Arkells knew they were fortunate. With the adjustments made to the schedule Friday, things, of course, didn’t go as planned for everyone. So the Hamilton, Ontario-based rockers wasted no time in getting the party going. Main vocalist Max Kerman jumped into the crowd during the band’s very first song, asking them to join him on “A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)” in singing the line “When the rain starts coming down / a little rain ain’t bringing me down.”
The Canadian band Arkells kicked off today’s Free at Noon double-header, bringing their indie-pop stylings to the buzzing World Café Live crowd.
On the back of their charismatic lead singer, Max Kerman, Arkells ran quickly through an impressive set of larger-than-life indie pop jams. Kerman built a quick rapport with the audience, joking about everything from ripping off John Lennon — they have a song literally titled “John Lennon” — to the Blue Jays beating the Phillies in the World Series over 20 years ago. Continue reading →
Tonight, XPN Welcomes Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir with Conner Youngblood opening to Milkboy. Here’s your chance to see two very different songwriters connected through the warmth, soul and sprit of the music that both musicians exude. Below, watch a version of “King and Cross” that Asgeir performed at WXPN’s Non-COMM in May, and donwload “Confidence” by Conner Youngblood, from a recent EP. Go to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information about the show.
Masked Swedish psychedelic tribal-jazz-funk-rockers Goat, who recently signed to Sub Pop records in the States, play Union Transfer. The band released its debut album, World Music, in 2012 which Pitchfork got right. Grayson Currin wrote:
Over insistent rhythms that suggest Spacemen 3 and, at least in spirit, the conjuring drones of Pandit Pran Nath and La Monte Young, Goat weave an ecumenical history of rock’n’roll. They intercept signals from Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, Jefferson Starship and Fela Kuti, the Congos and the Rolling Stones.
Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to a new song, “Dreambuilding,” and “Goathead” from their World Music album.
Ontario rockers Arkells return to Philly to play the North Star Bar tonight. The band releases its new album, High Noon, on August 5th. With several singers and dozens of melodically rich pop songs to go with them, Arkells are a Canadian band “this close” to the verge of crossing over to broad Stateside appeal. In 2012 they won the Juno Award for best new band, and if their excellent new material is any indication of the direction they’re going, it won’t be long until you can tell your friends “you saw them when.” Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
Toronto electronic pop outfit LIGHTS (the stage name of Valerie Anne Poxleitner) played The TLA on the tail end of promoting her 2011 release Siberia. Opening the show was fellow Ontarians Arkells; check out a photo recap in the gallery above.