Author Archives: John Vettese

Photos: La Dispute, Pianos Become the Teeth, Mansions get heavy at Union Transfer

La Dispute| photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

La Dispute| photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Last Friday, Michigan punk heavyweights La Dispute headlined Union Transfer in support of their third LP, Rooms of the House. Joining them was screamo outfit Pianos Become the Teeth and gritty poppy Seattle duo Mansions. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

Boy George regales a sold-out Free at Noon crowd at World Cafe Live

Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

New wave icon Boy George warmed up for his show tonight at the TLA with a rousing Free at Noon set before a sold-out World Cafe Live crowd. Having just collaborated with co-headliners Black Lips on a cover of T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” (watch it here), George headed downstairs to treat the audience with a set pulled mostly from his 2013 LP This Is What I Do; though the classic he performed with Culture Club, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” was in the mix, along with “Everything I Own” from his 1987 solo debut Sold and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” Listen to the set in its entirety below, check out photos from the set in the gallery and read the setlist after the jump. Get tickets and more information on his TLA show tonight at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Listen back to Black Lips’ scuzzed-out Free at Noon set, featuring Boy George

Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Atlanta psych-punk four-piece Black Lips kicked off today’s Free at Noon doubleheader with an upstairs set that included a surprise cover of “Bang A Gong” by T. Rex with Boy George (watch it here), but also a set of tracks from the band’s discography, including the new Underneath the Rainbow, out now on Vice Records. Check out photos in the gallery, listen to the performance in its entirety below, and read the setlist after the jump. Black Lips headline Union Transfer tonight; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Watch Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong” at Free at Noon

Boy George and Black Lips | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Boy George and Black Lips | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Fans who made their way in to WXPN’s double-header Free at Noon concert today probably were not expecting they’d see the two artists on the bill – New Wave icon Boy George and Atlanta psych-punk four-piece Black Lips – collaborate on a song. Even if they were, they definitely weren’t expecting the song would be the proto-glam rock classic, “Bang a Gong” by T-Rex.

But there it was, one of the most unexpected and kind of surreal things we’ve seen happen in this concert series – and it sounded perfect. Check out a video of the performance below, and compare it to the original after the jump. Listen to Black Lips entire set here, and hear Boy George’s set here via the Free at Noon archives. Boy George headlines the TLA tonight, while Black Lips are at Union Transfer; get tickets and info on both shows at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get it On)” Live at WXPN from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Revisit The War on Drugs’ Free at Noon set, hear them on World Cafe today

photo by Rachel Del Sordo

photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last month, Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs played their very first show in support of the acclaimed new album Lost in the Dream at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. Today, some of those songs will show up in the band’s World Cafe interview with David Dye – which you can tune in to here at 2 p.m. ET. Below, get psyched by listening to the entire Free at Noon set, and perusing an album of photos from the show. The War on Drugs return to Philly on May 31st to play the Roots Picnic; tickets and info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

A doubleheader of Taking Back Sunday and The Used hits the Tower Theater

Taking Back Sunday | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com

Taking Back Sunday | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com

It was a doubleheader of emo /pop-punk vets at the Tower Theater this past weekend. Long Island stalwarts Taking Back Sunday co-headlined alongside Utah favorites The Used, both artists with new albums in tow. TBS’ Happiness Is was released on March 18th, while The Used’s Imaginary Enemy came out April 1st. Check out photos of both sets in the gallery below, and read each band’s setlist after the jump.

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Vacationer returns with “The Wild Life” from their forthcoming album Relief

Photo by John Vettese

Photo by John Vettese

Just in time for sunnier days and (comparatively) warmer temperatures, Vacationer has returned with a brand new single called “The Wild Life.” In the insatiably catchy and polyrhythmic track, frontman Kenny Vasoli sings about “starting to change, being less guarded and act like I’ve got it, I’m putting my heart in just to give it away.” Sounds like a positive foot to start out a new album on - Relief is due out June 24th via Downtown Records, preorders are available here, and if this track is anything to go by, it’s more of the the band’s breezy beat-oriented pop nuggets in the vein of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot. Listen to “The Wild Life” below, and see Vacationer live at Underground Arts with Hellogoodbye on April 24th; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.