy" and "Blue Eyed Hexe." Formed in Boston in 1986, Pixies released four influential albums in the late 80s and early 90s, including 1988's raw and aggressive Surfer Rosa and the following year's commercial breakthrough Doolittle, which spawned the hits "Monkey Gone to Heaven," "Here Comes Your Man," "Debaser" and "Wave of Mutilation." The band is often credited with popularizing the quiet-loud-quiet template that became widespread in the alt-rock 90s, and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was an aknowledged fan of their songs and sound. The group parted ways in 1993, but reunited for a brief tour in 2004, then again in 2009 to celebrate the anniversary of Doolittle, and now with the first new music it has released a decade. This Friday, Pixies headline a show at the Electric Factory, and joins us for a live Friday concert in the afternoon with founding members Black Francis on vocals and guitar, Joey Santiago on guitar, David Lovering on drums and new bassist Paz Lenchantin.

Recent Release: EP 2
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Label: PIAS America


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World Cafe: Next Band Boston’s Quilt Patch It All Together On Second Album Held In Splendor

January 13, 2014 - Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler, and John Andrews are the Boston based psych-folk band Quilt.
Colin Blunstone And Rod Argent Are Still The Zombies – Music From The Past 50 Years On Our Vintage Cafe

January 13, 2014 - It was 1964 when the jazzy kind of sophisticated single "She's Not There" showed another side of the British Invasion. That was the beginnings of The Zombies.
Live Friday, Long-running singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Suzanne Vega returns to Philadelphia for a SOLD OUT Free at Noon concert. You can still Listen Live.



Vega's discography spans nearly 30 years, from her mid-80s beginnings to her breakout 1987 release Solitude Standing – which gave us the song "Tom's Diner" and its ubiquitous dance remix by DNA. Vega's output has been steady since then; she played XPoNential Music Festival in 2007 in support of the album Beauty and Crime and is set to release her latest record, Tales from the Realm of the Queens of Pentacles, on February 18th via her own Amanuensis Productions label.

Vega says the new record tells stories "about the material world, the spirit world, and how they intersect." The album was produced by Gerry Leonard, David Bowie's longtime musical director, and features songs inspired by the Rolling Stones as well as a track that samples 50 Cent's "Candy Shop." Vega heads out on a two-month European tour in late January; her Free at Noon set is her only Philadelphia appearance before she leaves. Tune in at noon in Friday, January 17th, or RSVP to see the show in person at World Cafe Live.

Recent Release: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Label: Amanuensis Productions


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Diego Garcia Sings and Writes His Way To Paradise On New Album

January 7, 2014 - We welcome the singer songwriter Diego Garcia back to the World Cafe today. We met the handsome Argentine, by way of New York, in 2011 when he released his lovelorn album Laura.
Vintage Cafe from 2011: Hear Why We Still Love The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead

January 6, 2014 - The Decemberists have been on hiatus for quite a while now. So much so that the non Colin Meloy members of the band have their own group Black Prairie.
World Cafe: Next – Our First For The New Year is Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Royalty

January 6, 2014 - A new World Cafe: Next artist, our first of the new year. It is a Washington, DC based band called U.S. Royalty. Fronted by brothers John and Paul Thornley they who are putting out their second album Blue Sunshine on January 21st.
The four piece country-tinged New England rockers The Alternate Routes join us in Philadelphia on January 10th for a Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live.

Last month the band put out its first new music in three years, a single called "Nothing More" that was written in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, CT. The song was released in support of the Newtown Kindness non-profit.

The Alternate Routes' third full-length album, Lately, was released in 2010, and it plans a follow-up album for lter this year. Its winter tour takes it to Boot and Saddle in South Philly on February 7th, but you can catch them at Free at Noon downstairs at World Café Live on January 10th.

Recent Release: Nothing More (feat. Lily Costner)
Release Date: September 30, 2013
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