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Join us for a special acoustic Free at Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia as 3 members of Midlake perform a live midday concert on Friday.



Midlake released its newest and fourth full-length album, Antiphon, just last November, but it didn’t come without some bumps in the road. The Texas-based band’s former frontman, Tim Smith, decided to leave the group in the midst of recording. However, the remaining members of Midlake took this time to reevaluate their former sound, resulting in something completely different than their past three albums. Join them at Friday’s Free at Noon as they showcase their much more experimental, psychedelic sound – a stray from their past folk-rock vibe. After their performance, Midlake will be heading out to Glenside to play at the Keswick Theatre as an opening act for singer/sonwriter Neil Finn. Tickets for their later show can be purchased here.

Recent Release: Antiphon
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Label: ATO Records


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Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Districts at a live midday concert on Friday.



Alynda Lee Segarra, lead singer of the Louisiana-based band Hurray for the Riff Raff, has got a story tell and is letting the world know through the band’s newest album, Small Town Heroes. At the age of 17, Segarra hopped on a train to escape her life in New York City for a simpler one in New Orleans. Her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, reflects that same type of simpler sound. Since they formed in 2007, the band’s released one EP and six full-length albums. Small Town Heroes follows similar suit of the sound heard on the former albums, showcasing raw, bluesy Americana folk. The band will be leaving for a show in Massachusetts after their Free at Noon performance, but will return to Philly on April 8 at World Cafe Live. Tickets for that show can be purchased here.

Recent Release: Small Town Heroes
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ATO Records


Philadelphia favorites The Districts have had an exciting couple of months. After signing with Fat Possum Records in November and producing a self-titled EP with the label, they’ve taken off, embarking on a nationwide tour with stops at SXSW and recently announcing a future appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza. But before then, their foot-stomping original sound is set to play at Friday’s double header, filling the room with their rock n’ roll blended with folk sound. The band plays the Sellersville Theater before Free at Noon on Wednesday, April 2nd, and will be back in Philly in May for the annual NonCOMMvention.

Recent Release: The Districts
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Label: Fat Possum Records


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Latin Roots –Rachael Faro on Uruguay’s Candombe

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, music producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Faro discusses an Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music called Candombe. Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay experienced the same influx of African slaves as Brazil, which resulted in a similar but often overlooked musical impact. Played on sets of three drums, Candombe is highly rhythmic; it's been an integral part of carnival celebrations for centuries. Faro plays an older version of the style by composer and musician Ruben Rada, then introduces listeners to a Candombe-influenced tune from the well-known percussionist Airto Moreira. Listen to Rachel Faro's essential Candombe playlist on Spotify.

Session Setlist
Ruben Rada - Tengo un Candombre para Gardel
Airto Moreira - Fingers (El Rada)
Two things have come together for Rosanne Cash in recent years: her deepening understanding of her place in her father Johnny Cash's legacy, and her desire to only make albums that expand on a theme.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Typhoon performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Typhoon, the 12-piece supergroup from Portland, Oregon, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. Getting their big break with a performance on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2011, Typhoon has quickly grown in popularity due to their appropriate and experimentally big-band sound complete with sporadic interjections of harmonization, brass and piano. Since their initial appearance, they've opened for indie rock bands Explosions in the Sky and The Decembrists.

The band has a total of four albums and two EPs to their name, along with their latest release, “White Lighter” recorded by the band on an Oregonian farm during the summer of 2012. After lead singer Kyle Morton underwent severe ailment before the recording, he channeled his suffering through the music he made with his 11 bandmates, resulting in lyrics confronting life and death. However, some fans might not even be able to recognize the deep lyrics disguised by the band’s upbeat sound.

Watch Typhoon rock out at XPN’s Free at Noon and open for indie-rock band Okkervil River at the Union Transfer that night at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Information Available

Recent Release: White Lighter
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Label: Roll Call Records


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