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Though London's James Blake plans on releasing his debut record in March, the post-dubstep producer already has the fanbase of a seasoned artist after releasing a series of widely acclaimed EPs and singles. Hailed by BBC as the one of most promising new artists, this mere 22 year old is also our Artist to Watch for March.

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

Free at Noon Parking Alert!

Due to area construction, the entrance to the Free at Noon parking garage has relocated to Chestnut and 32nd Street. Please also be aware that the flat rate for Free at Noon concert parking is now $7. Parking will be available beginning at 11 am and is valid until 2 pm. So when you’re approaching the garage on Chestnut Street, keep your eye out for a volunteer with a WXPN sign and we’ll take it from there!

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

A Doubleheader with guitarist extraordinaire
Charlie Hunter and XPN Favorite James Hunter

James Hunter

James Hunter James Hunter's breakthrough was a long time coming, but no one's doubting his talent now. He began sharing his R&B talent with the world at various pubs and clubs in London, in the late '80s and early '90s. His soulful musings caught the ear of Van Morrison, and the two began a mutually beneficial musical friendship.

Hunter toured in the US with Morrison, and slowly began to build up a fan base. In 2006, his first solo release in the US, "People Gonna Talk", was hailed as a masterful mixture of R&B, early soul, and early rock. Nominated for a Grammy and solidifying his reputation, the crooner wrote and released "The Hard Way" in the following couple of years. Reactions were again solidly enthusiastic for Hunter's talent, truth, and great genre-mixing. Perhaps the Boston Globe reviewer put it best: "There's not a false moment here, and the short, pointed songs - all beautifully arranged - evoke classic '50s and '60s R&B without coming across as pale imitations."

Don't miss James Hunter this Friday at the World Cafe. He's taking some time from his busy US tour schedule to double-head with the wonderful Charlie Hunter. It's going to be one great show. As Van Morrison has said, "James Hunter is one of the best voices, and best kept secrets, in British R'n'B and Soul. Check him out."

James Hunter and his band will play a full show at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, March 1

Website: jameshuntermusic.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/jameshuntermusic
Recent Release: The Hard Way
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Label: Hear Music
Origin: London, UK

Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter

With a total of 17 albums to his name, Charlie Hunter reveals time and time again that his level of musicianship is unparalleled. Coming into prominence in the early 1990's, this jazz multi-instrumentalist is both incredibly swift with technique and open to the sponteneity of improvisation. Piecing together songs with his custom-made seven and eight-string guitars, bass, and drums, his songs are calculated and full of geniune expertise. His understanding of musical frameworks is impressive, but while many other jazz artists are tempted to demonstrate their versatily with ostentatious solos that veer away from the general structure of song, he prefers to stay enmeshed within the weavings of complicated arrangements. As a multi-instrumentalist he really understands how the different pieces tie together to create a sense of pure joy and soulful emotion. For these reasons combined, Hunter has collaborated with some of the top jazz musicians around, including the co-founded jazz fusion group Garage A Trois.

What is also unique about Hunter is his love for early blues and jazz, which has notably inspired his recent work. Such love and admiration for early works is no more apparent than on his album Public Domain, which as the name suggests, contains a series of jazzed up old-time songs that have outlived copyright and entered the public domain. Using just a few mics and amps, the album was recorded in just a few hours and has a very intimate, freshly cut sound that plays with elements of blues, funk, and jazz.

Charlie Hunter plays a full show this Friday night at World Cafe Live. Pick up his new CD at Amazon.com.

Website: charliehunter.com
MySpace: myspace.com/charliehunter
Recent Release: Public Domain
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Label: Spire Artists
Origin: Berkeley, CA/ Montclair, NJ

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Hear a concert live Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
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Free at Noon Parking Alert

Due to area construction, the entrance to the Free at Noon parking garage has relocated to Chestnut and 32nd Street. Please also be aware that the flat rate for Free at Noon concert parking is now $7. Parking will be available beginning at 11 am and is valid until 2 pm. So when you're approaching the garage on Chestnut Street, keep your eye out for a volunteer with a WXPN sign and we'll take it from there!

Kurt Vile has a new album out next month, Smoke Ring For My Halo. He plays World Cafe Live March 23 with J. Mascis.

Kurt Vile Born on the outskirst of Philadelphia to a family of ten siblings, Kurt Vile exudes a positively warming grasp of classic rock and modern form and is often marked by a jumble of influences from Leonard Cohen and My Bloody Valentine to Animal Collective. Gathering inspiration from classic-rock stations and friends, Vile gets "inspiration from people around me and just all kinds of music." Most attest to the freshness of his work, his ability to transform an old sound with just the right touch of modern and experimental, but it is also his admirable worth ethic that has garnered noteworthy praise.

Vile began songwriting and recording when his father bought him a banjo at 14 and soon after began releasing home-recorded albums. Tapping into what soon became a passion, he switched to guitar and began playing as many shows as possible. But the doors never quite opened until the former forklift truck driver left the job and started to seriously gig. His growing popularity was many years in the coming, but his sound soon caught the ears of big labels who were scrambling to sign him. As the label war ensued, Vile hopped around a bit, releasing several albums along the way. "Constant Hitmaker" launched Vile into the sphere of wide recognition with the hit "Freeway," and his subsequent albums eventually pushed his career into the arms of Matador records.

Following "Childish Prodigy" (2009), Vile is now joined by his band the Violators on the upcoming album "Smoke Ring For My Halo." And if you are a Kurt Vile fan as we are, then you won't want to miss this Free At Noon!

Website: kurtvile.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/kurtvileofphilly
Recent Release: Smoke Ring For My Halo
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: Matador
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

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

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 Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Hayes Carll Texas songwriter, Hayes Carll is a dry-witted folk musician whose humble music is poised but infused with humorous anecdotes. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 15, played during college, moved around Texas, eventually returning to Houston, his hometown,and started to develop a following. That's where he released his first album, 2002's Flowers Liquor. which became an immediate hit with critics and fans alike.

Almost a decade later, Carll has racked up a list of achievements, written three more full-lengths, and spent a good deal of time on the road, honing his craft and receiving inspiration. First off, his second release, though courted by record companies, was on his own label, and became the first self-released Americana album to top the charts. Carll has been named best folk and best new artist by the Houston Press, he's written music with Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and he's largely recognized as a lead man in a resurgence of Texas artists greatly influenced by Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.

Carll's latest release is the miliatry acronymic KMAG YOYO, standing for Kiss My A** Guys, You're on Your Own. It's storied by personal, full of songs with rich military characters and influences. The album was largely inspired and created on the road, using riffs created on stage. As Carll puts it on his website, "I wanted to challenge myself musically, and see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the music first, with the music calling the lyrics."

The resulting album has been described as full of "fiery rock, twangy country, pensive folk and even a touch of gospel." If there really is as close a connection between Carll's performances and his music, he's got to have really energetic, exciting shows.

Hayes Carll will be here for a Free At Noon show from World Cafe Live on Friday, February 11, playing songs from his brand new album KMAG YOYO. RSVP by clicking on the link above, or hear it on your radio, or online at XPN.org/listen.

Website: hayescarll.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/hayescarll
Recent Release: KMAG YOYO
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Label: Lost Highway Records
Origin: Houston, Texas

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Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

It all started with the 88 keys of an old organ. This month's Artist to Watch, Fitz & The Tantrums, is a six-person outfit of soul + pop and some really quite dapper suits. It only took a year for them to hit it big, and they're still growing--there's got to be something good about a band that can coast to sharing stages with Maroon 5 and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on just an EP.

Doubleheader: Adele and Matt Duke - SOLD OUT

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Adele British singer/songwriter and multi-Grammy award winner Adele pays a warm welcome to World Cafe Live for this Friday's free at noon concert.

At 22 years old, the accomplished soul sensation was inspired by the works of Etta James, Jeff Buckley and Jill Scott from which she developed a powerful voice of her own. Enrolling in the BRIT School (which produced artists such as Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Imogen Heap, and Leona Lewis), Adele perfected her sound by the time of graduation and emerged as a soulful songbird and myspace sensation in 2007 and 2008.

In January 2008, Adele made her premiere on XL Recordings with her full-length debut, 19. Masterfully weaving blues, jazz, folk, pop, and soul into a creative tapestry, 19 introduced Adele's knack for lyrical sincerity. Later nominated with The Mercy Prize, 19 debuted at number one on the UK album chart and quickly attained platinum status. Branching out from the successful seed planted by 19, Adele's sophomore album 21 explores similar topics of love, life and struggle. But with a few more years of experience to line the album, she admits that her handling of such experiences has been more honest and patient and that the 21 has reflected that.

With singles such as "Rolling in the Deep" hitting number one on the charts before the album was even released, Adele has become an inspiring global sensation. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see her perform live!

Website: adele.tv/
MySpace: myspace.com/adelelondon
Recent Release: 21
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Label: XL Recordings/ Columbia
Origin: London, England

A Special Appearance from Philly's Own, Matt Duke

Matt Duke

Twenty-six year old Philadelphian, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Duke started off by performing in coffee houses in the area. He recorded his first demo in the winter of 2004. In 2008, he released a second full-length album Kingdom Underground, his first with the label Ryko.

His newest album, One Day Die is due for release March 1. He will be performing at World Cafe Live on March 5 opening for Vienna Teng!

Matt Duke has been one of our WXPN Musicians On Call performers and has helped raise awareness and support for this program.


Website: mattdukemusic.net/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mattduke
Recent Release: One Day Die
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Label: Rykodisc
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

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

 

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows, metered parking on Walnut Street is limited.

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 concert live Fridays at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

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

Losers Lounge The esteemed Losers Lounge tribute to The Rat Pack, a bi-monthly tribute project established in New York City by Joe McGinty (keyboardist for Psychedelic Furs, The Romones) in 1993, is coming to Philadelphia to pay honorable tribute to none other than The Rat Pack!

When McGinty and singer Nick Danger established Losers Lounge, their original piano singalong night turned into a hit tribute concert to Burt Bacharach. Since then, McGinty and Danger maintained a strong tradition of honoring artists throughout time and space, and with the help of the Kustard Kings back up band, they've thrown over 16 years of sold out tribute shows across various NY venues. In the past, Losers Lounge has explored well known and lesser known works by artists such as Queen, Neil Diamond, and David Bowie, with quite a number of famous artists such as Debby Harry and Nellie McKay stopping in to join the fun. Now turning their attention to the famed 1960's Rat Pack, which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, Losers Lounge are coming to Philadelphia to present an exciting list of covers.

For the first time in history, they are bringing their exciting performance to Philly. So if you love the music of the Rat Pack, come join us this Friday at Noon for an unforgettable tribute to some of history's most cherished musicians.

Tickets are still available for a full show at target=_blank>World Cafe Live on Friday night, January 28, 2011.

Website: www.loserslounge.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/losersloungenyc
Recent Release: N/A
Release Date: N/A
Label: N/A
Origin: New York City, 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.

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 concert live Fridays at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

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

The power trio, Scott Sax and Queen Electric will take the stage at 12noon today! (Due to weather-related problems with travel, Nicole Atkins will not be performing.)

Nicole Atkins has a brand new album, Mondo Amore. She plays Johnny Brenda's on March 10, and Free At Noon Friday, January 21!

Nicole Atkins Nicole Atkins taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 13 after chancing upon one in her attic. The Neptune, New Jersey native and former XPN Artist to Watch had already mastered the piano (at age 9), and had an early appreciation for iconic artists like Johnny Cash and Robert Plant. Those early influences drove her into New York City's anti-folk scene in the mid '00s, where she found like-minded musicians and a growing audience. A bidding war resulted in her signing with Columbia Records (who she has since severed ties with), who released her debut, Neptune City. A long-awaited follow up, Mondo Amore, is on the way.

Website: www.nicoleatkins.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/nicoleatkins
Recent Release: Mondo Amore
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Label: Razor & Tie
Origin: Chicago, IL

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.

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 Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Kurt Elling Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association on half a dozen occasions in the past ten years, and during the same interval has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is also a Grammy winner, and every record he has made has been Grammy nominated. Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.s

Declared The New York Times, "Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time." Said The Washington Post, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz." He has been featured in profiles for CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, on Ramsey Lewis's Legends of Jazz, and in hundreds of publications.

Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore Music and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has also written multi-disciplinary works for The Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago. The Obama Administration's first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.

Elling is a renowned artist of vocalese—the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. He often incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda, and Proust into his work. The late poet and Bollingen Prize winner Robert Creeley wrote, "Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit."

Already 2010 has been a year of expanded creativity for Elling. He completed an extensive tour with the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and staged Passion World, a commissioned event for Jazz at Lincoln Center with French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano, singing songs of love and loss in four languages. Elling also just completed The Gate, a new studio recording for Concord Records. Produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), The Gate will be released in February 2011.

Website: www.kurtelling.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/kurtelling
Recent Release: Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane & Hartman
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Label: Concord Jazz
Origin: Chicago, IL

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.

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 Friday on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Steel Train, photo by L. Byrnes This Friday, the Jersey indie-pop outfit Steel Train will be on the World Cafe stage for the weekly Free at Noon. They've released a new eponymous album after coming off some impressive tours--they've toured with Tegan and Sara, Ben Folds, The Fray, Silversun Pickups, The Formate, Bare Naked Ladies...the list goes on and on. They've been on stage at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Cochella and various late night shows. It's obvious that there's something catchy about this five-piece and their bright yet insightful pop.

Steel Train just released their third album, the eponymous "Steel Train", which came out on their own label in June 29. It was released with an all-female companion album, "Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, with covers and remixes from artists like Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson. Steel Train buzzed up the album by streaming parts on their website, and reception was great.

"Steel Train" is a collection of songs full of bright improv and just a little bit of crazy. Lead singer Jack Antonoff described the band's humble beginnings as inspiration--bad soundsystems, strange venues, and an underground following. As he put it, "Steel Train" is a return to where they came from--and "the music and lyrics reflect all that madness". The result is a grand bunch of sunshiny pop that critics and fans alike are embracing.

Don't miss out on a chance to see Steel Train and a bit of their madness at the World Cafe. It's a great way to start off the weekend, and it's free!

Website: steeltrain.net
MySpace: myspace.com/steeltrain
Recent Release: Steel Train
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Label: Terrible Thrills
Origin: New Jersey

1. You and I Undercover
2. Bullet
3. Turnpike Ghost
4. You Are Dangerous
5. Kill Monsters in the Rain
6. Road Song
7. American Girl
8. S.O.G. Burning In Hell

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!

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