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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vagabon at the First Unitarian Church, Steady Hands at Johnny Brenda’s, and Steep Canyon Rangers at Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Vagabon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

2017 has been nothing short of a breakout year for Laetitia Tamko, the New York multi-instrumentalist better known as Vagabon. Their second full-length project, Infinite Worlds, was released in February and met with significant acclaim. Vagabon’s unique tenor voice is mellifluous and versitle; on Infinite Worlds, Tamko shows her indie punk chops as well as a knack for stirringly beautiful acoustic rock. From album to album, it seems like Tamko has gained even more confidence in her playing, production and lyrical content, which leads to more complete work and a dynamic genre-bending style. Vagabon plays the First Unitarian Church tonight alongside New York indie rock outfit Cende and the brainy punk group Radiator Hospital. Consult the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets to go see this stacked lineup. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Vagabon will headline the First Unitarian Church in December

Vagabon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Whether you first encountered Lætitia Tamko on the front page of this weekend’s New York Times Arts & Leisure section, or you’ve been tapped into her music since it first popped up at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn two years ago, you’ll probably agree: Vagabon is one of the most compelling new artists to emerge on the national scene in 2017.

With the Infinite Worlds LP still in heavy rotation in Key HQ, we’re stoked to hear that Vagabon just announced another round of fall tour dates kicking off tonight in NYC and wrapping December, with the penultimate show at the First Unitarian Church in Philly. Continue reading →

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Vagabon blasts off with Infinite Worlds release show at PhilaMOCA

Vagabon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“You’re a big fish now, though!” someone shouted from sidestage, just before Vagabon launched into “The Embers,” the final song of a stunning record release show at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night. Vagabon — the stage name of one Laetitia Tamko — was riding high on the release of Infinite Worlds, out the 24th on Father/Daughter Records. “The Embers,” a song exploring a more solipsistic landscape, repeats in its refrain that “I’m just a small fish.” While inside, Tamko may feel like a small fish in a big pond, the acclaimed release of Infinite Worlds and it’s two sold-out release shows (Friday night she appeared in Brooklyn with Mal Devisa and Jelani Sai) are ripples indicating that something big is emerging from beneath the surface. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vagabon at PhilaMOCA, Lil Kim at Santander Arena, Two Piece Fest at First Unitarian Church, and more…

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

Singer/songwriter/producer/creator Vagabon will headline PhilaMOCA tonight in support of her new record Infinite Worlds. She’ll be joined by recent Philly transplant Shamir and the enchanting Julie Byrne. Find a full write-up of the album here, and listen to lead single “Fear and Force” below. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Run To Your Bedroom: Carol Cleveland Sings LIVE, new Jens Lekman, Vagabon & Xiu Xiu on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with an all-new show tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a number of things that will fill your Friday night with whimsy, including a brand new live studio session with Carol Cleveland Sings! The group, featuring Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band/The Music tapes and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse, are pros when it comes to making ear-catching pop as well as constructing mesmerizing video collages. We’ll hear CCS perform songs from their 2016 debut, Effervescent Lure, live in the studio! Also in the mix tonight, new tracks from Europop lifer Jens Lekman, lyrical spellbinder Vagabon and the always adventurous Xiu Xiu. Check out a few of those selections below…

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Vagabon stands tall on Infinite Worlds

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

The music Laetitia Tamko makes as Vagabon is all about defiance. Be it odds, expectations, or cultural norms, it always seems to come back to being made to feel small. Whether its through internal or external forces, this sense of smallness is what drives her new album Infinite Worlds. It’s given to us right away in the first lines of opener “The Embers”, where she finds herself “on the bus where everybody is tall”. As a woman of color writing and performing in white male-dominated indie rock, there’s a lot of charged ideas and imagery for Tamko to grapple with here, but it’s the bravery and empathy she does it with that makes the record what it is. You can stream it now via NPR First Listen. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Vagabon headlines PhilaMOCA this February with Julie Byrne

Vagabon | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via the artist's Facebook page
Vagabon | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via the artist’s Facebook page

New York’s Lætitia Tamko, AKA Vagabon, will headline PhilaMOCA this February 25th in support of her debut LP, Infinite Worlds. The album, which features previously released single “Fear & Force”, comes out the day before. “Fear and Force” is a reworking of “Vermont II” from her Persian Garden EP. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Fear & Force” from Vagabon’s new LP, see her with Sad13 at Everybody Hits

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

Easy-grooving indie pop outfit Vagabon — the project of Lætitia Tamko — has a new record coming out on February 24th of next year off of Father/Daughter Records. It’s called Infinite Worlds, it’s her first new material since 2014, and it’s Tarnko’s her full-length debut. If that’s not enough good news, she’ll be gracing the Everybody Hits stage on December 12th, hanging with Sad13 (the awesome indie pop project of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, who recently moved to Philly), Emily Reo, and Told Slant.

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The Interest Group debut a new b-side, “Vagabond Dreamer,” via Interview Mag

philadelphia_magazine_interest_group_bandWith their debut 7″ The Passenger available for preorder as of yesterday, the Philly-based psychedelic indie band The Interest Group gave us a peek at its slow and swaying b-side, “Vagabond Dreamer.” Listen as the softly-plucked ballad strings together delicate harmonies, whispering Spanish guitar and poetic lyrics about an autumn love. “The thing about ‘Vagabond Dreamer’ is that lyrically it was written through stream of consciousness, yet it’s a story,” songwriter Yohsuke Araki tells Interview Magazine. Read how both Araki and songwriting partner, Marissa Lesnick, interpret the song here. Purchase a vinyl or digital copy of The Passenger 7″ here. Listen to “Vagabond Dreamer” below.

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Listen to “Head Down Vagabonds,” a new track from Philly singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke (playing Kennett Mushroom Festival on 9/7)

LipkePhilly’s Andrew Lipke has been working on his latest project, Song from Siddhartha, since late last year, and we got another taste of it today in the form of a new song called “Head Down Vagabonds.” A follow-up single to “Ascetic Blues,” released last December, this one also has a distinctly psychedelic vibe, but leans less airy and more poppy and irreverent – like Lipke is digging into the “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” side of his musical leanings. It’s an interesting progression considering the orchestral nature of his previous offerings, The Plague and Siddiqah. Or, as Helen Leicht put it, it’s “the many faces of Andrew Lipke.” Listen to the song below; Lipke performs live on September 7th at the Kennett Mushroom Festival, which is not as psychedelic as it sounds, but that’s okay – he’ll bring the weird.