Cub Sport’s new “Limousine” video celebrates self-acceptance, personal growth, and vampires

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Brisbane, Australia pop four-piece Cub Sport has been throwing all of their personal selves into their music for the past several years. On their 2016 debut, lead singer Tim Nelson sang intensely about depression and repression, about personal lows; the band’s 2017 album Bats was a brilliant and candid chronicle of Nelson coming out as a gay man, a journey he made with his bandmate and now-husband Sam Netterfield.

This January, Cub Sport released their self-titled third record, and it follows Nelson more deeply along that personal journey — not only self-acceptance but self-comfort and self-love, the process of fully embracing who you are. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Field Report, Caroline Rose, Cub Sport, Ja Rule and more

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Okay, so you slept on tickets for Hop Along at Johnny Brenda’s, and Yo La Tengo at Union Transfer, and Khruangbin at Underground Arts, and now all those shows are sold out. It’s tough, we feel that. But thankfully there are no shortage of gigs this week, starting tonight with Supercunk and Swearin’ art Union Transfer and Mirah at JBs and going all the way through the road-trip-worthy Broken Social Scene show Sunday at Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theater. Read on for our picks of 19 concerts to see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →


Brisbane’s Cub Sport share a soft and soulful video for “Chasin” and U.S. tour dates

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Cub Sport | photo courtesy of the artist

Following the release of their latest album, BATS, Australia’s Cub Sport have announced that 2018 will bring them back to the US — and their tour includes a stop here in Philly. The four-piece dream pop outfit will appear April 7 at The Foundry, and to hold us over until then, they’ve shared a new video for soft and soulful BATS track “Chasin’.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cub Sport at Milkboy, Lakou Mizik at World Cafe Live, Elephant Micah at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

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Cub Sport | photo courtesy of the artist

Australian dream-pop band Cub Sport brings its debut album This Is Our Vice to Milkboy tonight. They’ve played in Philly before — at Underground Arts back in 2014, as well as a live session on the Indie Rock Hit Parade. Watch the video for their latest single “Come On Mess Me Up” below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets to tonight’s 21+ show. Local bands Rosu Lup and In Place will play in support. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cub Sport / Communion Philly at Underground Arts, Mobb Deep at TLA, Prism Quartet at World Cafe Live and more

CubSportAustrailian indie-pop outfit Cub Sport will play this month’s Communion Club Night at Underground Arts for their very first show in Philadelphia. This tour is the first US/Canada run for the band who self-released their Paradise EP last year. Their sound is super energetic and poppy at times (see “Paradise”) and more mellow and subdued at others (see “Shuffle”) but it’s all done in a dewy dream pop context that’s pretty hard to resist at both ends of the spectrum. Watch “Paradise” below and get tickets here.

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Cub Sport, Heyward Howkins, Joey Sweeney, Bootstraps tapped for May Communion Night at Underground Arts

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The lineup for May’s Communion Club Night show at Underground Arts was just announced, and it’s a sweet one. Making the trek from Australia for their Philadelphia debut (unless you count the sorta-debut when they played on the Indie Rock Hit Parade during CMJ last October) is Brisbane indie pop five-piece Cub Sport. They released a delightful EP called Paradise back in the fall that, like Vampire Weekend, blends electropop beats with world music arrangements and infectious hooks.

Also on the lineup is this month’s XPN-curated Communion artist Heyward Howkins. His second LP, Be Frank Furness, was released in December via BITBY Records, and it saw his lyrical wit and knack for melody in top form. We featured it in an Unlocked spotlight at the time – read the interview here.

The show also features a set of lush arrangements from Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, alt-rock drama from LA rockers Bootstraps and much more. Get more information on the show at its Facebook event page, and check out music from some of the artists below.


Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cub Sport

IMG_5114Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, poppy indie charmers Cub Sport made their first visit to the United States this October on the heels of their fantastic Paradise EP. The five-piece band – Tim Nelson on vocals and piano, Zoe Davis on vocals and bass, Sam Netterfield on vocals and keys, Daniel Puusaari on Drums and Andrew Williams on guitar – debuted in 2012 with the infectious Told You So and its lively mix of catchy melodies, witty lyrical stories and studied songwriting. The new material takes a decidedly island-pop approach (hence the name) and the band showcased it in a barnstorming run of dates at CMJ. But they also found the time to take a trip south to Philadelphia for a comically large pizza (shoutouts, Allegro delivery) and an in-studio performance for the Indie Rock Hit Parade, marking our very first Live Session for the show. Stream it and download it below – it features the title tracks from both Paradise and Told You So; the song “Pool” from Paradise; and a new one called “Love Crimes.” And stay tuned for more in the coming months, since the Cub Sport crew told us they’d be back for a fuller run of U.S. tour dates in 2014.


Cuban funk artist Cimafunk stopped in Philadelphia during his first U.S. tour. Here’s why that’s important.

Erik Alejandro Rodríguez, a Cuban artist who goes by the stage name Cimafunk, performs at Moore College of Art on March 29 | photo by Angela Gervasi for WXPN |

Erik Iglesias Rodríguez had hardly finished performing when his audience began chanting in Spanish— ¡otra, otra! — demanding an encore.

Rodríguez, better known as Cimafunk, glanced at his band members. The small crowd had already abandoned its seats to dance in front of the tiny stage of Graham Auditorium, a room tucked inside Moore College.

The band launched into one last song, “Alabao.” Like Cimafunk, the word comes from Cuba, where it’s used as a slang expression to convey exasperation or surprise.

And in a sense, Cimafunk’s own story is… surprising. At one point, he was studying medicine in his Pinar del Rio, a province on the west side of the island. Now, his music is blasting in Havana house parties. He’s landed on Billboard’s “Latin artists to watch” list for 2019 and has graced the stage at South by Southwest. Continue reading →