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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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March 2014 CD of the Month - WXPN Artist To Watch, Temples, released their debut album Sun Structures on February 11th. The album has a big Phil Spector-esque Wall of Sound sound that’s heavy on infectious melodies, a big drum sound and glorious guitars.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as the band Roomful of Blues performs live.



Swing revival stalwarts Roomful of Blues join us live for a Free at Noon next Friday. Blending traditional blues motifs with big band attitude, Roomful of Blues are five-time Grammy nominees with a discography that reaches back forty years.

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Rhode Island-based outfit released a specially-recorded live album in 2013 called 45 Live. Hand-picking tracks from their expansive back catalog, the eight current band members curated a retrospective release that exhibits their best qualities: fun, dance-friendly, party-starting music performed by expert musicians.

See the band in action at next week's Free at Noon, and at the Sellersville Theater that night at 8 PM

Recent Release: 45 Live Release Date: 2013 Label: Alligator Records

Recent Release: Emmaar
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ANTI Records


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Jess Williamson’s Stripped Down Sound and Big Emotion

Februrary 24, 2014 - Our World Cafe: Next artist today, Jess Williamson, is from Austin, Texas and put out a new album on January 28th called Native State. It is a spare, personal disc that often finds Williamson with the simple accompaniment of a single instrument.
Fronted by Rachel Price, the band has a fresh take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences. The band recently released their album, Bad Self Portraits. Recent appearances on The Colbert Report, Letterman, and a critically acclaimed performance at the “Another Day/Another Time” concert celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis concert last September at New York’s Town Hall has set this band into a rising star trajectory. The band’s songs offer a fresh and versatile take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences with lead singer Rachel Price’s confident voice at the center of the music. Simply put, Lake Street Dive are blowing up. Last month David Dye chose them as a World Cafe Next artist and they recently recorded a session for an upcoming Cafe. They play Union Transfer on April 2nd.

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This week's Free At Noon with St Vincenct is SOLD OUT. You can still Listen Live to the midday concert on Friday.



Annie Clark, better known to fans by her stage name St. Vincent, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. The New York experimental rocker is a master of moods, a stunning arranger and an accomplished guitarist. Her new self-titled album is out on February 24th , and can be heard this week on NPR Music's First Listen.


Clark got her start as a member of indie orchestras The Polyphonic a Spree and Sufjan Steven's backing band before forming St. Vincent in 2006. Since then, she has released three other albums including Marry Me in 2007, Actor in 2009, and Strange Mercy in 2011. St. Vincent quickly rose to fame by performing and collaborating with other indie acts like Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear and most recently, David Byrne on 2012's Love This Giant.


The multi-talented musician is known for unique psychedelic tunes employing a variety of sounds - everything from strings to wind instruments. XPN welcomes St. Vincent to Union Transfer for a sold-out show on Friday, Feb. 28th, so catch her while you can at Free at Noon.

Recent Release: St. Vincent
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Label: Loma Vista/Republic


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