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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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Laura Marling Our October XPN Artist to Watch, Laura Marling's latest album is called A Creature I Don't Know, and she'll be here for an XPN Free At Noon on December 9, 2011.

Twenty-one-year-old Marling has the makings of the next great folk singer-songwriter. With a sound characterized by graceful, refined lyricism and remarkable, ear-catching melody, Marling has been taking the music world by storm. She's just released her third highly acclaimed album--quite an accomplishment for such a young artist.

Growing up surrounded by music, the 16-year-old artist made her way to London to join the 'nu-folk' movement. She became a part of indie folk outfit Noah and the Whale, and collaborated/toured with a number of acts, including Mystery Jets and The Moldy Peaches. She then debuted her solo album, "Alas I Cannot Swim" in 2008, and was promptly nominated for the Mercury Prize. I Speak Because I Can came soon after in 2010, evidence that Marling was continuing to craft her own brand of graceful folk music. This year, Marling has released A Creature I Don't Know, a dark and wonderful third album. As with her earlier work, comparisons to the likes of Dylan, Feist, Fiona Apple, and Joni Mitchell all at once can hardly be helped. Laura Marling has crafted an album both hauntingly mystifying and warmly welcoming. This album's theme could be seen as deeply personal--Marling sings of a woman struggling against herself and convention--but at the same time, it's a release that's both frustratingly hard and gratifying to try to interpret. With jazz undertones, banjo plucking, and lots of angry guitar, A Creature I Don't Know is simply mesmerizing.XPN has been captured by Marling since having her on World Cafe back in 2010, and her latest release has only served to entrance us all the more.

We're lucky enough to have Laura Marling on the stage for this week's Live Friday XPN Free At Noon! Don't miss this burgeoning young artist--it's free and it's at noon. There's no better way to start the weekend.



Website: lauramarling.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lauramarling
Recent Release: A Creature I Don't Know
Release Date: Sept. 12, 2011
Label: Virgin Records
Hometown: Hampshire, England

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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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Beru RevueFriday's Free at Noon concert features Beru Revue with a special solo acoustic set from Tommy Conwell.

Beru Revue are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a show at World Cafe Live in Philly on Friday night, November 25 at 8pm, and they'll be here that day for an XPN Free At Noon.

A staple of Philly's club circuit in the 1980s, Beru Revue is best known for the radio hit "Hoods A Go-Go." With Bob Beru at the helm, the group invigorated audiences with its fiery rock performances and flair for the theatric. Beru Revue disbanded in 1988, and reunited with a revised lineup in 2006, now featuring Bob Beru, lead vocals, Greg Davis and Mark Julian Teague on guitar, Tommy Pinto on drums, Jerry Getz on bass, and Buzz Barkley on keyboard.

If you turned on a radio in the late 80s, there's a good chance you'd hear the winding electric guitar licks and passionately raw vocals of "I'm Not Your Man," the number one hit by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers. Tommy Conwell

Conwell has fronted a number of bands over the years, but he's best known for his work with the Young Rumblers. Tommy Conwell and the Rumblers were for many years a favorite of the Philly club scene. They garnered fairly widespread acclaim in the mid-80s with their independently-released debut, Walkin' on the Water. Conwell has remained a staple of the Philadelphia music scene, regularly playing clubs and DJing local radio. Enjoy his acoustic stylings in this week's Free at Noon performance.



Beru Revue:
Website: berurevue.us
MySpace: www.myspace.com/berurevue


Tommy Conwell:
Website: tommyconwellstore.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/tommyconwellandtheyoungrumblers

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Mike DoughtyFormer Soul Coughing frontman, Mike Doughty, is on tour in support of his new album Yes and Also Yes. Mike Doughty and His Band Fantastic with Moon Hooch and Jesse Ruben play a full show at the TLA in Philly, on Wednesday night, November 16, and will be here for an XPN Free At Noon Show on the 18th.

Doughty began his solo career in the nineties, and self-released Skittish in 1996, originally selling it on CD-Rs after small shows he played around the country. His hard work and determination paid off and Doughty began to develop his own following. In 2005, he released Haughty Melodic with his full band, and the song, "Looking At The World From The Bottom of a Well" got a lot of airplay. The album was an XPN Featured Album in June of that year and made no. 14 on the XPN Year In Review. Several of his songs have been featured on television shows - his other well known songs include "27 Jennifers" (from Golden Delicious) and "Busting up a Starbucks," (from Gratified). His latest album, Yes and Also Yes, follows closely on the heels of his electronic sampler, Dubious Luxury which was released earlier this year. Yes and Also Yes was released in August on ATO.

Mike Doughty and his band played the XPoNential Music Festival in 2005, and we are excited to have him back on stage at WXPN and World Cafe Live for our next Free At Noon show.



Website: mikedoughty.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mikedoughty
Recent Release: Yes and Also Yes
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: ATO
Hometown: New York, New York

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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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Frank Turner Frank Turner is slowly but surely marching his his way up to the mainstream. From Winchester, England, the folk-punk songwriter spent his early years as the voice of various short-lived bands like Kneejerk and Million Dead. Since striking out on his own in 2005, he's accumulated significant notice for his heartfelt storytelling and honest musicality.

Turner combines punk with poetry, juxtaposing gorgeous melodies and aggressive beats with zest that's catapulting his popularity. Last year alone he supported Green Day on their European tour, in addition to headlining a sold-out gig of his own; on April 21, 2011, he played his thousandth solo show at London's Strummerville festival. His latest album, England Keep My Bones, offers a compelling assortment of acoustic ballads, hard-rock tracks, and even an a cappella account of the Norman Conquest.

Frank Turner is on tour in support of his new album, "England Keep My Bones." He plays a sold out T.L.A. show Friday night and will be here for a Free At Noon Friday November 4.



Website: frank-turner.com/
MySpace: www.myspace.com/frankturner
Recent Release: England Keep My Bones
Release Date: June 7, 2008
Label: Epitaph Records
Hometown: Winchester, England

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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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Spin Doctors Formed in New York City in 1988, the Spin Doctors have been honing their unique blend of pop, funk, and progressive rock for over twenty years. Current members Chris Barron (vocals), Eric Schenkman (guitar and vocals), Aaron Comess (drums and percussion), and Mark White (bass guitar) have been releasing singles and playing one-off shows throughout the US and Europe up until the present. The unique brand of alt-rock built by the Spin Doctors, infused with elements of funk and an unmistakable flair for pop, has seemed to grow even more revered with time.

In fact, 2011 marks the twenty-year anniversary of their five-time platinum-selling debut album, "Pocket Full of Kryptonite". Fueled by the mega-hit singles, "Two Princes" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," the album, was a critical and commercial success. After a string of other successful releases – and more Platinum certifications – the Spin Doctors are have rereleased "Pocket Full of Kryptonite". Known for their catchy jams, clever lyrics, and laidback vibe, the Spin Doctors continue to earn the adoration of fans and critics alike. In addition to the special release, the Spin Doctors embarked on a tour with stops throughout the US. They're wrapping things up with a stop at the World Cafe this weekend.

Come check out the Spin Doctors with XPN on Friday, October 14, for another awesome Free at Noon!

And, you can hear the band perform Kryptonite live, in its entirety, Friday night, October 14, at World Cafe Live.



Website: spindoctors.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spin-Doctors/112304700178
MySpace: www.myspace.com/spindoctors
Recent Release: Pocket Full of Kryptonite (20th Anniversary Rerelease)
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Label: Sony Records
Hometown: New York, NY

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