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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Israel Nash performs a live midday concert on Friday.



This week's Free At Noon will feature alternative country singer/songwriter Israel Nash. Hailing from Missouri, Nash garnered a following after people began to take note of his upbeat, ephemeral jams. His latest release, Rain Plans, takes an Americana approach tinged with psychedelic guitar riffs and recorded via analog giving the tracks a warm, vintage aura and forming Nash's unique approach to the album. The record was influenced by his recent residency in Dripping Springs, Texas, a small and humble town that acted as his inspiration. Now the musician is touring the United States, playing this week's Free At Noon in promotion of his show on January 23rd at Johnny Brenda's.



Recent Release: Israel Nash's Rain Plans
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Label: Loose Music

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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Guster performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Alt rock faves Guster took a break from their acoustic tendencies for some experimental rock on Evermotion, the band’s seventh album. Recorded with the help of the Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist, Richard Swift at Cottage Grove studio in January 2014, the album is out this month via Guster's own label, Ocho Mule Records. In addition to new music, the Boston band is celebrating 20 years together, and performs at the Theater of Living Arts on April 24 with indie sounds caper Kishi Bashi. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN concert calendar. You can listen to a teaser of the new album at The Key and join us for a live Friday afternoon concert with the band at World Cafe Live on January 16th.

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Recent Release: Evermotion
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Label: Nettwerk Records


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Originally from Michigan, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has an angelic falsetto, and mixes synth pop, glam and rock. BØRNS was born Garrett Borns and moved to LA last year to take up his career, living in a tree house in the canyons of Los Angeles.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Drgn King performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Philadelphia duo DRGN King will take some time after a short east coast tour to stop by the Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live upstairs on Jan. 9. The indie-psychedelic group released their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush, in October 2014. Baltimore Crush strays away from the atmospheric electronic sounds of their debut album, Paragraph Nights, and includes more soothing choruses from Angelella with Reynold's power-packed beats. Dominic Angelella and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds come from different backgrounds. In 2009, Angelella, a Baltimore native, was in a string of Philly projects ranging from high-energy punk bands to playing guitar for a hip-hop group. Reynolds was working as a hip-hop producer in South Philly, cutting tracks for various artists like Philly hip-hop group, The Roots. The twosome met during a recording session and decided to collaborate their backgrounds into an experimental outfit. If you can't make the show, you can listen to the performance on 88.5 XPN or online at XPN.org


Recent Release: Baltimore Crush
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Label: Bar/None Records


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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Bobby Long performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Singer-songwriter Bobby Long will join us for this week's Free At Noon concert upstairs at World Cafe Live. The UK-based Long first received recognition for his raw folk storytelling after his song "Let Me Sign" was featured in the soundtrack to the hit flick Twilight. Long has continued to build his body of work with three full-length albums, including last year’s Wishbone. He approaches the end of his 2014 tour with an acoustic holiday show at World Cafe Live Upstairs Friday night following his Free At Noon performance. If you can't join us tune in to 88.5 FM or online at XPN.org. WCL


Recent Release: Wishbone
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: Ato Records


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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Marco Benevento performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Multi-genre artist Marco Benevento will take the stage this week at our Free At Noon. Starting off as a jazz pianist, the New Jersey-born musician has expanded his sound to an eclectic mix of styles including post-rock, experimental and indie rock. Currently on a U.S. tour, Benevento is making the rounds in Philadelphia this weekend, with a show at Johnny Brenda's following his Free At Noon. He will then play another show at the venue the following night before taking off for Brooklyn. His latest album, Swift, released in September, explored Benevento's vocal capabilities mixed with an indie rock sound that garnered him praise for experimenting with new sounds and textures. Join us this Friday for Marco Benevento’s midday concert at World Cafe Live by RSVPing at XPN.ORG, or tune in at XPN.org or 88.5 FM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: World Cafe Live will NOT be open for lunch tomorrow after the Free At Noon on Friday, December 12

Johnny Brenda's Friday night
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Recent Release: Swift
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Label: The Royal Potato Family


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British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) recently released his highly anticipated second album Otherness. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the recipient of the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship, and created an album, Live In Philly. On one of the songs for the project, he collaborated with Kurt Vile.
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