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Elizabeth and the Catapult took the performance to the upstairs stage for Free at Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Finishing today’s doubleheader Free At Noon performance upstairs, Brooklyn-based Elizabeth and the Catapult enchanted the Philly crowd with a sound reminiscent to Regina Spektor and A Fine Frenzy. Featuring their January release Like It Never Happened, the quartet played a few poetic tunes such as “Sugar Covered Poison” and “Thank You for Nothing.” Listen to the full performance below by clicking on the XPN music player under the photo galley and set list.

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Matt Nathanson makes raising money fun at World Cafe Live Musicians on Call benefit

Matt Nathanson | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Matt Nathanson | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson captivated a sold out crowd at World Cafe Live last night for WXPN’s Musicians On Call benefit. Since 2004, XPN has partnered with Musicians On Call, working with the national organization as the Philadelphia program that brings musicians to the bedsides of more than 50,000 patients and families throughout the Philadelphia region. The Bedside Performance Program provides weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

After an opening set from Philly local artist Chris Kasper, Nathanson – joined by his guitarist Aaron Tap – played a 70 minute set of songs culled mostly from his recent album, Last Of The Great Pretenders, and some of his classic older material including “Car Crash,” and “Come On Get Higher.” Whether backed by a band or in a duo situation like he was last night, Nathanson is a charismatic, entertaining, funny, and extremely personable performer. His fun engagement with the audience is equally compelling as his performances and the audience, packed mostly with fans, hung on to every word of his between song banter as well as the lyrics of the songs they sang along to. Our thanks to Matt and Chris Kasper for being a part of the evening and to the supporters of the Musicians On Call program.

Sam Roberts Band amped up the Philly crowd at today’s Free at Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts amped up the Free At Noon crowd today at World Cafe Live. Celebrating the release of Lo-Fantasy earlier this month, the band ran through some new hits like “We’re All In This Together” and “Golden Hour.” Couldn’t make it out to see them today? That’s okay. Catch their follow up performance tonight in the same place. Tickets and information are available here. Can’t make that either? That’s fine too. Simply check out the archived performance, set list, and photos below.

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St. Vincent, Phantogram, Real Estate and more come out to play on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell

St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell

Tonight on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’re all about digging deep. So many newly (and soon to be) released records have hidden gems that were meant to be shared. We’ll hear songs from The Both, The Notwist, Bombay Bicycle Club and a two-song spotlight on the new Phantogram album! Here are a few songs you’ll hear tonight (starting at 10pm!)

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Psych rockers Birdie Num Num and the Spirit Squad depict “Infinite” with old fuzzy footage

Birdie Num Num and the Spirit Squad | Photo courtesy of the artist

Birdie Num Num and the Spirit Squad | Photo courtesy of the artist

Bucks County’s Birdie Num Num and the Spirit Squad are well aware of their sound and its effect on listeners. It’s well reflected in their hazy new video for “Infinite” with it being somewhat mind trip-inducing and out of focus but enjoyable. Members of Heat Thunder, Happy Dog, and Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells joined to form the band who are working to finish up their new record. Check out the video below and stay tuned to Puck’s website for more information on their March 7th show.

Ansel Barnum and Jason Hahn record an imaginative On the Hill session

Ansel Barnum | photo courtesy of Kettle Pot Tracks

Ansel Barnum | photo courtesy of Kettle Pot Tracks

Local harmonica player Ansel Barnum and guitar player Jason Hahn took their imaginative instrumental folk to the studios of Kettle Pot Tracks for an On the Hill session.  The Philadelphia Folk Festival alums played five tracks ranging in style from contemplative and slow-burning (“Berkely Springs” and “I Wish I Could Sing…” ) to inspiring and eye-opening (“Surreal Moments”).  In addition to playing in a few local bands, Barnum is a volunteer for Musicians on Call where he plays harmonica for children at St. Christopher’s Hospital in North Philadelphia.  Learn more about Musicians on Call here and listen to the session below, accompanied by a video of the duo performing “Surreal Moments.”

Photos: Kings of Leon brought rock city to the Wells Fargo Center

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Kings of Leon | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon returned to Philadelphia, playing a monster 27-song set at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. On tour in support of their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, the Nashville band of brothers showcased music from across their catalog for an amped-up crowd. Check out a gallery of photos from the show below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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