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Free at Noon Flashback: Fans sing along with Philly musician Kenn Kweder

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Kenn Kweder | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Philadelphia local Kenn Kweder brought highenergy and an entertaining show to World Cafe Live for today’s Free at Noon concert. Backed by the band The Hipster Mind Tricks, Kweder performed a set for fans to dance and sing to.

The Upper Darby-native is no stranger to WXPN, having been a figure in the Philadelphia music scene since the 70’s, which brought out fans new and old to the Free at Noon scene. Kweder just recently was just featured in a documentary about his career and old group Kenn Kweder and The Secret Kidds. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Boogarins bring psychedelic rock to World Cafe Live

Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Brazilian rock outfit Boogarins kicked off the Friday afternoon by bringing their psychedelic rock sound into World Cafe Live for this week’s Free at Noon concert. The band made an appearance in Philadelphia not too long ago during their tour with Andrew Bird, and they decided to make one more stop before heading up to Brooklyn. Their tour is in support of their second and most recent album Manual, which was released back in October 2015. Continue reading →

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals ‘Call It What It Is’ at The Fillmore

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Ben Harper | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals are back, and they showed Philly just what they are bringing to the table last Sunday when they played at The Fillmore as a stop along their Call It What Is tour.

Kicking off the set with some cowbell and heavy rock and roll guitar in “When Sex Was Dirty,” Harper and the band introduced their newly released album Call It What It Is. The album was released on April 8th, and was the band’s first album back together in eight years. XPN welcomed Harper and the band back on April 1st when they played a Free at Noon show for World Cafe Live at The Queen, but this was Harper’s first time back in Philadelphia proper since his acoustic set at the Merriam Theater in October 2012. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Emerging artist Barns Courtney plays World Cafe Live

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Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Happy to see the large crowd from the stage of World Cafe Live, London singer-songwriter Barns Courtney said, “Talk about the ‘City of Brotherly and Sisterly love!”

The emerging artist is making a name for himself, touring the states and being featured of the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein’s movie Burnt.

Playing a solo acoustic set, Courtney showcased new music for World Cafe. He opened with “Hands,” creating his own percussion through the body of his guitar. Courtney possesses a raw, soulful rock and roll sound with a wide vocal range, from a mellow deep sound to belting out powerful notes. Continue reading →

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The Rocket Summer and Farro spark an old flame at The Foundry

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Millennials piled into The Foundry at The Fillmore Tuesday night as indie power pop favorite The Rocket Summer made an appearance in Philadelphia to kick off the Zoetic tour. The solo project of Bryce Avary has been around since ’99, making a sudden comeback with his new album Zoetic. This is The Rocket Summer’s fifth full-length studio album and is the first we’ve heard of since the Christmas album from 2013. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Rising Appalachia sisters sing ballads for World Cafe Live

Rising Appalachia | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Rising Appalachia | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Downtown Atlanta sisters Leah and Chloe Smith brought Rising Appalachia to Philadelphia for today’s Free at Noon concert. The folk duo was backed by percussionist Biko Casini and bass player/ guitarist David Brown to deliver a full sound as they sang their ballads of love and life.

The multi-instrumental sisters produce a traditional, harmonic sound with multiple string instruments from the violin to guitar, including bass and bongos. Their songs are influenced by experiences, like trips to an island off of Naples, Italy, combined with their down-south roots. Continue reading →

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Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings vibe out at WXPN’s Red Bull Sound Select Show

Good Old War| Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Good Old War | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Chill vibes all around as Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings performed at The Foundry at The Fillmore on Thursday for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show curated by WXPN.

The Morelings started the night off with some psychedelic tunes, which we recently heard when they visited for a Key Studio Session. Their spacey sounds filled the room as the crowd bobbed their heads and swayed to the music. Gabriel Garzón-Montano then switched it up, giving the night an R&B twist. Joined by a percussionist, Garzón-Montano played keys. The acoustic set really showcased his strong vocals, and he performed songs off of his EP Bishouné: Alma del Hula, including his song “6 8,” which was sampled by Drake Last but not least, Good Old War took the stage as Keith Goodwin led vocals and Dan Schwartz on guitar. Fans were up close and personal against the barrier in front of the intimate stage as the duo performed their folk-pop love ballads.

Check out photos from the show below. Continue reading →