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Tash Sultana delivers a mind-blowing performance at Union Transfer

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

A sold out crowd warmly welcomed Tash Sultana to Union Transfer yesterday evening. Sultana, a twenty two year old multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne, Australia, has been making waves all across the globe with her jaw-dropping one woman show, as well as her debut EP Notion. She employs sound looping to build layers of melody and rhythm onstage, giving the illusion of a full band when, in fact, its just her. This technique, mixed with mind-blowing guitar performances left the audience speechless. Continue reading →

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Listen: Tash Sultana digs into Notion and plays “Jungle” for World Cafe

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist

While in town during a completely sold-out debut tour of the U.S. a few weeks ago, Australian multi-instrumentalist and one-person band Tash Sultana sat down with newly minted World Cafe host Talia Schlanger to talk about the journey that seems to have skyrocketed the young Melbourne native to international acclaim.

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Couldn’t get into Tash Sultana’s sold-out World Cafe Live gig? She’s playing Union Transfer in the fall

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Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tash Sultana has captured our attention in a big way here at WXPN HQ, from a spotlight on Mike Vasilikos’ New Music Show to start off 2017 to appearing in World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Melbourne series.

Seems like Sultana had a similar effect on everybody else, at about the same time no less — as soon as we found out, we also found out her show at World Cafe Live upstairs is very sold out, just like the rest of her short winter U.S. tour. Fear not, though — Sultana just announced another return run of dates in much bigger rooms, including a show at Union Transfer on October 5th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jungle” by Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo by Clint Peloso

Tash Sultana is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. She is self-taught on ten instruments and recently released her debut self-titled six song EP on her own label, Lonely Lands Records, which is being distributed in the States by Mom + Pop records. Continue reading →

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Tash Sultana to release debut Notion EP on Mom + Pop, sells out U.S. tour

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Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist

If you caught this week’s New Music Show on XPN, you may have heard a track called “Jungle” from Australian artist Tash Sultana. It’s bright, layered, impossibly catchy and has skyrocketed the young multi-instrumentalist to viral status in her home country. Now the Melbourne native is breaking through here in the U.S., selling out all nine dates of an introductory tour (including a February 18th date at World Cafe Live) and announcing a stateside release of her debut EP Notion via Mom + Pop Records on February 17th. Watch Sultana perform “Jungle” in a live bedroom series below and stay tuned for updates.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “I Was A Fool” by Sunflower Bean

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Sunflower Bean | photo by Andy DeLuca | courtesy of the artist

You might remember New York City psych rock power trio Sunflower Bean from a killer performance at Non-COMM 2016, delivered on the heels of their Fat Possum Records debut Human Ceremony. The band drew on Sabbath and the Stooges, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and had a formidable live presence to boot; not only did bassist / vocalist Julia Cumming, drummer Jacob Faber, and guitarist Nick Kivlen get lost in the proverbial zone, they took the eager audience along for the ride.

Flash forward a year and a half, and the band is resurfacing from a seemingly constant tour schedule to deliver the first taste of their next phase. The song “I Was A Fool” premiered on NPR Music last week, and with it came the announcement that Sunflower Bean has joined the Mom + Pop Records family — home to Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, DMAs and more. The new song shows a progression in their sound — the sound eases up on heavy drone, making room for ethereal pop. Jangling guitars and trade-off vocals from Cumming and Kivlen are reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Todd Rundgren, as filtered through Kurt Vile and Rilo Kiley. Continue reading →

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On Tonight’s New Music Show: Mark Lanegan Band, Shout Out Louds & more!

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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.

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What’s Spinning on our New Music Show Tonight? Elbow, Bell X1 and more!

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There is no shortage of new music right now, and that’s a great thing! It really has been an amazing start to 2017 as we heard last week on our New Music Show and tonight is no different.  Tune in at 8pm as we’ll hear the return of Philadelphia’s own Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  Also, do you remember the band American Music Club? Well, frontman/founder Mark Eitzel has a new solo album that should not be overlooked … we’ll take a listen.  And it’s been 22 years since we last heard a new song from the band Slowdive.  We’ll play that, and guess who else is back???

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