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Space 1026 finds a new home on North Broad

Space 1026 members Maximillian Lawrence and John Armstrong | photo by Peter Crimmins for WHYY

Longtime artist collective Space 1026 has found a new home in an unlikely space. Forced to vacate the Chinatown building it’s called home for more than 20 years due to rising rent, the artists behind the collective launched a crowdfunding campaign to find its new home, and according to a report by WHYY’s Peter Crimmins, they have purchased a former North Broad Street beauty salon.

The artists hope the new location will be able to accommodate the same uses of the old space, which housed studio spaces, a screenprinting facility and a gallery space for art exhibitions and musical performances. It’s also a fresh start for the collective, which includes about 20 artists. “We’ve always been held together by duct tape and hot glue, and dumb positive attitudes and blind faith that it’s going to work out,” Space 1026 founding member Maximilian Lawrence tells Crimmins. “Until this round, which was different.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s, Radiator Hospital at the First Unitarian Church, HOUND at Space 1026, and more

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s own Vita and the Woolf return to town for the final show of their fall tour tonight. The Johnny Brenda’s gig also includes fellow locals Ellen Siberian Tiger and Baltimore’s Soul Cannon. Vita and the Woolf released their excellent debut LP TUNNELS back in June, and they’ve followed it up with a series of stunning music videos — watch the haunting video for “Sun Drop” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Derrick Hodge at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Amanda X at Space 1026, Maze ft Frankie Beverly at Dell Music Center

Derrick Hodge | photo via artist’s Facebook page

This week’s installment of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions features Philly bassist Derrick Hodge. Hodge takes over the two sets of the night, playing tunes in anticipation of his 2016 release The Second. Find info on the event here, and listen to the title track, “The Second” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sigur Ros at Mann Center, Elvis Costello at The Tower Theater, Harmony Woods at Space 1026

Sigur Ros | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Icelandic rock royalty Sigur Ros are gracing us with their presence at the Mann Center tonight. Get swept away in their myriad of hits — whether in Icelandic or the band-created musical language of Hopelandic (like c’mon, how cool is that)– for an atmospheric, open-air performance of dynamic, otherworldly soundscapes. Find more info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Festival,” a.k.a. one of the most beautiful songs to ever exist, below. Continue reading →

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Taiwan Housing Project sign to Kill Rock Stars, return with aptly-titled Three Song Record, play Space 1026 tonight

Taiwan Housing Project | via the band's Facebook page
Taiwan Housing Project | via the band’s Facebook page

Philly punk noisemakers Taiwan Housing Project are back with their first release under the revered indie imprint Kill Rock Stars. It’s called Three Song Record, and if you took a wild guess that it only has three songs on it, you would be right. If you also guessed that it would be brash, idiosyncratic, and noisy as hell, you’d be right about that too.

Originally released in 2015 on M’Lady’s records, the EP opens with the blistering “Maintenance of an Application,” which rides a mid-tempo punk groove as a soupy mess of searing guitar obscures a steady, distorted bass line. It’s got the momentum of a freight train, and that momentum continues on “White Frosted”, which features an equally catchy, shouted hook. Continue reading →

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LA’s Hit Bargain bring performance punk to Space 1026 next month

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Hit Bargain | photo courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles punk band Hit Bargain are one of those acts that are great on tape, but for the full experience you really need to see them live. You’ll have a chance to do just that next month when they bring their quick east coast tour to Space 1026 on November 10th, performing alongside Taiwan Housing Project, URSULA, and Brooklyn’s DJ Freddy Nightliker.

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand brings quirky art-pop to Space 1026

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand | photo by Christopher Swane | courtesy of the artist

Don’t get put off by the self-conscious “weirdness” of Brooklyn art-pop sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Their live sets boast oddball outfits, spasmodic choreography, and craft-fair accoutrements – hell, their name was inspired by a hand puppet that frontman Stephe Cooper employed in another (presumably even quirkier) band. But look past the arch theatrics and the band’s delightfully off-kilter songs inhabit the same catchily cerebral terrain as earlier bands that weren’t afraid to bubble-wrap their complexity inside kiddie show trappings – names like DEVO and the Residents come easily to mind.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thin Lips at Everybody Hits, The Snow Fairies at Space 1026, Kate Faust at Stage on Herr and more…

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | photo courtesy of the artist

This week we’ve showcased Philly punk rockers Thin Lips on our Unlocked series. Tonight, they’ll take the stage at Everybody Hits for a release party celebrating their brand new LP Riff Hard. You might want to see them while they’re still here — they head out on tour with Modern Baseball real soon. Watch their “Never Again” music video below and then head to the XPN Concert calendar for all the details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →