XPN welcomes Aimee Mann and Ted Leo to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. After sharing a bill last fall while Mann was promoting her latest Charmer LP, the singer-songwriter and Ted Leo teamed up for a proper collaboration called #BOTH earlier this year. The pair will return to their usual roles for this tour, however, with Leo filling in the support slot and probably reprising songs from the discography of his band The Pharmacists, as well as possibly (and hopefully) previewing songs from a new album he’s been working on. Tickets and information for the Wilmington, DE show can be found here. Below, watch Aimee Mann perform “Labrador” on Conan with help from Ted Leo.
Sparks headline The Trocadero tonight. The LA synthpop duo got its start in the early 70s, subsequently making their mark with over 20 albums. Their quirky stage presence is reflective of their quirky songwriting style, as the band of brothers Ron and Russell Mael have become known for their witty lyrics and cultural references. Sparks latest studio release was 2009′s The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman and they put out their first ever live recording, titled Two Hands One Mouth, last month. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch the band perform “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us.”
Local band Modern Baseball play The Barbary tonight. Recent headlines for the punk / pop four-piece have made references to their signing with Run for Cover Records, a reissue of their wildly popular Sports debut, a Valentine’s Day split for highly-regarded label Topshelf records and their ability to draw a crowd when they play a show. Currently on tour along the East Coast, Modern Baseball will help out fellow Philadelphians The Wonder Years with their record release show in May (more information here). Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Light Years and Safe can be found here. Below, watch Modern Baseball perform “Broken Cash Machine” for Maggot House Records‘ Piss Couch Sessions.
Standing out among this year’s breakout acts is Field Report, the new folk project from Minnesota native Chris Porterfield. Formerly a member of the Eau Claire band DeYarmond Edison (which also featured Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and members of Megafaun), Porterfield relocated to Milwaukee where he rekindled his love for music . When its eponymous debut was released in September, critics hailed Field Report as an artist to watch for its rich, poetic lyrics and quiet-yet-powerful sound. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who Field Report supported on tour this summer, said “There’s such a perfection in the songs that I wonder how long Chris spent.” This week we caught up with Porterfield over the phone about his experience working with a new group of musicians, his surprise at the success of album, and the band’s resolve to remain true to their Wisconsin roots. Continue reading →
The haunting, surrealist movies by filmmaker David Lynch always have the perfect moody musical accompaniment – and Pittsburgh ensemble Silencio picks up on that big time. The group plays World Cafe Live tonight, performing a selection of musical moments from Erasherhead to Mullholland Drive, from which the group borrowed its name. The giant red curtain at the back up the upstairs stage will probably make more than a few audience members think of Twin Peaks. Tickets to the show are $15 and available here; below, watch Silencio perform Eraserhead‘s “In Heaven.”
Aimee Mann’s new albun, Charmer, is out Tuesday, September 18th. She’s playing Union Transfer on Friday, October 26th with Ted Leo opening. Listen to Aimee’s new album in its entirety here via NPR Music. We recently featured the title song to Aimee’s album, “Charmer” as a WXPN My Morning Download. Go here to download the song for free.
This just in: Aimee Mann is playing Union Transfer on Friday, October 26th. Rachael Yamagata has announced a US tour and is playing the First Unitarian Church on Friday, December 7th. Tickets to both of these shows go on sale this Friday, August 10th at Noon. Go here for a free download of the title song to Mann’s forthcoming album, “Charmer.”
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann releases her new album, Charmer, on September 18th. Below, watch a live performance of a new song, “Labrador,” and download the title song to the album here via NPR Music. (right click and “Save As”)