Dreampop icons Slowdive performed to a packed house at Union Transfer last night, in support of their outstanding 2017 self-titled record — the band’s first in 22 years. The record glides along to a delicate wash of guitar tone, sound loops, and divine vocal harmonies from band leaders Rachel Goswell and Neal Halstead — last night, the new songs like “Slomo” sat beautifully alongside tracks like “Avalyn” from 1993’s Souvlaki. LA indie rockers Cherry Glazerr opened the show, and you can see photos from it below.
Slowdive wraps up it’s U.S. tour with a few more dates, including an appearance at the Et Cultura Festival in Florida this weekend. From there it heads to Japan in December, then Australia in January and February. Full tour dates can also be found below. Continue reading →
Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
UK shoegazers Slowdive bypassed Philadelphia on the spring leg of their Slowdive tour, but they couldn’t leave us out of the fun completely. Announcing another run of dates for the fall, the recently-reunited outfit will bring their new record to Union Transfer on November 15th. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, June 16th and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar
It’s almost that time of year where you can crank up your radio AND roll down your windows. In fact, tonight would be a good night to give it a try because we’ve got some exciting new albums to play for you. Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach sounds rather cheery on his new one “Shine On Me”. We’ll spin it for you. Also on the menu, a preview of the new Father John Misty album that comes out later this week. We’ll hear from Rave-Ups frontman Jimmer Podrasky who has a new solo album, the return of the Canadian super-group Broken Social Scene, and a few more …
After rumors of a new album began buzzing earlier this year, shoegaze stalwarts Slowdive have now made it official with the announcement of Slowdive, a follow up to their 1995 Pygmalion LP. The self-titled fourth effort from the UK act is scheduled for a May 5th release through Dead Oceans. A video for brand new song “Sugar for the Pill” accompanied the news, which you can watch below.
With the promise of new music imminent, interest in shoegaze heroes Slowdive has increased exponentially in recent months. They began performing live again a few years ago, and this past January, they shared their first new song in 22 years. Now, Brazil-based The Blog That Celebrates Itself is taking time out of its busy schedule of self-love to celebrate Slowdive’s music with a new covers compilation. They’re calling it Just For A Life. Continue reading →
One of our favorite records of last year came from Japanese Breakfast, the Philly/Brooklyn project of singer-songwriter Michelle Zauner, and it is continuing its much-deserved path to success and announced a quick five-date tour with the recently reunited Slowdive. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in your face tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Be sure to listen after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour show that’s buckling under the weight of so many new songs. We’ll hear from newcomer groups like Cherry Glazerr, The Proper Ornaments and Landlady, along with new releases from established favorites like The Feelies, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Plus the IRHP Album Spotlight is back for another round in the midnight hour, where we’ll hear a few selections from The xx‘s newly released I See You.
Dream pop and shoegaze fans rejoice: Slowdive are back. After a slew of reunion shows and a mysterious teaser video posted to their social media, the band has shared “Star Roving”, their first track in 22 years. The UK five piece have been prepping new music since reforming in 2014, and now, it’s finally come to fruition. Continue reading →
When Slowdive played Philadelphia for the first time some 21 years ago, there weren’t many artists that sounded like them. Well, wait – let me clarify – it was the thick of the shoegaze / dream-pop movement in the UK psychedelic rock scene, after all, so of course you had My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Curve, Lush, and others with band names out of the health and beauty aisle and similar sonic aesthetics. Nevertheless, it was a relatively small and contained scene that quickly fizzled with the onset of modern rock.
I was not one of the 800 or so who saw Slowdive when they headlined the TLA on August 15, 1993; at that point, I pretty much had Nine Inch Nails’ Broken on repeat in my Walkman alongside (ugh) the Spin Doctors and the Singles soundtrack. (I was not the most cultured high school freshman.) A glance around Union Transfer two Fridays showed me that the majority of the crowd was probably in the same boat as myself, albeit with possibly less questionable youthful music leanings. We weren’t old enough – or born enough – to see Slowdive the first time around, so we’ve been content for our lives with our copies of Souvlaki on iTunes shuffle, not to mention the legions of post-shoegaze and revival-shoegaze and (in the case of Philly’s Nothing) hardcore-shoegaze outfits that have proliferated over the years, some with more success than others.
When Slowdive took the Union Transfer stage on Friday, October 24th – some 21 years, two months and 9 days after their only other Philadelphia show – it felt simultaneously thrilling and anticlimactic. Aside from the fact that the people performing were, in fact, Rachel Goswell, Neil Halstead, Nick Chaplin, Christian Savill and Simon Scott, there wasn’t immediately anything differentiating them from those legions of followers. Continue reading →