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


This week's Free At Noon will be The Molochs. Their latest release is titled America’s Velvet Glory. The Molochs are also playing at Kung Fu Necktie, on March 24, 2017. Visit the XPN concert calendar for details

Upcoming Release: America’s Velvet Glory
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Release Label: Innovative Leisure



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


This week's Free At Noon is Jens Lekman. Don't miss Jens Lekman in support of his latest release Life Will See You Now . Also, Jens Lekman will be performing at the Union Transfer, on March 17, 2017. Visit the XPN concert calendar for details for the show.

Upcoming Release: Life Will See You Now
Original Release Date: February 17, 2017
Release Label: Secretly Canadian



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


This week's Free At Noon will be Philly's own Strand of Oaks Their latest release is titled Hard Love. Strand of Oaks is also performing at the Union Transfer, on March 10, 2017. Visit the XPN concert calendar for details

Upcoming Release: Hard Love
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Release Label: Dead Oceans



March’s Artist To Watch is Ron Gallo.
The Free At Noon with Grandaddy at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT but you can WATCH LIVE on VUHAUS.


This week's Free At Noon is Grandaddy. Don't miss Grandaddy as they celebrate their latest release Last Place.

Upcoming Release: Last Place
Original Release Date: March 3, 2017
Release Label: COLUMBIA RECORDS GROUP



Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Bell X1 performs a live midday concert on Friday.


This week's Free At Noon will be Bell X1. Bell X1's latest release is titled Arms. Bell X1 is also performing at Boots & Saddle, on February 24 2017. Visit the XPN concert calendar for details

Upcoming Release: Arms
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Release Label: BellyUp



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


This week's Free At Noon is Philly favorite Dave Hause. Dave's latest release is titled Bury Me In Philly. Dave Hause is also performing a sold out show at Boots & Saddle, on February 22 2017. Details for that show are available here

Upcoming Release: Bury Me In Philly
Original Release Date: February 3, 2017
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Release Label:Rise Records



Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Matthew E. White & Flo Morrissey performs a live midday concert on Friday.


This week's Free At Noon performance is Matthew E. White & Flo Morrissey. They will be supporting their release titled Gentlewoman, Ruby Man.

Upcoming Release: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Release Label: Glassnote



88-5 WXPN / Philadelphia’s Dan Reed is proud to announce the 17th Annual NON-COMMvention – May 17-19, 2017 in Philadelphia. All of the meetings and live music showcases will be held at World Café Live, adjacent to the XPN studios.


The NON-COMMvention will start with a music showcase Wednesday night, May 17, and run through Friday night May 19. There are no events planned for Saturday.

As with every year, you can expect great music, thought-provoking guest speakers, quality meetings, networking, and fun!

Hotel reservations are being taken at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City.

Please direct any artist booking or sponsorship questions to WXPN’s Dan Reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



2017 Music Schedule: (subject to change).

WEDNESDAY 5/17/19

Showcases: Upstairs
7-7:25 – The National Reserve
8-8:25 – The Districts
9-9:25 – Bash & Pop
10:20-10:50 – Greg Graffin

Showcases: Downstairs
7:30-7:55 – Brent Cobb
8:30-8:55 – Ani Difranco
9:30-10:15 – Blondie
10:55-11:20 – Chicano Batman

THURSDAY 5/18/17

Free At Noon
12-12:20 – Nancy & Beth
12:25-1 – The Pixies

Showcases: Downstairs
7-7:25 – Kyle Craft
8-8:25 – Mondo Cozmo
9-9:30 – The Mavericks
10:05-10:45 – Gov’t Mule

Showcases: Upstairs
7:30-7:55 - Baskery
8:30-8:55 – Laura Marling
9:35-10:00 – Real Estate
10:50-11:15 – Ron Gallo

FRIDAY 5/19/17

Free At Noon
12-12:20 – ALA.NI
12:25-1 – Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band

The Music Meeting Upstairs
1:30-3 PM - With Sean Coakley of Songlines

Showcases: Downstairs
7-7:25 - Holly Macve
8-8:25 – Lo Moon
9-9:25 – The Dream Syndicate
10:00-10:40 – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Showcases: Upstairs
7:30-7:55 – The Growlers
8:30-8:55 – Benjamin Booker
9:30-9:55 – Hurray For The Riff Raff
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