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June 12, 2009
Meat Puppets at the World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Meat Puppets, photo by Matthew Rogers This Friday's Free At Noon rock out to underground legends the Meat Puppets. Progenitors of American indie rock, the Meat Puppets were formed in 1980 by guitarist brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Derrick Bostrom. Brandishing a hard, fast, and refreshingly sloppy edge, the trio grabbed attention early on from the emerging (pre-internet) network of underground music fans, zinesters, and SST Records. Signed by SST, their 1982 eponymous debut carved a loud, furious niche in hardcore history. Their second release, Meat Puppets II, was an unheard of fusion of acid country and straight- ahead rock but with an intact punk core. The American underground music scene would never be the same.

With releases such as the smoothed-out Mirage and the heavy Huevos, Meat Puppets built their reputation as experimentalists. The trio's fan base grew to include Kurt Cobain. Their vault to the majors was bolstered by Cobain's invitation to perform a few of the Puppets' songs together in New York. The band acquired short-lived mainstream success and broke up soon after.

In 2006, with diehard fans' enthusiasm, the original line-up reassembled and released a new album, Rise to Your Knees. With the addition of a new drummer, the excellent Ted Marcus, the Meat Puppets are as loud and fast as ever. Their latest, Sewn Together, is tight and does not disappoint. Released in May, Sewn Together is true to the Meat Puppets' legacy - ensuring a undeniably great Free At Noon.

Website: meatpuppets.com
MySpace: myspace.com/themeatpuppets
Recent Release: Sewn Together
Release Date: May 12, 2009
Label: Mega Force Records
Origin: Phoenix, AZ

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Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

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May 1, 2009
Peter, Bjorn & John at World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at World Cafe Live.
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Peter, Bjorn & JohnPeter Bjorn & John whistled their way into indie hearts just a couple years ago with their unavoidable, catchy single "Young Folks". The Swedish pop band got their start playing together in high school, and became official in 1999 when Peter Morén (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Björn Yttling (bass, keyboards and vocals), and John Eriksson (drums, percussion and vocals) performed their quirky new wave pop aboard a Stockholm boat. The gig was not a very successful one, but the trio were not deterred - as they said, they "just wanted to make good music for [their] own amusement". And with that aim in mind, Peter Bjorn & John have become some of the biggest names in indie pop today.

After two albums, the trio released their third studio album, Writers Block, in 2006. Filled with plenty of whistles, bongos, maracas, and warmth, the album was an instant hit, and the omnipresent single "Young Folks" was being heard on radios across the globe. Since their launch into world fame, the three have played with the likes of Kanye West, toured extensively, and focused on more projects.

After a three-year hiatus from the public eye (apart from an instrumental, download-only release in 2008), Peter Bjorn & John are back with Living Thing. This latest release proves that they do have more than a few infectious pop ditties up their sleeves, but this time around, the songs are a bit more cynical, wonkier, and even cleverer. The trio has lately been travelling the US in support of Living Thing.

Peter Bjorn & John just played the 3-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California. And, before heading back to Sweden for the June Hultsfredsfestivalen (The Hultsfred Festival in Pampas, Sweden), Peter Bjorn & John will also play a full show at World Cafe Live on Friday, May 1st.

Website: peterbjornandjohn.com
MySpace: myspace.com/peterbjornandjohn
Recent Release: Living Thing
Release Date: March 31, 2009
Label: Almost Gold (US)
Origin: Sweden

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NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

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April 17, 2009
The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams at World Cafe Live

The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams join us for XPN Free at Noon at World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams The Revelations' members, featuring singer Tre Williams, revive '60s and '70s soul, yet there's a modern quality to their sound that suggests they're not bound to the confines of a jukebox. Their debut record, Deep Soul, blends images of the bluesy South with the gritty streets of a bustling city into one contemporary view of life.

The raw-voiced Williams brings to mind a modern-day Otis Redding. With a background in church choirs and R&B, he's developed an impressive four-octave range that's lent itself to tracks by Nas and Petey Pablo. The sextet's mixture of soul, funk and hip-hop on Deep Soul creates a fusion of old standards with fresh ideas.

MySpace: myspace.com/trewilliamsrevelations
Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Recent Release:
Deep Soul
Release Date: November 18, 2008
Label: Decision Records / Traffic Entertainment Group

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NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Published in Free at Noon Archives

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Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
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March 20, 2009
Raphael Saadiq at World Cafe Live

Raphael Saadiq joins us for the XPN Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Raphael Saadiq Raphael Saadiq delivers some of the finest neo soul around on his new record, The Way I See It. Former lead vocalist of the New Jack Swing trio Tony! Toni! Tone!, Saadiq has produced for artists including John Legend and Joss Stone, and collaborated with the likes of Whitney Houston, D'Angelo, and The Roots. The Way I See It is standout within the recent '60s soul resurgence.

Since a young age Raphael Saadiq was musically inclined: playing the bass, singing in professional gospel groups, and performing onstage for his church and school. Steeped in a wide range of musical knowledge and experience with classical music, spirituals, and jazz, Saadiq is credited with leaving a remarkable old-school footprint in the musical world and often referred to as a leader of the neo-soul movement due to his 20 years of experience in the R&B scene. His latest release has a nostalgic, foot-tapping feel. Drawing inspiration from The Temptations and a trip to the Bahamas, Saadiq attributes the quintessentially retro feel of this latest effort to his long-time love for soul as well as his recent travels.

The Way I See It was produced in four months and hit the shelves mid-September, 2008.

Website: raphaelsaadiq.com
MySpace: myspace.com/raphaelsaadiq
Origin: North Hollywood, CA
Recent Release:
The Way I See It
Release Date: September 16, 2008
Label: Sony Up

Song Clips:
listen100 Yard Dash | Love That Girl

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NPR
Bela Fleck Steve Wynn The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...


Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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March 6, 2009
Celebrating the 4th Anniversary of XPN Free At Noon with
Shemekia Copeland & Indigo Girls at World Cafe Live

Shemekia Copeland & Indigo Girls join us for the XPN Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Indigo Girls Grammy Award winning rock duo Indigo Girls officialy began performing under the now famous moniker in 1985, signing their first record contract to Epic Records three years later. Now celebrating their 20 year career, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers remain as creative as ever. Though they are associated with a major label, they have always retained an independent feel with their warm and crisp acoustic guitars and intertwined melodic vocals. With an incredible career behind them, it is not surprising that a great deal of excitement is building up in anticipation of Poseidon And the Bitter Bug, expected to be released at the end of March.

Recorded in a short three-week period in Atlanta, the album intends to focus less on perfection and more on the rich mixture of textures explored. According to Ray "... it was very much an in-the-moment recording... we had to trust our instincts." Following the successful release of their 2006 album Despite Our Differences, the girls have a lot to live up to; however, circulating previews are already labeling the album as one of their best. Though they retain the very qualities of folk and Americana music that fans adore, they have embarked on new musical explorations by incorporating styles such as R&B. The album will also feature acoustic versions of all the songs in order to give fans an idea of how they sound without a back-up band.

Website: indigogirls.com
MySpace: myspace.com/indigogirlsmusic
Origin: Decatur, Georgia
Recent Release:
Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Label: Vanguard

Song Clips:
listenCloser to Fine | Hammer and a Nail

Shemekia Copeland The daughter of blues guitarist/singer Johnny Copeland, the young Shemekia Copeland was greatly influenced by her father's work. As a child she would often accompany him on tours, making her own mark in the blues circuit. The unfortunate turn in her father's health pushed her to embrace her incredible vocal talent and share it with the rest of the world. In 1998, the 19-year-old established herself as raving new artist with the release of her debut album Turn the Heat Up! The soulful intensity of the album was met with a great deal of enthusiasm and landed her several features in motion pictures. Her style, which integrates elements of blues, soul, funk and jazz, is rich and mind-blowingly powerful. Though she is not yet 30, the passionate singer has already won several blues awards, recieved a Grammy nomination, and opened for top acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, and Taj Mahal.

Recent Performances - Archived at NPR.org/music
Jason Isbell
M. Ward & John Wesley Harding
Carrie Rodriguez
Dr. Dog
Annuals

The incredible list of accomplishments hasn't quite struck the young artist. In fact, the humble Copeland continually strives to strengthen her singing and grow and an individual. Her fifth album, Never Going Back, is a powerful and soul-drenched compilation of tracks. While she remains true to her blues roots, she takes a step further in her career by experimenting with new styles of music and new approaches to singing (including a silky cover of Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow"). She is not afraid to step outside of her comfort zone; and as the album demonstrates, she does so with both grace and unbelievable power.

Prepare to be blown away by the future Queen of Blues, this Friday at noon!

Website: shemekiacopeland.com
MySpace: myspace.com/shemekiacopeland
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Recent Release:
Never Going Back
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Label: Telarc

Song Clips:
listenNever Going Back to Memphis

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NPR
Bela Fleck Steve Wynn The Wood brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...



Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Published in Free at Noon Archives

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