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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97’s at Union Transfer, El Ten Eleven at North Star Bar, A.C. Newman at First Unitarian Church, Banjo Summit with Bela Fleck and more at The Keswick Theater, Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes the Old 97’s to Union Transfer for a special Too Far to Care 15th anniversary show tonight.  The Texas alt-country pioneers are touring in support of the classic 1997 album, which was re-issued with bonus outtakes and demos earlier this month.  According to the band’s website, tonight’s event will feature a Rhett Miller solo set and two sets by the full band, including a run-through of Too Far to Care in its entirety.  Also performing is Dallas-based musician Salim Nourallah.  Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Below, watch a live video of the band performing “Broadway” and download a free Too Far to Care E.P. via Noisetrade here

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Download a new AC Newman Track, “Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns” (playing the First Unitarian Church on Oct. 29)


Late last week, AC Newman of The New Pornographers leaked a second track from his upcoming solo album, Shut Down The Streets. The album will be available October 9th, and Newman is playing in Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church on October 29th; more details for the show can be found here. Listen to his new single,”Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns” featuring New Pornographers bandmate Neko Case below.

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Hear a new song by Bon Iver written for Silver Lake Chorus; see him in Philly on 9/16

Indie-folk hero Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has written a slew of original songs for L.A.-based Silver Lake Chorus to be featured on their forthcoming EP, Wreckage, due out September 18th. Below, stream one of those songs, “From The Snow Tipped Hills.” The song presents a stunning display of sounds forming painterly natural images, presented in a style suggestive of traditional 19th century choral music, all delicately wrought through human voices alone.  The 25-member group’s EP is produced by Ben Lee and also includes original songs written by A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers. (Don’t miss Bon Iver in Philly at the Mann Center on Sunday, September 16th. Tickets and information are available here).

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Nada Surf, AC Newman announce shows at the First Unitarian Church


Two new shows have been announced and added to the R5 Productions calendar for shows at the First Unitarian Cburch. Nada Surf play the Church on December 12th. AC Newman performs Thursday, October 25th. Tickets to both shows go on sale this Friday, July 27th at Noon. Nada Surf released The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy last January. Below, listen to one of our favorite all time songs from their 2003 release, Let Go, “Blonde On Blonde.” In case you missed Nada Surf’s performance at WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference at World Cafe Live last May, you can listen to it here.