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Against Me!’s tour with Bleached and The Dirty Nil comes to Union Transfer this fall

Against Me! | photo via againstme.bandcamp.com

Rolling off an angst-filled tour opening for Green Day, punk rock favorites Against Me! has announced a headlining tour of their own, with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil.

Against Me! will be performing their most recent album, Shape Shift With Me, which is the band’s seventh full-length album. Serving as an honest portrayal of sex, love, and heartbreak, frontwoman Laura Jane Grace discusses in a press release her songwriting choice of focusing on personal narratives rather than politics. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alex G at Union Transfer, Bleached at Johnny Brenda’s, Open Mike Eagle at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Alex G brings a spring tour home to Union Transfer tonight. The Havertown native has been supporting last year’s Domino Records debut Beach Music in a big way, criss-crossing the country, booking international festivals and now headlining his largest Philly show to date. Pretty cool stuff for a band that got its start in the Temple house show scene. Watch the video for “Mud” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show with Porches and Your Friend here.

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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Billy Bragg at the Keswick, Bleached at The Fire, Ladyfest Benefit at Little Berlin

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg

Garage-punk Los Angeles natives Bleached headline The Fire tonight. Signed to Dead Oceans, Bleached released their debut album Ride Your Heartearlier this month. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hunters, Omar and Catnaps can be found here. Watch the video for Bleached’s “Next Stop” below.

The Ladyfest Philly benefit concert presented by Girls Rock Philly is happening tonight at Little Berlin.  With sets by Bad Braids, Cayetana, and Girls Rock Philly bands Wrong Castle and Barracuda Club House Band, the event was organized by participants in the after school program who are learning the ins and outs of putting on a DIY show.  Ladyfest, a summer festival celebrating women in arts, culture and activism, will take place at The Rotunda on June 7-9.  Tickets and information for tonight’s benefit show can be found here.  Stream “Clover” off of Bad Braids’ forthcoming LP Supreme Parallel below.

British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg performa at The Keswick Theatre tonight. A political activist and influential folk musician, Bragg released his first studio album of original material in five years last month with Tooth & Nail. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  At noon today, Bragg will be performing at Main Street Music in Manayunk for Record Store Day. Below, watch Bragg’s video for “No One Knows Nothing Anymore.”

Also:
WXPN Welcomes Graham Parker and The Rumour at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware.
Work Drugs at Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden, Delaware.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allan Rayman & more!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Danny Clinch

On tonight’s New Music Show, we take a deep dive into the soundtrack to the film La La Land … or is it Moonlight? Better yet, neither.  Instead, we’ll unwrap the new album from Old 97’s, preview another song from the upcoming Spoon record, and debut a few new things like Low Cut Connie, Bleached, and Sam Outlaw.  Our New Music Show starts at 8pm on XPN, and here’s a sneak-listen to some other funky jams we’ve got lined up tonight …

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SWEEP! Parquet Courts, Woods & John Congleton on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re listening, because this was another big week for new album and song releases. So big, in fact, that we’ll have another DOUBLE Album Spotlight on the show! Not only will we hear new tracks from Parquet Courts‘ much-anticipated Human Performance, but we’ll dive into City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, the newest album from Woods. But that’s just the start! There are new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Moonface and more, so check out a little preview below:

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The High Key Portrait Series: Gary Dann

Gary Dann | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Gary Dann | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Introducing “High Key,” a new series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

For the past few years, Gary Dann’s Boom Room Studios has been the unassuming epicenter of an emerging music community in Philly. Conceived with extraordinary vision, the Boom Room was built with the attention to recording details of experienced and passionate audiophiles, and nestled comfortably next to the venerable venue Kung Fu Necktie and beneath the raging metal-on-metal cacophony of the decrepit Market-Frankford Line infrastructure overhead that frames the entire street with that iconic Philly photo-bleached baby-blue.

Outside the building in the adjacent lot is a small stage that hosts neighborhood music concerts. Inside is Dann’s creative lair. The Boom Room boasts production for artists that include the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chris Kirkpatrick, Jaheim, Billy Paul and Beanie Sigel, to name a few, the latter of whom has come to call the studio his “clubhouse.”

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A scandalous night with Of Montreal at the Chameleon Club

Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I like the name Lancaster… maybe I will change my name to Lancaster!”

Mad Max, a character dressed in a red and black body suit adorned with a cape and top hat, mulled this over in the midst of a rant about letting opossums loose in the crowd to pet, and cuddling the audience to sleep “just to wake up in his basement of love.” A little odd for Kevin Barnes’ introduction, but I don’t think the crowd at the Chameleon minded too much. Eccentric was what they came for. Continue reading →