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Free At Noon

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

This week's Free At Noon with St Vincenct is SOLD OUT. You can still Listen Live to the midday concert on Friday.



Annie Clark, better known to fans by her stage name St. Vincent, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. The New York experimental rocker is a master of moods, a stunning arranger and an accomplished guitarist. Her new self-titled album is out on February 24th , and can be heard this week on NPR Music's First Listen.


Clark got her start as a member of indie orchestras The Polyphonic a Spree and Sufjan Steven's backing band before forming St. Vincent in 2006. Since then, she has released three other albums including Marry Me in 2007, Actor in 2009, and Strange Mercy in 2011. St. Vincent quickly rose to fame by performing and collaborating with other indie acts like Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear and most recently, David Byrne on 2012's Love This Giant.


The multi-talented musician is known for unique psychedelic tunes employing a variety of sounds - everything from strings to wind instruments. XPN welcomes St. Vincent to Union Transfer for a sold-out show on Friday, Feb. 28th, so catch her while you can at Free at Noon.

Recent Release: St. Vincent
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Label: Loma Vista/Republic


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Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Elizabeth & the Catapult and The Sam Roberts band at a live midday concert on Friday



Elizabeth Ziman, the head of Brooklyn-based indie-pop group Elizabeth and the Catapult have kept busy after a tour with psychedelic pop musician Kishi Bashi. Earlier in January, the band released Like It Never Happened produced by previous members and current Lucius bandmates Dan Molad and Peter Latish. Prior to that, the band released Taller Children in 2009 and The Other Side of Zero in 2010, which both reflect the band’s Feist and Joni Mitchell-esque sound. Elizabeth and the Catapult will be playing with Katie Herzig at the Boot & Saddle in the coming months on Saturday, May 3rd, after some stops in the band’s home state. Boot & Saddle ticket info

Recent Release: Like It Never Happened
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Label: Scratchback Records


Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts will bring The Sam Roberts Band and their steady indie rock sound as well during this week's Free at Noon. The band just put out their newest album in three years, Lo-Fantasy, on February 11th. Released through Paper Bag Records, the newly recorded album was produced with Martin “Youth” Glover, who is also credited with working and performing with Paul McCartney, The Ord, Crowded House and more. Their stop at World Cafe Live will be their only stop in the area during the band’s tour. For ticket info available HERE

Recent Release: Lo-Fantasy
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: Paper Bag Records

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