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Jingle Jams

Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.
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Relive the 2010 XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park, Camden, N.J. with performances by Alejandro Escovedo, Dr. Dog, Bobby Long and more!

Watch Radio Video with 2010 Festival Highlights

Join WXPN's General Manager Roger LaMay as he recaps last summer's 2010 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru.

2010 XPoNential Music Festival Photo Galleries

Highlights - XPoNential Music Festival

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Checkout this psych-pop five-piece Dr. Dog a Philadelphia favorite.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Hear the group's organic, folk-revivalist sound masterfully evoke the aesthetics of the late 70s with a dreamscape of layered instrumentation and time-transcendent imagery.

Robert Randolph and the Family BandRobert Randolph and the Family Band

Listen to their musical style of funk, soul and rock.

Ben VaughnBen Vaughn

Checkout this jack-of-all-trades with nearly 30 years of experience as a successful recording artist.

The Felice BrothersThe Felice Brothers

Checkout The Felice Brothers bring their own rough and tumble love of American roots music to the mix including gospel and blues.

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

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Crowded House As a teenager growing up in the bustling New Zealand rock scene, Neil Finn idolized his older brother's band, Split Enz, and only wished for a chance to join. In 1977, at the tender age of 19, Finn (vocals, guitar, piano) got his wish and was thrown into the touring inferno of New Zealand's primary force in the New Wave rock scene. However, after seven years of success, Finn and fellow Split Enz member Paul Hester (drums) decided that they wanted to start a "3 piece band that could fit into one rental car." Bassist Nick Seymour teamed up with Finn and Hester to form the group "Crowded House", named after the close living quarters which the group shared upon their move into Los Angeles.

Crowded House immedietly gained a loyal fanbase in Australia and New Zealand because of their Split Enz days, but had difficulty getting their name out within the States. This all changed once the group released their hit single "Don't Dream It's Over." The song became an international hit, and reached #2 on the April, 1987 Hot 100 list in the United States. Crowded House capped of their big year by winning the 1987 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. While 1987 may have been the height of commercial success for Crowded House, the band did go on to release three more pop-rock classics, each reaching most of it's popularity in Austrailia, before an eventual break-up in 1996.

For 10 years Neil Finn and Nick Seymour embarked on different projects until tragedy brought them back together. Orginal band member and longtime friend Paul Hester committed suicide 2005, leading the remaining members of Crowded House to reconnect. What resulted was a band reuinion and two new albums. In 2007 "Time On Earth" was released and warmly recieved as a classic Crowded House album, full of "deeply personal pop songs and deceptively tricky melodies", according to Pitchfork Magazine. The group was clearly excited to be back on the Crowded House train, and just two years later released 2009's "Intriguer." The new album has been heralded as one of the group's best, and more of a full-band effort than "Time On Earth", which reveals that the group may be fully adjusted to their new lineup.

Don't miss this opportunity to see these pop-rock veeterans perform live and in person at the World Cafe this Friday, free at noon!

Free At Noon Setlist
Set List: 1. Fall At Your Feet
2. Amsterdam
3. Twice If You’re Lucky
4. Elephants
5. Saturday Sun
6. Locked Out
7. Either Side of the World
8. Distant Sun

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

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Website: http://www.crowdedhouse.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/crowdedhouse
Recent Release: Intriguer
Release Date: June 13, 2010
Label: Universal
Origin: Melbourne, Australia

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

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

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

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

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

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

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

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

Truth and Salvage Co. Fully trained soprano opera singer Kate Miller-Heidke thought she was heading towards a career in Australian opera, with full-fledged plans to take up Gilbert & Sullivan roles. But despite her classic training and multiple degrees in music, she was so compelled by the power of pop music that she decided to veer off her original musical path into another. The singer/songwriter and pianist joined several Brisbane bands before deciding to go solo in 2002, releasing her first EP "Telegram" in 2004. A year later she won the Helpmann Award for Best Performance for her role in the 2005 Women in Voice show and her single "Space They Cannot Touch" was becoming a major radio hit. The viral music sensation continued to power out theatrically tinged folk-pop piano tunes on subsequent EPs, and it seemed that her eclectic, shrill voice and operatic comedy was sending transformative waves across Australia. Often collaborating with her husband, Keir Nuttall, Kate states that her music is "experimental, hooky, unashamedly pop..." It is these features that landed her on Sony Australia records and led to her multi-ARIA nominated and Gold debut album "Little Eve"(2007).

Surely a hard album to follow, Kate took up the challenge and put together one of the top albums of 2008. "Curiouser" caused instant buzz, going Platinum before being nominated for and ultimately winning awards. Recorded in Los Angeles, the album has the right combination of her operatic humor and wit as well as a new found sense of confidence. She coompletely throws herself into the waters of songwriting, embracing the intimate words she feared revealing - seeing as she's landed at the top of the charts, it's a tactic that seems to have worked.

Join us this Friday for a live performance from Miller-Heidke in the World Cafe. It's free at noon, it's going to be great, and is there any better way to start off the weekend?

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Space They Cannot Touch
2. Politics in Space
3. Caught in the Crowd
4. Dreams/I Love You
5. Can’t Shake It
6. The Last Day On Earth
7. Psycho Killer
8. Words


Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

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

Website: http://www.katemillerheidke.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/katemillerheidke
Recent Release: Curiouser
Release Date: October 19, 2008
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
Origin: Brisbane, Australia

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

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

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

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

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

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

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

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

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

Delta Spririt Formed in San Diego in 2005, Delta Spirit have been gaining recognition for their impressive blend of soul, folk, blues, and Americana. This five-piece unit has also been praised for their unconventional choice in instruments, such as trashcans and orchestral bass drums, coupled with their spiritually-themed lyrics courtesy of vocalist Matt Vasquez.

Like a true rock and roll fable, Delta Spirit formed when singer/songwriter Matt Vasquez was discovered by his bandmates busking at a San Diego light-rail station late into the night. Apparently they liked what they heard, because after exchanging contact information, Delta Spirit was quickly formed. Now, five years later, Delta Spirit has just released their second album, 2010’s “History From Below,” and have toured with the likes of Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Cold War Kids. Perhaps the greatest testament of all to their budding mainstream appeal, the band has gone on to play on the show Late Night with (then-host) Conan O’Brian and Last Call with Carson Daly.

On their follow up to 2008’s “Ode to Sunshine” Delta Spirit continue to craft their unique brand of barroom rock and roll, complete with soulful singing, jingling pianos, thumping drums, and rough acoustic guitars. Yet, probably what stands out above all on “History From Below” is the expressive, affecting songwriting the band displays. Vasquez shows a keen ability to draw out the emotion in a song, and draw the listener into his band’s frantic, moving world. Brimming with whiskey-soaked enthusiasm and inspired wordplay, Delta Spirit have created one of the most poignant, memorable albums in some time.

Join WXPN Friday, July 2nd, at noon for a free performance by Delta Spirit.

Website: http://deltaspiritbydeltaspirit.blogspot.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/deltaspirit
Recent Release: History From Below
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Label: Rounder Records
Origin: San Diego, California

She and Him The sunny indie pop-folk duo between actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and popular guitarist/songwriter M.Ward seemed like an unlikely pairing at first, but after the duo met on a film set to record a Richard and Linda Thompson cover, they instantly bonded through music. Prior to the start of She & Him, Deschanel had been working on various demo recordings but was too shy to step into the spotlight. But upon hearing her work, M.Ward decided to play guitar and focus on production while Deschanel turned to the piano, banjo and vocals. The result was their debut album "Volume One" (2008), a shimmering '60s inspired classic folk album that was as humble as their name. Immediately following the album's release, they began touring at various festivals around the country including Noise Pop and SXSW. As their sound graced more and more crowds, the duo found their introspective and bright tunes making their way to the top of the charts. Volume One was named Paste's Album of the Year.

Realizing the success of their work as well as their undeniable musical chemistry, the two went back to the studio to record and produce another batch of uplifting songs. With help from engineer, bassist and vocalist Mike Coykendall, the duo's sophomore album "Volume Two" was released to an enthusiastic and ever-growing fan base. The album still captures that dreamy, bright and hopeful energy of their first, but with its richer harmonies and lushly layered arrangments, "Volume Two" is more emotional and confident than what they've done before.

Free At Noon Setlist


1. Brand New Shoes
2. Change Is Hard
3. Thought I Saw Your Face
4. Lingering Still
5. Over It Over Again
6. Don’t Look Back
Blog Entry:
Hello all, we are playing tonight at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia and at Nateva Fest in Maine tomorrow. Then we play in New York on the 4th and 6th of July. Check http://www.sheandhim.com for info.
Best, She & Him.

Website: http://www.sheandhim.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/sheandhim
Recent Release: Volume Two
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Label: Merge Records / Double Six (Domino)
Origin: Portland, Oregon, United States

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 Listen Live.

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...

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

06/18/2010

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

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

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

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

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

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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