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World Cafe: Next Seth Kauffman’s Floating Action From His Second Album Body Questions
He’s a 24 year old, soft spoken, unassuming fiery rock and roller based in New Orleans. His debut record will be our August 19th. Some of you may have seen him at Non-Comm. Check out the Key's NON Comm recap of his performance here.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as JD McPherson performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Rockabilly specialist J.D. McPherson will grace the stage for this week's edition of Free at Noon, making for a swinging midday dance party downstairs at World Cafe Live. The Oklahoma native released his album Signs and Signifiers in 2012 and is currently on tour, gearing up for the release of his sophomore album next year and playing at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem for this year's Musikfest on August 8th. Before he makes the trek out to Bethlehem, he’ll play a live midday set at the Free At Noon. Join us at World Cafe Live on August 8th for a rockin' free performance, or tune in at 88.5 FM or

Recent Release: Signs & Signifiers
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Rounder

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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Trigger Hippy performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Trigger Hippy is a roots rock powerhouse formed in 2009, whose prominent members include guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, along with longtime singer/songwriter Joan Osbourne. The band joins us for a live midday concert on Friday, August 1st. So far, Trigger Hippy has only released one self-titled EP - four songs of blistering, blues-infused rock and roll – along with a live album recorded at the 2012 Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. But they have plans to release a new album soon later this year, after they perform at WXPN's XPoNential Festival on Sunday July 27. Later on this summer, they'll headline the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa on August 16, get tickets here.

Recent Release: self-titled album
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Label: Rounder

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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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