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Dan Reed hosts afternoons on XPN Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. In addition to an awesome mix of XPN music, Dan’s daily features include “A Side At 5,” where he plays a side of a classic (and sometimes new) album at 5pm, and his Highs In The 70s segment at 6pm – during which he does a deep dive on music from the 70s. In addition to his daily features, Dan has some special weekly programming features including: Mystery Monday – Guess the theme of Dan’s Mystery Monday clues and you’ll win a CD, or tickets to a show. Tuesday – Dan presents the best new music selections. Thursday – John’s Dollar Bin: Each week Dan gives a dollar to music hunter and gatherer John Stanley to go record shopping and John returns to present Dan with something cool he’s found in the record bins.

You can follow Dan on twitter @wxpndanreed

Listen to the Interviews

Dan has frequent guests on with him during the afternoon show. Below, listen to some of his interviews including Courtney Barnett, Jack Johnson, The Districts, Tommy Stinson, Ben Harper, and more.
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Dan and Dan Podcast

Along with Dan DeLuca, the music critic from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dan hosts the Dan and Dan Music Podcast. a bi-weekly music podcast. In addition to each show's feature conversation, Dan and Dan tackle five current music news topics and trends in the '2 Minute Drill,” and offer up their Songs of the Week. Follow them on twitter at @DDMusicPodcast Listen to some recent podcasts below. You can subscribe to the Dan and Dan Music Podcast on iTunes here



John’s Dollar Bin

John’s Dollar Bin – Each week Dan Reed gives music fan John Stanley a dollar to go record shopping and you never know what John will bring in. Listen to recent episodes of John’s Dollar Bin below.



You can find out more about Dan "The Man" Reed here
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Hezekiah Jones performs a live midday concert on Friday.

Philadelphia's Raphael Cutrufello and his ubiquitous bandmates have been local folk scene stalwarts for many years. You've no doubt seen fellow Joneses Pepe (Phil D'Agostino), Pocono (Brad Hinton), Schuylkill (Matt Helm) and Kiwi (Kiley Ryan) perform with countless other collaborators, but when Raph's musical family gathers together on one stage, as they will this Friday, they create something altogether magical.

With three full-lengths under their belt already, this month's In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw propels Hezekiah Jones to new heights. It's a chronicle of freedom-searching and past-shedding that takes on mysterious and sometimes heart-wrenching tones, transcending its digital constraints to create a living, breathing story.

Recent Release: In Loving Memory of Oosi Lockjaw
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Label: Woodfarm Records



Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as City and Colour and McClain Sullivan perform a live midday concert on Friday

Brooklyn-based songwriter McClain Sullivan was recently tabbed as an artist to watch on World Cafe Next and has opened for the likes of The Roots and Talib Kweli. A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, McCalin channels this jazz background on her 2015 debut Rachel, sprinkling in occasional doses of country influence all while showing off her effortlessly sublime vocals.

Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green has been recording under the name City and Colour since 2005 and has released five studio albums. While his early releases strayed toward tender, minimalist folk tunes, Green has expanded his repertoire on his fifth studio album, If I Should Go Before You. On songs like "Wasted Love," Green explores a more fleshed-out rock sound that nevertheless maintains the heartfelt, catchy folk melodies that first brought City and Colour to prominence. City and Colour at The Tower Theater on 12/8

Recent Release: If I Should Go Before You
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Label: Dine Alone Music

Recent Release: Rachel
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Label: Magenta Label Group



Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Yonder Mountain String Band perform a live midday concert on Friday.



The Yonder Mountain String band hail from Colorado and, during their over 15 year career, have cultivated a sound both comfortingly traditional and surprisingly contemporary. Extensive touring and a deep catalog show just how hard this group has worked to bring their progressive bluegrass sound to the public with impressive success. This June, the five-piece released their 11th studio album Black Sheep via Frog Pad Records and will be stopping by the TLA this Friday, November 13 to play a mix of songs new and old. RSVP to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tune in at 88.5 FM and worldwide at XPN.org.





Recent Release: Black Sheep
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Label: Frog Pad Records

November 2015 CD of the Month
November’s Artist To Watch is Raury.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Django Django performs a live midday concert on Friday!



The British four-piece first turned heads with their 2012 self-titled debut which, despite being recorded mostly in drummer David Maclean's bedroom, found itself on a shortlist for the prestigious Mercury Prize. After embarking on a massive world tour for two years that included a stop at Bonnaroo in 2013, Django Django got back into studio and recorded Born Under Saturn. Building on the aesthetic that made their debut so popular, Born Under Saturn cultivates an old-school '70s British psychedelic dance-pop sound that is both carefree and energizing. The band plays Union Transfer on 11/6. RSVP to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tune in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.




Recent Release: Born Under Saturn
Release Date: May 4, 2015
Label: Ribbon Music

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Rayland Baxter perform a live midday concert on Friday


This summer, American solo act Rayland Baxter released his debut full-length album Imaginary Man. The country-inspired record helped solidify Baxter as a bona fide up and comer in the alt-country scene. This more polished work retains much of the organic sound of some of Baxter’s earlier work while fine-tuning the aspects that promise to make his career a long and fruitful one.

RSVP to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tune-in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Imaginary Man
Release Date: August 14, 2015
Label: ATO Records

The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, however, you can watch Josh Ritter perform a live midday concert this Friday on VuHaus.

Ritter is stopping by the World Café Live for Free at Noon on the heels of the release of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks. Known for his narrative-rich Americana style, Ritter takes a light and playful tone on the new record, which he recorded with The Royal City Band in New Orleans. His Free at Noon show will feature many of these new tracks and likely a few old favorites.

Ritter plays a headlining show at Union Transfer this February 21st, but you can catch him warming up for tour by RSVPing to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tuning in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Sermon On The Rocks
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Label: Elektra Pytheas Recordings



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