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January’s Artist To Watch is singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Bobby Long performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Ode to Thinking is Bobby's latest album, he headlines World Cafe Live in Philly on January 14th and kicks off another year of Free At Noon on Friday January 8th, 2016.

Recent Release: Ode to Thinking
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Label: Compass Records

Join us on 12/18/15 for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Alex G performs a live midday concert on Friday.

This event is Upstairs at the World Cafe Live

Alex G. is a young singer-songwriter who is as idiosyncratic as he is prolific. Having already released twelve albums - most of which are self-produced and available on his Bandcamp page - he is an artist who has developed his craft efficiently and quickly. This year saw Alex G. move into the limelight with the release of his first ever studio album, Beach Music, out on Domino Records. Alex will be returning home from months of touring in support of the record and will be here for a Free at Noon you will not want to miss. He headlines Union Transfer this April 14 with labelmates Porches. RSVP to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tune in at 88.5FM and worldwide at

World Cafe Live will be open for lunch after the show.

Recent Release: Beach Music
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Label: Domino Recording Co.

1. Old 97’s “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
2. Jenny Lewis “Just One Of The Guys”
3. Hiss Golden Messenger “Southern Grammar”
4. Shakey Graves “Dearly Departed”
5. Chuck Prophet “Tell Me Anything (Turn To Gold)”
6. Sharon Van Etten “Taking Chances”
7. Alt-J “Left Hand Free”
8. Spoon “Inside Out”
9. Sylvan Esso “Hey Mami”
10. Field Report “Home (Leave The Lights On)”
11. The Decemberists “The Wrong Year”
12. The Punch Brothers “I Blew It Off”
13. First Aid Kit “My Silver Lining”
14. The New Basement Tapes “Down On The Bottom”
15. Israel Nash “Rain Plans”
16. King Tuff “Black Moon Spell”

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, for a Tribute to Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ album performed by local artists a live midday concert on Friday. Artists include Madalean Gauze, Rachel Browne (Field Mouse), Cynthia G Mason, Jen Pague (Vita and the Woolf), Hemming, and more!

Due to a private event the World Cafe Live will not be open for lunch (12/11)

Recent Release: Horses
Release Date: December 13, 1975
Label: Arista/Legacy

December 2015 CD of the Month
December’s Artist To Watch is Darlingside.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Amy Helm performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Though Amy Helm has spent much of her life playing in bands, from her time in New York folk group Ollabelle to performing along side her father in the Levon Helm Band, this year saw the release of her debut solo outing. The personal, intimate songs on Helm's rootsy 'Didn't It Rain' feature appearances by members of Little Feat, Marco Benevento, John Medeski, as well as the final drum recordings of Levon.

"Didn't It Rain" has been praised by NPR and Rolling Stone, with the former premiering Helm's first single from the LP, "Rescue Me."

Amy Helm and her Handsome Strangers band will open for Anders Osborne in February at the Ardmore Music Hall; get a preview with this week's Free at Noon by signing up here.

Recent Release: Didn't It Rain
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Label: Entertainment One Music/ENT. ONE MUSIC

Dan Reed hosts afternoons on XPN Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. In addition to an awesome mix of XPN music, Dan’s daily features include “A Side At 5,” where he plays a side of a classic (and sometimes new) album at 5pm, and his Highs In The 70s segment at 6pm – during which he does a deep dive on music from the 70s. In addition to his daily features, Dan has some special weekly programming features including: Mystery Monday – Guess the theme of Dan’s Mystery Monday clues and you’ll win a CD, or tickets to a show. Tuesday – Dan presents the best new music selections. Thursday – John’s Dollar Bin: Each week Dan gives a dollar to music hunter and gatherer John Stanley to go record shopping and John returns to present Dan with something cool he’s found in the record bins.

You can follow Dan on twitter @wxpndanreed

Listen to the Interviews

Dan has frequent guests on with him during the afternoon show. Below, listen to some of his interviews including Courtney Barnett, Jack Johnson, The Districts, Tommy Stinson, Ben Harper, and more.
<< Choose an interview from the archives.

Dan and Dan Podcast

Along with Dan DeLuca, the music critic from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dan hosts the Dan and Dan Music Podcast. a bi-weekly music podcast. In addition to each show's feature conversation, Dan and Dan tackle five current music news topics and trends in the '2 Minute Drill,” and offer up their Songs of the Week. Follow them on twitter at @DDMusicPodcast Listen to some recent podcasts below. You can subscribe to the Dan and Dan Music Podcast on iTunes here

John’s Dollar Bin

John’s Dollar Bin – Each week Dan Reed gives music fan John Stanley a dollar to go record shopping and you never know what John will bring in. Listen to recent episodes of John’s Dollar Bin below.

You can find out more about Dan "The Man" Reed here
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Hezekiah Jones performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Philadelphia's Raphael Cutrufello and his ubiquitous bandmates have been local folk scene stalwarts for many years. You've no doubt seen fellow Joneses Pepe (Phil D'Agostino), Pocono (Brad Hinton), Schuylkill (Matt Helm) and Kiwi (Kiley Ryan) perform with countless other collaborators, but when Raph's musical family gathers together on one stage, as they will this Friday, they create something altogether magical.

With three full-lengths under their belt already, this month's In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw propels Hezekiah Jones to new heights. It's a chronicle of freedom-searching and past-shedding that takes on mysterious and sometimes heart-wrenching tones, transcending its digital constraints to create a living, breathing story.

Recent Release: In Loving Memory of Oosi Lockjaw
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Label: Woodfarm Records

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