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The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Yo La Tengo performs a live midday concert on Friday - Watch it LIVE on VuHaus!

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This week WXPN presents a live concert featuring New Jersey indie rock act Yo La Tengo. The trio's 1986 debut "Ride The Tiger" pushed boundaries, bridging the genre barriers between noise rock and shoegaze. Formed originally as a husband/wife duo between Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, and is now filled out by bassist James McNew. They are gearing up to release their upcoming album "Stuff Like That There" August 28th, and if you can't make this Free at Noon, Yo La Tengo will be performing at the Keswick Theater on September 24th. You can hear the show on the air at 88.5 or you can see it in person by RSVP'ing below.


Recent Release: Stuff Like That There
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Label: Matador Records










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Yo La Tengo are approaching their 30th anniversary as a band and have just released one of their best albums yet, called Fade and we'll hear music from it live, on today's session. Plus David Dye gets to talk with Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan about the new biography on the band as well.

Hear a Live Friday Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music Broadcast Live Fridays from the stage this week Downstairs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia


This event is sold out! But you can still Listen Live online or tune in on the FM dial
After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-escaping, indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo has once again taken center stage with its first studio album in nearly four years, Fade. The record will be the band's 13th full-length release and features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showing the group's stately side.

Few groups have embraced as many musical directions as Yo La Tengo, whose Hoboken, N.J. native members have delved into noise pop, shoegaze, minimalist acoustic folk, funky R&B, and straightforward rock and roll over the course of their career.

The group's expansiveness will continue with the deluxe edition of the LP, which is slated to include covers of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw The Light" and Times New Viking's "Move to California," while the digital deluxe edition will include an 11-minute,still-untitled bonus track.

The band plans to spend most of 2013 on the road, kicking off a North American trek on Jan. 23 in Carrboro, N.C., and heading to Europe on Mar. 1.

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Recent Release: Fade
Release Date: 2012
Label: Matador Records
Band Origin: Hoboken, N.J.

Hailing from London, England, Natasha Khan is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has recently released her third studio album The Haunted Man (Parlophone Records) this past October. Adopting the stage name, Bat for Lashes, Khan's third album is riding on a wave of momentum that is clearly setting her up to an international path of success in the music world. In its first week, the album debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart and sold approximately an impressive 13,334 copies. The album's debut single "Laura" performed just as well in the UK Singles chart. Having received prestigious Mercury Prize nomination for her previous studio albums Fur and Gold (Parlophone Records) and Two Suns (Parlophone Records), her name has become a bubbling household name in the United Kingdom.

A passionate songstress from a modest upbringing, Khan worked diligently through college and work, at a card-packing factory, to be recognized a serious emerging artist. Eventually, signing with Echo records, Khan began to enchant the UK with her soothing and heart-warming voice. Khan's unique musical style led her songs to be featured in a variety of commercials, video games and even the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Additionally, Khan has even collaborated and toured with Coldplay following a one-off gig in London in early 2010. Lately, Khan has been working on promoting The Haunted Man and its 2nd single "All Your Gold" which was released on October 3rd. Making a special stop to WXPN, check out Khan's captivating voice and unique as she performs for the Free At Noon concert.

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Recent Release: The Haunted Man
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Label: Capitol
Band Origin: London, England

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