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Two things have come together for Rosanne Cash in recent years: her deepening understanding of her place in her father Johnny Cash's legacy, and her desire to only make albums that expand on a theme.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Typhoon performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Typhoon, the 12-piece supergroup from Portland, Oregon, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. Getting their big break with a performance on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2011, Typhoon has quickly grown in popularity due to their appropriate and experimentally big-band sound complete with sporadic interjections of harmonization, brass and piano. Since their initial appearance, they've opened for indie rock bands Explosions in the Sky and The Decembrists.

The band has a total of four albums and two EPs to their name, along with their latest release, “White Lighter” recorded by the band on an Oregonian farm during the summer of 2012. After lead singer Kyle Morton underwent severe ailment before the recording, he channeled his suffering through the music he made with his 11 bandmates, resulting in lyrics confronting life and death. However, some fans might not even be able to recognize the deep lyrics disguised by the band’s upbeat sound.

Watch Typhoon rock out at XPN’s Free at Noon and open for indie-rock band Okkervil River at the Union Transfer that night at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Information Available

Recent Release: White Lighter
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Label: Roll Call Records


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



Country music singer and songwriter Suzy Bogguss joins us live for a Free at Noon concert on March 21st. The Illinois native released her thirteenth studio record Lucky last month, a collection of Merle Haggard's classic Americana songs rerecorded in a style that is quintessentially Suzy. Across her recordings, Bogguss has stayed true to the traditional country style and sound, surrounding herself with talented backing musicians to bring the dusty, road-weary and love-filled stories of the west to enthusiastic audiences. She is a real "musician's musician," having collaborated with Chet Atkins, Alison Krauss, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash over the course of her three-decade-long career.

See the Suzy Bogguss in action at XPN's Free at Noon, and at the Sellersville Theater that night at 8 PM

Recent Release: Lucky
Release Date: 2014
Label: Loyal Dutchess Records


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This week's Free At Noon with War On Drugs is SOLD OUT, you can still Listen Live to the midday concert on Friday.

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Philadelphia space rock heroes The War on Drugs join us live Friday the 14th of March for a Free at Noon concert. The band, led by singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel, is gearing up to release its latest album, Lost in the Dream, which comes out later this month via Secretly Canadian Records. It’s the band’s most expansive work yet, reaching explosive highs and dialing back to mellowed-out lows, with driving anthems like the single “Red Eyes” popping up throughout.

The band is about to go on tour to promote the album, and XPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer the evening their album comes out: Tuesday, March 18th. Tickets are still available for the show, and join us for a sneak preview next Friday at Free at Noon.

Recent Release: Lost In The Dream
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Label: Secretly Canadian


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