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Free at Noon Flashback: Django Django pulls from all genre’s to create a sound wholly their own.

Django Django | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Django Django | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Though we had to take a little break from our trip back to 1969 in the #XPNGreatestYear Coutndown, the Free at Noon showcase from London’s Django Django may have been the perfect band to end this week’s journey through music history. The art-rock quartet implements such a plethora of sounds, spanning the globe and several decades, that they showed the crowd at World Cafe Live, and listeners at home, how these last seven decades of music shape the here and now. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Rayland Baxter shows his many sides during lively Free at Noon

Rayland Baxter | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Rayland Baxter | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

It was no surprise to see a nearly full house this Friday for singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter. After all, not only is his style of alt-country immediately infectious, but many XPN fans got a chance to see him rock the Susquehanna Bank Main Center Stage in support of Grace Potter this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter invigorates Philly crowd performing songs from new album Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter Free At Noon Concert -  Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Josh Ritter Free At Noon Concert – Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

Josh Ritter emerged onstage at WXPN’s SOLD OUT Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live today to the sound of hundreds of concertgoers singing him “Happy Birthday.” It was a totally unexpected gift, and Ritter gratefully thanked the audience, saying “That is the best way to start any concert.” This set the stage for what was an extra-special Free at Noon for Ritter — it was his three-year-old daughter’s first show too — and he didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Wet invites audience in for intimate yet powerful performance

Wet | Photo by John Vettese
Wet | Photo by John Vettese

Synthpop trio Wet didn’t blow anyone away during their Free at Noon show at World Café Live on Friday, but instead invited them in for a soulful and intimate eight-song set.

Wet is a band making considerable waves since the release of their debut, self-titled EP a couple years ago and are now on the cusp of releasing their debut studio LP, Don’t You with Columbia Records. The band played a handful of songs off the new record including their new single, “Deadwater” which opened the show. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Iceland’s Kaleo is ready to take its eclectic sound worldwide

Kaleo | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Kaleo | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

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 →

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Free At Noon Flashback: New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus hold nothing back at today’s raucous Free at Noon

Titus Andronicus | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Titus Andronicus | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

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 →

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Free At Noon Flashback : Hippo Campus kick off the Labor Day weekend with an energetic set

Hippo Campus | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
Hippo Campus | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

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 →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Yo La Tengo brings Stuff Like That There to World Cafe Live

Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

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 →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Cheerleader revved up the crowd

Cheerleader | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com
Cheerleader | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com

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 →