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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

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The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a self-titled album earlier this fall, The Weather Station bring their folk-rooted tunes to Boot & Saddle tonight. The project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is known for its energetic and forthright yet soft and delicate sounds. The latest release, the project’s fourth LP, is perhaps its boldest yet — though Lindeman refers to it as a “rock and roll” record, it still maintains its laid-back folk vibes. James Elkington also plays tonight’s show. Listen to “Thirty” below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Weather Station’s new self-titled record ahead of their Boot & Saddle show

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The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman’s newest self-titled release with her band The Weather Station takes a change of pace when compared to previous outings. The lyrics give the word “thoughtful” a whole new meaning. While it’s no question that Lindeman is truly a gifted songwriter, the themes of The Weather Station come across in such a realistic and understandable way because her word choices are so relatable. The every-day situations she writes about are so simple and elegant and not overthought at all, something that most musicians struggle with. Continue reading →

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Watch the The Weather Station stand unfazed against critics in new video for “Thirty”

The Weather Station | photo via artist’s Facebook page

About a month back, Tamara Lindeman, aka The Weather Station, released a new single titled “Thirty” along with news of an upcoming S/T album coming on the October horizons (the 6th to be exact.) Now, in addition to the song, we have a minimalist video as its company.

The video is sans-frill as it focuses on Lindeman through a black and white lens performing “Thirty” before a group of men. Standing in the shadows with furrowed brows and crossed arms, the men seem to be critiquing Lindeman as she’s cast in the vulnerable spotlight. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Weather Station’s single “Thirty,” get ready for new self-titled album

The Weather Station | photo courtesy of artist

As a young woman, you quickly learn growing up that turning the big “three-oh” is basically the equivalent to getting the plague. Somehow, some way, you must escape this fate at all costs. Well, unless you’re a young Jennifer Garner character in a spectacular rom-com, that is. A magazine headlining “flirty, thirty, and thriving?” I scoff at such lies.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Tamara Lindeman, does too. She knows the binary routes society has set out for women approaching their third decade of life: “children and suburbia or some sort of cartoonish loneliness.” Working as her project The Weather Station, Lindeman delves into this sexist matter on new single “Thirty,” which will be included on her upcoming self-titled album out on October 6th via Paradise of Bachelors. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s, Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Robyn Hitchcock at Sellersville Theater

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The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman performs as The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band’s third LP Loyalty was released last year via Paradise of Bachelors and was heralded as one of 2015’s best indie folk records, earning a featured spot on David Dye’s World Cafe: Next podcast. Listen to “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” below; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s, Anthony Green at Underground Arts, Tinmouth at MilkBoy

The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn
The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn

The project of Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station brings a sense of raw emotive folk music to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Coming off her third album, Loyalty, released in May, Lindeman has been touring with the likes of Bahamas, Basia Bulat, and Timber Timbre. While touring Lindeman also released an EP,  What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know. Tonight she headlines, with Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore and Bad Braids playing in support. You can get tickets to the 21+ show here. Check out her song “What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know” below. Continue reading →

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XPN presenting Philly Local Wednesdays at The Porch at 30th Street Station

ChristieTo better greet the warm weather this spring, XPN has organized a weekly buskers’ series for the month of April. Each Wednesday, a different musician will be busking from noon to 1pm on The Porch at 30th Street Station.

Performers for the month are Dante Bucci on Wednesday April 3; The Fleeting Ends on Wednesday April 10; Christie Lenee on Wednesday April 17th, and The Splashing Pearls on Wednesday April 24th. The performances are free, of course, and would surely be a great lunch soundtrack for anyone in the area who can make it out. The series will continue through the months of April and May, and the performers for May will be announced next month.

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Now Hear This: New songs from The Internet, Dirty Projectors, Bodega, Daniel Bachman, Bad Bad Hats, Steve Hauschildt and more

Shy Boys | photo via shyboys.bandcamp.com

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

We are officially in the dull. drums. of the dog. days. of the slow end of summer. Musically speaking. Not that there’s nothing going on, of course. I mean, this month alone I have already seen fantastic shows by several of my longtime favorites – a triumphant return to Johnny Brenda’s from the perennially entertaining Jeffrey Lewis, and a basement show by the great guitarist Glenn Jones – both of them previewing material from super-promising new albums still forthcoming (later this month in Jones’ case; no official word yet from Lewis.) And yeah oh yeah, I got to see Radiohead for the first time in way too long and fall completely and utterly back in love with them, which seems like it was more or less the consensus regarding their just-wrapped US tour. That said, the column below, as it turned out, only manages to highlight a couple of shows this fall. (Several of these artists, I’m sorry to report, already played Philly in the last month or two, well before their respective album releases – some of them in opening slots, which gives me hope that they might return to headline before too long.)

The upside of a month with a relatively slow release schedule (at least for big-name new releases) is that it inspires me to dig a little further than I might otherwise. Because, let’s face it, we live in an age when it’s all but impossible to get away from worthwhile if not downright vital new music on a virtually weekly basis. Or anyway, it feels that way if you spend an ungodly percentage of your waking hours (and plenty of the ones you should be sleeping too) poking around on the internet as if furiously trying to prevent it from passing you by. (My lord, when will it stop?) Anyhow…here are some knockouts, knick-knacks and novelties from the last month or so. Enjoy, and I’ll See You In September! Continue reading →