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Free at Noon Flashback: Swift Technique gets us out of our funk with theirs

Swift Technique | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com
Swift Technique | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

Sporting Sixer jerseys and worshiping stuffed penguins, local funk collective Swift Technique took over the World Cafe Live stage for a Free at Noon extravaganza of epic proportions, as the 10-piece (yes! your move The World Is…) brought out all stops to make their hometown return one to remember.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinariwen at Union Transfer, Oddisee at TLA, John Patitucci & Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live, and more

Tinariwen | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Grammy-award winning Tuareg group Tinariwen will bring their sweeping sounds of the Sahara to Union Transfer tonight. The Malian rockers recently released their album, Elwan, which features contributions from Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. Find more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and take a trip to a rock show in the desert by watching the video for “Sastanàqqàm” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kate Tempest at Boot & Saddle and Nancy & Beth at World Cafe Live

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Kate Tempest | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Not only is Kate Tempest and insanely talented rapper, she’s also an incredible prolific spoken-word poet and writer. These talents all combine to form performances that leave audience’s hanging on to each word. You have a chance to witness this amazing talent tonight when Kate Tempest drops a whopping dose of realness at Boot and Saddle tonight, with support from Grimace Federation. Get info on tickets for the 21+ show here and have your mind blown by watching a live version of “Europe is Lost” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jain at The Foundry, Suburban Living at Johnny Brenda’s , Last Good Tooth at World Cafe Live

Jain | photo via artist’s Facebook page

French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Maggie Rogers grooves her way into the hearts of pop fans with an electric performance

Maggie Rogers | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Alternative pop princess Maggie Rogers made a stop by World Cafe Live for an energized Free at Noon, taking time out of her sold-out tour of the great United States to pay one of her favorite stations a visit. Just like her sparkling blue kicks, her brand of singer-songwriting adds that ounce of shiny flair with a fantastic blend of folk harmonies paired with booming electronic instrumentation.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John K Samson at World Cafe Live, Nakatani Gong Orchestra at Icebox, Project Space Bailen at World Cafe Live and more

John K. Samson | via johnksamsonmusic.bandcamp.com
John K. Samson | via johnksamsonmusic.bandcamp.com

John K. Samson & The Winter Wheat make a stop at World Cafe Live Downstairs for a gig with Worriers. His indie singer/songwriter chops house a little quirk, a little unorthodox folk, and bookish lyrics, setting the night up to be a night of discovery for anyone looking for something a little different. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bombadil at Johnny Brenda’s, Glen Phillips at World Cafe Live

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Bombadil | photo via artist’s website

Durham, NC trio Bombadil bring their new Fences LP to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The record comes after an intense time of change and regrowth for the folky pop outfit and is the first of their efforts not self-produced; instead, they welcomed veteran singer/songwriter and engineer John Vanderslice into the fold. Listen to “I Could Make You So Happy” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Free at Noon Flashback: Portugal. The Man proves they are the man with a smattering of alt pop gold

Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

With the outside world taken over by some premature April showers, University City was in need of some form of escapism. Well, we got it in the form of alternative geniuses Portugal. The Man. Taking a break in between two massive sold-out shows at Union Transfer, the Alaska-based pop twisters packed fan favorites into 35 minutes of pure euphoria.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at Ortlieb’s, Tift Merrit at World Cafe Downstairs, and Lily Mae at World Cafe Live upstairs stage

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CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

Local indie-pop favorites Cruisr will headline an ACLU Benefit show tonight at Ortlieb’s. Though the trio’s been taking some time away to work on their new album, their single “Take That” is playfully peppy enough to keep fans jamming until the release. Rounding out the lineup for the night will be local synth-pop extraordinaires, Suburban Living, and beachy-punk outfit, Cold Fronts. Get more info on the 21+ show here, and listen to Cruisr’s infectious track “Take That” below. Continue reading →