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Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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On Friday, August 16 Valerie June and Little Comets will join forces for a double header Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live.

Valerie June is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by her childhood growing up in Jackson, Tennessee attending a Gospel church, as well as her father's appreciation for R&B and soul music, June combines folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul, and Appalachian music to form her own unique sound, experimenting with guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar. In 2009 June was featured on the MTV online show $5 Cover, which followed the lives of Memphis-based musicians attempting to make ends meet. June has since gone on to collaborate with fellow Tennessee-based band Old Crow Medicine Show and, more recently, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Florence & The Machine) who co-wrote and produced her album Pushin' Against a Stone, which is set to release on August 13, 2013. Her song "You Can't Be Told" was chosen as the featured song of the week by The Key and her upcoming show at the Tin Angel on Thursday, August 15 is sponsored by WXPN. For tickets and more information visit the ticketing page

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Recent Release: Pushing Against A Stone
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Label: Concord Records

English indie rockers Little Comets broke out onto the indie music scene in 2009 with their first single "One Night in October," which debuted at number 3 on the UK independent music chart. The band followed up with the single "Adultery" later that year and toured as support for bands such as Hockey and The Noisettes before releasing their first full-length album In Search of Elusive Little Comets in 2011. The band has since followed up with the album Life Is Elsewhere in 2012, but have yet to debut an album in the U.S. Although the album won't make it's American debut until August 20th, they are currently offering a free five-song sampler download

The band will also be in town on Wednesday, August 14 when WXPN Welcomes them to the North Star Bar. For tickets and more information visit the ticketing page

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Recent Release: Life Is Elsewhere
Release Date: August 20, 2013 (U.S.)
Label: Dualtone Music Group / U.S.

Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

Can't make today's Free At Noon? XPN is streaming video of the concert. WATCH HERE
"Southeastern" is Jason Isbell's critically acclaimed new album, and XPN's CD of the Month this August. Jason will take the stage this Friday for an XPN Free At Noon.

Can't make today's Free At Noon then stream the concert here

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jason Isbell rose to fame in 2001 after joining the alt-country rock band Drive-By Truckers. Isbell cut his teeth writing, recording and touring with the band for six years and put out three records with them before leaving the band in 2007 to start a new project. That same year Isbell released his first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, before forming Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. Isbell put out two albums with his band the 400 Unit between 2009 and 2011, but has since transitioned back into a solo act for his fourth studio album, Southeastern, which was released in June 2013. Each of Isbell's solo albums seems to out-do the last, which holds true for the most recent album, which showcases Isbell's thoughtful lyrics and steady southern drawl. The talented lyricist and performer, who has previously toured with Ryan Adams, will be making a stop on his U.S. tour at World Cafe Live for a full show on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8pm. You can buy tickets here:

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Recent Release: Southeastern
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Label: Southeastern Records

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Hawthorne has transformed himself from underground indie-soul curiosity to imminent star. Listen to the album and read the full review!
LISTEN to their live performance! Sisters Emily Robison & Martie Maguire, best known as two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks, and a few years ago formed Court Yard Hounds. Their 2nd album, "Amelita" is out now.

XPN Free At Noon Set List
Rock All Night
Watch Your Step
Guy Like You

Country superstars and sisters alike, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks are back with a new sound as the country/folk duo Court Yard Hounds. The duo released their eponymous debut album in May of 2010 and debuted at number 7 on the Billboard charts. The acclaimed album featured Robinson on lead vocals for the first time in their career. The band released the EP “Sunshine” in June, which preludes their upcoming full-length album, Amelita. The record is set to drop on July 16, just in time for their Free at Noon show at WXPN and World Cafe Live. The duo will be on the road this summer, including a stop in Chicago at Lollapalooza on August 3.

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Recent Release: Amelita
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Label: Columbia

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Rock/ blues icon, Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools, show off a rootsy side of Rock & Roll with all the good time spirit you can expect on their new album. They'll be joining us on June 21, as part of "Make Music Philly.

The current Poor Fools line-up includes Southside Johnny Lyon, Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Neal "The Dude" Pawley & Tommy Byrnes and their highly-anticipated new CD "Songs From the Barn" was released on February 2, 2013 on LeRoy Records. Featuring six all new original tracks written by Southside Johnny Lyon and longtime collaborator Jeff Kazee, along with their versions of cover songs made popular by Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley, Lucinda Williams and Alvin "Shine" Robinson, the album is sure to be a fan pleaser.

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Recent Release: Songs From The Barn
Release Date: February 2, 2013
Label: Leroy Records

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Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize as well as the Choice Music Prize in 2010 for their debut album "Becoming a Jackal" (Domino Records), the Villagers are rapidly heightening their presence in the music industry.

Irish songrwriter, Conor O'Brien fronts the band Villagers and they just released their 2nd album {Awayland}. Characterized as an Irish inide folk band, this five piece ensemble also includes Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne and Cormac Curran. Often compared to legendary musicians like Leonard Cohen and U2 for their exceptionally unique performances, the band has been experiencing an enormous amount of success. Classified as one of "The Best 50 Irish Acts Right Now" by The Irish Times, their debut album also peaked at number one on the Irish Independent Albums Chart.

Having recently released {Awayland} on Domino Records, the band, once again, realized musical success with the album peaking at number one on the Irish Albums as well as the Irish Independent Albums Chart. Following its release, the Villagers announced a fresh set of performances that includes a special visit to Philadelphia and XPN's Free At Noon on June 14 at World Cafe Live.

LISTEN - Villagers World Cafe Session

The band was a recent guest on World Cafe with David Dye and you can listen to the session here.

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Recent Release: {Awayland}
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Label: Domino Records

Special Guest, David Ford

David Ford's 4th studio album, Charge, was co-produced with James Brown (Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon), and released in March. It follows the wide spread acclaim that has greeted his previous three releases - including having his first two albums both named as UK 'albums of the year' in The Sunday Times and Word Magazine.

Since quitting his successful UK band 'easyworld' to go DIY solo in 2005, Ford has managed to bring his unique and passionately memorable live show to the USA & Canada every year and consequently has built a devoted fan base from Edmonton to New Orleans. David Ford is in town to play a full show at World Cafe Live on Friday night, June 14, 2013 at 8pm, and will open XPN's Free At Noon show with four songs.

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Recent Release: Charge
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Label: Razor & Tie Label

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If you haven't heard "Random Access Memories" yet, the new album from the French duo Daft Punk, well where've you been? Ok, we're kidding...sort of. Random Access Memories is not only one of the most talked about, buzzed about albums of the year so far, but at the same time it's delivering on all those expectations and rave reviews.

Don't let his punk demeanor fool you. English folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner attended Eton on a scholarship, and when his hardcore band Million Dead disbanded in 2005, he took his solo career on a more acoustic route - with an edge. He's already released 5 studio albums, 4 EPs, and 2 rarities compilation albums. His most recent album, Tape Deck Heart, came out in April and features the lively single "Four Simple Words." It was the follow up to Turner's 2011 album, "England Keep My Bones," which sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Tape Deck Heart was produced by Rich Costey (who has worked with Muse, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine and Interpol), and has launched a worldwide tour - China, New Zealand, Europe, the U.K, and the U.S, including a stop in Bonnaroo this June (that's how you know you've made it).

LISTEN to this Free At Noon Live Performance.

Set List:
1. Recovery
2. Losing Days
3. Peggy Sang The Blues
4. Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons?
5. The Way I Tend To Be
6. Substitute
7. The Road
8. I Still Believe

"Tape Deck Heart" features the talents Turner's band, The Sleeping Souls: Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Tarrant Anderson (bass guitar), Matt Nasir (piano, organ, keyboards, string arrangements, vocals), and Nigel Powell (percussion, mandolin, vocals).

You can catch Turner on Free at Noon, and also at Lancaster's Chameleon Club on June 1, or at the sold out show on June 7 at Underground Arts in Philly.

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Recent Release: Tape Deck Heart
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Label: Interscope Records

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

Named as one of the Top 5 acts on the Philadelphia scene by philly.com. Vintage rock-and-roll noisemakers Low Cut Connie ended 2012 with their crazy infectious single "Boozophilia" ranked #31 in Rolling Stone's top 50 songs of 2012.

We're most psyched that Low Cut Connie continues getting recognition at a national level - Philadelphia Magazine said, "You can practically smell the Yuengling coming off this skunky, slippery ode to lowbrow kicks from Philly to the South Side of Chicago."

Low Cut Connie self-released their second album "Call Me Sylvia" last September. It is full of rowdy, barroom-friendly rock-and-roll, with the double-barreled songwriting strength of guitarist Dan Finnemore, originally of Birmingham, England, and piano-pounding showman Adam Weiner of Cherry Hill. A throwback, with something new up their sleeve.

You can catch Low Cut Connie at a pair of shows this summer, first at Appel Farm on June 1 and then at Underground Arts on August 3. And, watch their video on The Key

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Recent Release: Call Me Sylvia
Release Date: September 2012
Label: self-released

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

Sharply-dressed gospel-funk ensemble The Relatives wrapped up this year’s Non-COMM with a Friday night set of sweet harmonies on the World Cafe Live stage. Hailing from Texas and performing together since 1970, the group just released its first album of original material in 30 years, The Electric World. Check out photos from their performance above, and see more of Joe Del Tufo’s coverage of Non-COMM . Listen to David Dye’s World Cafe interview with The Relatives .
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