Free At Noon

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live


Tinariwen Photo Credit: Marie Planeille
Join us for the Free At Noon as Malian music collective Tinariwen performs a live midday concert on Friday.

RSVP For Event  

Specializing in the "assouf" guitar style of the Sahara Desert's nomadic Tuareg people, Tinariwen blend traditional West African desert instruments with pop influences from across their continent and overseas.

Discovered in 1998 by French musicians Lo'Jo, Tinariwen have gone on to perform hundreds of concerts around the globe and at major international festivals. This year brings their seventh studio album, Emmaar, set for release on February 11th through Anti Records. Tinariwen's previous LP, Tassili, was recognized with a Grammy Award for Best World Music in 2011 and featured guest musicians Nels Cline (Wilco) and TV On the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe. Emmaar is Tinariwen's first release to be recorded outside of the band's home country, but their adopted desert home of Joshua Tree, California proved to be an inspirational and creative breeding ground that resulted in a poetic and culturally rich piece of art.

Recent Release: Emmaar
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ANTI Records

Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

Your Amazon Purchases Support WXPN

Free At Noon Support provided by Comcast

66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and...

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday...Read More

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, The Revivalists at World Cafe Live, The Behn Gillece Quartet at Underground...

Before there was Pure Phase, before there was Screamadelica, there was Loop. The short-lived UK four-piece blended nervy electronic...Read More

Download “Nathaniel,” a folk-rock electronic song by Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt

Mostly known for his two decade career with his wife Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt stepped into a career as a DJ...Read More

Revisit Band of Horses’ acoustic show at The Merriam; get amped for their plugged-in show at...

Back in February, XPoNential Music Festival headliners Band of Horses went unplugged on the stage of the Merriam Theater, which was...Read More

Daniel Rossen mixes new and old in rare solo show at Underground Arts

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen played a solo, seated show at Underground Arts on Monday. Best known for his...Read More