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Simone Felice Simone Felice's narrative song-writing style is all the more powerful when his life story is taken into account. Felice suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 12 that should have rendered him musically incapable. Instead, he went on to become the drummer and one of the primary song writers for the Felice Brothers, a band that he started with his brother, Ian, in 2001 after 9/11. Though he'd played punk music as an adolescent, Felice found his stride in folk music and before long, The Felice Brothers were an internationally recognized name.

Felice turned to music after every tragedy in his life, including the loss of a child to still-birth and emergency open-heart surgery in 2010. His acoustic, lyric-driven music brims with sorrow and also joy. He is a man who has known life's blessings and life's heartbreaks and he has turned his experiences into music, against all odds.

Simone Felice's latest project is a self-titled solo debut. The album will be released in April, but Felice will be playing tracks from his upcoming album at World Cafe Live Free At Noon on March 16th. The show is part of an international spring tour that he will embark on this month. Make sure to catch him here in Philadelphia. It's a show that you won't want to miss.

Website: simonefelice.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/simonefelice
Recent Release: Simone Felice
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Label: Team-Love Records
Hometown: Palenville, New York

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It was a rocking three days of music at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru! Check out the full performances, photo gallery, highlights and more by selecting the band you want to see from the lineup below!

 

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Good Old War Philadelphia's own, Good Old War, has a new album, Come Back As Rain, out next week. These Philly natives and indie-folk trio, consist of Keith Goodwin (vocals, guitar, keys), Tim Arnold (drums, keys, accordion, cocals), and Daniel Schwartz (guitar, vocals). Pulling from each of their surnames to create the band's moniker, these three friends and collaborators have created a great chemistry on stage and a knack for mesmerizing three-part harmonies. Playing at festivals such as SXSW and the XPoNential Music Festival, collaborating with Anthony Green, and cultivating a reputation that's reached beyond the Philly music scene to the rest of the nation, Good Old War have started out their first few years in a successful fashion.

Now on their third release, Good Old War is injecting a bit of wistful pop into their normal infectious, folksy melodies. Their new album, Come Back As Rain out March 6 on Sargent House, is full of signature Good Old War acoustic pep, but it also conveys some of the band's "longing for home that happens when you're away all the time," as put by Goodwin. Also embedded in in the album is an expanding list of influences--electronic, classic rock, and '60s folk all play a part in creating the upbeat and smart folk of Good Old War.

Known for their lively and inspiring on-stage performances, Good Old War will be at World Cafe Live for this week's Free at Noon. Come here from their latest, "Come Back As Rain," and start the weekend with some great live music.

Gold Old War returns to Philly on April 27 to play Union Transfer.

Website: goodoldwar.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/goodoldwar
Facebook: facebook.com/GoodOldWar
Recent Release: Come Back As Rain
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Label: Sargent House
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

photo credit Matt Wignall Born in Jersey and now based in Nashville, folk songstress Jessie Baylin has roots in classic pop, jazz, and even the blues. Growing up on a steady diet of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, Baylin also acquired an affinity for the intimacy and wildness of bar performances--by the time she was 13, she was singing at the local jazz bar herself. She later moved to Los Angeles and became enamored with the Laurel Canyon brand of rootsy folk, and later debuted with an album entitled You and produced by Grammy winner Jesse Harris. Since then, she's toured with likes of Marc Broussard, James Morrison, and Brett Dennen. She also released "Firesight", a deeply personal and soulful album that showcased her budding creativity. She's now back with a follow up, the rich and powerful Little Spark.

Released just this past January, Little Spark is deeply influenced by Dusty Springfield and other such soul queens. Yet Baylin doesn't spend too much time looking for nostalgia--she's inventing her own expansive, modern take on classic pop. Given the orchestral components and the choral passages, the sound of Little Spark certainly does conjure a time of living room radios and big bands, but Baylin's sultry, expansive, and gorgeous vocals carry home the freshness of her music.

Be sure not to miss out on hearing the talented Jessie Baylin live--it's the weekly Live Friday XPN Free At Noon performance, and there's no better way to start the weekend. You can also catch Jessie, with The Watson Twins for a full show on March 3 at World Cafe Live.



Website: jessiebaylin.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/jessiebaylin
Facebook: facebook.com/jessiebaylin Recent Release: Little Spark
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Label: Blonde Rat
Origin: Nashville, TN

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Islands From Monteal, the band Islands are on tour in support of their new album A Sleep & A Forgetting. They play two shows at the First Unitarian Church here in Philly on Friday, February 24 and will be here that day for an XPN Free At Noon show.

Islands is an indie rock outfit hailing from Canada, and featured on World Cafe with their second album in 2008. Now on their fourth release, this dynamic foursome are back at XPN, performing a Free at Noon and showcasing the diverse influences of their latest, "A Sleep & A Forgetting".

Islands was born from the ashes of lo-fi band The Unicorns in 2005, and their first release had them touring with Metric and establishing a reputation for diverse art rock with depth. Since then, Islands has released three more studio albums, toured internationally, and gone through a few lineup changes. Now on a fourth full length, the members of Islands have created the most personal collection of songs yet. Frontman Nicholas Thorburn began writing "A Sleep & A Forgetting" one year ago on February 14, and now the album is being released exactly one year later. Infused with Island's special brand of dark yet catchy pop, "A Sleep & A Forgetting" has hints of introspective folk influences, layers of glimmering instrumentals, and Thorburn'slyrical take on soul. The result is astonishing--more honest and open than previous Islands' releases, yet a confessional offering with bounce.

Don't miss this Free at Noon with Islands--given a reputation for infectious and touching performances, this is going to one great way to start the weekend.

Website: islandsareforever.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/islands
Facebook: facebook.com/islandsareforever
Recent Release: A Sleep & A Forgetting
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Label: Anti
Hometown: Montreal, Canada

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credit Michael Weintrob Boundary-pushing blues rocker Joe Louis Walker has done it again. Walker has 50 years of music and more than 20 albums under his belt, but he continues to churn out powerful, gritty, heavy blues rock. Walker's musical influences course through his songs. He grew up listening to blues greats, including T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and Pete Johnson. At age 8, Joe Louis Walker picked up his first guitar and began to imitate their work. By sixteen, Walker was the house guitarist of San Francisco's The Matrix and was opening shows for the next generation of blues rock heroes-- Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and Lightnin' Hopkins, to name a few. Joe Louis Walker manages to channel the sound of each of his heroes, yet maintain a distinct sound.

Walker's latest release, Hellfire is aptly named. It is a fierce album. Underlying musically diverse tracks that range from gospel to 70's rock is Walker's guitar playing, specifically, his guitar solos. This album showcases Walker's famous ability to shred, and his playing on Hellfire has garnered comparisons to Hendrix himself. Walker doesn't simply tear it up, though. He expertly incorporates his intense, racing solos into spiritual songs, crashing rock jams and blues waltzes.

Joe Louis Walker will be performing from Hellfire at the next XPN Free At Noon on February 17th and he has a two-night stint at Warmdaddy's in Philly on February 17th and 18th. Don't miss a chance to see this legendary blues musician live!

Website: joelouiswalker.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/joelouiswalker
Facebook: facebook.com/joelouiswalker
Recent Release: Hellfire
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Label: Alligator
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

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Sharon Van Etten One of the first Shaking Through artists and current XPN Artist To Watch, Sharon Van Etten has a new album called Tramp. She's in town to play a sold out show on Friday at Johhny Brenda's, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon, this Friday, February 10, 2012!

Sharon Van Etten made her debut in 2009 as a raspy-voiced sweetheart of the folk rock scene. Her first album, "Because I Was In Love" was acoustic, with simple melodies made chilling by Van Etten's lyrics and inflections. She was quickly picked to sing with several contemporary acts, and was featured on The Antler's album "Hospice" and The National's track "Think You Can Wait" for the Win Win soundtrack. Her second album, "Epic," lived up to its name. "Epic" featured more instrumentation, bigger sound, and after its 2010 release, its final track, "Love More", was covered by iconic artists David Bowie and The National.

Sharon Van Etten's third album, Tramp, literally rocks. On Tramp, Van Etten's voice is still her strongest instrument, but she's not afraid to employ a half dozen others, including an electric guitar that she shreds. For a recent performance on The Jimmy Fallon Show, Van Etten expanded her touring band to include four other musicians, bringing her on-stage guitarist count up to three, including herself. She's also joined by a bassist and a drummer. Her sound is heavier than it's ever been, but it works. On "Tramp", Van Etten's music brings the same power as her intense, raspy vocals.

Sharon Van Etten's new album comes out February 7th and she will be performing from Tramp on XPN's Live Friday Free At Noon. RSVP, and head to World Cafe Live at noon on February 10 to catch her show. It's a performance you won't want to miss!



Website: sharonvanetten.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/sharonvanetten
Facebook: facebook.com/SharonVanEttenMusic
Recent Release: Tramp
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Label: Jagjaguwar
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Pete Donnelly For over ten years, Pete Donnelly has made pop music in Philadelphia. He's plays in several bands, including The Figgs and NRBQ, and has produced and played for acts such as G. Love and Special Sauce and Amos Lee. Now, after 10 years as a critical figure in the Philadelphia music scene, he's released a solo album.

When You Come Home, was released in December and met praise as high as "the perfect end to 2011." With poppy hooks and crisp vocals, it's immediately a sing-a-long album. On this album, packed with love songs and ballads, Donnelly proves that he can write music from his heart that gets trapped in your head. "The Only One" is easily one of the brightest tracks on the album, perhaps outshined only by "Can't Talk At All." Both songs demonstrate Donnelly's command and creativity. Each has a distinctly jazz feel, while also showcasing upbeat alternative rock riffs.

Donnelly has big plans for the next couple months. He'll be doing a six-show residency at Milkboy Philadelphia January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. In addition to that, he'll be playing the Live Friday Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live this Friday, February 3, at noon. Judging by Donnelly's album, the show is sure to be a dance party.



Recent Release: When You Come Home
Release Date: December, 2011
Label: self-released
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Website: petedonnellymusic.com
Myspace: myspace.com/petedonnelly

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Dr Dog Dr. Dog's new album Be The Void will be out February 7, and the band plays two nights at the Electric Factory on March 24-25. They'll be here for an XPN Free At Noon Friday, January 27!

Filtering classic rock and pop hooks through a lo-fi slacker aesthetic, Philadelphia's Dr. Dog has a style that's both timeless and immediate. We're all big fans at XPN, and they've been featured on World Cafe, and at the XPoNential Music Festival. This Friday, they'll play our Live Friday Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live for a highly anticipated performance.




Website: drdogmusic.com/
Myspace: myspace.com/drdog
Facebook: facebook.com/Drdog
Recent Release: Be The Void
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Label: Anti-Records
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Chairlift Hailing from Brooklyn, the electroic duo Chairlift is comprised of Caroline Polachek (vocals, tambourine, synth) and Patrick Wimberly (bass, drums, keyboard). Originally formed in Colorado with the intent to make haunted house music, Chairlift relocated to Williamsburg in 2007, and began to build buzz. They've toured a lot, including a stint with Yeasayer. In the past few years, they've also released an EP and two full-length albums--the latest of which comes out next week, on the 24th. The follow-up to Chairlift's sci-fi inspired "Does You Inspire You" debut, "Something" is the duo's first album with Columbia Records.

"Something" contains pop hints reminiscent of MGMT and Empire of the Sun, and also reflects the changes that have taken place within Chairlift since"Inspire"--lineup, relationships, and influences have all moved along. With plenty of fiery synths, wonderful pop hooks, and Polachek's whip-smart songwriting, "Something" seems to indicate that Chairlift is here to stay.

The duo plays the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on January 23, before hitting the road with a new Australian / European / U.S. tour to promote their new release. Chairlift is here for an XPN Free At Noon on Friday, January 20. There's no better way to start a weekend than with a Live Friday performance, especially with a pop outfit like Chairlift.



Website: chairlifted.com
Myspace: twitter.com/chairlift
Facebook: facebook.com/chairlift
Recent Release: Something
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Label: Columbia Records
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Real Estate Hailing from Ridgewood, NJ, but now comfortably situated (both in sound and influence) in Brooklyn, NY, Real Estate is a young five-piece making waves in the music market. Band members Alex Bleeker (bass), Martin Courtney (vocals, guitar), Mathew Mondanile (guitar), Jackson Pollis (drums), and Jonah Mauer (keys and guitar) have all been together for just one year, though the roots of Real Estate were planted in 2008. In the last few years, Real Estate have been building a reputation for coherent, catchy, and precise tunes--but tunes that are also introspective or effervescent at all the right times. Real Estate's summer-y indie rock is nothing short of spell-binding.

Since releasing a set of demos and their self-titled debut in 2009, Real Estate has since been named 'Best New Music' by Pitchfork, toured with the likes of Deerhunter, Girls, and Kurt Vile, and played at festivals around the world. Now that they're out with their follow-up, Real Estate is picking up even more followers and buzz. This latest album, entitled "Days" and released on their new label Domino, is just as cheerful yet just as sentimental in sound. Influenced by power-pop and beach sun by turn, it's clear that Real Estate is definitely here to stay.

Don't miss your chance to see Real Estate as the week winds down--they're here for a Free at Noon session this Friday! There's no better way to start the weekend.



Twitter: twitter.com/realestateband
Facebook: facebook.com/realestateband
Recent Release: Days
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Domino
Hometown: Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Front Bottoms The NJ duo The Front Bottoms have their self-title debut album out on Bar None Records. They play The Note in West Chester on January 25, 2012, and will be here for an XPN Free At noon on Friday, January 6!

There's no real way to pin down the sound of The Front Bottoms, an up-and-coming duo from New Jersey. They self-describe as acoustic, indie pop-punk, but Brian Sella (vocals, guitars) and Mathew Uychich (drums, bullhorn) "like to keep it familiar so that it's not too intimidating, but we always make sure it's not immediately recognizable," as Sella said. The two have known each other since they were in their first decade of life, and they've been making music together almost as long.

The Front Bottoms were officially formed in 2006, and they've just released their official, eponymous debut on Bar/None Records. It's an irreverent and smart release, mostly acoustic guitar and drums, but some indie folk instrumentation as well. The result is inspired in part by Joni Mitchell, probably Bruce Springsteen, and no doubt a long friendship between Sella and Uyich. The Front Bottoms are a young duo to keep an eye on, and their deft balance between comical and emotional is evident on-stage and off.

Don't miss out on this sure-to-be energizing Free at Noon, the first of the New Year. What better way to start it off with one of our latest World Cafe: Next artists?



Website: thefrontbottoms.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/thefrontbottomsmusic
Facebook: facebook.com/thefrontbottoms
Recent Release: The Front Bottoms
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Label: Bar/None Records
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ

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Charlie Gracie One of South Philly's original rockers, the inimitable Charlie Gracie has a career that spans over 60 years, numerous albums, and oceans. His first taste of the spotlight came at the tender young age of 14 when he played on the Paul Whiteman television show. He began to combine blues, country, and gospel into a pioneering rock sound that gave Gracie hit after hit throughout the '50s. He headlined consistently at all the big name venues on the East Coast (Chicago Opera House, AC's 500 Club, the Brooklyn Paramount, etc.) and he gained fans in the highest of places--the Beatles' Harrison called Gracie's technique 'brilliant' and McCartney recently paid tribute to Gracie through a re-recording of one of his biggest hits, "Fabulous".

Decades and several releases have passed since Gracie burst onto the scene, but the sprightly 75-year-old is still doing what he loves best--making great music. This past decade, he's been on plenty of tours (one with rocker and fan Van Morrison), and has also just released a full-length called "For the Love of Charlie". Produced by Al Kooper (of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix fame), this twelve-track collection also features the contributions of Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills Nash & Young), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Jimmy Vivino (guitarist & music director of Conan O'Brien Show), Craig Ross (keyboards for Lenny Kravitz) and Dennis Diken (drummer for Smithereens). It's clear that Gracie's influence and precocity for original rock has only grown over the years.

Charlie and his band play have a brand new single out, called "Babydoll." He plays Cannstatter's Crystal Ballroom in the Northeast on New Year's Eve. Don't miss Charlie Gracie, one of rock'n'roll's pioneers, on the World Cafe Live stage this Friday. It's the last Free at Noon of the year, and what better way to celebrate the incoming 2012?



Website: charliegracie.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/phillyrocker1
Facebook: facebook.com/CharlieGracie
b>Recent Release: For the Love of Charlie
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Label: Abkco
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Photo credit - Nina Sabatino Philly's punk rock heroes The Dead Milkmen have reunited and released their new album, "The King in Yellow" in March. Celebrating this release and return to the Philadelphia punk rock scene, The Dead Milkmen will be performing at the Free At Noon this Friday, December 23.

Even before their national fame, The Dead Milkmen's satirical punk stylings were a staple of 1980's underground and college radio rock. Already a Philadelphia living legend, the band reached commercial success in the late 80's with the release of their album, "Beelzebubba." The album's single, "Punk Rock Girl," landed The Dead Milkmen on MTV rotation and the Billboard's Top 200 Albums when it was released. As their sound mellowed out, The Dead Milkmen faded from the punk rock scene, and eventually split up.

In 2004, the band members began to discuss reuniting, following their successful "Now We Are 20" retrospective released the year before. Unfortunately, plans to reunite were derailed when bassist Dave Schulthise committed suicide. The remaining band members played two tribute shows for Dave and donated the proceeds to several organizations that he supported. The band didn't play together again until 2008, when they performed at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin with Dan Stevens on bass. To prepare for the festival, The Dead Milkmen played two warm-up shows in their hometown, Philadelphia. The success of these reunion shows inspired the members to officially move forward as an active band. Over the next two years, they toured and wrote material, finally releasing "The King in Yellow," in early 2011.

Be sure to tune in to The Dead Milkmen this Friday at 12noon ET, where they'll perform material from their new album. Listen Online or On-the-Radio at 88.5FM



Website: deadmilkmen.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/deadmilkmen
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/The-Dead-Milkmen/41874574877
Recent Release: The King in Yellow
Release Date: March 19, 2011
Label: Independent
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound Chicago's JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound play Kung Fu Necktie with Sunny Day in Philly on Thursday night, December 15. They'll be here for a double header with Gary Clark Jr., for a Free At Noon on Friday, December 16, 2011

XPN Artist To Watch, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are hopelessly nostalgic, in love with the Chicago soul scene from the 1970s. self-described as heavy-soul, and guitarist Billy Bungeroth explained that the group marries classic soul with contemporary sound thus: they take rock and R&B from prior to 1975, before it lost its novelty, and the then underground punk and hip-hop movements of the same period. "Our music is just re-imagining that first era with the knowledge of the second underground era," he explained in a 2009 interview, after their debut album "Beat of Our Own Drum," was released. Since then, they have collaborated with the likes of Syl Johnson, Renaldo Domino and Nate Evans from the Impressions. They've also released another album, "Want More." Their shows are outrageously fun, and it's difficult to believe that singer JC Brooks isn't a soul legend from the '70s when he belts out their danceable, lyrically packed tunes. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are reincarnating a moment in music history by breathing fresh air into it. Here's to hoping they never move on.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be performing here at WXPN and World Cafe Life on December 16 at noon. Make sure to come out for a show that's sure to be as soulful as it is fresh.

And just about every listener feels the pull as keenly with the Peace Creeps on stage or through headphones. Don't miss them on the stage with Beck & Cauthen this Friday at noon.



Website: jcbrooksandtheuptownsound.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/JCBrooksandtheUptownSound
MySpace: myspace.com/theuptownsound
Recent Release: Want More
Release Date: October 24th, 2011
Label: Bloodshot Origin: Chicago, Ill.

photo credit Joe Koch Boasting a trio of self-produced albums under his belt, Gary Clark Jr. is a rising star of the thriving music scene in Austin, Texas. He began playing guitar at the tender young age of 12, and has since expanded his repertoire to the harmonica, bass, and drums; he's also the winner of multiple accolades, including the Austin Music Award for Best Blues Band in three separate years. But he plays more than just blues, cutting through genres to produce a stunning blend of reggae, rock and soul. Though still only in his 20s, Clark has shared the stage with legends like Jimmie Vaughan, Sheryl Crow, and Eric Clapton. And, this past summer, he played the XPoNential Music Festival (http://www.xpn.org/events/xponential-music-festival/2011/artist?artist=23). Clark can sing some sweet R&B but mostly he's a blistering blues and rock artist at heart

In Augst, he released his third offering, an EP entitled "The Bright Lights EP." The four-song collection has already gotten rave reviews, with Rolling Stone describing Clark as a mind-blowing young blues guitarist. If anything, this tantalizing release has built Clark an eager audience, excitedly anticipating a full-length.

Gary plays The Mercurry Lounge in New York City on Debember 13, 8x10 Club in Baltimore on December 16, and Red Palace in D.C. on December 17.

Gary Clark Jr. joins JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound for a free noontime concert this Friday at WXPN and World Cafe Live. There's no better way to start the weekend, especially if it's a double dose of blues and soul.



Website: garyclarkjr.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/garyclarkjr
Recent Release: The Bright Lights EP
Release Date: August 8, 2011
Label: Warner Bros.
Origin: Austin, Texas

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Dana Alexandra JD Souther is a veritable country-rock living legend, writing songs over his impressive career for the likes of The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. He's on tour in support of his latest album "Natural History," and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on December 2, along with a special set by Magnolia Memoir.

After Souther relocated to Nashville, he wrote for an even greater variety of artists--India Arie, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn and over time has accumulated numerous awards for hit records, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum albums. He's also a successful solo artist, releasing several charting albums in the '70s and '80s. In 2008, he released his fifth solo album. Though "If the World Was You" is undeniably Souther--hearty, solid country-rock--the years of change are evident in this collection. Now he's back with a follow-up, released just this past May.

"Natural History" is retrospective and hearty, full of a mix of obscure recordings from Souther's long history, a new song, and plenty of reclamations from his past - the Eagles with 'The Sad Cafe', 'Best Of My Love' and 'New Kid In Town', and Linda Ronstadt with 'Faithless Love' are now all Souther's again. Souther described the result as "smoky and rainy", almost like "film noir", full of occasionally jazzy acoustics and his sophisticated vocals.

Don't miss JD Souther at this Free at Noon, as he brings some truly inspired country rock to the World Cafe stage. There's not a better way to start the weekend!

And, be sure to catch him for a full show on Saturday night, December 3 at Sellersville Theater.



Website: jdsoutherstore.net/store/
MySpace: myspace.com/jdsouthermusic
Facebook: facebook.com/jdsouthermusic
Recent Release: Natural History
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Label: Entertainment One Music
Origin: Detroit,Mi

Magnolia Memoir Magnolia Memoir brings the sultry danceability of jazz to contemporary rock. Self-described as "Billie Holiday meets the Killers with a dash of the Clash," LA-based Magnolia Memoir is making waves. Vocalist and songwriter Mela Lee boasts a five-octave range and a girlishly sweet voice, which has been featured in numerous movies, television shows and commercials. With Alexander Burke as music director and keyboardist, bassist Gordon Bash, guitarist Aron Forbes and Matt Lucich on drums, the ensemble will be doing a special acoustic set opening for J.D Souther this week's Free at Noon show. They are currently touring their EP "What's A Good Girl Do?" and their debut album "The Perfect Crime" will be released on eOne Music Group in February.



Website: magnoliamemoir.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/magnoliamemoir
Facebook: facebook.com/MagnoliaMemoir
Recent Release: The Perfect Crime
Release Date: February 2012
Label: eOne Music Group
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

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White Denim Austin's White Denim has a style that is different album to album, song to song and even within a song. They incorporate everything from garage rock to acid blues, from pop to post-punk, and still maintain a distinct sound. The band formed in 2005 when the four founding members played a show together. Joshua Block, James Petralli and Lucas Anderson of Parque Touch and Steve Terebecki of Peach Train began to play as Parque Touch, but when Anderson moved to Russia the following year, the resulting trio changed their name to White Denim and jumped into the Austin circuit. They have released five albums in the last four years and each has exceeded the expectations set by the previous album. Today, White Denim's member count is back up to four, with the addition of Austin Jenkins, a second guitarist. They released a new album this past summer called "D" and are currently touring the country on a tour called "For D." They'll be playing from their newest album here at XPN's Free At Noon at World Cafe Live for free on Friday, November 11 at noon. Come on down. Just RSVP now.



Website: whitedenimmusic.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic
Recent Release: D
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Downtown Records
Hometown: Austin, Tx

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Angel Band From the Santa Monica Pier to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, with three solid years of touring under their collective belt, Angel Band has rapidly expanded their following from opening act up to headliner status. No audience has been known to have been unmoved by Angel Band's all-out stage presence, signature rootsy, bluesy Americana songs, superb back-up band and the vocals of leader and lyricist Nancy Josephson and fellow Angels Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige. Initially performing as opening act and backup singers for Josephson's husband, world-class roots musician David Bromberg at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other high profile events, Angel Band has moved up to playing prestigious concert venues on their own. Voted one of the Top 10 Favorite Bands at Bonnaroo, Angel Band are clearly a group on the ascent.

Born and raised in new York City, Nancy Josephson says "I don't ever remember not singing," and was thumping on an acoustic guitar at age six. She learned to play stand-up bass and was a founding member of the all-girl bluegrass group, the Buffalo Gals. After a move to California in the mid 70's she performed with a number of well-known bluegrass and "new grass" performers, including Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick (of the Good Ol' Persons), and The David Bromberg Big Band. She has also sung back-up with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow, among others.

In 1980, David and Nancy moved to Chicago, where he studied violin making while Nancy sang commercial jingles, joined The Annettes as the only Caucasian in a 30-voice women's choir, raised two young children and switched to visual arts as her main creative outlet. When the city of Wilmington, Delaware asked David and Nancy to become artists in residence in 2002, Nancy initially refrained from joining the bluegrass sessions David organized there, until Bromberg started raving about a mother and sister vocal duo that might accommodate a third voice. "Mainly to satisfy David" Nancy attended the next jam and was hooked by the resultant three-part harmonies. Thus began the formation of Angel Band.

Kathleen Weber comes from a musical family in Philadelphia. She is a four-year veteran of the Angel Band and a lifelong singer; one critic exclaimed "her deep, bluesy voice seems almost out of place in her small frame." You can really hear her influences channeled: Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and and Alison Krause, among others. Her versatility allows her to move easily between Angel Band's low down and dirty and simple, sweet songs. Aly Paige's vocals are clear, clean and powerful. Originally from Delaware, now living in Philadelphia, Aly joined the band as a novice in the Americana world, but with some roots in the world of opera. Aly belts with the best of them, and one can hear a little Etta James in her approach to the material; soulful, soaring, then close up and intimate, Aly's approach captivates and ignites the audience.

Website: angelband.net/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theofficialangelbandsite
Recent Release: Shoot the Moon
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Appleseed Records
Hometown: WILMINGTON, Delaware

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Matthew Sweet is on tour in support of the 20th Anniversary re-issue of his classic 1991 album, Girlfriend and plays World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, on Friday night October 28, and Sellersville Theatre on Thursday, November 3. He'll play XPN Free At Noon at the Queen on Friday, October 28.

Matthew Sweet photo credit Henry Diltz Creating catchy rock/powerpop music seems to always have been an integral part of Matthew Sweet's life. Sweet was off to an early start in his musical career, self-recording several solo pieces onto four-tracks and later recording with his high-school band Specs for a battle of the bands LP. Such mild stepping stones in Sweet's life lead him straight to the heart of the 80's Athen's music scene. After settling in Athens for college, he found himself collaborating with several groups and top artist including Community Trolls with Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Oh-Ok and Buzz of Delight. By the mid-80's, Sweet landed himself a deal with Columbia Records and later A&M Records. While his poppy tunes and catchy riffs were praised, he never quite achieved mainstream status. It wasn't until the release of his third album "Girlfriend" (1991) that his expanding melodic sound broke through the boundaries of the pop aesthetic and paved the way to a more successful career. With a newfound momentum, Sweet embarked on assembling new bands, such as The Thorns (2002), and working on several new solo projects. Among his most recent work is his solo-album Modern Art. Full of yearning pop, infectious medolies, and witty wordplay, "Modern Art" proves to be another successful release for Matthew Sweet.



Website: matthewsweet.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/matthewsweetmusic
Recent Release: Modern Art
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Label: Missing Piece
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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Mekons One of the longest-running bands to come from the first-generation British punk movement, The Mekons have been making music since 1977. Punk at the core but not afraid to mix it up, The Mekons have dabbled in a range of other genres, from folk to reggae. But the eight members of The Mekons are still defined by their brand of post-apocalyptic cowboy punk, which has garnered them a significant amount of acclaim. Their 28th album, titled Ancient and Modern, was released just this past September--and it holds to Mekon sound, albeit some evidencing some of the Mekon's mellowing over time. But that doesn't mean it's any less charming.

True to form, the Mekons have infused Ancient and Modern with plenty of hooks and clever, thought-provoking lyrics. Group choruses abound in The Mekons' music and the band actually sound they are having fun when they play. It is this fact that makes The Mekons so appealing: in an age where being cool means acting unaffected, The Mekons are still not afraid to put everything on the table and to have fun while doing it.

Wrapping up a list of tour dates in the Midwest and Eastern US, the Mekons will be visiting World Cafe. Come see one of the longest-running, and still rocking, bands in the history of punk at XPN's Live Friday on October 7. It's free and it's undoubtedly the best way to start your weekend.



Website: mekons.de/mekonhom.htm/
Facebook: Facebook.com/mekons
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mekons
Recent Release: Ancient and Modern
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Label: Sin Records
Hometown: Leeds, England

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Diego Garcia XPN Artist To Watch, Diego Garcia is on tour in support of his debut album, Laura, and plays two shows at the Tin Angel on September 21. He'll be here for a Free At Noon show Friday, September 23.

Former frontman of the indie band, Elefant, Diego Garcia went solo in 2010. His new album Laura is on many "Best of the Year 2011" lists, and is also a XPN Featured Album of the Week.

Incorporating his Latin background – his parents are both Argentinean – into his lush, delicate music, Diego Garcia’s deeply reflective music calls to mind the likes of Leonard Cohen and Morrissey. Garcia writes incredibly introspective, often-anguished lyrics, and subtly fuses the Spanish guitar with a more traditional folk sound. With lyrics that explore a range of emotional planes, Garcia is a master of subtlety: Whether it is with panicking guitar strums, twinkles of Spanish guitar, or his soft and intimate musings, Garcia is able to delicately move the listener on an emotional level. He manages to weave his sounds like a tapestry, crafting a dreamlike, confidential album that is sure to leave listeners wanting more. After all, the album is all about his wife, Laura, and signifies a new, more personal chapter in music-making for this talented artist.

Don't miss this Free at Noon--Diego Garcia's emotional web of sound can't be beat when it comes to starting off the weekend.

And be sure to listen to his live session in the World Cafe Archives, including two web extra songs - at WorldCafe.NPR.org.



Website: www.diegogarciamusic.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/diegogarciamusic
Recent Release: Laura
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Label: Nacional Records
Hometown: New York, New York

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U.S. RailsFresh off an appearance on the David Letterman Show, and just nominated by Mojo Magazine as "Best Live Band," The Jim Jones Revue play The Blockley in Philly on Friday September 16, and will surley rock, on the next XPN Free At Noon on September 16!

There's sure to be not a little fire and brimstone. If you've ever wanted to see rock'n'roll incarnated, the Jim Jones Revue is probably the closest thing to it. The five-piece garage-and-blues rock outfit from London came together in 2008, when frontman Jim Jones (a veteran of rock, creating solid songs since the '80s) met guitarist Rupert Orton at the aptly named 'Not the Same Old Blues Crap' club night. They recorded an eponymous debut in just 48 hours that year, and news of their back-to-basics sound, inspired by the likes of The Sonics and Little Richard, quickly began to spread.

Now The Jim Jones Revue is onto their second release, which is out on August 16th in the US. They've created another masterpiece of bluesy riffs and raspy vocals, all infused with endless, primal energy. The band previewed "Burning Your House Down" at London nightclub Madame Jojo's for a sold-out audience last September. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher as well as members of Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were in attendance, and it's safe to say that the reputation of The Jim Jones Revue is growing. "Burning Your House Down" could very likely take the US by storm, just as it has across the pond.

Produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman), this 11-track collection catches most of the power of The Jim Jones Revue on stage, but to get the full effect of their take-no prisoners vibe, a live performance is necessary. Thus, this week's Free at Noon is not to be missed. There's not a better way to start the weekend!



Website: http://www.jimjonesrevue.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thejimjonesrevue
Recent Release: Burning Your House Down
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Punk Rock Blues Records
Origin: LONDON, London and South East, UK

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Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Deer Tick have a new album on the way in October called Divine Providence, and they will be here to start out the Labor Day Weekend right, with a Free At Noon concert on September 2, 2011!

Deer Tick Complete with strings, drums, guitars, and bass, Deer Tick is a self-described rock-rock-rock outfit with a little something more--a twist of alt-country and gritty blues, as demonstrated on their 2010 studio album, The Black Dirt Sessions. With their serious music and humorous on-stage banter, these five young musicians have one goal: to rock across the continent.



Website: http://www.deertickmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/deertick
Upcoming Release: Divine Providence
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Partisan Records
Origin: Providence, Rhode Island, US

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The Peace Creeps, featuring frontman Richard Bush formerly of The A's, plus a special set from newcomers from Texas, Beck & Cauthen. Listen to the Concert Live Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

The Peace Creeps One of two great Live Friday artists gracing the World Cafe stage this week, The Peace Creeps are a Philly-based psychedelic rock outfit. Front man Richard Bush was originally the leader of local icons The A's, but after some label issues Bush brought together guitarist John Marchiano, drummer Jeff Pancoast and bass guitarist Roy Fisher. The Peace Creeps had gotten their start. Their debut, "Autumn of Love", brought together a number of local musiciams on a nostalgic and colorful journey through human experience.

Just about five years later, The Peace Creeps are back with their second offering. "Time Machine" is definitely an album for Bush to hold his '60s rock reverence high--one can easily here the Beatles, the Stones, and British Invasion as influences, along with more contemporary and closer inspirations such as Dr. Dog and Wilco. Yet "Time Machine" is aptly named--it's clear that this album was deeply inspired by the Era of Flower Children and their best rock. Any listener can tell that Bush means it when he sings,

"We can do anything we want to when I get my time machine together. I'll stop back and pick you up, we'll go and meet The Beatles."

And just about every listener feels the pull as keenly with the Peace Creeps on stage or through headphones. Don't miss them on the stage with Beck & Cauthen this Friday at noon.



Website: peacecreeps.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thepeacecreeps
Recent Release: Time Machine
Release Date: July 30, 2011
Label: Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beck and Cauthen David Beck and Paul Cauthen have both been professional musicians, going solo, for some time. Both natives of Texas, they had childhoods full of music--Beck was the son of a successful touring artist, and Cauthen was singing in church at the age of seven, learning guitar from his grandfather. Both eventually made their way to Austin, where they formed a collaboration in 2009 after a series of chance musical encounters. Today, Beth & Cauthen have just cut their studio debut, "Sons of Fathers".

Beck & Cauthen could best be described as roots rock powerhouse--with influences such as Robert Earl Keen, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Stones, the moving harmonies of this duo can be deeply country, folksy, experimental, or just plain rock-based. After secluding themselves in Doss, Texas, to perfect their finest work, Beck & Cauthen headed to the studio. Their debut was produced by Grammy winner Lloyd Maines, and it promises to be full of their signature melodies, fine instrumentation, and the feel of Texas on the road. Beck & Cauthen currently have a number of shows lined up in the Lone Star State, but they will be in Philly this weekend, so catch them at the Free at Noon! They're playing with Philly natives, The Peace Creeps. There's no better way to start the weekend--two great acts, a beer, and good company.



Website: beckandcauthen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beck-Cauthen/107791102636426
Recent Release: Sons of Fathers
Release Date: N/A
Label: N/A
Origin: Texas

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The War On Drugs will release their new album Salve Ambient on August 9. They play Johnny Brenda's on August 18, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon on August 12!

War On DrugsThis week's Live Friday features a local band that's been gaining a lot of buzz, both here and across the pond. With lyrical and vocal techniques reminiscent of Petty, Springsteen, and Dylan and the blazing guitar rifts of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, Philadelphia trio The War on Drugs plays retrospective music in a progressive manner. Founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile met at a party and indulged in their mutual admiration for Bob Dylan. The two would soon begin recording together. Granduceil's gritty vocals are supported by the band's dreamy ambience, inventing a masterful soundscape. With their full-length debut, "Wagonwheel Blues", the band experimented with various sounds and influences, blending noisy distortions and roots rock.

Though Kurt Vile has left the band and other line up changes have occured, The War on Drugs have been steadily building an audience--locally and abroad--in the past few years. Their latest release, "Slave Ambient", has them embarking on an extensive tour both in the States and abroad. "Slave Ambient" is a hearty dose of rock 'n' roll, with plenty of side influences. From the expertly placed synthesizers and bold electric guitars to the undercurrents of country rock and old pop ditties, "Slave Ambient" is just plain stimulating. It's been under construction for four years, recorded in Granduciel's home studio here in Philly. Don't miss this chance to hear from The War on Drugs right before the official release of their second proper album. It's the Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, and it's the best way to start off the weekend.

And, check out their performance from the 2008 XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to the full concert at NPR.org/music, recorded live in concert from WXPN at Wiggins Park in Philadelphia on July 11, 2008.



The War On Drugs Tour Dates:
Thu. Aug. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. Aug. 19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Sat. Aug. 20 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sun. Aug. 21 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue. Aug. 23 — Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 24 — Toronto, ON @ TBD
Thu. Aug. 25 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Aug. 26 — Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Sat. Aug. 27 — Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Sun. Aug. 28 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Aug. 30 — St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club at St. Louis University
Wed. Aug. 31 — Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Thu. Sep. 1 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sep. 2 — Washington, DC @ Red Palace
Thu. Sep. 8 — Lisbon, Portugal @ Terraza Hotel Regency
Fri. Sep. 9 — San Sebastian, Spain @ Club Victoria Eugenia
Sun. Sep. 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Megafaun
Mon. Sep. 12 — Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate Festival w/ Megafaun
Tue. Sep. 13 — London, UK @ Lexington
Wed. Sep. 14 — Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Thu. Sep. 15 — Sheffield, UK @ Drowned In Sound presents at The Harley
Fri. Sep. 16 — Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Sep. 17 — Brussels, Belgium @ AB club
Tue. Sep. 20 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Wed. Sep. 21 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotelbaren
Thu. Sep. 22 — Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
Fri. Oct. 14 — Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival

MySpace: www.myspace.com/thewarondrugs
Recent Release: Slave Ambient
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Secretly Canadien
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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An Acoustic Session with Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit is in town supporting Death Cab for Cutie, and plays the Mann Music Center on Friday night at 7:30pm - opening for Death Cab for Cutie. They will be here for a live "Free At Noon" show Friday, August 5.

Frightened Rabbit (credit Dave Gourley)Since their formation in 2004, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit have been lauded for their folk-tinged introspection. Their breakthrough album, "Midnight Organ Fight," launched the band into international acclaim. Led by singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit recently released "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" to critical acclaim. A grand, sweeping album, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" finds Frightened Rabbit adding an uplifting, optimistic tone to their music that was previously not to be found. This works well for Frightened Rabbit too; their music sounds urgent and important, while still being very soulful and emotive. Featuring intelligent wordplay, densely layered guitars, and fervent choruses, the album's themes of liberation and escape are highlighted throughout. Complete with smooth, slick production, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" serves as a sort of bridge for these Scottish musicians from their more lo-fi, folk roots. Thanks to many years spent honing and polishing their sound, Frightened Rabbit have created an impressive, complex album worthy of all its hype.

"The Winter of Mixed Drinks" has done very well since its release, charting very high on the US and UK Independent Albums. Critics are not holding back the praise either, first calling it a contender for the Best of 2010 and often noting the 'sharp' songwriting. As best put by Dave Simpson from The Guardian, "...most of their songs – with themes of escape, freedom and reinvention – have huge impassioned choruses that are made to be shouted from the nearest available mountain." Their live performances are just as passionate.

Currently, Frightened Rabbit is touring the US, headlining as well as sharing the stage with names as big as Death Cab for Cutie. Don't miss them this Friday as the light up the stage at World Cafe--it's the Free at Noon, Scottish style! There can't be a better way to start the weekend.



Website: wearefrightenedrabbit.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit
Recent Release: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Label: Fat Cat Records
Origin: Se lkirk, Scotland

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