We’re fresh off a Record Store Day Weekend, and that means we’ve got some exclusive tunes to spin on our New Music Show tonight. In the mix we’ll feature a new song from Philly’s own The War on Drugs, that doubles as our “Gotta Hear Song of the Week”. And Jason Isbell contributed a live EP to the weekend festivities, we’ll play you something from that too. Also, tonight we’ll hear more from Australian sensation Tash Sultana and another track from the forthcoming Afghan Whigs album. Make sure your radio is set to WXPN at 8PM, we’ve got all that and more.
They helped us though the end of summer with their “Swimming Pool” video and started the Fall on the right note with their two-track 7″ preview via Bandcamp. Now join York / Lancaster native Younger Me at The Fire tonight for their second 7″ release show. To help celebrate the evening, the indie pop-rock trio will share the stage with Philly local Lucy Stone and Philadelphia based Family Vacation. Prepare for the show by listening and downloading their two track preview below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s 21+ performance here.
Blues Funeral is the new album from the Mark Lanegan Band. Lanegan began his career as lead singer for Screaming Trees and has collaborated with Queens of The Stone Age, Isobel Campbell of Belle And Sebastian, and formed The Gutter Twins with Greg Dulli. Blues Funeral is Lanegan’s first album since 2004’s Bubblegum. Lanegan performs at the TLA on Saturday, May 12th. Go here for tickets and information about the show. Below, download “The Gravedigger’s Song” from the new album.
More than four and a half years have passed between Belle And Sebastian‘s 2006 album The Life Pursuit and the brand-new Write About Love, which probably explains why so many eager fans and critics were ready to heap praise on the album before it even hit the shelves. Then again, many other Belle And Sebastian fans might say that the indie-pop ensemble’s music hasn’t quite been up to snuff since the departure of cellist/vocalist Isobel Campbell during the band’s 2002 national tour. After splitting ways with Stuart Murdoch and his merry band of twee musicians, Campbell raised a few eyebrows by pairing up with world-weary rocker Mark Lanegan; the unlikely pairing, however, has produced three well-received albums since then, including this year’s Hawk. The new record—released in August by V2 Records—finds Campbell in full control of the reins, and alternatively infusing the band’s stripped-down Americana with elements of folk, country, and blues. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan perform with Willy Mason at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $15-$17.
Grammy-award winning Tuareg group Tinariwen will bring their sweeping sounds of the Sahara to Union Transfer tonight. The Malian rockers recently released their album, Elwan, which features contributions from Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. Find more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and take a trip to a rock show in the desert by watching the video for “Sastanàqqàm” below. Continue reading →
Early next year, Tuareg folk rockers Tinariwen will release their seventh album, Elwan, which features contributions from Matt Sweeney, Mark Lanegan, and Philly’s own Kurt Vile, to name a few. You can check out the gorgeous new video for “Ténéré Tàqqàl” below, and this coming April 18th, you catch the band live when they roll through Union Transfer. They’ll be joined by the also fantastic Dengue Fever, a band whose music is significantly more pleasant than the mosquito-borne illness for which its named. Continue reading →
Little Big League celebrates the release of Tropical Jinx at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The record marks a difficult several months for the band, and tonight’s show will be the last for a while as front-woman Michelle Zauner moves to the west coast. The record, though, is Little Big League’s second overall and first for its new label Run For Cover Records. The collection of cathartic personal songs explore themes of love, loss and growing-up over catchy, edgy indie rock. Tickets and information for the 21+ release party can be found here. Listen to the title track below.
We’re psyched to catch cinematic Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs this week at NonCOMM (they play tomorrow night at 9, catch it on the air at 88.5 FM or XPN.org). But we’re equally psyched to hear that the band’s tour will bring it back through Philadelphia this fall for a headlining show at Union Transfer on October 3rd.
This year The Afghan Whigs released their first album in sixteen years, and it’s a knockout – Do to the Beast is ten tracks of aggression, emotion and intensity at a level we haven’t heard from these guys since 1996’s Black Love. After their smooth, soulful and sexy LP 1965 dropped in 1998, the Whigs took a long break, allowing frontman Greg Dulli to pursue solo projects with The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins (featuring Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees) and under his own name. Though some of the music of this period found the songwriter exploring thrilling new territories, results overall were a bit on the mixed side, whereas on Beast, not a moment falters. The album isn’t just a return to form for the band, it’s also a return to Sub Pop Records, which released the Whigs LPs Up In It (1990) and Congregation (1992). Hopefully we’ll hear music from all of these releases – as well as 1993’s landmark outing Gentlemen – in October, as well as some of the band’s trademark cover songs.