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Gogol Bordello Gogol Bordello, named after the famous writer Nikolai Gogol, is a Gypsy punk band from New York City. They came together in the late '90s, playing their first shows in an after-hours club where they quickly became the house band. Over the past decade, they've cultivated a reputation by word of mouth and by following a hefty tour schedule--this nine-person outfit never fails to impress while on the stage. Their theatrical performances, multitude of instruments, and Gypsy-based music mixed with punk and dub are something to behold.

Since their inception, Gogol Bordello has been on stage with big names such as Madonna, Flogging Molly, and Cake. They've performed on almost every late-night show one could think of, appeared in several films, and released five studio albums in addition to several EPs and compilations. Their latest, "Trans-Continental Hustle", is also Gogol Bordello's studio album debut.

"Trans-Continental Hustle" is the follow-up to the band's highly acclaimed 2007 breakthrough, "Super Taranta!".

It's rough, fast, extremely danceable, and palatable to just about every taste--it's produced by main-stream-maker Rick Rubin but doesn't lose one lick of its originality. With their accordions, guitars, multiple forms of percussion, and on-stage dancers, Gorgol Bordello puts sheer exhuberance to music.

Join us this Friday at noon for a free performance for one of America's festival show-stoppers, the unconquerable Gorgol Bordello.

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Ultimate / Immigrant Punk
2. Wonderlust King
3. My Companjera
4. Break The Spell
5. Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)
6. Pala Tute
7. Strange Uncles From Abroad
8. Sun Is On My Side

Website: http://www.gogolbordello.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gogolbordello
Recent Release: Trans-Continental Hustle
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Label: Columbia/DMZ
Origin: New York City, New York

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...

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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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06/18/2010

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Truth and Salvage Co. Next up on Live Friday Free At Noon, boasts the up-and-coming six-man outfit Truth and Salvage Co. who produce what can only be called genuine American rock 'n' roll. With a total of four main songwriters/lead singers at the helm, Bill "Smitty" Smith (drums and vocals), Joe Edel (bass), Adam Grace (organ), Walker Young (piano and vocals), Tim Jones (rhythm guitar and vocals), and Scott Kinnebrew (lead guitar and vocals) could easily lose their vision and focus. But give a listen to their debut or attend a live concert, and it's easy to see the simple, energetic chemistry that makes Truth and Salvage Co.

Every current member had a previous stake in some other musical project, including The Moldy Peaches, Ben Folds Five, and Jack Johnson. In something they like to call a 'mass exodus', each made their way to Los Angeles from across the states where fate had them all on the same stage in no time. What started out as just jamming for fun turned into a full-blown musical project. Their energetic live performances soon had them selling out venues, and they signed onto Silver Arrow Records (The Black Crowes label).

The eponymous debut of Truth and Salvage Co. was released in late May of this year, and its "timeless sound" and "interwoven lyrical storytelling" is making many fans out of critics. (Amazon.com) There are obvious hints of classic rock (the Eagles, anyone?) but the album is a wholehearted blend of alt-country and even alt-rock influences.

This buoyant band with the unwieldy name opened for the Crowes last year, but this gig is their first headlining effort. Truth and Salvage Co. are touring nationally in support of their studio debut. They currently have stops in New York, Cleveland, San Francisco, and of course, Philly. Catch them at World Cafe this Friday at noon, but for those who can't manage the time, the band is playing the North Star Bar that same night.

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Call Back
2. Welcome to LA
3. Jump the Ship
4. Heart Like a Wheel
5. Rise Up
6. Old Piano
7. Brothers, Sons, & Daughters
8. Pure Mountain Angel

Blog Entry:
So good to be back in the northeast, we missed all y'all a whole bunch. And thanks for supporting the new record - it's been getting quite the buzz - all because of y'all!

Summer is proving to be good and fun! Dates coming up with The Black Crowes, Big Head Todd, Gov't Mule, and The Avett Brothers. It's good to be busy - keeps the head from spinnin'. Hope to see y'all out there somewhere.

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

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Past Magazine Review: Jay Sweet over at Paste Magazine writes a great review of their new CD.
Website: truthandsalvageco.com
MySpace: myspace.com/truthandsalvageco
Recent Release: Truth and Salvage Co.
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Label: Silver Arrow/Megaforce
Origin: L.A. (formerly of Black Mountain, North Carolina)

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.

Angus and Julia Stone This Friday at noon, take one excellent lunch break with world-renowned duo Angus and Julia Stone. The brother and sister act are known across the globe for their ability to mesh two strong, separate vocal styles into a beautiful, artfully mixed combination. Julia's 'fairy-tale', light tones twine around Angus'rough, emotive baritone in ways that make fans and critics alike assert that "...with the most basic tools, the Stones build something lovely and lasting." (BBC Music)

The two siblings had an early start on their musical careers. Both their parents were musicians in the same project, and while the two young children were still very small, their father had Julia playing trumpet and Angus playing trombone in the school band. The two began to collaborate in 2006, each having built experience and style as solo artists beforehand. The two write their own material separately, then come together for harmonies and structure.

In 2006, the two released their debut EP "Chocolate and Cigarettes". Plenty of airplay, festival performances, and word-of-mouth began to build A+J's reputation. Since their debut, just four years ago, the young artists have risen to the top of the charts in multiple countries, released several more EPs and two full-lengths, and been nominated for numerous awards. They've shared stages with big names such as Donavon Frankenreiter and Martha Wainwright, and toured internationally.

The unstoppable duo's latest album, "Down The Way", was released just this March. They produced the album themselves, and the result has more of a bedroom folk sound than their previous work. Though the two hail from Australia, "Down The Way" could be called lush Americana. There's little doubt that their recording time spent in the American West had more than a small influence on the album's dusty guitar sound.

A+J will be touring North America through June, but shows are already beginning to sell out. Be sure not to miss this Live Friday performance.

Angus and Julia Stone Free At Noon Setlist

1. Santa Monica Dream
2. Mango Tree
3. And the Boys
4. The Wolf and the Butler
5. For You
6. Big Jet Plane
7. You’re the One That I Want
8. Private Lawns

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Website: http://www.angusandjuliastone.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angusandjuliastone
Recent Release: Down the Way
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Label: Nettwerk
Origin: Sydney, Australia

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!

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
Made possible by XPN Members, NPR Music and Comcast

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Martin Sexton This Free at Noon features British rocker Graham Parker, headlining with The National. Parker is perhaps best known for his days on top the UK charts while heading the New Wave outfit Graham Parker & the Rumour in the '70s.

Parker started off like many eventual chart-toppers: working a string of dead-end jobs while singing in local gigs. He recorded a few great demos, those demos fell into the right hands, and soon Parker had label and a backing band. From then on, it was nothing but up.

The band released a total of seven albums, and all were highly acclaimed. Parker's early-life influences (Motown, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison) played a part in the creation of his New Wave style, but there's no question that Parker's style was one-of-a-kind. Much of Parker's discography at this time has made numerous best-of lists, but "Squeezing Out Sparks" was perhaps the most welcomed. Some fans believe it is the best album of his career, and was recently named by Rolling Stone on their 500 greatest albums of all time list.

After Parker left the Rumours in the early '80s, he continued on solo. He's also published a substantial amount of literature. Lately, instead of slowing down, it seems like the author-musician has only been fueling his creative processes. His latest album, 'Imaginary Television', is something of a concept album, written around TV storylines, and full of reminiscing and introspection. It's mellow, but it's got a lot of great hooks throughout--one of Parker's specialities.

Website: http://www.grahamparker.net
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gramparker
Recent Release: Imaginary Television
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Label: Bloodshot Records
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Ambiguous
2. Not Where You Think You Are
3. It’s My Party (But I Won’t Cry)
4. Heat Treatment

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Eli Featuring intricate wordplay, catchy choruses, and complimentary instrumental arrangements, it’s no wonder The National have been compared to everyone from Tindersticks to The Pixes.

Formed in 1999 by five friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band is comprised of vocalist Matt Berninger and two sets of brothers: Aaron & Rice Dessner, and Scott & Bryan Devendorf.

Released in 2001, their self-titled debut album received a considerable amount of attention for combining country folk with traditional rock. Following a string of live shows, a second album, and a growing fan base, the band released their third album 'Alligator' in 2005, a work described by vocalist Matt Berninger as a “euphoric disconnection”. The album received widespread acclaim, appearing on many end-of-year best album lists and included well-known songs “Mr. November” and “Abel”. Their second album was just as much a hit. 'Boxer' had contributions from Sufjan Stevens on the piano and Padma Newsome (The Clogs), and critics and fans again welcomed it with open arms--it was named best album of the year by Paste Magazine, sold 180,000 copies in the US alone, and brought the band even further into the spotlight.

Since the release of 'Boxer', the five-some has played with the likes of Modest Mouse, REM, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, to name a few. They released 'The Virginia EP', made their first tour documentary, and hit up numerous festivals. In 2008, The National announced that work had commenced on their fifth studio album. 'High Violet' debuted this May, to the now customary critical acclaim. It's been called the third masterpiece in a row for The National, perhaps the best offering of the Brooklyn-based outfit to date. Incredible lyrics, Matt Berninger's distinctive, emotive baritone, and the instrumental capabilities of each member are maximally utilized. It might be too early to tell, but if reactions stay the same, this could be the album of the year.

Currently The National is touring in support of 'High Violet', with stops throughout the US and then Europe. Don't miss them this Free at Noon as they perform with British rocker Graham Parker.

Website: http://www.americanmary.com
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thenational
Recent Release: High Violet
Release Date: May 10, 2010
Label: 4AD
Band Origin: Cincinnati, Ohio

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Bloodbuzz Ohio
2. Afraid of Everyone
3. Runaway
4. Terrible Love

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Parking Notice and Directions

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
Made possible by XPN Members, NPR Music and Comcast

Thursday's Free At Noon - 06/3/2010

The Constellations Creating a concept album is a bold move, and especially as a debut. But Atlanta's nine-person outfit, The Constellations, have done so. Then again, they might argue that the album created itself. As lead vocalist Elijah Jones put it, “All of us wanted to do a record about Atlanta, but we never said it in words. But the deeper we got into it, the more we realized we were writing a concept album.”

The result is a musical blend of influences, themes, and colorful sounds. The band self-describes as a psychedelic soul-rock explosion for good reason, and they have a rather large line-up because they need every single person. Vocals, bass, guitars, percussion, keys, and random things such as clappers all play a part in the The Constellation's music. On their debut, everything comes together to tell the story of Atlanta, the good and bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Every city is a roiling mixture of differences on some level, and so any concept album about a city will reflect that. The Constellations have pulled together a debut that does the job admirably well.

This Free at Noon, part of the Non-Commvention, was on Thursday, June 3, featuring The Constellations. A double-header with Americana songstress Amy Correia.

Website: http://www.theconstellationsmusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theconstellations
Recent Release: Southern Gothic
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Label: Virgin Records
Origin: Atlanta, GA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Setback
2. Perfect Day
3. We’re Here to Save the Day
4. Felicia

Amy Correia This week's Non-Comm pairing includes Amy Correia, Americana singer and songwriter who just released a fan-funded album. You Go Your Way (Available Now at AmyCorreia.com), was wholly paid for by Correia's listeners, which puts this Oregon-based songstress in the category of label-circumventing artists. It's not the Correia didn't have a choice--she's been on big names such as Virgin already. It's just more about the music than the money for her, and this was a way to show that.

Raised in Massachusetts, the young Correia got her start in New York after graduating from Barnard College. She, like many great musicians before her, got her start working a day job (writing for an ad agency) and performing at night. She met Blind Melon guitarist Chris Thorn, began performing with the band, and then the recording started. She's thus far produced three albums on her own, and has also done several collaborationa. Over time, she's performed with top artists, including John Hiatt, Freedy Johnston, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann...the list goes on and on. Correia's got a talent for connecting with her audiences, whether they be in front of her or listening at home. As New York Times music critic John Pareles put it, "At first her songwriting can sound just as unpolished, with melodies that are reveries on old blues, folk or gospel. But like Michelle Shocked and Tom Waits, Ms. Correia turns imperfections into intimacies."

Amy Correia's performance was broadcasted live for the 10th annual Non-Commvention on June 3. She also performs on June 5, with Richard Julian at World Cafe Live.

Website: http://www.amycorreia.com/
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/amycorreia
NEW Release Available Now: You Go Your Way Buy it at AmyCorreia.com
Official Release Date: Summer 2010
Label: self-released
Band Origin: Oregon, US

Free At Noon Setlist
1. You Go Your Way
2. Powder Blue Transam
3. City Girl
4. Love Changes Everything

JP Chrissie & The Fairground Boys Chrissie Hynde is something of a living legend. Born in Ohio but currently a resident of the UK, the rock musician has made a name for herself as the tough-as-nails leader of the new wave outfit The Pretenders. Her guitar, singing, and songwriting capabilities have set her apart to many fans of '70s punk.

This coming Thursday, check out Hynde in her new musical project: JP, Chrissie, and The Fairground Boys. Hynde and Welsh musician JP Jones met over drinks at a party thrown by artist Damien Hirst's wife, threw around some rather drunken ideas, and while Hynde was out of town, Jones began sending her MP3s of his latest work. Hynde said she was 'seduced' by the folk rocker's music, and right after Hynde returned from her latest Pretenders' tour, the two headed to Havana to commence writing an album. Fidelity was completed in an astonishingly short amount of time, but won't be released until August of this year. As Hynde describes the debut, "It's very truthful and it's very heartwrenching. And, in fact, it's quite heartbreaking. It's not been and easy album to get through."

Jones and Hynde share lead vocal duties throughout the album, giving it a feel akin to the recent Allison Krauss and Robert Plant collaboration, though probably a bit edgier. The two musicians and the rest of the band (Patrick Murdoch - guitars, Sam Swallow - piano, keyboards, Vezio Baccio - bass, and Geoff Holroyde - drums) are playing a handful of shows until the release of Fidelity. One of those will be for the Non-Commvention--be sure not to miss it!


Myspace: myspace.com/chrissiehyndejpjones
Recent Release: Fidelity
Release Date: August 17, 2010
Label: La Mina
Band Origin: UK

Free At Noon Setlist
1. If You Let Me
2. Perfect Lover
3. Fairground Luck

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Free Energy - May 28,2010

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

XPN Free at Noon Featuring the Free Energy
at World Cafe Live

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

Free Energy When Philadelphia's own Free Energy formed in 2008, they lived in relative darkness before deciding to step into the light a year ago. Upon their arrival, the five piece outfit was met with an enormous amount of buzz, and with the release of their debut album, they are taking the rock world by storm in 2010.

Their fun spirited rock has a reminiscent appeal to it, as if pulled right from a batch of 70's records. So while their heady and raw sound is fringed with familiarity,it managed to distance the group from a huge pool of emerging indie rock bands. Fusing elements of 70's glam, power pop, bubble gum, and arena rock, the band unabashedly embraces poppy hooks and boy-girl romance, wooing critics and fans with their exuberant and joyous take on life. That take won the attention of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who produced the band's debut album, "Stuck on Nothing," for DFA Records. The album's spring arrival saw the band quickly catapulted to the national stage, with stellar SXSW performances cementing what fans knew all along: Free Energy's "hopelessly hopeful" music is not only jam-packed with fun,it's also really good.

Website: http://freeenergymusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/freeenergymusic
Recent Release: Stuck On Nothing
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Label: DFA Records
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

Free Energy Free At Noon Setlist

1. Free Energy
2. Hope Child
3. Dream City
4. All I Know
5. Light Love
6. Something in Common
7. C’mon Let’s Dance
8. Bang Pop

From the Band..."Hey everybody (web surfers, time travelers, cosmic voyagers, et al). Welcome to our web blog. We are writing here from the World Cafe green room. Very psyched to be here playing on WXPN."

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.

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!

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XPN Free at Noon Featuring the ALO
at World Cafe Live

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

ALO Branching from a popular Santa Barbara nine-piece band with a brass section called The Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns, ALO's Zach Gill, Dan Lebowitz and Steve Adams returned to their hometown in San Francisco to form a stripped down version of the group. After reuniting with college friend and drummer David Brogan in 2002, the ALO line-up was officially in place. The jam band released a number of indie label albums before joining forces with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, one of Zach Gill's college mates. Supporting Jack Johnson in live performances and later signing to Johnson's Brushfire label, ALO released their first studio album "Roses & Clover" (2007) under Brushfire. The album's blend of jam rock, jazz, folk and pop made them a shoo-in for success.

Following "Roses & Clover" with extended tours and a few side projects, ALO decided to turn to their second album "Man of the World" (2010), making their way to Oahu, Hawaii to record in Johnson's home studio. The laidback quality of the album definitely relays the environment of their recording process, one that revolved around comfortable jazzy-jam sessions. Engineered by Dave Simon-Baker and produced by Jack Johnson, the 11-song collection was mostly recorded live, relying on a more organic process of music making. The compilation strongly reflects songwriting, vocal and strong instrumental contributions from each member, which solidly lock together to create a bluesy rock framework. And yet, their is an overall cafe lounge vibe to the album that sits nicely next to its edgier parts.

Upon the release of "Man of the World," ALO will be putting on quite a show for us for this Friday's afternoon concert. You don't want to miss it.

Website: http://www.alomusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/alomusic
Recent Release: Man of the World
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Label: Brushfire Records
Origin: San Francisco, CA

ALO Free At Noon Setlist

1. Barbeque
2. States of Friction
3. Big Appetite
4. I Love Music
5. Man of the World
6. The Champ
7. Try
8. Maria
9. (Encore:) Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down

From the Band..."Check out ALO"s new album Man of the World produced by ALO and Jack Johnson. We'll be touring the States throughout the Summer with Jack Johnson and playing quite a few festivals. Check out alomusic.com for tour dates and more info. Thanks to WXPN and all their listeners for a great show today!"

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.

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!

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

XPN Free at Noon Featuring the Drink Up Buttercup
at World Cafe Live

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

Drink Up Buttercup Hailing from Philadelphia, the psychedelic foursome Drink Up Buttercup came together in 2008. Thriving in the Philly indie music scene, the four young musicians were soon making a name for themselves for their creative live performances. Three rings, plenty of trash-can banging, and an abundance of inspired melodies has brought the band enough repute to release, tour, and release again. They've gotten some impressive praise from big-name sources. The New York Times recently said this of their performances: "Drink Up Buttercup, a quartet from Philadelphia that lunges joyously into every jangly chord and full-throated chorus...brought a smile to every face I could see, and the bashing on that garbage can lid couldn't obscure some genuinely pretty and expressive harmonies."

Their latest, "Born and Thrown on a Hook" is Beatles-esque (but somehow molded into a sound deeply their own). It's surreal but storied, and the influences are obvious but not at all too much. One could describe it best as "a mix between Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, The Doors and The Beatles".

This Friday at noon, don't miss James Harvey's vocals, the bass, keys, melodica, and can-smashing tradeoffs by Farzad Houshiarnejad and Ben Money, and Mike Cammerata's drums. It's going to be one heck of a show.

Website: http://www.drinkupbuttercup.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/drinkupbuttercupband
Recent Release: Born and Thrown on a Hook
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Label: Yep Roc Records
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Gods and Gentlemen
2. Mr. Pie Eyes
3. Even Think
4. Young Ladies
5. Doggy Head
6. Sosey and Dosey
7. Heavy Hand
8. Lovers Play Dead

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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!

XPN Free at Noon Featuring the Hold Steady
at World Cafe Live
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!

Live Concert Fridays At Noon from NPR Music and WXPN
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast

Hold Steady Brooklyn-based indie rock quintent The Hold Steady might just be the best bar band in America. With their riff-heavy mixture of classic, Bruce Springsteen-meets-the-Replacements-style rock and frontman Craig Finn's lyrically dense storytelling style, The Hold Steady craft intricately detailed musical universes that have already won them countless fans.

Formed in 2000 from the ashes of the Minneapolis-based Lifter Puller, the Hold Steady released their first album, "Almost Killed Me", in 2004 to nearly universal critical acclaim. Bolstered by ever-widening touring circles, 2005's Separation Sunday raised the band's profile even further: it managed to reach the top of many year-end best-of lists, including snagging the #10 spot in Spin Magazine. A loose concept album, Separation Sunday concerns itself mostly with a set of recurring characters (Holly, Charlemagne, and Gideon) who's lives and exploits are chronicled in Craig Finn's complex and allusion-filled lyrics.

After solidifying their reputation for solid, storied classic rock, the band then went on to release two more highly acclaimed albums, 2006's "Boys and Girls in America" and 2008's "Stay Positive". Their latest, "Heaven is Whenever", is set to hit the shelves in the beginning of May. Its first single was posted on Pitchfork in March, and guitarist Tad Kubler has stated that "musical scores" and "cinematic soundscapes" are a big part of its composition. Unfortunately, Franz Nicolay, the mustachioed former keyboardist, will not be featured on "Heaven is Whenever". He left the band in 2010.

Join other fans this coming Friday at World Cafe Live to rock out with this talented, entertaining bar band. What better way to spend a lunch break, or start the weekend early?

Website: http://www.theholdsteady.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theholdsteady
Recent Release: Heaven is Whenever
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Label: Vagrant
Origin: New York, New York

Free At Noon Setlist
1. The Sweet Part of the City
2. The Weekenders
3. Hurricane J
4. Barely Breathing
5. Rock Problems
6. Soft in the Center
7. Our Whole Lives
8. We Can Get Together
9. Southtown Girls
10. Your Little Hoodrat Friend

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!

Live Concert Broadcast and Webcast Fridays At Noon

From NPR Music and WXPN, hear a live mix of roots rock, folk, country and more.

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

Click the Artist name below to RSVP:

Justin Nozuka
at World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live .
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Justin Nozuka It may suprise you upon first listening to Justin Nozuka's soulful and soft-spoken reflection, that he is only 21 years old. The amount of maturity in his work can be deceiving, but considering that the Toronto based musicain has been writing songs since his early teens, it only seems natural that his neo-soul and folk style suits him. After compiling some of his best written works between ages 15 and 17, Nozuka released his first album "Holly." Named after his supportive mother, the debut album embodied incredibly soulful and fluid vocals matched by powerful and introspective songwritng. His winning combination of soul, folk guitar, blues and pop often grants him comparisons to artists across the board, from Ray LaMontagne and Jeff Buckley to Lauren Hill. Without a doubt, it is his all encompasing style and passion for music that explains why he fits so well performing with a variety of acts such as Ziggy Marley, John Cale and Sam Roberts. By the time he was 19 years old, Nozuka was already being featured on VH1,late night talk shows,and receiving Juno Award nominations for New Artist of the Year. 2010 seems to hold just as much promise with the release of his sophomore album, "You I Wind Land Sea." His approach to the album focuses on highlighting a bit more soul while infusing a lot more warmth, and as the title suggests, the album sounds every bit natural, especially with is warmer and rounded production. As Nozuka states, the album has "more of a vision" and holds true to what comes natural to him as a musician. Playing tunes off of his new album YIWLS, check out what Justin Nozuka has to offer at this Friday's Free at Noon concert.

Website: http://www.justinnozuka.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/justinnozuka
Recent Release: You I Wind Land and Sea
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Label: Glass Note
Origin: Toronto, Ontario

Free At Noon Setlist
1. My Heart Is Yours
2. Love
3. Mr. Therapy Man
4. Woman Put Your Weapon Down
5. Carried You
6. Heartless
7. After Tonight
8. Soulless Man
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!

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