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Watch Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong” at Free at Noon

Boy George and Black Lips | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Boy George and Black Lips | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Fans who made their way in to WXPN’s double-header Free at Noon concert today probably were not expecting they’d see the two artists on the bill – New Wave icon Boy George and Atlanta psych-punk four-piece Black Lips – collaborate on a song. Even if they were, they definitely weren’t expecting the song would be the proto-glam rock classic, “Bang a Gong” by T-Rex.

But there it was, one of the most unexpected and kind of surreal things we’ve seen happen in this concert series – and it sounded perfect. Check out a video of the performance below, and compare it to the original after the jump. Listen to Black Lips entire set here, and hear Boy George’s set here via the Free at Noon archives. Boy George headlines the TLA tonight, while Black Lips are at Union Transfer; get tickets and info on both shows at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get it On)” Live at WXPN from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Revisit The War on Drugs’ Free at Noon set, hear them on World Cafe today

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last month, Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs played their very first show in support of the acclaimed new album Lost in the Dream at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. Today, some of those songs will show up in the band’s World Cafe interview with David Dye – which you can tune in to here at 2 p.m. ET. Below, get psyched by listening to the entire Free at Noon set, and perusing an album of photos from the show. The War on Drugs return to Philly on May 31st to play the Roots Picnic; tickets and info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Listen to The Districts get a warm welcome home from the Free at Noon crowd

The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Central Pa. hometown boys The Districts are in the middle of what’s shaping up to be a year of hard touring, but they brought the rock home yesterday afternoon for a Free at Noon set and a warm reception from the packed crowd. Listen to the six-song set in its entirety and peruse a gallery of photos below, and see the setlist after the jump. The Districts will be back in town this May for an appearance at WXPN’s NonCOMM on May 14th as well as an all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church on May 15th.

(UPDATE: audio no longer available)

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Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff preview their World Cafe Live show during Free at Noon

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buzzing New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff brought their breezy spin on folk and blues to Free at Noon yesterday. The band plays a headlining set at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, April 8th, so the show yesterday gave the lunchtime crowd a taste of what’s in store. Listen to the performance and see a gallery of photos from the set below, and check out the setlist after the jump.

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Typhoon strikes an eclectic note at today’s Free at Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Portland, Oregon’s Typhoon played to a starstruc Philly crowd for Free at Noon, with eclectic sounds reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Beirut. Warming up their fans for tonight’s Union Transfer show, the almost-dozen folk ensemble played tunes like “Dreams of Cannibalism” and “Common Sentiments” off of their latest release White Lighter. Prep for their next performance by checking out and listening to the Free At Noon show below.

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Suzy Bogguss shows her love for Merle Haggard at today’s Free At Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I heard that he got the idea for this song because he and his wife had been out on the road a lot together,” country singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss says before starting off today’s Free At Noon performance with a Merle Haggard cover. “…He saw her from across the airport and remembered how lucky he was. And he walked over and he touched her on the shoulder and he said to her, Today I started loving you again.”

Today Bogguss and her back-up boys stopped by the World Cafe Live to celebrate her latest release Lucky. Narrating why she chose each song on her Haggard tribute, Bogguss crooned to the crowd with pure elegance performing well known Merle tunes like “Silver Wings” and “The Bottle Let Me Down.” Tonight, catch the entire entourage again at Sellersville Theater. Check out today’s performance by viewing the setlist and photo gallery, and listening to the archived performance here (via the WXPN media player).

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Watch the Pixies perform “Here Comes Your Man” at XPN’s Free At Noon

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

On Friday, January 24th a stripped down Pixies performed during a sold out Free At Noon. The band, in town playing a sold out show at the Electric Factory, played a nine song set of tunes both old and new, drawing from their two recent EP’s alongside hits like “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” and deeper album tracks like “Nimrod’s Son,” and “Caribou.” Below, listen to the full show and watch their performance of “Here Comes Your Man.”

Watch the Pixies perform “Greens and Blues” from their set here.

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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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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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Paul Cebar brings the funk to today’s Free At Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Before taking their groovy sound to Massachusetts tonight, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound brought on the funk today at World Cafe Live’s Free At Noon concert. Celebrating his recent release Fine Rude Thing Cebar got the crowd bouncing with new tunes like “Baby Shake” and “You Owe It To You.” The new record features songs co-written by César Rosas of Los Lobos, Pat McLaughlin, Chuck Mead, and Willy Porter. Relive the show by perusing through the photo gallery and checking out the set list after the jump.

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