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Join us Friday for a Doubleheader concert with The Districts and Hurray for the Riff Raff Friday and noon.

Philadelphia favorites The Districts have had an exciting couple of months. After signing with Fat Possum Records in November and producing a self-titled EP with the label, they’ve taken off, embarking on a nationwide tour with stops at SXSW and recently announcing a future appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza. But before then, their foot-stomping original sound is set to play at Friday’s double header, filling the room with their rock n’ roll blended with folk sound.

Join us for a Doubleheader concert Friday with Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Districts! 

Typhoon, the 12-piece supergroup from Portland, Oregon, joins us for a live Friday concert  at noon. Getting their big break with a performance on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2011,

   Typhoon has quickly grown in popularity due to their appropriate and experimentally big-band sound complete with sporadic interjections of harmonization, brass and piano. Since their initial appearance, they've opened for indie rock bands Explosions in the Sky and The Decemberists.

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Country music singer and songwriter Suzy Bogguss joins us live for our noon concert on March 21st. The Illinois native released her thirteenth studio record Lucky last month, a collection of Merle Haggard's classic Americana songs rerecorded in a style that is quintessentially Suzy. 

Join us for the our Friday concert this week, Live from World Cafe Live, as War On Drugs performs. 

  Philadelphia space rock heroes The War on Drugs join us live Friday the 14th of March for our weekly live noon concert. The band, led by singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel, is gearing up to release its latest album, Lost in the Dream, which comes out later this month via Secretly Canadian Records. It’s the band’s most expansive work yet, reaching explosive highs and dialing back to mellowed-out lows, with driving anthems like the single “Red Eyes” popping up throughout.

Swing revival stalwarts Roomful of Blues join us live for our Friday concert. 

  Blending traditional blues motifs with big band attitude, Roomful of Blues are five-time Grammy nominees with a discography that reaches back forty years.

Annie Clark, better known to fans by her stage name St. Vincent, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. The New York experimental rocker is a master of moods, a stunning arranger and an accomplished guitarist. Her new self-titled album is out on February 24th , and can be heard this week on NPR Music's First Listen.

Longtime Milwaukee bandleader Paul Cebar and his group Tomorrow Sound join us for a live midday concert live Friday at noon. 

The four piece country-tinged New England rockers The Alternate Routes join us on January 10th for our Noon performance on Live from World Cafe Live. 

  Last month the band put out its first new music in three years, a single called "Nothing More" that was written in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, CT. The song was released in support of the Newtown Kindness non-profit.The Alternate Routes' third full-length album, Lately, was released in 2010, and it plans a follow-up album for later this year.

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long with four countdowns to midnight and four different renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" in all continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. Eight hours of music will start at 9pm and continue throughout the night until 5am.

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