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From the contemplative to confrontational, Juliana Hatfield and Laura Stevenson played an inspired show at Boot and Saddle

Juliana Hatfield | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

New York songwriter Laura Stevenson stood in front of a sold-out Boot and Saddle Monday night, offering up a set of contemplative, upbeat song which, she explained with a smile, were about clinical depression and spending too much time worrying about death. The soul-baring singer has a voice that reminds you at turns of Feist or Jewel. But better than that: her work avoids stumbling into the conventional pitfalls of tropey, trite pop-folk; normally she plays with a loud rock band; she took it solo acoustic tonight, commanding the full attention of a room filling quickly and quietly with Juliana Hatfield fans. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Tobin Sprout at Johnny Brenda’s, and Goldfrapp at TLA

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Veteran singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield takes over Boot & Saddle for a headlining gig with Laura Stevenson. Hatfield’s new record Pussycat (out April 28th) hits a little harder than most, using gritty guitar work and pure kickassery to create a fantastic sound. The show is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Juliana Hatfield’s one-woman dance party in video for “Short-Fingered Man”

Juliana Hatfield's cover art for Pussycat | courtesy of the artist
Juliana Hatfield’s cover art for Pussycat | courtesy of the artist

Juliana Hatfield‘s got a few words to share on the current political climate, and she’s not letting any go unsaid in her upcoming album, Pussycat. Case in point: her new single, “Short-Fingered Man,” in which Hatfield directly trolls Trump without ever needing to utter his name.

Hatfield’s video for the song showcases her dancing like a fearless hooligan in a narrow hallway. Filming all of the footage herself, the video serves as a lighthearted and funny, small victory dance against the current administration.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Juliana Hatfield find comfort in sense memories on “Wonder Why”

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Prolific singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield will return April 28th with her latest solo album Pussycat. We’ve already heard its first single, an ode to getting along despite the odds called “Impossible Song”, and now, she’s sharing its second track, “Wonder Why,” which you can stream below. Continue reading →

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Juliana Hatfield shares “Impossible Song” from new Pussycat LP

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Juliana Hatfield is responding to last year’s presidential election the best way she knows how: with an album full of new songs and a couple of live dates. “Impossible Song” is the first we’re hearing from Pussycat, a hopeful story of finding common ground and being kind to each other despite a difference in beliefs.

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Just Announced: Juliana Hatfield will bring new Pussycat LP Boot and Saddle in April

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Veteran singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield will return to the Boot and Saddle stage this April, bringing with her a new LP called Pussycat — her first solo album since 2013’s Wild Animals.

In the time since, she reunited her old band The Juliana Hatfield 3 — which played B&S in March of 2015 — and collaborated with Paul Westerberg on a project called The I Don’t Cares. According to a statementPussycat was inspired by the presidential election. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Justin Townes Earle at Sellersville Theater, Mitski at Union Transfer

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Juliana Hatfield Three | photo by Johnny Anguish

The Juliana Hatfield Three headline the first of two nights at Boot & Saddle tonight. Returning to the original line-up from the early nineties, the band released its first record in over two decades with this year’s Whatever, My Love. The current tour, though, is billed as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are and has the group performing their seminal debut in its entirety. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here (tomorrow night is already sold-out) and watch their video for the classic “Spin the Bottle” below.

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Listen to The Juliana Hatfield 3’s first album in two decades

Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish
Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish

Nearly two decades after their hit 1993 album Become What You Are, The Juliana Hatfield 3 have reunited and released Whatever, My Love, through Connecticut label American Laundromat Records. Though Hatfield herself has released an outstanding string of solo work over the years, some of her biggest hits (“My Sister,” “Spin The Bottle”) are from that album with The Three. And as we heard in the album – released last Tuesday and streaming on the American Laundromat website – it sounds like the trio hasn’t missed a beat. Continue reading →

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Download “If I Could” by the Juliana Hatfield Three

Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish
Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish

After 21 years, The Juliana Hatfield Three has recorded their first new album, Whatever, My Love, out February 17th. Though Hatfield herself has released several outstanding solo albums over the years – including 1998’s Bed, 2005’s Made In China and 2013’s Wild Animals – this album is the first she’s made with the band that made Become What You Are in 1993, and its propulsive tempos and distortion-pedal riffs play as perfectly today as Become did 22 years ago. The JH3 plays a sold out show at Boot & Saddle on Tuesday, March 3rd; tickets are still available for a second show on Monday, March 2nd, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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