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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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Free At Noon Flashback: Ron Gallo unveils new tunes downstairs at World Cafe Live

Ron Gallo | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Ron Gallo | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Today’s Free At Noon featured local bluesy alt rocker Ron Gallo, who opened for rock and roll quintet Diamond Rugs. After strolling on stage, he remarked that the event was a bit unexpected, explaining that he woke up to a phonecall telling him “You got a gig.” Now rocking it solo, the former Toy Soldiers frontman unveiled some of his most recent work, solely playing songs off his album currently in the works. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Blackberry Smoke play an intimate, unplugged set at World Cafe Live

Blackberry Smoke - WXPN Free At Noon - Credit: Rocco Peditto
Blackberry Smoke – WXPN Free At Noon – Credit: Rocco Peditto

Rock and roll quintet Blackberry Smoke trickled onstage to an amped up crowd at today’s Free At Noon. The Atlanta natives prepared a special set for this afternoon in Philadelphia, going unplugged and acoustic and owning their performance all the while. Laying into their track “Ain’t Got The Blues”, lead singer Charlie Starr and guitarist Paul Jackson whipped out some impressive simultaneous finger-picking while drummer Brit Turner held down the beats with his declared “sweetar”, an altered acoustic guitar he used for percussion. The artists later commented that Philadelphia has remained a special place for them, as Jackson’s family originates from our fine city. The performance was lighthearted, with excited fans clapping and hooting at the band mates throughout it’s entirety.
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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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Free At Noon Flashback: Peter Matthew Bauer plays a genuine, on-point set at World Cafe Live

Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Peter Matthew Bauer performed for today’s Free At Noon and filled World Cafe Live with energetic rock tunes. The former Walkmen organist warmed everyone up from the cold with his slow jam “Hold On To Someone”, then later serenaded his hometown with the fast-paced track “Philadelphia Raga”, utilizing back up vocals and upbeat drums to fill out the sound. 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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Free At Noon Flashback: Kat Edmonson serenades a captive crowd at World Cafe Live

Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Today’s Free At Noon featured the Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based crooner Kat Edmonson. After strolling on stage with band in tow, Edmonson quickly launched into her big track “Rainy Day Woman,” filling it with the flourishing vocals that have brought her the attention she’s received over the past couple of years. With all the precision of big jazz singers from Billie Holiday to Nora Jones, Edmonson was able to whip out swooping vocals that snapped the attention right to her. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Son Little keeps it moving at World Cafe Live

Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

WXPN Artist To Watch Son Little took the stage today at World Cafe Live and put on a smashing performance. With rip-roaring guitar riffs and playful, booming synths, Son Little amped up the crowd with his unique sound and endearing interaction.

After a pause during his song “All Wet”, a toddler’s voice came blaring through the silence blurting out “Blah, blah, blah.” Little continued for a few moments then stopped, chuckled into the microphone and muttered “From the mouths of babes. I’ll try and keep it moving up here.” The crowd answering with roaring laughter. 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 →