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Free at Noon Flashback: Albert Hammond Jr. mixes emotional complexity, upbeat energy, and a shimmering disco ball

Albert Hammond Jr. | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

The World Cafe Live disco ball was put to good use this afternoon during a Free at Noon appearance by the one and only Albert Hammond Jr. Even the warming weather couldn’t keep the eager audience away from Hammond’s performance, and it quickly turned into a big ol’ noontime party.

Though he’s best known as the guitarist of the Strokes, Hammond didn’t hold onto his own guitar for too long during today’s set, instead putting it down to roam — and dance — around the stage. Hammond is currently on tour behind his fourth solo album, Francis Trouble, released earlier this month, and shared several dynamic new songs today. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes will play the First Unitarian Church

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just made a bunch of announcements — first, he has a new solo album coming out in March called Francis Trouble. Second, he’s shared the first song from the album, “Muted Beatings.” Third, and most importantly, if you ask us, he’s heading out on an extensive tour that includes a stop right here in Philly. Hammond will appear at the First Unitarian Church on March 30. Continue reading →

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Best Coast brings their own jolly dose of surf rock to the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick”

Best Coast
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Thanksgiving’s over, so you know what that means: time for bounties of the corniest, jolliest fa la la holiday cheer. While Christmas classics still run the show, it’s always fun to hear new takes on nostalgia-ridden tunes. Amazon agrees, as they’ve compiled a playlist called “Indie for the Holidays,” which includes a gleeful cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” by surf rockers, Best Coast. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at Union Transfer, Mumblr at The Fire, MECA Music Heals Benefit concert at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by Anna Webber
Photo by Anna Webber

Rootsy indie-rock band Deer Tick headline Union Transfer tonight. Their recently released album Negativity features solemn, bleeding-heart songs that are, as one could imagine, somewhat anguished, so the show promises to be moving with plenty of angst. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Albert Hammond Jr. debuts new video for “Carnal Cruise” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/06)

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com
Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com
The woods are certainly alive as Albert Hammond Jr. wanders through them in his new video for “Carnal Cruise”. In the clip, The Strokes guitarist finds himself eclipsed by hazy smoke that changes color and clouds his vision as he sings “there was something on my mind that I can’t explain.” The track is from his latest EP AHJ that was released last month on his bandmate Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. Albert Hammond Jr. performs this Wednesday night, November 6th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets are available here. Watch the video below (via ).