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Just Announced: Gallant and Jamila Woods will play Union Transfer in October

Gallant | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Jamila Woods | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN /

R&B artist Gallant announced his upcoming Fall headlining “Too Good To Be” tour, which includes a stop at Union Transfer. The name of the tour is quite fitting, considering fellow ascendant R&B star Jamila Woods is joining Gallant for the first leg of the tour.

Gallant broke onto the scene with the release of his debut album, 2016’s Ology, and rode that wave of success well into 2017, opening for John Legend on his “Darkness and Light” tour. While no official release date has been set for the highly anticipated follow-up album, Gallant has released two new songs, “Gentlemen” in April, and “Doesn’t Matter” just earlier today. Continue reading →

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Missed Gallant at Firefly? Catch him around town this summer

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Gallant | photo courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles R&B artist Gallant wowed the Firefly crowed in Delaware last week, performing two sets of songs from his breakthrough Ology LP. But if you missed out on the three-day gathering (or if you just want more Gallant in your summer) you’re in luck – he’ll be in town a few more times before we say goodbye to hot days and music festivals.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at the Mann, Anyee Wright at Foxtail Fest, Gallant at Electric Factory and more…

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The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Avett Brothers will headline the Mann Center tonight, previewing their forthcoming record True Sadness. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, so by now the brothers have developed a deep understanding of what makes them tick; Seth Avett detailed their influences, motives and thoughts in a letter earlier this spring, which you can read here. Listen to the title track below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caroline Rose at World Cafe Live, Cold Roses at Bourbon and Branch, Two Gallants at Johnny Brenda

Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese
Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese

After making a splash in 2013 with her pop-and-country infused album America Religious, New Jersey’s Caroline Rose returned last fall with an album that expanded her sound into realms of gospel and blues with I Will Not Be Afraid. Tonight she plays World Cafe Live opening for Pokey La Farge. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Two Gallants at Union Transfer, Tutlie at Johhny Brenda’s, Delco Pacers at North Star Bar

TwoGallantsFreeDownloadSan Fransisco’s Two Gallants are in town tonight for a show at Union Transfer. The lo-fi folk rockers released their fourth full-length LP, The Bloom and the Blight, in September of 2012, through ATO Recods. Blending a unique mix of indie-folk with a more intense, almost grungey attitude, the west coast two-piece cultivate a sound entirely their own. Garage-rock outfit BRONCHO will be supporting them at Union Transfer. Check out the video for Two Gallants’ track “My Love Won’t Wait” from The Bloom and the Blight below, and find tickets and information for the show here.

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Mitski Ascends: The reigning queen of indie rock owns the Union Transfer stage

Mitski | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Forget everything you thought you knew about a Mitski concert.

The basement show power trio with the frontwoman rocking a hot pink bass? The expanded band that brought songs from Puberty 2 to life on an arena show with Lorde? The occasional solo sets that are moving in the best way? All things of the past.

For the opening night of tour in support of this year’s outstanding Be The Cowboy, Mitski Miyawaki showed a packed Union Transfer that — much in the same way the record is a next-level move in terms of taking her already deeply affecting songwriting to new heights — her stage show was now bigger, bolder, and more of a vehicle for the best kind of catharsis.

With her four-piece band handling practically all the instrumental duties, Mitski stayed in the front of the stage, using her freed up limbs to spend the entire set gesturing, twisting her body, leaping on the floor, moving to the music in powerful and gripping ways. It reminded me of Klaus Nomi, it reminded me of St. Vincent. It showed that, as much as words and sounds are powerful vehicles for conveying meaning and emotion, so too is movement. Continue reading →

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20 artists you didn’t realize are playing Made In America this weekend

Saba | photo by Tom Vin | via NPR Music

It’s less than 24 hours till the official kickoff of the seventh annual Made In America festival, and while we’re extremely excited to see headliners Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill over the next couple days, we’re equally excited for the reliably vibrant festival undercard. We dug into the lineup to see what surprises it contained; many of the artists in this list were new to us, many we know and love and had no idea they were in the mix. Read on, and see you on the Parkway this weekend!  Continue reading →

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Chance the Rapper, David Bowie top nomination list for 59th annual Grammy Awards

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance the Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, ramping up excitement for the February 12th ceremony.

As expected Adele has received several nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” while her third LP 25 is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak will vie for Best New Artist, with the former appearing again on both the Best Rap Performance shortlist for “No Problem” and the Best Rap Album shortlist for Coloring Book, while the latter’s Malibu appears in the Best Urban Contemporary group against Firefly Music Festival stand out Gallant and his Ology.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loose Tooth at Kung Fu Necktie, Queen of Jeans at Eris Temple Arts, Made In America Day One

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Loose Tooth | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Local outfit Loose Tooth join their friends in Shelf Life, Blue Smiley and Poppies at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The folks in LT caught our ears with last year’s excellent Easy Easy East, so it was exciting to hear what the four-piece had up their sleeves as a follow-up when they stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer. Check out a video of new number “Roach Motel” below and get more information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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