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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 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!

British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long's anticipated debut studio album 'A WINTER TALE', produced by Liam Watson (White Stripes) will be released February 1st, 2011 on ATO Records. Currently residing in New York City, the 24-year old Long has been writing finely-crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 17; from then on he's been creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics.

Doubleheader: Good Old War and Liz Phair

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Good Old War Good Old War, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, have been turning heads recently with their eponymous release. Rising from the ashes of rock band Days Away, this folk-influenced indie outfit created one of the summer's most upbeat records, and have since been cultivating a reputation that's beginning to stretch between the coasts and no doubt across the waters.

Good Old War's interesting name is a combination of parts from all three band members' last names. Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Daniel Schwartz got together during a 'hiatus' of Days Away, and slowly began to build a fan base. Their dedicated practice, including their daily vocal harmonizing, led to some deft arrangements, which they placed on their debut album.

On their most recent album, Good Old War continues its trademark harmonies, uptempo instrumentation, and honest, youthful lyricism. Good Old War has the ability to bring the listener into a fun, breezy world, filled with warm guitar tones and catchy choruses. As the trio alternately brings to mind images of 1960s doo-wop, whimsical folk music, and indie rock aesthetics, Good Old War deserves credit for making smart, simplistic, and clean music full of great hooks. In an age of studio quirks and digital gimmicks, Good Old War isn't afraid to write happy, catchy songs that aim to please.

This week's Free at Noon features this up-and-coming local trio, playing from their latest. There aren't many other ways to start off the weekend this well.

Website: goodoldwar.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/goodoldwar
Recent Release: Good Old War
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Label: Sargent House
Origin: Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Liz Phair Phair began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the moniker Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records.

Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim: by the turn of the twenty-first century, it had been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Her career began after a series of tapes she made as The Girly Sound came to the attention of Matador Records in 1992. Exile in Guyville followed in 1993 to rave reviews. Consequently the release of Whip-Smart (1994) was much anticipated and promoted. It debuted at No.27 but though it achieved gold classification it did not sell as well as had been expected.

Ten years after the release of her debut, Phair's fourth album, Liz Phair, was released on Capitol Records and her music began to move in a more pop rock-oriented approach. Phair has sold nearly three million records worldwide.

There was a gap of several years before Liz Phair (2003) hit the shops. The delay was caused in part by the insistence of the record label that Phair develop the content with her production team. The collaboration resulted in some of the most poppy and successful songs on her album, including "Why Can't I" and "Extraordinary". However, she continued to explore sexually explicit themes in songs like "H.W.C.". The album equaled her best chart performance, reaching No.27 in the Billboard charts.


Website: lizphair.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lizphair
Recent Release: Funstyle
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Label: Rocket Science
Origin: Chicago, ILLINOIS

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

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

Trout Fishing In America Trout Fishing In America first came together when Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet did a little show at a grade school after meeting in the adult folk band St. Elmo's Fire. From there they've gone on to a venerable career of children's music, along with a few adult releases. They've won four Grammys and a number of parents' choice awards, and they've kept up their fan bases in the old and young alike. Since 1979, they've release 19 records on Trout Records, and their latest, "Lookin' at Lucky", is an adult-aimed mix of folk influences.

"Lookin' at Lucky" features Grimwood on bass and vocals, with Idlet contributing vocals and quite the line up of instruments, including guitar, uke, banjo, bouzouki, and percussion. The album has quite a blues and bluegrass leaning, and song topics range from love and growing old to disappointment and distractions. Released in October, the album has gotten positive reactions from fans and critics alike. As the LA Times puts it, these guys have made and maintained their reputation as "some of the most lyrically creative, musically sophisticated, vocally muscular music-makers in the family music business."

Trout Fishing In America will be on the World Cafe stage this Friday, playing the Free at Noon. Don't miss it! This will be one great way to start off the weekend.

Trout Fishing in America also performs two family shows on Dec 11th at 11:30am and 2:00pm at Sellersville Theater.

Website: troutmusic.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/troutfishinginamerica
Recent Release: Lookin' At Lucky
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Label: Big Kids Productions
Origin: Prairie Grove, Arkansas

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

Amos Lee Philly Local singer-songwriter Amos Lee takes his inspiration from soul and folk artists of the '70s. John Prine, Neil Young, James Taylor and Bill Withers have all been inspiration to him. And this Live Friday will feature this local favorite, playing his special blend of styles.

Amos Lee graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English, but soon gave up his job as an Elementary School teacher to pursue his career as a musician. Lee first gained wide recognition when he toured with Norah Jones in 2004. His style is a pleasant and intriguing blend of folk, soul, and jazz, and every one of his releases has shown his versatility with these styles. Lee's latest, "Last Days At The Lodge", keeps up his range of melodies and feelings--slow to driving, simple to dark.

"Last Days At The Lodge" came out in 2008, and reception for the alt-folk sentiments was enthusiastic. As Jordan Richardson for Blog Critics wrote,"Amos Lee’s Last Days at the Lodge fits agreeably with a sinking sun on a summer evening." Lee took the feedback and has brought together a super list of people and music for his newest, "Mission Bell". Due for release in January, the album will include contributions from Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Priscila Ahn, Pieta Brown, James Gadson, and Calexico.

Don't miss this week's Free at Noon with Amos Lee, as he gears up for his exciting new release the next month.

Website: amoslee.com/
MySpace: myspace.com/amoslee
Recent Release: Last Days At The Lodge
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Label: Blue Note
Origin: Philadelphia, PA

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!

Doubleheader: Donavon Frankenreiter and Megan McCormick

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.

Donavon Frankenreiter A love of life and the ocean provides Donavon Frankenreiter inspiration for his laid back, acoustic music. He stresses that the most simple things in his life- surfing, music and his family- keep him grounded and happy. Frankenreiter started surfing early and after gaining a sponsor for himself at only thirteen he landed in Hawaii where he rented a place from Jack Johnson's parents. Johnson and Frankenreiter became instant friends and spent much of their time surfing and making music. By the time he was in high school, Frankenreiter formed his own band, Peanut Butter and Jam and later helped form the band Sunchild, which gained acclaim for its laidback style. The professional surfer became increasingly drawn to music due to its overwhelming ability to define communities while inspiring thousands. Inspired by artists like Clapton, Page, Dylan and Marley, he strived to embody a sense of positivity in California kissed folk tunes. Eventually going solo, the soulful and charismatic individual reunited with the now successful musician and label owner Jack Johnson in order to release his debut self-titled album. Though he broke away from Johnson's Brushfire Records in favor of Lost Highway for his second studio effort "Move By Yourself" he maintained his signature acoustic sound with gem after gem.

After collaborating with the likes of Ben Harper and G.Love for the "Pass It Around" album, Frankenreiter returns with two new albums for the year. The first, Revisited, warmly pieces apart the tracks from his debut album, re-recording the songs with a complete Hawaiian approach. But while Revisited was a warm blast from the past, he also busily put together a set of new tracks on Glow. And again, he blends together the perfect concoction of hope, warmth and simplicity.

Website: donavonf.com
MySpace: myspace.com/donavonfrankenreiter
Recent Release: Glow
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Label: Liquid Tambourine Records
Origin: Downey, California

Megan McCormick Stemming from a vibrant lineage of jazz musicians in Alaska, Megan McCormick was struck by the wondrous effect both her family and artists like Bonnie Raitt and Steely Dan had on her. Picking up her first guitar at age 9, she studied everything from folk to blues to alt-country, and eventually branched out to play the mandolin, bass and lap-steel. But from a highly inquisitive and determined child, she has become a strong 23 year old singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Though still young in age, McCormick's musical gravity tends to delve into unexpected worlds of darkness, intimacy and reflection. Such emotional outpouring lines rock and indie-pop structures in what McCormick refers to as the "never-ending search for self-understanding." Her beautiful yet raw and heavy style has already reeled in two International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 and again in 2009.

Currently based in Nashville, she teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Dave O'Donnnell in piecing together a strong outfit of tracks for her debut album "Honest Words." It is an album that immediately drives into the soul with talk of love, addiction, obsession, family, and every common thread of hope and struggle that ties people together. She is unquestionable a bold character for reaching so far within on her debut, but the recipe of honesty seems to strike a resonant chord with all those who listen.


Website: meganmccormick.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/meganmccormicksmusic
Recent Release: Honest Words
Release Date: August 17, 2010
Label: Rykodisc/Warner Music Group
Origin: Nashville, TN

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

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

Jon Langford photo credit Nero's House of Women John Langford has been at the core of punk-country expression from the start--and his latest album is more proof of that fact, and just adds one more entry into this man's list of formidable achievements. As described in the Chicago Tribune, this "punk-rock pioneer, a leading light of alt-country, a troubadour for our times, a musicians’ mentor, a visual artist of uncommon skill, a singer-songwriter who writes with the authority of having lived a life rather just having imagined it" is not to be taken for granted.

Many probably remember Langford getting his start as a drummer with punk band The Mekons, and since then he's been in involved in numerous projects playing numerous parts. From Waco Brothers to Killer Shrews to visual art to his current group, Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, he's evolved but kept basic folk and punk always close to his work.

Old Devils is his latest release, with Skull Orchard, is evidence that the man is not "mellowing in his old age," as Popmatters reviewed it. It addresses issues personal and public, from insecurity to homelessness, and it does it in an extremely effective manner--with music that perfectly complements the message.

Don't miss this week's Live Friday, with Langford and Skull Orchard on stage at World Cafe Live. It's free and it's a great way to start the weekend.

Website: http://www.jonlangford.de/
MySpace: myspace.com/jonlangfordskullorchard
Recent Release: Old Devils
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Label: Bloodshot
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.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band During this Friday's free at noon concert, we are taking a course through some of the most exciting soulful blues, funk, gospel and steel pedal music around.

With their vibrant combination of styles, Robert Randolph and The Family Band have marked themselves as one of the most revelatory groups to stem from the church tradition. Growing up in the House of God church, where the pedal steel was a common staple, Randolph was surrounded by a slew of incredible pedal steel players and decided to pick up the instrument at fifteen. Towards the end of his teenage years, the young Randolph was introduced to guitarist Stevie Ray, who opened a whole new way of thinking about steel pedal playing and paved an entirely new approach to Randolph's playing. Breaking away from tradition, Randolph completely restyled the steel pedal approach to mimic certain guitar techniques and sounds and is now considered as one of the top guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. As his style became an immediate aweing sensation, he started incorporating it into newly written pieces that were performed throughout the New York and later to Philly and Boston. Eventually getting picked up by Warner Brothers, Randolph and his family band were stealing the attention of some of the greatest known musicians- including BB King and Eric Clapton- and subsequently picked up their bags and began touring with groups like The Roots, Pharell and John Mayer.

Their first studio album "Unclassified" was released back in 2003, which was followed by the celebrated sophomore release "Colorblind" three years later. Taking another four years to release their latest effort "We Walked This Road," Randolph and the band are clearly not afraid to take the extra time needed to put together a solid set. Released with the help of T Bone Burnett, the band ambitiously set out to honor the last one hundrend years of African-American music through blues, rock and gospel. Linking together the past and present with recreations of old material and original creations, "We Walked This Road" is a musical journey down the path of musical history. And as someone who spent his childhood centered on styles pre 1970, Randolph cites this album as not only a celebration of the old and new, but as a very personal reflection of his own musical discoveries.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Bring Their “We Walk This Road" Tour to the T.L.A. Friday Night, November 12, 2010.

Website: robertrandolph.net/
MySpace: myspace.com/robertrandolph
Recent Release: We Walk This Road
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Label: Warner Bros.
Origin: Orange, New Jersey

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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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
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