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Hear a Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN. Broadcast from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

Hear a Live Friday Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music Broadcast Live Fridays from the stage this week World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

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New Orleans native, Aaron Neville releases his new album, My True Story (Blue Note Records) on January 22, 2013. He hand-picked his favorite tracks from the doo-wop era for this album and revitalized them by adding his soulful and expressive voice into these songs. Working with well-known producer Keith Richards, Neville's return to the music scene is destined for success. An inductee of the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, Neville has embarked on a national tour to promote the release of his album and treat his fervent fans with performances of his most recognizable career hits. Clearly, an artist who possesses an iconic and evocative voice, Neville is on the verge of celebrating his 50th year in the music recording world. Enjoy his powerful voice at this upcoming Free At Noon concert.

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Recent Release: My True Story
Release Date: January 2013
Label: Blue Note Records
Band Origin: New Orleans, La

Aaron Neville Set List:
1. Money Honey
2. Be My Baby
3. My True Story
4. Ting-A-Ling
5. This Magic Moment
6. Work With Me Annie
7. Goodnight My Love
8. Ruby Baby

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Hear a Live Friday Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music Broadcast Live Fridays from the stage this week Downstairs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia


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After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-escaping, indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo has once again taken center stage with its first studio album in nearly four years, Fade. The record will be the band's 13th full-length release and features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showing the group's stately side.

Few groups have embraced as many musical directions as Yo La Tengo, whose Hoboken, N.J. native members have delved into noise pop, shoegaze, minimalist acoustic folk, funky R&B, and straightforward rock and roll over the course of their career.

The group's expansiveness will continue with the deluxe edition of the LP, which is slated to include covers of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw The Light" and Times New Viking's "Move to California," while the digital deluxe edition will include an 11-minute,still-untitled bonus track.

The band plans to spend most of 2013 on the road, kicking off a North American trek on Jan. 23 in Carrboro, N.C., and heading to Europe on Mar. 1.

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Recent Release: Fade
Release Date: 2012
Label: Matador Records
Band Origin: Hoboken, N.J.

Hailing from London, England, Natasha Khan is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has recently released her third studio album The Haunted Man (Parlophone Records) this past October. Adopting the stage name, Bat for Lashes, Khan's third album is riding on a wave of momentum that is clearly setting her up to an international path of success in the music world. In its first week, the album debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart and sold approximately an impressive 13,334 copies. The album's debut single "Laura" performed just as well in the UK Singles chart. Having received prestigious Mercury Prize nomination for her previous studio albums Fur and Gold (Parlophone Records) and Two Suns (Parlophone Records), her name has become a bubbling household name in the United Kingdom.

A passionate songstress from a modest upbringing, Khan worked diligently through college and work, at a card-packing factory, to be recognized a serious emerging artist. Eventually, signing with Echo records, Khan began to enchant the UK with her soothing and heart-warming voice. Khan's unique musical style led her songs to be featured in a variety of commercials, video games and even the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Additionally, Khan has even collaborated and toured with Coldplay following a one-off gig in London in early 2010. Lately, Khan has been working on promoting The Haunted Man and its 2nd single "All Your Gold" which was released on October 3rd. Making a special stop to WXPN, check out Khan's captivating voice and unique as she performs for the Free At Noon concert.

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Recent Release: The Haunted Man
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Label: Capitol
Band Origin: London, England

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