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The now based in Brooklyn indie rock band formed in 2010 and debuted with the critically acclaimed Light Up Gold. They release their new album, Sunbathing Animal, today. Three of the four members are from Denton, Texas and the band’s music recalls Pavement, Velvet Underground, early Talking Heads. Website | Facebook
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as The Bacon Brothers performs a live midday concert on Friday.

When Kevin Bacon isn't busy starring in legendary movies like Mystic River or Apollo 13, he's playing in his folk rock band, The Bacon Brothers, with his brother, Michael Bacon. The Philadelphia-born duo released their first album, Forosoco, in 1997, and have released six more albums since, including a live performance at the John Harm's Center for the Arts in Englewood, New Jersey back in 2003, and a greatest hits album called Philadelphia Road - The Best of the Bacon Brothers. Catch them Friday afternoon, July 11th, when they perform as a part of XPN's Free At Noon series at the World Cafe Live. Also, be sure to catch another intimate performance with the band when they headline the Sellersville Theater that night. Ticketing information can be found here.

Recent Release: New Year's Day
Release Date: October 30, 2012

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Join us for a Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live as Strand Of Oaks performs a live midday concert on Friday.

XPN Artist to Watch Strand of Oaks played a standout set at NonCOMM this spring, and the Philadelphia band is back to perform at Free at Noon this week. Frontman, songwriter and guitarist Timothy Showalter crafts intensely personal music, backed up by keyboardist Eliza Hardy-Jones, bassist Deven Craige and drummer Michael Sneerenger, and the band will release its new album, Heal, on Dead Oceans Records just three days before their Free at Noon performance. Strand of Oaks' heavy yet melodic sound is evident in tracks such as "Shut In" and the rollicking single Goshen '97," featuring J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on guitar, and the album will make you proud to be a part of the Philly music scene. Sign up to see Strand of Oaks at World Cafe Live on Friday, tune in to hear them on 88.5 XPN, and make plans to catch their tour homecoming show at Boot & Saddle on September 19. Click here for tix.

Recent Release: Heal
Release Date: June 24, 2014

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

London based Jungle makes its first appearance in the Philly this Thursday at Union Transfer, and the next day they join us for XPN's Free at Noon concert series at the World Cafe Live. The band began making a buzz in the British music press last fall, and with their infectious blend of soul-laced R&B and dance music, it won't be long until they’re more widely recognized. Their self-titled debut album comes out July 15, and you’ll be able to hear them play music from it by joining us at World Cafe Live next Friday. Don't miss Jungle at Union Transfer on 6/19. Click here for more information.


Recent Release: Jungle
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Label: XL Recordings


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