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Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Dawes After a year of state-wide touring, Dawes lives for the stage. Pouring every ounce of their work into soul-bearing and gritty live performances, they show no signs of slowing down... and it has been over a year since the release of their debut!

Dawes' blend of classic 70's folk-rock with contemporary flair made "North Hills" an instant hit, quickly pushing them onto everyone's radar. Ultimately this clever mixture of styles manages to simultaneously evoke a sense of nostalgia and refreshing anticipation. It is difficult to resist Taylor Goldsmith's lyrical prowess, which is often backed by elegant folk-pop harmonies. Taylor's powerful voice wavers between reflectional sorrow and bursting optimism and his quiet confidence carries with it an incredible sense of maturity and wisdom. And while the vocals and lyrics are central to their music, Griffin Goldsmith (Tayler's younger brother), Wylie Gelber and Alex Casnoff solidly flesh out their intimate and timeless Cali-roots sound with carefully crafted arrangments that often garner comparisons to Neil Young.

The L.A. based band, Dawes is in town for a show at the T.L.A. this Thursday night, November 4, 2010

Free At Noon Setlist
1. That Western Skyline
2. Give Me Time
3. Time Spent In Los Angeles
4. Love Is All I Am
5. How Far We’ve Come
6. If You Let Me Be Your Anchorv 7. Fire Away
8. When My Time Comes

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

Check out the archives, listen to the concerts. Visit NPR.org/Music to hear this concert.

Website: dawestheband.com /
MySpace: myspace.com/dawestheband
Recent Release: North Hills
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Label: ATO
Origin: North Hills, California

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live. Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Elizabeth & The Catapult Upon the epic release of their sophomore album "The other Side of Zero," the whimsical pop/rock trio Elizabeth & The Catapult grace the stage for another Free at Noon Performance.

The Brooklyn based group became an underground sensation back in 2006 after the release of their debut EP Elizabeth & The Catapult, becoming a popular staple in the Lower East Side of NY. Frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman is a trained classical pianist and vocalist who, while attending the prestigious Berklee college of Music, won the 2001 ASCAP Leiber and Stoller award for her song "Like Water is to Sand." After touring with Patti Austin, Ziman began incorporating jazz influences into her personal compositions, which began to materialize after a chance meeting with drummer Dan Molad. A third Berklee student, Pete Lalish, entered the mix and the trio fully materialized upon their graduation by relocating to Brooklyn. While they became immediate local darlings with their debut album, they hadn't garnered national attention until the release of their sophomore album "Taller Children" on Verve Records.

"Taller Children's" pop rock arrangements are full of whimsy and clever songwriting. And pairing such pop whimsy with sublte jazz and orchestral touches, the album's title describes its content perfectly. From the playful energy of the inner child to the lyrical complexities that define adulthood, the trio struck upon the perfect blend of song, style and meaning. The success that mounted after the album's release in 2009 has left fans in anticipation of their latest release "The Other Side of Zero." Distributed on October 25, the album shifts towards a darker, sassier template compared to Taller Children. Lead tracks like "You and Me" hark more towards their earlier winning material, but they are paired with gut wrenching piano based tunes like "Julian Darling" and "Worn Out Tune."

Join us in celebrating their recent release by listening to their latest materialplayed live!

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Apathy
2. Go Away My Lover
3. Race You
4. Perfectly Perfect
5. Kadoka
6. Open Book
7. You and Me
8. Taller Children

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

Check out the archives, listen to the concerts. Visit NPR.org/Music to hear this concert.

Website: elizabethandthecatapult.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/elizabethandthecatapult
Recent Release: The Other Side of Zero
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Label: Verve Forecast
Origin: Brooklyn, NY

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live. Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

This week's Free at Noon concert with Guster is SOLD OUT.

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at Listen Live.

GUSTER is in Philly for a show at the Electric Factory this Friday night. They are touring in support of their new album, Easy-Wonderful, and will be here for our Free At Noon show from World Cafe Live on Friday, October 22, 2010

Guster Started in 1991 while the band attended Tufts University, Guster entered the mainstream with 1999's Lost and Gone Forever, their third studio album, featuring single "Fa Fa", an Adult Top 40 hit. Though they've repeated the feat several times since, their success has come from the ground up, driven by their intensely passionate fans and the band's dedication to them. Known for their vocal harmonies and instrumentation, the band's live shows have a deserved reputation for being extremely entertaining and humorous.

Free At Noon Setlist
Set List:
1. Architects & Engineers
2. Satellite
3. Hercules
4. This Could All Be Yours
5. Bad Bad World
6. Stay With Me, Jesus
7. Do You Love Me
8. Hang On

Blog entry:
David Dye Lives!

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

Check out the archives, listen to the concerts. Visit NPR.org/Music to hear this concert.

Website: guster.com
MySpace: myspace.com/guster
Recent Release: Easy Wonderful
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Label: Aware/Universal Republic
Origin: Boston, MA

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live. Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Today's Free At Noon is Soldout

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at Listen Live.

XPN Favorite, Ingrid Michaelson plays The Trocadero on Friday night October 15, and she'll be here with her band for a Free At Noon concert, Friday, October 15!

Ingrid Michaelson Ingrid Michaelson may be compared to artists Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, but she has marked her own territory in the music industry. The New York-based singer-songwriter fuses indie pop, folk and alternative in a seamlessly unique way, a quality that first attracted her audience via MySpace. Several years ago she became an internet sensation by self marketing her music through online media sources like myspace and facebook. Michaelson instantly became a model for other musicians, proving that artists could launch their success through perseverance and clever online marketing. After self-releasing her debut album Slow the Rain in 2005, her career switched from a smalltown stint to a full fledged pursuit. Her popularity really skyrocketed in 2006 with the release of her sophomore album "Girls and Boys," landing her tunes on popular television dramas Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. After being picked up by Cabin 24 Records, Michaelson pushed her way up to no.6 on iTunes and no.37 on the Billboard Hot 100. Album after album, the down to earth starlett continues to climb the charts with her quirky indie pop hits.

After releasing her autobiographical album Everbody back in 2009, Ingrid is hard at work putting new material together. In addition to international touring, she has released a new single entitled "Parachute," which is now available for download.

Join us in welcoming the pop darling's return to World Cafe for another Free at Noon.

Join us in entering their world at this Friday's Free at Noon concert.

Website: ingridmichaelson.com
MySpace: myspace.com/ingridmichaelson
Recent Release: Everybody
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Label: Cabin 42
Origin: Staten Island, NY

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live. Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Brad Features Shawn Smith and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard with their New Release, Best Friends

Hear a live concert every Friday at noon from WXPN NPR Music
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Pete Yorn XPN favorite Pete Yorn is on tour in support of his new self-titled album.

Often earning comparisons to legendary artists like Jeff Buckley & Nick Drake for his delicate vocals and thoughtful lyrics, New Jersey-native Pete Yorn's slightly mysterious demeanor wins fans everytime he steps up to the mic. His impeccably crafted songs have appeared in the popular TV shows "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity" and several films.

Yorn began writing his own material in high school and after graduating from Syracuse University, he relocated to L.A. with the dream of obtaining a record deal. He consistently performed in various local cafes and clubs, drawing many admirers; but his dream finally came true after a Columbia Records rep witnessed one of his striking performances. Granted a deal with the label, York recorded his debut, 'musicforthemorningafter', playing most of the instruments himself. A rigorous 18 month world tour in support of the album helped his debut go gold.

Yorn went on to release several critically acclaimed records, including 2003's "Day I Forgot" and 2006's "Nightcrawler." And continuing down that path of success, Yorn released two albums in 2009, including a collaboration with Scarlett Johansson. Since then, he has been working closely with the Pixie's Frank Black, who after expressing interest in working with Yorn ended up producing his latest and highly anticipated self-titled album.

Website: peteyorn.com
MySpace: myspace.com/peteyorn
Recent Release: Pete Yorn
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Label: Vagrant
Origin: Montville, New Jersey

Brad photo credit Anna Knowlden Brad features Shawn Smith and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard!

Officially forming in 1992, the Seattle based band 'Brad' has been in and out of the picture for years. With members Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Shawn Smith (Pgeonhed and Satchel), Regan Hagar (Satchel and Malfunkshun) and Jeremy Toback working with multiple bands and side-projects at once, it has been difficult for 'Brad' to survive within the tumultuous year-long breaks. But no matter long their hiatuses last, they always seem to gravitate back to one another to work on new material. Their sound, which certainly revolves heavily around multiple sources of inspiration and Smith's vocals, is raw and energetic.

But since the release of rough demo outtakes on Brad vs. Satchel, the group admits that their newest album Best Friends? is "more delicate than the others...it shows how we've all aged and mellowed." Though the original set of the album was recorded all the way back in 2003, they spent the past several years discovering their new sound and building upon what already existed. The process has been slow, but extremely rewarding. And after happily announcing the anticipated release of the album back in April, they have finally put forth the product of their scrupulously pieced together work.

Brad plays a full show Friday night, 10pm, at WorldCafeLive.com.

Website: bradcorporation.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/bradcorporation
Recent Release: Best Friends?
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Label: Monkeywrench Records
Origin: Seattle, WA

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

September 24, 2010

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

British Rock Veterans, James are touring the states in support of their new album The Morning After The Night Before, and play The Trocadero here in Philly this Friday night, September 24, 2010.

Sahara Smith When Paul Gilbertson managed to league up with Jim Glennie and Gavin Whelan in Manchester, UK back in 1982, he didn't realize that his actions would create a framework for decades of music to follow. Sharing their music with fans, the group gigged extensively thorughout the 80's before becoming the popular hit band James in the 1990s. It was then that they teamed up with Brian Eno, who pushed them to expand on their brit pop-rock style with new and exciting experimentation in sound. And with that growth, they were able to accentuate their warm melodies and win over the hearts of millions.

Expanding their sound to feature vocals, guitars, keyboards, violin, percussion, bass and trumpet, James maneuvers between quiet intimate moments and rivoting blasts of sound. Their mastery of dynamics and catchy melodies has always proved to be a crowd winning formula, and their impact on modern rock is undeniable.

With 10 released studio albums and millions of internationally sold copies, the modern rockers decided to depart ways in 2001. Returning to the scene in 2007, James is proving to be as capturing as they were when they started. Their latest double feature is a two mini-album release, "The Morning After The Night Before," which were originally released as separate discs in the UK.

So take the time to explore the light and dark side of these new releases at this Friday's Free At Noon. This is one you don't want to miss.

Website: http://www.wearejames.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jamesisnotaperson
Recent Release: The Morning After The Night Before
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Label: Mercury
Origin: Manchester, UK

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Dust Motes
2. Rabbit Hole
3. Out To Get You
4. Laid
5. Getting Away With It
6. Crazy
7. Say Something
8. I Want To Go Home


A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at noon from WXPN NPR Music
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Matt Costa's New Album, Mobile Chateau Comes Out Next Week, and
22 year-old Texas Native Sahara Smith's New Release, Myth of the Heart, is out now.

Matt Costa Growing up in California, Matt Costa started his musicianship at age twelve when he first picked up a guitar. Though he was in a band throughout high school and wrote music in his off-time, music wasn't his first love. He had dreams of being a pro-skateboarder, but after an injury that took him out for over a year, Costa realized that his true calling was his music.

Subsequently, Costa begain churning out demos from his four-track. One of those demos made it into the hands of Tom Dumont, No Doubt guitarist, and soon Costa had a producer. After the two released a couple independent EPs, Jack Johnson invited the young singer-songwriter onto his label. It's only been up and up for Costa's easy-going guitar style, with three full-lengths and stage appearances with names like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Oasis.

Costa's latest release, Mobile Chateau, could be a different thing entirely--Costa, who has always admired "'60s psychedelic superheroes" such as Donovan and the Electric Prunes, decided to take his music into that direction with this album. "I've always been drawn to that sound," he said. "I've been hearing songs like these in my head for my whole life and Mobile Chateau is the closest I've gotten to getting those songs out of my head and onto a record."

Website: mattcosta.com
MySpace: myspace.com/mattcostamusic
Recent Release: Mobile Chateau
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Label: Brushfire Records
Origin: Huntington Beach, CA

Free At Noon Setlist

1. Painted Face 2. Witchcraft 3. Strings of Change 4. Mobile Chateau 5. Johnny’s Love of Majik 6. Can You Tell Me

Sahara Smith Located 28 miles southwest of Austin, Wimberley, TX, boasts natural springs and gravesites of early pioneers. It's also been the hometown to Sahara Smith - a stunning, young singer-songwriter who started performing at age 12, and first garnered national attention at age 15 when she placed second in a contest for young songwriters on A Prairie Home Companion.

Now 21, Sahara is poised for a breakout with Myth of the Heart, the just-completed album of original songs shepherded by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman due August 31. The album features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Dennis Crouch.

Website: http://playingintrafficrecords.com/sahara-smith/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/saharasmithmusic
Recent Release: Myth of The Heart
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Label: Playing in Traffic Records
Origin: Austin, Wimberley, TX

XPN Free at Noon Featuring Matt Costa and Sahara Smith
at World Cafe Live

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

Free At Noon Setlist

1. All I Need 2. Tin Man Town 3. The Real Thing 4. Angel 5. Thousand Secrets 6. Are You Lonely

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Philly Songwriter, Birdie Busch is Celebrating the Release of her New E.P. Everyone Will Take You In

Birdie Busch with bandmates Birdie Busch's music hardly fits into a specific category or genre. Her atmospheric folk has strains of country-blues, and rockability. She sings about magic, luck, the universe, and the human heart speeding off on dangerous missions. Birdie has had a long-time partnership with her bandmates, and will be here this Friday, playing XPN's Free At Noon. Now on her fourth album, Everyone Will Take You In, Birdie Busch has shared the stage with Regina Spektor, Dar Williams and Amos Lee. Birdie joins other local and talented Philadelphia musicians, like Devin Greenwood, Todd Erk, Chris Giraldi, Ross Bellenoit, and Craig Hendrix in the making of great music.

Her newest release, Everyone Will Take You In, is a group of songs inspired by her hometown. The project is the first release for the new label Be Frank Records, a Philadelphia label specializing in vinyl releases and digital availabilities.

Birdie played this summer's XPoNential Music Festival. You can check out her photo gallery, and listen to her full set in the Festival Archives.

Don't miss the perfect way to kick off the Labor Day Weekend--a free performance by local favorite Birdie Busch, hosted by WXPN.

And, be sure to catch Birdie Busch at Johnny Brenda's at 9pm on Friday, September 17, too.



MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/birdiebusch
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Discography :
2010 Everyone Will Take You In (Be Frank Records)
2009 Pattern of Saturn (Monotask Music)
2007 Penny Arcade (Bar/None Records)
2006 The Ways We Try (Bar/None Records)

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Scissor SistersThis Friday at noon, don't miss out on a free show with one of the best-known acts from the New York City club scene, Scissor Sisters. Their sound is drawn from disco, glam rock, and of coursethe alternative night life of the Big Apple--they've been growing a fan base since 2004 with their eponymous, sensual debut, and their latest is just as provocative.

Formed in 2001 by two friends from Kentucky, Jake Shears and Scott "Babydaddy" Hoffman, Scissor Sisters truly came into form with the addition of Ana "Ana Matronic" Lynch, a musician who ran a weekly cabaret event. The three started off as the Fibrillating Scissor Sisters, ' slowly cultivated a reputation for their unabashed beats and content, and soon were signed and releasing. In the few years since, they've added members, collaborated with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Elton John, contributed to numerous soundtracks, and released three full-lengths.

The latest from Scissor Sisters is called "Night Work", and is full of the beats and anthems that the group has come to be known for. Lively and extremely enjoyable, this release is just more evidence the Bono knew what he was talking about when in 2004 he described them as "the best pop group in the world at the moment".

This Live Friday is free, and sure to be full of excitement. Mark your calendars, and bring your friends! What better way to start the weekend?

Scissor Sisters play the Electric Factory Friday night at 8:30 with Sammy Jo!



Website: http://www.scissorsisters.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/scissorsisters
Recent Release: Night Work
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Label: Polydor
Origin: New York City, New York

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

This event is Sold Out 08/20/2010

Listen to the Full Live Concert Live, Archived on NPR.org/music.

Ray Lamontagne and The Pariah Dogs Ray LaMontagne reached new heights with his third studio release in 2008, "Gossip in the Grain," and the album solidified the musician as a great musician, and a worldwide phenomenon. Reaching #3 on the charts, Ray also performed on SNL. His fans across the world are hotly waiting for his new release of "God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise,"on August 17. This country tinged album, His new CD was recorded - with his band, The Pariah Dogs - complete with banjo and slide guitar in LaMontagne's woodsey home in Massachusetts.

Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, will perform live on August 13 as part of WXPN's and NPR's Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Series. The new album can be heard on NPR.org/music, in its entirety, until its official release on August 17.

Ray LaMontagne plays with David Gray at the Susquehanna Bank Center, Friday night, August 13.

Come and experience Ray LaMontagne's stirring emotion, grit, and warmth as he performs WXPN's Live Friday Free At Noon concert, only at the World Cafe Live on Friday at 12noon ET. Hear it on your radio, or at XPN.org/listen, or join as at World Cafe Live.

Listen to the Full Live Concert Live, Archived on NPR.org/music.

Free At Noon Setlist
1. For the Summer
2. New York City’s Killing Me
3. Beg Steal or Borrow
4. This Love Is Over
5. Like Rock & Roll and Radio
6. Old Before Your Time
7. Trouble
8. Repo Man


Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

Check out the archives, listen to the concerts. Visit NPR.org/Music to hear this concert.

Website: http://www.raylamontagne.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/raylamontagne
Recent Release: God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Release Date: August 17, 2010
Label: RCA
Origin: Nashua, New Hampshire

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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!

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