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Ingrid Michaelson mesmerizes The Fillmore with songs old and new

Ingrid Michaelson | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotogrpahy.com</a>
Ingrid Michaelson | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotogrpahy.com

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson lit up the stage with a wonderful set playing to a packed crowd at The Fillmore on Monday night as part of her Hell No tour. Touring in support of her recently released LP, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, Michaelson and her five-piece band performed a well-rounded set featuring some of her newest music along with a mix of favorites pulled from her previous five albums. The show started with a dramatically dark stage that lit up as Michaelson came on stage and started singing one of her new songs, “Light Me Up.” After a few songs, the band left the stage and Ingrid performed a couple songs solo acoustic with her ukulele. She played an interesting medley combining “Corner of Your Heart” and “How We Love,” followed by a beautiful cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Continue reading →

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Temples mesmerizingly preview new music at Johnny Brenda’s

Temples | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN
Temples | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

English psych-rockers Temples played an awesome sold-out Johnny Brenda’s show on Friday night. The four-piece group played most of their songs off 2014’s critically acclaimed debut album, Sun Structures, as well as a few new singles and yet-to-be released songs. Temples is currently touring to preview new material off their forthcoming album, anticipated for release in early 2017. Continue reading →

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Lake Street Dive shines at Union Transfer

Lake Street Dive | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Lake Street Dive | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Lake Street Dive played an incredible set on their first of two nights at Union Transfer on Tuesday night. The four-piece group is currently touring in support of their sophomore album, Side Pony, which was released earlier this year. By fusing together the sounds of rock, R&B and soul along with a ‘60s influence, Lake Street Dive’s sound is catchy and unique. As soon as the band took the stage, the crowd went wild with excitement in anticipation for their set to start. Continue reading →

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Kishi Bashi brings intricate soundscapes and positive energy to Union Transfer

Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi, better known by his stage name Kishi Bashi, performed a fantastic set Tuesday night at Union Transfer. Currently touring in support of his recent full-length Sonderlust, Kishi Bashi explained to the crowd that the title means “the awareness that everyone around you has a complex life of his or her own.”

The complexities present within his newest music make Sonderlust a brilliant title for this album. Kishi Bashi performed an all-encompassing set playing much of the record, along with a selection of songs from 2014’s Lighght and 2012’s 151a. Kishi Bashi was backed by a 4 piece touring band, allowing him to produce a fuller, more intricate sound. By incorporating his signature sound looping, he created an interesting textural soundscape of violin and beatbox loops underneath the band’s overall sound. Continue reading →

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Hopelessly Devoted to Rocking: Courtney Barnett at the Electric Factory

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Aussie singer-songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett and her band rocked it out out the Electric Factory on Thursday night. Barnett is currently touring in support of her critically-acclaimed 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. With multiple festival set appearances, a recent debut performance on SNL’s season finale and a Grammy nomination, Barnett has had quite a busy year since her last performance in Philly at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Mutemath played an energized set to a sold-out Union Transfer

Mutemath | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Mutemath | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Modern rockers Mutemath played an awesomely upbeat set a sold-out crowd at Union Transfer on Friday night. The band is currently on a worldwide tour in support of their recently released fourth full-length album, Vitals, their first LP in four years. Band members Paul Meany (lead vocals, keyboards, keytar), Darren King (drums, percussion), Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (bass, vocals), and Todd Gummerman (guitar, vocals) showcased the latest music from Vitals, as well as favorites pulled from their back catalog. Continue reading →

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A sleek, stylish Ra Ra Riot turned Union Transfer into a dance club

Ra Ra Riot | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ra Ra Riot | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie pop band Ra Ra Riot brought their string-filled electro-pop sounds to Union Transfer on Saturday night. Touring in support of their recently-released fourth studio album Need Your Light, the group played an upbeat set of their newest music as well as crowd favorites from their previous albums.

Need Your Light is a sleeker, but natural follow-up to 2013’s Beta Love. On it, Ra Ra Riot continues to explore a synth-heavy, electronic soundscape accentuated with strings and percussion. Frontman / vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Monacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller, drummer Kenny Bernard, and touring cellist Emily Brausa played a fun set of their catchy tunes, quickly transforming Union Transfer into a dance club throughout the rest of the night. Continue reading →

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Animal Collective kicks off its Painting With world tour at Union Transfer

Animal Collective | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Animal Collective | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Experimental pop outfit Animal Collective played a sold-out show at Union Transfer on Friday night. Philly was the group’s first stop on their international tour in support of their tenth studio album, Painting With, which was just released on Friday. Since it’s been four years since Centipede Hz, the crowd couldn’t wait to hear the band’s new music performed live for the very first time. As Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist delivered an upbeat and energetic set of their textured, psych-pop inspired music, the crowd cheered, moshed, and danced.

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Best Coast and Wavves light up the Electric Factory

Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-rock duo Best Coast and pop-punk rockers Wavves brought the sounds of California to the Electric Factory on Wednesday night with their “Summer is Forever II” tour. 

Best Coast played a set of their easygoing surf-punk tunes in support of their most recent album, California Nights, which came out last year. The band also pulled from their back catalog to play a well-balanced set of their newest music along with older favorites. Touring bandmates on drums, bass, and guitar backed vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno throughout a sweet set that ranged from the energetic riffs in “When Will I Change” to the mellowness of “Our Deal.” 

Throughout the set, fans were engrossed in the music; at one point, a dedicated fan in the front row wearing a Garfield costume took to crowd surfing. Towards the end of the show, the band played their hit song “Boyfriend” while Cosentino sang to the Garfield head and wore it for a portion of the song. They closed up their set with an impressive performance of “When Will I Change,” leaving the crowd wanting more. Once Best Coast returned on stage for the encore, they wrapped up the show with a lively performance of “Bratty B.” Continue reading →

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Django Django brings Born Under Saturn to Union Transfer

Django Django | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Django Django | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British art-rockers Django Django played an entrancing show at Union Transfer on Friday night. Touring in support of their sophomore release, this year’s Born Under Saturn, the quartet played a captivating of new material but pulling strongly from their acclaimed self-titled debut album. The well-balanced set included fan favorites such as “Hail Bop,” “Default,” and “First Light.” Continue reading →