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



Wisconsin six-piece PHOX join us next Friday for a live Free at Noon concert. The indie pop / folk outfit formed in 2011 before releasing a debut EP called Confetti in 2013, followed by their self-titled LP last summer.

PHOX's star has risen quickly over the last few years, having already landed opening slots on tour with Blitzen Trapper, The Lumineers and The Head and The Heart. In March of last year the band recorded a World Cafe session while at SXSW in Austin and performed during the KUTX showcase.

Lauded for frontwoman Monica Martin's sweetly soulful voice and the layered instrumentals of her bandmates, PHOX presents a beautifully subdued yet fun spin on quirky indie pop that can be intimate in small settings (like at Boot & Saddle last July) or command the crowd in larger venues (like at the Tower Theater last December). XPN welcomes PHOX to Union Transfer for their largest Philly headlining gig on Friday, February 13th following the Free at Noon. Catch the free preview concert by RSVPing here or tuning in at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.



Recent Release: PHOX
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Label: Partisan Records

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

The World Cafe Ray Davies Interview Part One – "You Really Got Me"
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February’s ATW is singer and songwriter George Ezra.
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as The Lone Bellow performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, this week, and they join us next Friday for a live Free at Noon concert. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, the album showcases their critically-acclaimed bluesy Americana sound. It's wrapped up in hometown melancholy, captured best on tracks like "Diners" and "To the Woods." Lead singer/songwriter Zach Williams' vocals on "Marietta" are haunting yet catchy, a hybrid that proves The Lone Bellow's second album is even more emblematic than the first. The group is no stranger to Philly, having rocked a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August and an appearance at NonCOMM in 2013. The band headlines Underground Arts on March 24th, but you can catch them live this Friday by RSVPing to the show or tuning in at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.



Recent Release: Then Came the Morning
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Label: Descendant Records

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

Join us at The 15th Annual NON-COMMvention May 13-15, 2015 at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia

Visit XPN.ORG to watch live artist performances during Non-Comm 2015




WEDNESDAY MAY 13


7 PM-12 AM - music showcases ***All time are (ET)
upstairs:downstairs:
ELLE KING 7PMBEST COAST 7:35PM
RYLEY WALKER 8:10PMBUFFY SAINTE-MARIE 8:45PM
MEG MAC 9:20PMSHELBY LYNNE 9:55PM
HOUNDMOUTH 10:40PMDR.DOG 11:15PM
12-2 AM - "Rhythm Lab" (late night dance party - sponsored by co-sign) (upstairs)


THURSDAY MAY 14

12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs)
ZELLA DAYBRANDI CARLILE
 
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases ***All time are (ET)
upstairs:downstairs:
SON LITTLE 7PMJ.J. GREY & MOFRO 7:35PM
BORNS 8:10PMBLUES TRAVELER 8:45PM
SAUN & STARR 9:20PMGLEN HANSARD 9:55PM
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE 10:30PMHEARTLESS BASTARDS 11:05PM
JAREKUS SINGLETON 11:40PM 


FRIDAY MAY 15

12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs) ***All time are (ET)
CALEXICOBRIAN WILSON
 
2:30-4 PM - "The Music Meeting" with SEAN COAKLEY of Songlines (upstairs)
 
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases
upstairs:downstairs: 
GAVIN JAMES 7PMJAMES MC MURTRY 7:35PM 
MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR 8:10PMNATALIE PRASS 8:45PM 
LEON BRIDGES 9:20PMTALLEST MAN ON EARTH 9:55PM 
ANDERSON EAST 10::30PMISRAEL NASH 11:05PM 

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Gary Clark Jr. - Don’t Owe You A Thang - (12/10/11)
Dawes - Some People - (3/22/13)
Ian Hunter - All The Way To Memphis - (6/22/07)
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years - (8/15/09)
Nickel Creek - Destination - (5/2/14)
Spoon - Do You - (9/1/14)
Phoenix - Long Distance Call - (8/4/06)
Ryan Adams - Let It Ride - (6/15/07)
Steve Earle - Jerusalem - (10/12/07)
Sharon Van Etten - Serpents - (2/10/12)
Michael Kiwanuka - I’m Getting Ready - (6/15/12)
Ray Lamontagne - Trouble - (8/20/10)
Kurt Vile & The Violators - He’s Alright - (2/18/11)
Parquet Courts - Black & White - (11/17/14)
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Super 8 - (8/9/13)
Dr. Dog - Shadow People - (4/9/10)
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