It not always easy to ignore the rain in our lives, even when it’s pouring outside. The Arkells, however, were able to do exactly that, performing selections from their newest record Morning Report, culminating in a pop rock extravaganza that kept spirits high and negativity an afterthought. Continue reading →
The folks at Weathervane Music are back it again, this time bringing us a Shaking Through session with Waxahatchee. Katie Crutchfield & co will be in Fishtown’s Miner Street Recording this weekend, January 21st and January 22nd, and the live-stream cameras will be on hand to give us a backstage pass into their recording process.
This coming February 25th would have marked George Harrison‘s 74th birthday, and coinciding with that date, Harrison’s entire solo studio catalog will be reissued on vinyl.
The Obsessives give us a taste of their newly announced, self-titled sophomore record with the anthemic power-pop of “Surfer Rosa”.
Stuck in a moral Water Temple of sorts, the duo of Nick Bairatchnyi and Jackson Mansfield navigate their way through a “straight-from-the-cereal-box” video game, learning their path through painstaking trial-and-error. The fantastically vibrant instrumentation puts on a front for the self-deprication, as the band sings of hitting themselves for keeping at the losing battle of life and love. As goofily as the pair may attack these situations of repetition and subsequent feelings of displacement, the underlying carefree attitude represents the real courage these boys have to be themselves and actually have fun with their lives, despite the constant battle with the UFOs in their lives. Continue reading →
Last year, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst spent a winter in Omaha and recorded Ruminations, a stunning and solitary meditation on life and isolation, and his best record in a decade.
This year, he returns to that body of work in a full-band Americana-rock context with longtime friends and collaborators The Felice Brothers. Joining them are an impressive roster of guests including Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson. The Salutations collection will come out on Nonesuch Records on March 17th, expanding on the ten songs of Ruminations and unveiling an additional ten songs.
This winter and spring, Oberst will go on tour with The Felice Brothers as his backing band; check out the tour dates below, as well as the album art and track listing. To get a now-and-then view, watch the newly-released video “A Little Uncanny” from Salutations, and compare it alongside the original version on Ruminations. Continue reading →
XPN darlings the xx were definitely ready for their close-up last night when they performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Below, watch them play “Say Something Loving” from their new album I See You. Continue reading →
If you caught this week’s New Music Show on XPN, you may have heard a track called “Jungle” from Australian artist Tash Sultana. It’s bright, layered, impossibly catchy and has skyrocketed the young multi-instrumentalist to viral status in her home country. Now the Melbourne native is breaking through here in the U.S., selling out all nine dates of an introductory tour (including a February 18th date at World Cafe Live) and announcing a stateside release of her debut EP Notion via Mom + Pop Records on February 17th. Watch Sultana perform “Jungle” in a live bedroom series below and stay tuned for updates.