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Just Announced: Lykke Li will bring new album so sad so sexy to Union Transfer in October

Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli

It’s been four years since Swedish indie pop icon Lykke Li‘s last album, and since we last saw her in Philly. But the wait for new music is over, and along with the release of her new LP so sad so sexy, out today, comes news that the songwriter will return our way to headline Union Transfer on October 8. Continue reading →

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Lykke Li gave an enchanting and engaging performance at Union Transfer

Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Swedish indie pop singer-songwriter Lykke Li took the stage to a packed Union Transfer on Wednesday night. Touring in support of her third LP I Never Learn, which was released in May, Li performed a set of upbeat and evocative songs of heartbreak primarily off her latest album and her previous LP Wounded Rhymes. Midway through her set, she broke out two audience favorites from her debut album Youth Novels, “Dance, Dance, Dance” (during which she encourage the crowd to dance along) and “Little Bit.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lykke Li at Union Transfer, Catfish and the Bottlemen at MilkBoy, and Rise Against at The Tower Theater

Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli
Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli

Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li plays Union Transfer tonight with Mapei. After emerging on the scene in the late 2000s, Lykke Li has continued to pump out evocative new material that has been incorporated into major motion films including Twilight and The Fault In Our Stars. Her latest album, I Never Learn, was released in May and was caleld”both spartan and expansive” by Pitchfork. Sharing the stage with Mapei, the Swedish-American  R&B pop singer, the show tonight is sure to draw out quite a crowd. Check out her video for “Gunshot” below and visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Picks: Sonni Shine And The Underwater Sounds at North Star Bar + Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lykke Li

Sonni Shine And The Underwater Sounds perform with Abstract Verses and Ill Dootsat at 8 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $8. Tonight’s show is a benefit for The Shakedown Project, which “was founded to create innovative, thought provoking experimental theater which blurs the disciplinary lines of entertainment, combining different art forms into unique coherent narratives.”

Also playing: Buffy Sainte-Marie performs at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $27-$50); XPN Welcomes Lykke Li + Grimes at Theater Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $40)

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Lykke Li at TLA on Monday, May 16th!

This week, we’ve got a handful of tickets to give away for Lykke Li‘s performance at Theatre Of Living Arts on Monday, May 16th. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; winners can pick their tickets up from the WXPN/World Cafe Live building. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Firefly 2019’s lineup led by Panic! At The Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, with Courtney Barnett, Vampire Weekend, Hop Along on the undercard

from left, Panic! At The Disco | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN // Travis Scott | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN // Post Malone | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While Firefly‘s recently-announced 2019 lineup isn’t doing anything to improve the Dover, Delaware festival’s track record of booking overwelmingly male headliners, seeing psychedelic rap visionary Travis Scott take the big-font Saturday-night prime slot is indeed a silver lining, especially in the wake of his ridiculous ASTROWORLD tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center.

Scott is sandwiched between Friday’s appearance from pop punk dramatists Panic! At the Disco and Sunday’s closing set from hip-hop’s voice of suburban ennui, Post Malone, who admittedly has a few catchy songs in his playbook. But as the case is with most festivals of this scale, the true excitement at Firefly lies in its undercard. Continue reading →

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Pictures of Lily (Allen) at Union Transfer

Lily Allen | Photo by: Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com
Lily Allen | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

Lily Allen always included a similarly and funny strain in her music, not dissimilar from her father, caustic British comic writer-actor Keith Allen (The Young Ones, The Supergrass, Comic Strip). Yet, because Americans don’t get that snide, sly humor in song is an actual thing unless it’s outlandish, Lily Allen has remained something of a (fabulous) cult figure in the U.S., debuting in 2006 with Alright, Still, and following it with 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and 2014’s Sheezus. The warm-voiced Allen’s new album, No Shame, should change those fortunes (if she cares) as it invests itself in the nuances of social media takeovers, single motherhood, and a past — even a present — that wasn’t as comedic as we were lead to believe.

“Yeah, I’m a bad mother / I’m a bad wife / You saw it on the socials / You read it online,” sang Allen in her cool, snide fluttering baritone during “Come On Then,” her first song on Tuesday night at Union Transfer, where she played to a fairly packed house. Armed for bear, dressed in pink blooming pants and a long platinum white wig, Allen cut a cocksure jib, as she strode the stage, hands in her big pockets and romping through the spare, atmospheric electro-pop-or-hop of ether the bibbity-bobbity dancehall of “It’s Not Fair” (a catty tune you could imagine Beyonce covering) or the carnal carnival-esque “LDN”, with its leering lyrics of “I wonder what goes on behind doors / A fella looking dapper, but he’s sittin’ with a slapper / Then I see it’s a pimp and his crack whore.” Continue reading →

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Tumors and disco balls: Jens Lekman on growing older, feeling starstruck, “emotional autobiography” and why he wants the Phillies to lose

Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist
Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist

Jens Lekman, one of our most beloved and singularly charming songwriters, returned last month with his triumphant fourth full-length, Life Will See You Now. It might be the Swede’s most immediately gratifying collection yet, juxtaposing his typically tender and perceptive wit with some of his most exuberant (and danceable) music to date. It’s his first album since 2012’s relatively more subdued and reflective breakup-album-of-sorts, I Know What Love Isn’t, although he hasn’t exactly remained silent during the interim. In 2015 he wrote, recorded and released a new “Postcard” song every week – an effort to shake off writer’s block that paid some handsome dividends – and launched “Ghostwriting,” a project wherein he wrote songs based on other people’s stories. He’s also taken on a sideline as a wedding singer, performing at the nuptials of fans worldwide as way to help keep himself afloat while fulfilling the unwittingly prophetic promise of his 2004 ballad “If You Ever Need a Stranger (to Sing at Your Wedding).”

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