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Free At Noon Flashback: Moreland & Arbuckle draws large crowd for new album release

untitled10Moreland & Arbuckle | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

On tour in support of their newest album, the Kansas roots band Moreland & Arbuckle made a stop in Philadelphia, packing in a large crowd at World Cafe Live on this rainy afternoon. The bluesy band’s new album, Promised Land Or Bust, officially dropped today.

These rockers started off their set with “Mean and Evil”; lead vocalist, Dustin Arbuckle, got into the groove starting from the first note that came out of his harmonica. He was joined by guitarist Aaron Moreland, and the two fed off of each other’s and the crowd’s energy throughout their set as they both rocked out on stage. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

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Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese

Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Fans sing along with Philly musician Kenn Kweder

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Kenn Kweder | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Philadelphia local Kenn Kweder brought highenergy and an entertaining show to World Cafe Live for today’s Free at Noon concert. Backed by the band The Hipster Mind Tricks, Kweder performed a set for fans to dance and sing to.

The Upper Darby-native is no stranger to WXPN, having been a figure in the Philadelphia music scene since the 70’s, which brought out fans new and old to the Free at Noon scene. Kweder just recently was just featured in a documentary about his career and old group Kenn Kweder and The Secret Kidds. Continue reading →

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Gogo Penguin bring electro-jazz to World Cafe Live

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Gogo Penguin | photo by Matthew Shaver | http://www.brightloud.com/

I’m a list fan.  Top 10 lists, bottom 10 lists, doesn’t matter.  When it comes to music, outside of the annual, quarterly, monthly, bi-weekly, and Bey-weekly lists, my favorite is the Mercury Prize shortlist.  It’s a prestigious list that celebrates British and Irish musicians, and it is the place where I discovered a little trio called Gogo Penguin.

When I first saw the name, the immediate thought that popped in to my head was “quirky indie rock band.”  A tried and true formula for success.  I quickly discovered that I was deliciously incorrect.  Gogo Penguin is, at their heart, a jazz band. 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mothers at Johnny Brenda’s, Gepe at World Cafe Live, NoFX at TLA, and more…

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Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

Athens GA indie rockers Mothers will be back in Philly tonight to play at Johnny Brenda’s with Palm and Anomie. The band continues to tour to celebrate the release of their debut When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, which came out back in February. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Boogarins bring psychedelic rock to World Cafe Live

Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Brazilian rock outfit Boogarins kicked off the Friday afternoon by bringing their psychedelic rock sound into World Cafe Live for this week’s Free at Noon concert. The band made an appearance in Philadelphia not too long ago during their tour with Andrew Bird, and they decided to make one more stop before heading up to Brooklyn. Their tour is in support of their second and most recent album Manual, which was released back in October 2015. Continue reading →

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Beyond the Bars: The Districts, Queen of Jeans and more rip it up for a good cause

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I could sit here and regale you with stories and stats about the Prison-Industrial Complex all day, but is that going to do anything? Even for the most #woke among us, it’s hard to know where to start to deal with something as massively unassailable as a for-profit prison system that funnels young lives straight into jails. But—much like music—it’s best to start with stories. Sunday night at World Cafe Live, Philly organization Beyond the Bars hit home with a massive benefit show incorporating both to strike back.

By going into prisons and teaching music to incarcerated youth, Beyond the Bars staff and volunteers are able to bring hope and respite to members of society that most people have already written off as a loss. “Even though they’re in prison, they’re still people, man. Just people,” said Bars staff member Christopher Thornton. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tutlie at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Philly event, Parker Gispert at MilkBoy, Tokyo Police Club at Union Transfer and more

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Tutlie | Photo by Morgan Smith | courtesy of the artist

Bob Boilen and the NPR Music Tiny Desk team swings through Philly tonight to celebrate the city’s 130+ submissions to the national Tiny Desk Contest. Performing are three stand-out artists from the ranks, including art-pop ensemble Tutlie, singer-songwriter Joy Ike and rapper The Bul Bey (who totally knocked out a performance at Sunday night’s benefit show for Beyond the Bars). Tickets are free with RSVP, so sign up here and see you tonight!
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