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PREMIERE: Spelling Reform meet strange characters in “Tuscaloosa” video

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Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of the artist

Late last year local indie rockers Spelling Reform gave us a stand-out debut LP in No One’s Ever Changed, a record that The Key’s Chad Snyder tagged “optimistic bummer rock for the teenage soul” thanks to its relatable theme of trying to be your best self. “Tuscaloosa” is the third single Dan Wisniewski and co. are highlighting, and today we have the premiere of its Bob Sweeney-directed video.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela add tour to 10th anniversary celebration of Rodrigo y Gabriela LP

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Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Ten years ago, Mexico City duo Rodrigo y Gabriela released their sophomore self-titled LP, a record that put their dual-guitar compositions on the map. To mark the album’s milestone, the musicians have announced a U.S. tour that stops at the Electric Factory on Saturday, June 10th.

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A Sunday night Hang with Foxygen at Union Transfer

 

Foxygen | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Foxygen | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

California duo Foxygen was back in town Sunday night to get their fans’ week started off right, and to promote their new album Hang. Fans filled up Union Transfer quickly as the night began with Australian-songwriter Gabriella Cohen setting the mood. Cohen came on stage with band mate Kate Dillion to ease everyone in to her opening set with a quiet number. As the first song was wrapping up the rest of her band came out to keep the serenading vibe going while taking it up a notch at times. The whole set was filled with songs which flowed together brilliantly to grab the full attention of the audience.

The stage was then set with lights strung over the pianos, center stage was clear for maximum dancing room, and the crowd anxiously awaited the headliners to take the stage. When Foxygen’s set began, they got the audience intrigued by kicking off with a few old favorites, including “We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” and “San Francisco.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, Alice Bag at Union Transfer, and Maxwell Stern at Boot & Saddle

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Hippo Campus | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Minnesota’s Hippo Campus bless Union Transfer tonight in support of their debut full-length Landmark. The four-piece stuff indie pop and explode it to area-sized proportions, sporting anthemic hooks while saving guitar music one tune at a time. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Jill Scott brings the sultry soul in Daley collab, “Until The Pain Is Gone;” announces two NJ dates

Jill Scott | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly native and R&B queen, Miss Jill Scott, just released a collaboration with Daley titled “Until The Pain Is Gone,” and it somehow already sounds like an instant classic. Taking cues from her throwback late 90’s – early 2000’s sultry R&B pop style, the addition of British electro-soul artist Daley’s beats spins a modern twist. Just wait until the chorus when the strings kick in and Jilly from Philly really starts groovin’– I promise you’ll be swaying along whether you are realize it or not. Continue reading →

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Wowzers! Check out the 2017 NON-COMMvention performance lineup

Photo by John Vettese

WXPN’s NON-COMMvention, the station’s annual music-industry centered conference, announced their nightly performance roster for their 17th iteration. Apart from becoming a hub for the industries’ best, the conference always brings some damn good performers. Brace yourselves: This three-day event is jam-packed with performances from The Pixies, Blondie, Real Estate, PWR BTTM, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Districts, and a whole lot more.

NON-COMM 2017 takes place May 17th through May 19th; check out the full day-by-day lineup below. Tickets to these performances are only open to XPN Members, so head over to the pledge page to become a member and get access to this incredible show — and get acquainted with the artists in the playlist below.

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Party with Cayetana alongside a stacked lineup at New Kind of Normal record release shindig

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

May 5th just went from an awesome day to a supremely wonderful hooplah of a day.  In addition to the upcoming Cayetana record New Kind of Normal being released, Guild Shows just announced that Cayetana will rock a record release show that night at First Unitarian Church alongside the likes of Katie Ellen, Shannen Moser, and Aster More. Can I get a heck yee. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Phoenix’s first tour in three years swings through The Fillmore in June

Phoenix | Photo by John Vettese

France synthpopers Phoenix announced they’ll be back on the road this summer, spanning the globe on a world tour set to come to this fair city on June 2nd at The Fillmore with support from The Lemon Twigs. We haven’t seen any new full releases from the alt-rockers since 2013’s Bankrupt! — and this is their first tour since 2014 — so we hope this indicates new tunes from the group are on the way as well.

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