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Late last month, legendary indie-rockers Yo La Tengo stopped by World Café Live for a hushed and brilliant Free at Noon. The band played tracks off their new album, Stuff Life That There, an album made up of both unreleased Yo La Tengo originals and some awesomely morphed covers. For those who missed it, our friends at VuHaus got some awesome footage of the show which you can watch below. Continue reading →
As the full crowd filed into World Café Live, it was apparent they weren’t sure what to expect from Kaleo, today’s Free at Noon artist. After all, the Icelandic indie-folk quartet have only released a few songs here in the United States, but as the crowd soon realized, it won’t be long till Kaleo will be a well-known name. Continue reading →
Indie punkers Titus Andronicus cold barely wait for their introduction to be over to start rocking out during today’s Free at Noon concert at World Café Live. The band hailing from Glen Rock, New Jersey burst onto the stage with a palpable sense of urgency, one that they maintained for the entire show. Continue reading →
Summer may be fading and fall may be right around the corner, but don’t tell that to indie-pop band Hippo Campus ,or the full crowd who got a chance to catch their show at today’s Free at Noon. The Minnesota-based group brought their immediately catchy sound which effortlessly energized a crowd ready to get their Labor Day weekends started. Continue reading →
Today is record release day for Yo La Tengo’s new collection of covers and re-workings, Stuff Like That There, and the Hoboken indie rock heroes celebrated with a performance in front of a sold-out Free at Noon crowd. The album explores the decidedly mellowest side of YLT’s sonic palette, but the crowd was hushed and attentive, nodding along to the doo-wop flavored cover of The Cosmic Rays’ “Somebody In Love” that opened the show, and singing along to Georgia Hubley’s wistful, breezy version of “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure. Continue reading →
Philadelphia indie pop act Cheerleader delighted the crowd with their high energy set at today’s Free at Noon. Fresh off of XPN Fest, attendees were familiar with their shimmery and fun-spirited sounds. Cheerleader kicked off their set with “Do What You Want” and was met with much applause from the F@N Caravan who biked 521 miles from Boston to attend the event, during the opening line “I feel like driving out of Massachusetts.” Continue reading →
Philly’s own Good Old War received a warm hometown welcome at today’s Free at Noon, and delivered a dazzling set. Tim Arnold – who left the band last year to raise his family – was back on the drums, once again adding his voice to the band’s signature 3-part harmonies.
Good Old War just returned from a tour in support of their fourth studio album, Broken Into Better Shape, which was released this past June. They played several cuts off that record, as well as old favorites.
The band was quite spirited on stage – vocalist/keyboardist Keith Goodwin showed off his dance moves, and guitarist Dan Schwartz kept an electric guitar on a stand, occasionally stepping up to shred some electric solos. Continue reading →
The always fun and brilliantly flamboyant Chicago son Ezra Furman soared high in his Free At Noon set this Friday. The crowd embraced the quirkiness and sometimes listless personality that has defined Ezra throughout his career.
Successful as both a solo artist and a member of both Ezra Furman and the Harpoons (as well as his current group, Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends), he continues to prove his relevance in the alt-pop/rock genre in just about every which-way possible. Smearing the sleep from his eyes and peering up to see the crowd, Ezra’s outlook seemed to be of someone ready for bed rather than a live radio show – but then he began to sing and all sense of doubt (even if it was for a second) was quickly thrown out the window. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter Greg Holden knows the peaks and valleys of life like an old friend. And at today’s Free at Noon, he sung about his triumphs and troubles to a passionate audience.
He almost didn’t make it to this point – in 2011, he spent a lofty sum of money to put out his album I Don’t Believe You, then watched helplessly as his record label went bust. Shortly after, he embarked on a sold-out tour of Holland even though he was in debt. By that point, Holden’s attitude towards music had become grim. The curtains had just about closed on his musical dream.
Then, Holden wrote the song “Home” – yes, that one, the chart-shattering single that rocketed American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to stardom. Holden regained his motivation and purpose, and after a trek to India and Nepal, he immediately wrote the songs that would become his major-label debut, Chase the Sun.
Holden has a knack for weaving his tales into impactful songs. This was best exemplified during today’s Free at Noon concert with the touching “Boys in the Street,” a song about a father’s struggle with his feelings about his gay son. Continue reading →