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Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Jonathan Wilson and Spanish Gold at a live midday concert on Friday.



To capture the sweeping, cinematic landscapes of Southern California on 2013's Fanfare, Wilson brought a few Laurel Canyon stalwarts into the studio including David Crosby, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne. The result is an album that picks up where 2011's Gentle Wind left off, with Wilson's hushed vocals and intricate arrangements delving into deep jams on many of the 5:00-plus tracks. However, much Fanfare's artistry is rooted in an affinity for Pink Floyd this time around, lending itself to extended moments of instrumental exploration when played live. In addition to recording his own material Wilson is an active producer, most recently working on Conor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain and previously with Roy Harper, Father John Misty and Dawes.

Recent Release: Fanfare
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Label: Downtown


Spanish Gold is a new project from members of My Morning Jacket (Patrick Hallahan), Hacienda/City and Colour (Dante Schwebel) and Brownout (Adrian Quesada. Though their main projects have very different sonic identities from each other, the members of Spanish Gold found common ground in having grown up during the height MTV's music programming. A love for everything from funk, hip hop, pop and R&B informed the songs on South of Nowhere, while the Texas and Nashville roots of the record still shine through.

Recent Release: South of Nowhere
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen

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Strand of Oaks is the recording and performing name of singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. They release their new album, Heal, on June 24th on Dead Oceans records. HEAL is Showalter’s coming out rock and roll record. His previous releases were more rooted in the singer-songwriter, indie-acoustic tradition.
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Our Latin Roots segment today with Ernesto Lechner of the syndicated radio show The Latin Alternative. He joins us to talk about The Mighty Sparrow, a musical giant who has been a defining force in Calypso and Soca music for more than five decades. Ernesto brings his personal passion to this musician he loves, discussing Sparrow’s music that was at first both familiar and exotic to him. He will play some examples from early and later in the Calypso king’s career. Plus there is a Spotify playlist for further exploration.

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The Free at Noon featuring Ingrid Michaelson is Sold Out but you can still listen live to the live midday concert on Friday.



Friday night, Indie singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson's tour makes a stop at Philly's Electric Factory. But before that, she'll play WXPN's Free at Noon concert series earlier in the day. As she tours for her sixth album, Lights Out, she has received praise from outlets such as Allmusic and The Oakland Press for her ambitious and polished new record which features its share of blues, pop, and drawn out ballads. The New York based Michaelson rose to fame by having her music put in various TV shows such as One Tree Hill, Scrubs, and The Vampire Diaries, as well as commercials for Old Navy and the British car manufacturer Vauxhall. You can purchase tickets for her Electric Factory show, but don't miss your chance to see her for free at World Cafe Live this Friday as part of WXPN's Free at Noon concert series.

Recent Release: Lights Out
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Label: Righteous Babe


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