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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Alley

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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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.
World Cafe: Next Brooklyn’s San Fermin

September 30, 2013 - Our World Cafe: Next for this week, San Fermin, is not actually a band. Instead it is the realization of the writing and arranging of Brooklyn based composer, songwriter and arranger Ellis Ludwig-Leone.
Vintage Cafe: The Moment Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Lives Changed

September 30, 2013 - Today’s Vintage Cafe is worth re-visiting not only because of the exquisite music from the film Once, but because of when it was broadcast.
The Institute of Contemporary Art turns 50 this year. It has been the home of cutting edge and controversial art and a significant fixture in the national art landscape since the 1960s.
Pet Shop Boys Bring “More Banging, More Lasers” To New Electric Album.

September 27, 2013 - Stylish, Ironic, Modern: It’s hard to be all those things for almost thirty years. But the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have since “West End Girls” was a hit in 1985.
Kings of Leon's rise to fame has been well documented. Growing up the sons of a Pentecostal preacher, their entrance into the world of rock and roll was almost storybook. Their 2008 album Only By The Night was a defining point in their career, a major breakthrough.
Punk rock singer-songwriter and Philly native Dave Hause returns home next week for a performance at Free at Noon.



Getting his start in Philly hardcore bands The Curse and Paint it Black, Hause went on to front anthemic pop-punk outfit The Loved Ones – alums of XPoNential Music Festival 2008 – and released his first solo album Resolutions in 2011. Walking in step with the working class narratives and acoustic Americana approach of his peers in The Gaslight Anthem (not to mention a heavy dose of Springsteen reverence), Hause's new Devour is set to be released on Rise Records on October 8th. His plays two sold-out shows in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church's side chapel on release day, so next week's Free at Noon is your chance to see Hause before he hits the road on tour.
Recent Release: Devour
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Rise Records


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Pokey LaFarge’s Modern Reverence For Old Time Sounds

September 26, 2013 - Pokey LaFarge and his band join us in the studio today and we are going to be transported in time!
The Arden Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since its founding in 1988 as a vehicle for great stories on stage, in the classroom, and in the community, the Arden has won scores of awards, locally and from the Wall Street Journal, for its productions and drama school. Even its home in Old City, purchased and renovated in 1995, has won awards.
Phil Caputo shares how a bullet wound helped him heal his soul;
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