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Tune in to the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Calexico and Brian Wilson Day perform a live midday concert on Thursday.

THIS FREE AT NOON CONCERT IS SOLD OUT


The Free at Noon set for Friday, May 15 will feature Calexico and Brian Wilson.

Calexico, spearheaded by Joey Burns and John Convertino, is a powerhouse live with a variety of instruments allowing for an intricate country/folk sound. They just released their latest album, Edge of the Sun, in April.

Last but not least, this week's Free at Noon will feature pop musical mastermind Brian Wilson. April's No Pier Pressure marks his eleventh solo album release. You can join us for by RSVPing or tune in live at 88.5 FM.

See Calexico at the Union Transfer
See Brian Wilson at the Mann Music Center
Recent Release: Edge of The Sun
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Label: Anti/Epitaph

Recent Release: No Pier Pressure
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Label: Capitol



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The story behind Smile is fairly legendary by now - the masterpiece Beach Boys album that never was, is finally here. The Beach Boys' uncompleted 1967 album Smile has remained the Holy Grail of Brian Wilson’s long, incredible, tortured genius career in pop music. Thirty seven years since its intended release as the follow-up to their classic album Pet Sounds, Smileis very much the groundbreaking art-rock record it was rumored to have been. Described as those who have heard the original sessions, the ’67 Smile was the American Sgt. Pepper’s. But after Pet Sounds, the band – and Brian – had a breakdown that would take Wilson years to recover from.

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