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Free At Noon Flashback: Diamond Rugs had the World Cafe Live crowd jumping

Diamond Rugs | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Diamond Rugs | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Diamond Rugs played a short, energizing set for today’s Free at Noon concert. Last month the band released its second album, Cosmetics, following up their self-titled 2012 debut. The supergroup, which consists of members / former members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite, played a selection of songs off their new album, including “Thunk,” which opened the set, “Couldn’t Help It” and “Blame.” Unfortunately the band won’t be playing in Philly any time soon, since they just rocked Ortlieb’s last night. But if by any chance you happen to be in any of these cities at the dates the band’s playing in them, be sure to check them out. Listen back to the performance and check out photos below. Continue reading →

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Blackberry Smoke plows through Philly

Blackberry Smoke | Photo by Tom Beck
Blackberry Smoke | Photo by Tom Beck

If you’re one of those people that’s upset about The Black Crowes breaking up, don’t worry. Blackberry Smoke’s got you. The blues-playin’, yee-hawin’ southern cats from Atlanta, Georgia strutted their stuff up North through Philly Friday, playing an intimate, stripped down set for XPN’s Free at Noon during lunchtime. But they plugged in their Les Pauls, raised some hell, and put the “Electric” in Electric Factory for the evening show. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Houndmouth plays a mesmerizing set at World Cafe Live

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Indiana-bred southern rockers Houndmouth put on an amazing set at today’s Free at Noon, leaving the audience mesmerized. The band’s new album, Little Neon Limelight, is due out next Tuesday, and their setlist featured songs from the new records such as “Black Gold,” “Sedona” and the funny “My Cousin Greg,” all from the new album. Continue reading →

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10 Great G. Love songs not named “Cold Beverage”

 

G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G. Love & Special Sauce have officially reached the legal drinking age. The year 2015 marks the 21st birthday since the Philly-bred band released its self-titled debut album in 1994. But with a career spanning 11 albums (including G’s four solo albums), for some reason, some people still only know G. Love primarily for “Cold Beverage.” Stop the madness! Together, the band, which also includes drummer Jeffrey Clemens and James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott on bass, have recorded a slew of great jams with their trademark style that’s part hip hop, part unhinged blues, and for some reason these other jams have gone unnoticed. But not anymore! Here’s ten great deep cuts from G. Love & Special Sauce. Continue reading →

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When Worlds Collide: Comcast SportsNet reporters Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker talk about new music and Free at Noon

Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker in the CSN Studio | Photo courtesy of  Sarah Baicker
Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker in the CSN Studio | Photo courtesy of Sarah Baicker

XPN’s Free at Noon series has become a hot commodity since its inception ten years ago, and in that time, the free weekly music series has developed many regulars – two of whom you might already be familiar with if your TV is regularly tuned to the Eagles and Flyers on Comcast SportsNet.

Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Reuben Frank and Philadelphia Flyers Beat Writer Sarah Baicker are frequently in the house at World Cafe Live, catching each week’s performance and sharing their reaction – positive and negative – on social media. They sat down to talk with The Key about the music they’ve been listening to lately, who has the best and worst music taste in the Comcast SportsNet Newsroom and their all-time favorite Free at Noons. Continue reading →

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltv
Matt O’Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodonnelltv

You’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. Continue reading →

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood jams at The TLA

Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck
Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck

In the midst of the tragic breakup of The Black Crowes, two great things happened. The first of which is Trigger Hippy, a band who played the XPoNential Festival last Summer and consists of Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman. The other is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which incorporates the Crowes’ lead singer as frontman / guitarist. (Technically, the Brotherhood started in 2011 as a side project, before The Black Crowes broke up).

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood took the stage Sunday night at the TLA on South Street, and put on a trippy set reminiscent of a Grateful Dead from the mid ’70s. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Phox takes the audience’s breath away at today’s Free at Noon

Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Today’s Free at Noon performance was a great one from the Wisconsin-based alternative folk band Phox, whose set included material from their debut album, which came out last June. Throughout the entire performance, the crowd was quietly enjoying the band’s soft yet powerful music, and mesmerized by lead singer Monica Martin’s powerful voice. Continue reading →

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Six Philly artists that will benefit suicide prevention at the Winter Doldrums Festival

Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

It’s that time of year again where the best part of winter – the holiday season – is over. Now it’s just cold and snowy out with nothing but Spring to look forward to (except Valentine’s day if you have a significant other, but everybody knows V-Day is overrated). But not to fear, the 3rd Annual Winter Doldrums Festival is here to cure your lack of cheer!

The crazy-good lineup has a blizzard’s worth of talent, and to top it off, it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds from the show will enter the pockets of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Continue reading →