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Free at Noon Flashback: Jesse Malin powered up the crowd with punk rock

Jesse Malin | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Jesse Malin | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

NYC punk rocker Jesse Malin brought his enthusiastic act to the stage today for Free at Noon.

Malin got his start in the NYC punk scene early, at age 12. After spending time fronting the hardcore band Heart Attack and the glam punk band D Generation, among other projects, Malin decided to go solo. He spent time reshaping his sound to emulate the greats, such as Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Steve Earle. Eight albums later,  he arrived at World Cafe Live today, touring in support of his newest effort, New York Before the War. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: An energized Joss Stone previews Water For Your Soul at World Cafe Live

Joss Stone | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Joss Stone | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

With her seventh LP Water for Your Soul set to release on July 31st, UK singer and songwriter Joss Stone made a visit to Philly today to preview the new album for a sold-out Free at Noon crowd at World Cafe Live.

From the immense energy of opener “Super Duper Love” from 2004′s Mind Body and Soul, Stone had this devoted audience in the palm of her hand, and gave them a taste of the new record in four songs: the groove-tastic “Love Me,” the sentimental “Molly Town,” the alluring “Stuck on You” and the powerful “Let Me Breathe.”  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ingrid Michaelson at The Mann Center, Bilal at World Cafe Live, Kansas Bible Company at MilkBoy

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s Ingrid Michaelson show will be moved from The Mann’s skyline stage to the amphitheater. Seating for the show will be general admission.

Pop / rock fave Ingrid Michaelson released her sixth album, Lights Out, just about a year ago, and tonight she brings the latest leg of tour in support of it to The Mann Center for her biggest Philly headlining show to date. The album is full of catchy jams, from “Girls Chase Boys” and “Afterlife” to “Time Machine.” Joining her on the bill tonight is perennial piano-led power trio, Jukebox The Ghost. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamaaladeen Tacuma at World Cafe Live, Mike Gordon at Union Transfer, Worriers at Boot and Saddle and more

Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma

Prolific Philadelphia bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma makes an appearance at World Cafe Live tonight, sharing the stage with Saxofour. He got his start almost 40 years ago in the Prime Time ensemble with jazz great Ornette Coleman, and released a string of boundary-pushing solo albums in the 80s and 90s that abstractly dabbled in a variety of styles, from abstract free jazz to funk. In the late aughts he teamed up with guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour and drummer G. Calvin Weston in the trio Free Form Funky Freqs. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Crashing: Oldermost and Sam Amidon bring quiet thunder to World Cafe Live

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

I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the show on Tuesday night. My whole house was shaking from the thunder, and the lighting left little to the imagination as to the state of affairs beyond the confines of my four walls. But luckily, the violent stormfront passed quickly, and I was able to leave for the show right on time. Little did I know that Oldermost and Sam Amidon would bring their own, different kind of storm to World Cafe Live, that night. Continue reading →

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Confidence and Soul: Ibeyi brings their commanding show to World Cafe Live

Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/
Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/

I have seen no duo in my admittedly brief history of concert going more commanding of a crowd, more loving of groove, and with more infectious, intricate songwriting than Ibeyi. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi ooze confidence and soul, constantly singing and smiling through the set, at each other and at the audience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ibeyi at World Cafe Live, RVIVR at First Unitarian Church, Telepathic at Boot and Saddle and more

Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic
Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic

Experimental Parisian pop duo Ibeyi headline World Cafe Live tonight. The project of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz released its self-titled debut back in February, an alluring set of R&B mixed with Afro-Cuban jazz, anchored by the duo’s harmonies. Their video for “River” is a haunting must-see, so check it out below if you haven’t already. They’re joined on the bill tonight by Philly’s Son Little; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Hayden at World Cafe Live

Hayden | photo by Vanessa Heins | via facebook.com/haydendessermusic
Hayden | photo by Vanessa Heins | via facebook.com/haydendessermusic

Long-running Ontario singer-songwriter Hayden takes the middle slot at tonight’s World Cafe Live show, showcasing his latest Hey Love, released this spring on Arts & Crafts. Breaking out in 1995 with the sublime Everything I Long For, Hayden has released a steady string of albums over the decades, including 2001′s excellent Skyscraper National Park. Tonight, he’s joined by Philly openers Wild Orphan and the downbeat Bahamas – who, like Hayden, hails from the great white north. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bad Plus at World Cafe Live, Rhye at Union Transfer, Birdstriking at Ortlieb’s and more…

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The Bad Plus | photo courtesy of the artist

Minnesota jazz trio The Bad Plus perform at World Cafe Live. The group is touring in support of its new collaboration with sax player Joshua Redman, a record that balances traditional jazz playing with funky explorations. Listen to Tom Moon review the album for NPR’s All Things Considered here and check out “Dirty Blonde” below. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.

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June Rich makes a heartfelt return to Free at Noon

June Rich live at WXPN's Free at Noon | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
June Rich live at WXPN’s Free at Noon | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

If you were heavy into the Philly music scene in the late 90′s, chances are you knew about June Rich. They emerged from Manayunk’s Grape Street Pub in 1995 and took Philadelphia by storm in just a few months.

They performed on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, they played the opening night of the Electric Factory, and they were the only local band that performed on the main stage at the 1996 Philadelphia Folk Festival. They were even voted Philadelphia magazine’s “Best Band in Philadelphia”. Continue reading →