Max Frost‘s music-making career started as an experiment, and tonight he brings his unique blend of blues-tinged hip-hop-inspired tunes to Boot & Saddle. The Austin artist released his last EP Intoxication in 2015, and has followed it up with a few singles since — most recently “Drowning” with Mike Waters, which you can stream below. R&B group NAWAS also plays tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
English new-wave rockers Psychedelic Furs have been relishing in the music scene since 1977. They created a buzz from their song “Pretty in Pink” (used in the 1986 Molly Ringwald film of the same name) as well as their smash hit “Heartbreak Beat” (watch the music video below). The Furs are coming to The Keswick Theatre this October, and co-headlining from our side of the pond will be The Lemonheads. They have been rock and rolling since the mid 1980’s. On this tour, founding member Evan Dando will be joined by past collaborator Juliana Hatfield. Listen to their cover of “Mrs. Robinson” below. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday at noon.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
As far as husband-wife indie bands go, Handsome Furs might be the best to dance to. The Canadian duo, composed of Dan Boeckner (formerly of Wolf Parade) and his writer wife, Alexei Perry, make indie pop heavy on the synths and keyboards. With their latest album, this year’s Sound Kapital, they’ve moved even further toward electronic beats that are dance-floor ready. More than that, the pair’s recent trip to Burma, (where they witnessed the local acts who played in constant fear of the authorities), inspired the lyrics and heart of the album. For a night of grooving with a purpose, buy a ticket to the Handsome Furs show. Handsome Furs perform with Thee Satisfaction at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12–$14. —Kiley Bense
Also playing: Slutever + Bedroom Problems, The Sniffles at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Canon Blue + Gemini Wolf, Oh! Pears at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Combine riff-heavy classic rock with the psychedelic and blues-y elements of stoner metal, and you could easily find yourself listening to Nazareth, PA’s Pearls And Brass. In a way, it’s rock and roll in its most basic sense, a return to the essential elements that garnered superstar groups like Led Zeppelin their success. Together since 2001, Pearls And Brass have only released two LPs, their most recent being 2006’s The Indian Tower. That album was released on Drag City, who picked the band up after seeing them perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in 2005. The trio rarely plays at larger venues anymore, so check them out tonight if you’re interested. One word of advice though…stoner metal often does not translate to the best music to listen to while stoned (i.e. “these guys need to chillll”), so it may be preferable to save the toking for your after party. Pearls And Brass performs with Purling Hiss and Serpent Throne at 9:15 at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Also playing: WXPN Welcomes Joan Osborne + Carsie Blanton at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., $45.50–$55.50)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
Jukebox Zeros + Memphis Murder Men, The Chelsea Kills at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); White Wives + Night Genius, Glory Bound at Teri’s (8 p.m., 21+, free)
During their recent US tour with Cursive, Philly fuzz rockers Beach Slang made a pit stop at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn to record their punk rock take on the 80s classic “Love My Way.” Originally by British rockers The Psychedelic Furs, singer-guitarist of Beach Slang James Snyder mastered the raspy, British-accented vocals that are a staple of frontman Richard Butler, but replacing the catchy xylophone sounds from the original track with a funky bass and guitar combo. Continue reading →
Columbus, Ohio indie-folk collective Saintseneca has had a heavy year of touring since releasing its latest LP, Dark Arc, back in the spring. Tonight, the band makes its third visit to Johnny Brenda’s in the past year. Fronted by singer and songwriter Zac Little with a rotating cast of accompanying players, the band fuses traditional sounds with a contemporary outlook; download a live version of “Happy Alone” performed on NPR’s World Cafe below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philly’s Dark Blue are Clockcleaner’s John Sharkey III, Paint It Black/Ceremony’s Andy Nelson and Strand of Oaks’ drummer Mike Sneeringer. In May, the band released their debut 7-inch single for Jade Tree, “Just Another Night With The Boys.” This week they announced their debut full length, Pure Reality. Continue reading →
Todd Rundgren, responsible for releasing one of the greatest double albums of all time (Something/Anything), not to mention more than a handful of classic records (A Wizard A True Star, The Hermit of Mink Hollow), is releasing a new album, STATE, on Tuesday, April 9th. He plays the Trocadero on Sunday, May 5th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15th at Noon. In addition to his solo material and his work with Nazz, Rundgren’s work with prog-pop group Utopia spawned hit songs including “Love Is The Answer,” and “Set Me Free.” As a producer, Rundgren has worked with Grand Funk Railroad, Patti Smith, the Psychedelic Furs and XTC. With such an impressive resume, we’ll let him slide for that New Cars project. Below, a few reasons why we love Todd.