Brisbane’s Cub Sport share a soft and soulful video for “Chasin” and U.S. tour dates

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Cub Sport | photo courtesy of the artist

Following the release of their latest album, BATS, Australia’s Cub Sport have announced that 2018 will bring them back to the US — and their tour includes a stop here in Philly. The four-piece dream pop outfit will appear April 7 at The Foundry, and to hold us over until then, they’ve shared a new video for soft and soulful BATS track “Chasin’.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions at TLA, Angelo De Augustine at World Cafe Live

Hope Sandoval | photo by Luz Gallardo | via the artist’s Facebook page

Hope Sandoval and her band The Warm Inventions bring the soft and dreamy sounds of their new Son of a Lady EP to the TLA tonight. Former Mazzy Star frontwoman Sandoval’s career has spanned almost three decades, and as a solo artist she’s known for enigmatic live performances that match the eerie beauty of her songs. Tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Let Me Get There,” featuring Philly’s own Kurt Vile, below. Continue reading →


Port Lucian will celebrate the release of Sun EP Friday at PhilaMOCA

Port Lucian | photo by Julie Spivak Johnson via

This Friday, Portia Maidment of Port Lucian will unveil her biggest project since founding the band last year — her debut EP, Sun. Channeling everything from Jimi Hendrix to Tame Impala to Pink Floyd, this experimental psych-pop Philly outfit is the epitome of versatility. Listen to the lead single “Antares” below. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche will play The Barnes Foundation’s College Night

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Experimental artist Kingsley Ibeneche is set to play The Barnes Foundation’s third annual College Night, in partner with Campus Philly, on October 19th. Throughout the month of October, The Barnes will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a series of events that reflect the Barnes Foundation’s commitment to community engagement.

Kingsley Ibeneche is no stranger to performance: he’s trained professionally in ballet from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and soon after graduation he pursued a modern dance tour through Europe. He’s appeared onstage with Kate Faust as a dancer, but as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, has begun performing his own material lately as well. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Katie Jo and The Knobs at Kung Fu Necktie

Katie Jo Knaub | via Bandcamp

Last year, Katie Jo Knaub released her haunting, western-seared album The Widowmaker. Since then, she’s shifted her solo status to the full band, Katie Jo and The Knobs, for some an added dose of twangy kickassery. Catch the band live at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, alongside The Quahogs, Matt Kelly, and Todd Fausnacht. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, and stream The Widowmaker below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: AllegrA at Kung Fu Necktie and Chelsea Wolfe at TLA


AllegrA | photo by Rose Savage | courtesy of the artist

Philly via Pittsburgh artist, AllegrA merges somber lo-fi bedroom pop with sunny licks and personal, charmingly quirky lyrics (i.e. the adorable “cuties”). They’ll be bringing this shining combination to Kung Fu Necktie tonight alongside Dog Tears, Mean Sider, and Susie Derkins. Bonus, not long after, prep to see them again at JJ’s Diner along with Weller and Three Man Cannon on November 4th, not to mention their album release party at Planet Phitness on November 17. Listen to the beachy dream tune “42nd St” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at PhilaMOCA, Weaves at Boot and Saddle, The Courtneys at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

The Retinas
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie scene fixtures and garage rock masters The Retinas headline The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash tonight at PhilaMOCA. Fellow locals Them Jones and So Totally also perform. The Deli will donate all proceeds from the gig to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Listen to The Retinas’ most recent EP chaba below, and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Liberian pop lives in Philly

Still from Because of the War

When the Philadelphia Folklore Project hosts the premiere of director Toni Shapiro-Phim’s Because of the War, it isn’t just a celebration of the organization’s stealth (it’s a party for PFP’s 30th birthday with an October 15 screening at International House), but a study of the strength of five women – Phim and four vocalists from Liberia who live in the Southwest Philly and Upper Darby area.

“Each of them was an accomplished touring and recording artist in Liberia for years before moving to the U.S.” says Shapiro-Phim. To this Fatu Gayflor – one of the four vocalists that came to form The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change – states that each woman had a job “to represent their homeland by singing and dancing,” she says. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers take the World Cafe Live back to their Stompin’ Ground

Tommy Castro | Photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers‘ tour behind their new album Stompin’ Ground has been a self-described series of record release parties. And though the four-piece blues-meets-rock-‘n-roll band didn’t have an official tour date in Philly this round (they made a suburban stop at the Sellersville Theater last night), they sure brought the all the party spirit to the midday crowd at World Cafe Live this afternoon.

Playing for over an hour and drawing mostly from Stompin’ Ground — plus a few oldies and some covers — Tommy Castro & The Painkillers won the hearts of those in the audience and almost — just almost — made us want to take them up on their offer to hop in the tour bus and join them on the road as they head to Virginia to play Wolf Trap tonight. Continue reading →


Moses Sumney brings beautifully resonating set to The Church

Moses Sumney | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

There’s something heavenly entrancing about the work of Moses Sumney. It’s a quality that seems to connect his listeners with more than just music — his choir-like vocals juxtaposed with his interactive, experimental loops and multi-instrumental tracks, along with his emotional and intimate lyrics, lead to an all-encompassing, physical, and seemingly spiritual experience.

Sumney is on the tail end of his US Tour, headlining for the first time, and debuting his new album Aromanticism. Fans jam-packed the basement in First Unitarian Church last night in anticipation of his set. He played a myriad of songs off the album such as “Doomed,” “Quarrel,” and “Make Out in My Car,” as well as a cover of Bjork’s 1994 song “Come to Me.” Continue reading →