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A Doubleheader: Pete Yorn and Brad

Brad Features Shawn Smith and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard with their New Release, Best Friends

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Pete Yorn XPN favorite Pete Yorn is on tour in support of his new self-titled album.

Often earning comparisons to legendary artists like Jeff Buckley & Nick Drake for his delicate vocals and thoughtful lyrics, New Jersey-native Pete Yorn's slightly mysterious demeanor wins fans everytime he steps up to the mic. His impeccably crafted songs have appeared in the popular TV shows "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity" and several films.

Yorn began writing his own material in high school and after graduating from Syracuse University, he relocated to L.A. with the dream of obtaining a record deal. He consistently performed in various local cafes and clubs, drawing many admirers; but his dream finally came true after a Columbia Records rep witnessed one of his striking performances. Granted a deal with the label, York recorded his debut, 'musicforthemorningafter', playing most of the instruments himself. A rigorous 18 month world tour in support of the album helped his debut go gold.

Yorn went on to release several critically acclaimed records, including 2003's "Day I Forgot" and 2006's "Nightcrawler." And continuing down that path of success, Yorn released two albums in 2009, including a collaboration with Scarlett Johansson. Since then, he has been working closely with the Pixie's Frank Black, who after expressing interest in working with Yorn ended up producing his latest and highly anticipated self-titled album.

Recent Release: Pete Yorn
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Label: Vagrant
Origin: Montville, New Jersey

Brad photo credit Anna Knowlden Brad features Shawn Smith and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard!

Officially forming in 1992, the Seattle based band 'Brad' has been in and out of the picture for years. With members Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Shawn Smith (Pgeonhed and Satchel), Regan Hagar (Satchel and Malfunkshun) and Jeremy Toback working with multiple bands and side-projects at once, it has been difficult for 'Brad' to survive within the tumultuous year-long breaks. But no matter long their hiatuses last, they always seem to gravitate back to one another to work on new material. Their sound, which certainly revolves heavily around multiple sources of inspiration and Smith's vocals, is raw and energetic.

But since the release of rough demo outtakes on Brad vs. Satchel, the group admits that their newest album Best Friends? is "more delicate than the shows how we've all aged and mellowed." Though the original set of the album was recorded all the way back in 2003, they spent the past several years discovering their new sound and building upon what already existed. The process has been slow, but extremely rewarding. And after happily announcing the anticipated release of the album back in April, they have finally put forth the product of their scrupulously pieced together work.

Brad plays a full show Friday night, 10pm, at

Recent Release: Best Friends?
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Label: Monkeywrench Records
Origin: Seattle, WA

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PARKING NOTICE and Directions

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.

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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!

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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...

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