The third and final day of this year’s Firefly Festival was a hot one for audiences and artists alike. Many people were spotted hanging more along the sides of the stage for shade and more than a few artists made comments along the lines of “It’s hot as fuck up here!” While it appeared that the daytime attendance was up on Sunday, the “Super VIP” section was lacking some Super VIPS and many were upgraded to get closer to their favorite artists. Continue reading →
Car Seat Headrest has just released Commit Yourself Completely, a 9-track live album featuring versions of the band’s biggest hits from 2016’s critically acclaimed Teens Of Denial and 2018’s Twin Fantasy. The album also features the first recorded cover version of Frank Ocean’s “Ivy,” a staple in the band’s set. Continue reading →
I just did the math. I’ve been to 42 shows this year, and I think seeing a sold out Union Transfer crowd belt out the chorus to “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” was my favorite concert moment of the year so far. As Car Seat Headrest singer Will Toledo closed his eyes, sung and danced around the stage in a manner only someone who can’t dance would dance, every single teen/twenty-something/whatever raised their fists in the air and belted out the words “It doesn’t have to be like this / killer whales.” It was that moment when Toledo made the Spring Garden Street rock club feel like an arena and defiantly said “No. We will not be another flash-in-the-pan indie rock band.” Continue reading →
Indie favorite Car Seat Headrest is touring nonstop this spring and summer, and just extended its tour through the fall. Lucky for us, this new leg of the tour will bring Will Toledo & crew to the East Coast, with a stop at Union Transfer on Tuesday, September 18. Continue reading →
Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.
Another month, another haphazard assemblage of sounds, culled from near and far, old and new, this and that, recent recordings and forthcoming performances (another solid line-up of the latter!) Somehow, unpredictably, through-lines tend to emerge, and I try to take them for what they’re worth without overstating the point. For whatever reason, in compiling this second monthly batch of new 2018 tunes – jazz, ambient, country, folk, pop and rock, and very little of it on quite square – I kept encountering forms and notions of duality: binaries, opposites, mirrors, twins. Below you’ll find pairings as superficial and arbitrary as similar-sounding artist names, as specific and deliberate as conceptually conjoined album projects, as intriguing if incidental as strikingly parallel career arcs. Well, we’ve gotta find something to talk about. First, though, let’s have some fun. Continue reading →
If you love hip-hop, if you love R&B, and if you want to sprinkle some local ﬂair in between, this year’s Made in America festival is for you.
The ﬁrst day of the two-day extravaganza on the Ben Franklin Parkway was packed with huge names; Rihanna closed off the day with a set that was nothing short of legendary, but amazing sets went down right from the beginning of the day all the way to closing; Symone and C-Kan opened up two of the smaller stages with powerhouse vocals and Spanish ﬂows to rival the American ones of Eminem and Kendrick. Continue reading →
XPN favs Car Seat Headrest made thier network television debut last night on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Watch them perform “Fill In The Blank” from their new album Teens Of Denial. Continue reading →
Here’s your Made In America lineup: Coldplay, Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, DJ Khaled, Jamie XX, Gary Clark, Jr., Lil Uzi Vert, Gallant, Car Seat Headrest, Kevin Devine, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Grimes, ColleGrove (Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and more.
It’s happening September 3rd and 4th on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 22nd through Tidal at 10 a.m. General public on-sale is June 27th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →