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.


Midlake On World Cafe

Dec 13, 2013

Fans of Midlake have no doubt grown accustomed to the band's malleable sound, which fluctuates from album to album. The Texas folk-rock band's second record, The Trial of Van Occupanther, was steeped in the atmosphere of the '70s, while 2010's The Courage of Others headed in another direction altogether.

Brooklyn orchestral indie rock outfit San Fermin released the sleeper hit record of 2014 with its self-titled debut. 

Roots-tinged Australian musician John Butler joins us on a double-header Free at Noon bill this  week. 

  Frontman of the funky and fierce jam rock crew John Butler Trio, who were a big hit at this summer's XPoNential Music Festival, Butler has also released a handful of live and studio solo albums including 2012's Tin Shed Tales. He performs a solo acoustic set for us at Free at Noon.

Downbeat Brooklyn band Lucius also performs on the Free at Noon bill on Friday. The five-piece is anchored by the expressive vocal harmonies of lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. 

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Eclectic singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash joins us for this week's Free at Noon concert. The Different Radio favorite and daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash is readying her latest full length record, The River and the Thread, for an January 2014 release. The album, written with her husband and longtime collaborator John Leventhal, will be her first album of original material since 2006's acclaimed Black Cadillac. Cash also earned praise recently for 2009's The List, an album covering 12 country music classics from a list her father gave her at age 18.

Red Baraat, led by dhol player Sunny Jain, puts a spin on the Bhangra music of Northern India by mixing in a jazzy brass section and injecting the party vibe of a funk band. The band has released three albums on SinJ Records, most recently Shruggy Ji. Recent Release: Shruggy JiRelease Date: January 15, 2013Label: Sinj

Michael Hollett On World Cafe

Nov 7, 2013

For this installment of Sense of Place: Toronto, host David Dye talks with NOW Magazine editor and publisher Michael Hollett. For 32 years, Hollett has guided the alternative news publication to reflect the music culture of Toronto.