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This show is SOLD OUT. It's a hometown show this Friday with Philly guitarist & songwriter, Kurt Vile & The Violaters! One of the great young talents in Philly, Kurt Vile just released his 5th album Wakin' On A Pretty Daze. He plays Union Transer 5/18, and will be here this Friday for an XPN Free At Noon.

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Philadelphian musician and producer Kurt Vile is very much a self-made artist. Beginning his musical career creating lo-fi recordings in his house, Vile subsequently founded the indie rock band The War on Drugs with partner Adam Granduciel. The duo released two albums: Wagonwheel Blues in 2008 and Slave Ambient in 2011. However, Vile is most known for his solo work. In a span of two years, Vile made three studio albums. His fourth album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, increased his exposure significantly in 2011 with its #154 rank on the U.S. Chart and wide critical acclaim.

Vile's fifth and most recent album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, was released April 9. The album includes the hit title track, "Wakin On A Pretty Day."

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Recent Release: Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Label: Matador Records
Band Origin: Philadelphia, PA

Penn Relays return to Franklin Field at University of Pennsylvania this week (April 25-27, 2013). There will be no metered parking and extremely limited parking in University City. Increased security measures will also be in place. Anyone coming to the XPN Free At Noon on Friday, April 26 should take SEPTA public transportation.




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TODAY AT THE KIMMEL CENTER Join Helen Leicht from 10am to 2pm as she broadcasts live to celebrate PIFA and our Friday Free At Noon Concert! Featuring British singer-songwriter Bobby Long.





Surprisingly enough, the large acoustic body of work of British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has its roots in folk and even Americana. His love of American singers such as Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, and Neil Young serves as a strong influence over his own music. His debut studio album from 2011, A Winter Tale, showcases his reverence for the genre, merging his acoustic sound with a powerful band to support him.

Long's newest studio release, Wishbone, came out earlier this February. The album was written and recorded in New York, Long's residence for almost four years now and a place he says he feels "more at home than he ever did in his native country." Wishbone compiles the rough and raw vocals and guitar styles of Long with a more melancholic tone, making the whole album more grounded. Long is currently touring the U.S. in promotion of Wishbone.


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Recent Release: Wishbone
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: ATO Records


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