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Memphis Roots Singer Valerie June Shines With Major Label Debut

October 3, 2013 - Valerie June has been recording her blend of folk, blues and Appalachian influenced music since the mid-2000’s with local releases in Memphis.
This week there are two Free At Noon performances. First one is Diego Garcia at The World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. The second is a Amos Lee at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.

The Amos Lee Free At Noon is SOLD OUT at the World Cafe Live Philadelphia

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Back in Philly, the second half of the show welcomes hometown favorite Amos Lee. His fifth LP, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, is out on Blue Note Records this month, and its possibly Lee's most stylistically adventurous release to date. While staying true to the singer-songwriter template that earned him an international following, Lee ventures into old timey country and ragtime sounds in some moments of the album, while rolling out some expansive rockers at others. He also collaborates with some impressive names – Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss. He'll be back in town on November 27th to headline the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

Recent Release: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Blue Note Records (Universal)

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From indie-alternative rock in his formative band Elefant to the suave and catchy acoustic crooning we've come to love, Diego Garcia is an artist with range. His second solo album, Paradise, is out this month on Concord Records, and it stays true to the Latin flavors of his 2011 debut Laura – an XPN listener favorite – but steps the game up with fuller sounding and more expansive production. He headlines World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on October 23rd, but this week's Free at Noon double-header performance from World Cafe Live at The Queen in Delaware will give you a taste of what to expect later this month.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.

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Recent Release: Paradise
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Concord

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1. Jim James - "A New Life"
2. The Lone Bellow - "You Never Need Nobody"
3. Lianne La Havas - "Is Your Love Big Enough?"
4. Beach House - "Myth"
5. Dawes - "From A Window Seat"
6. Guards - "Not Supposed To"
7. Gary Clark Jr. - "Ain’t Messin’ Round"
Little Comets Smart Syncopated Rock From Newcastle-upon-Tyne

October 2, 2013 - Little Comets, the three-piece band from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, have released their second album Life Is Elsewhere as their debut in the States.
Dr. Dog Live From Their Studio As We Welcome The New Album B-Room

A road trip for us today as we travel to the studio right outside of Philadelphia where Dr. Dog recorded their new album B-Room.
UK trio London Grammar began in 2009 as the low-key pursuit of three students at the University of Nottingham. A few years and a couple EP releases down the line, and the eclectic electronic trio developed its sound into the gorgeous and sophisticated full-length record, If You Wait.
The Franklin Institute has been all things science since it was founded in 1824 to honor Benjamin Franklin and further the usefulness of his inventions.
Picturesque New Hope, PA, an hour's drive from Philadelphia, grew up as a mill town on the Delaware River and its artists and artisans, galleries and craft shops have made it an arts and shopping hub for the past century.
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