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June 2014 CD of the Month
Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Jimmy Podrasky and Trampled By Turtles at a live midday concert on Friday.

Jimmer Podrasky was a founding member of The Rave-Ups, an 80s Pittsburgh / Los Angeles power-pop outfit whose hit song "Positively Lost Me" was featured in Pretty In Pink. Though the band experienced wide-spread devotion and released several critically acclaimed albums, Podrasky hung up his guitar in 1990 to raise a son and disappeared into civilian life for over two decades. He wasn't idle during that hiatus, though, and 2014 saw Podrasky's reemergence in the form of a debut solo effort called The Would-Be Plans, which reached the ears of long-time Rave-Up fans as well as new-found Jimmer fans. He headlines World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Sunday the 20th of July; see him early at this week’s doubleheader Free at Noon.

Recent Release: The Would-Be Plans
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Label: The Chief Injustice

XPoNential Music Festival alums Trampled by Turtles have been riding a long wave of success after the 2012 release of their sixth studio LP Stars and Satellites. With the record giving the band its debut appearance on late night network TV, the Duluth, MN outfit found itself at the top of several Billboard Charts once again (2010's Palomino sat in the top 10 for 52 straight weeks). Stars and Satellites found a different route to Trampled by Turtles' signature bluegrass / folk from Palomino, though, opting for an overall slow-burn instead of the rowdy punk-grass of Palomino hits like "Wait So Long." This week's Free at Noon comes ahead of the band's seventh studio LP Wild Animal, set for release on July 15th. Trampled by Turtles will headline Union Transfer on September 10th with XPN Fest artist Hurray for the Riff Raff; get a taste of the show at this week’s Free at Noon.

Recent Release: Wild Animals
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Label: Banjodad Records

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The now based in Brooklyn indie rock band formed in 2010 and debuted with the critically acclaimed Light Up Gold. They release their new album, Sunbathing Animal, today. Three of the four members are from Denton, Texas and the band’s music recalls Pavement, Velvet Underground, early Talking Heads. Website | Facebook
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as The Bacon Brothers performs a live midday concert on Friday.

When Kevin Bacon isn't busy starring in legendary movies like Mystic River or Apollo 13, he's playing in his folk rock band, The Bacon Brothers, with his brother, Michael Bacon. The Philadelphia-born duo released their first album, Forosoco, in 1997, and have released six more albums since, including a live performance at the John Harm's Center for the Arts in Englewood, New Jersey back in 2003, and a greatest hits album called Philadelphia Road - The Best of the Bacon Brothers. Catch them Friday afternoon, July 11th, when they perform as a part of XPN's Free At Noon series at the World Cafe Live. Also, be sure to catch another intimate performance with the band when they headline the Sellersville Theater that night. Ticketing information can be found here.

Recent Release: New Year's Day
Release Date: October 30, 2012

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The Felice Brothers Ramshackle Charm
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Join us for a Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live as Strand Of Oaks performs a live midday concert on Friday.

XPN Artist to Watch Strand of Oaks played a standout set at NonCOMM this spring, and the Philadelphia band is back to perform at Free at Noon this week. Frontman, songwriter and guitarist Timothy Showalter crafts intensely personal music, backed up by keyboardist Eliza Hardy-Jones, bassist Deven Craige and drummer Michael Sneerenger, and the band will release its new album, Heal, on Dead Oceans Records just three days before their Free at Noon performance. Strand of Oaks' heavy yet melodic sound is evident in tracks such as "Shut In" and the rollicking single Goshen '97," featuring J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on guitar, and the album will make you proud to be a part of the Philly music scene. Sign up to see Strand of Oaks at World Cafe Live on Friday, tune in to hear them on 88.5 XPN, and make plans to catch their tour homecoming show at Boot & Saddle on September 19. Click here for tix.

Recent Release: Heal
Release Date: June 24, 2014

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