Free At Noon

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

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

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World Cafe Archives

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

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Nada Surf

Live Concert Broadcast and Webcast Fridays At Noon

From NPR Music and WXPN, hear a live mix of roots rock, folk, country and more.

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Nada Surf
at World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

This Year is the 5th Anniversary of XPN Free At Noon

Nada Surf Indie poppers Nada Surf, made up of Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca and Ira Elliot, have been a band for over 12 years. After Caws and Lorca met in high school, they began playing together and performing in small venues throughout New York City. When Elliot joined them in 1995, the newly formed trio pushed towards producing their debut LP "High/Low," which included their hit MTV track "Popular." Though they initially met success mostly across seas, by the time their 2003 album "Let Go" was released, they were a main hit here in the states. Over the years to follow the band would release a a total of five studio albums, all of which displayed their rich rock pop style, which is full of driving rhythms, great guitar riffs and incredibly sincere and honest lyrics.

Following their emotionally restless though overall optimistic album "Lucky," the trio takes a completely unexpected turn. Even though their latest album "if i had a hi-fi" displays the same sense of careful attention to haromony and craftsmanship, they've managed to do so while covering their favorite songs. That's right, this is a complete cover collection, ranging from covers of Kate Bush to the Go-Betweens to Bill Fox. It seems that not too long ago they had finished up their tour for "Lucky," but they are back in action this spring with a full-fledged international tour lined up.

Recent Release: if i had a hi-fi
Release Date:TBA
Label: Barsuk (US/Canada), City Slang (UK/Europe)
Origin: Brooklyn, NY

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Love Goes On
2. You Were So Warm
3. Whose Authority
4. Always Love
5. Weightless
6. See These Bones
7. Enjoy the Silence
8. Electrocution
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Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. WXPN has made arrangements with the University of Pennsylvania to open UPENN Lot #26 on Walnut Street between the hours of 10:30am and 2pm every Friday. If you must drive, you can park there (Cost is $5.00). Entrance to the Lot 26 is on Walnut Street, just east of 32nd street. Here's a link to Penn's Parking map.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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