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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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Happy release day to Bardo Pond, stream the new Under the Pines LP now

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Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

Local psych rockers Bardo Pond release their new Under the Pines LP today, following up 2014’s Refulgo reissue with six fiery new tracks. We heard lead single and album opener “Crossover” back in January, and now the record is streaming in full over on Prog. The band will celebrate Under the Pines at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, March 31st. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Sparrow Steeple and Eric Arn can be found here.

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Bardo Pond announce new LP, stream lead single “Crossover”

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Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

The few times Bardo Pond popped up around town over the last couple of years were often in support of an anniversary. They celebrated 30 years of Philadelphia Record Exchange and 10 years of Johnny Brenda’s, two places that both serve to buoy an ever-growing music scene that counts this band as a longtime stalwart. This time around though Bardo Pond is creeping back into focus to announce a new record. Under the Pines is set for release on March 24th and today we can hear the first single.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Underground Arts, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s, Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Julien Baker makes a return visit to Philadelphia for a show at Underground Arts tonight. The Memphis native brought her acclaimed Sprained Ankle debut to town earlier this year, wowing the audience with her gut wrenching but graceful songs about personal challenges and growth. Stream “Something” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Grayling here.

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Ben Vaughn, Bardo Pond and more will play Philadelphia Record Exchange’s 30th Anniversary Block Party

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

With the recent de-commissioning of Old City’s revered AKA Music, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and appreciate our bricks and mortar record retailers while they’re here. So in that spirit, mark off your calendar and make plans to head out to Frankford and Oxford on Saturday, September 19th, for the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia Record Exchange. For one thing, it’s a legendary music institution. For another, there’s some great live music to go with it – Philly psychedelic luminaries Bardo Pond, rock and roller and XPN host Ben Vaughn, indie stalwarts Strapping Fieldhands and more TBA. More information can be found at the block party’s Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13 (featuring Bardo Pond, Girlpool, Moosh & Twist and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13
Photo by Ola Baldych | facebook.com/ola.baldych

I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.

In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bardo Pond, Diamond Rugs and more

Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

Veteran psych-rock band Bardo Pond are featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. With a deep catalog of expansive songs in their pocket, the local quintet sampled their 2013 LP Peace on Venus, 2010’s self-titled record and two unreleased tracks for one of the loudest, tightest sessions to yet. Listen to “Red Curtains” below and get the full set here. Bardo Pond play Underground Arts tonight.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bardo Pond at Underground Arts, His Name is Alive at Johnny Brenda’s, Into It. Over It. at The First Unitarian Sanctuary and more

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Philly psych rock favorites Bardo Pond will play their first show of 2015 tonight at Underground Arts. The band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and the band performed songs from it on the Key Studio Sessions this week – along with two brand new songs. Listen to the set here and get more info on the show at the XPN concert calendar.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Bardo Pond

The longer they’re at it, the louder they get. Philadelphia psychedelic mainstays Bardo Pond have been a band for more than two decades at this point. Following an early handful of limited run 7″ singles, their proper debut Bufo Alvarius Amen 29:15 was released in 1995. Those numbers at the end of the album title? That was the running time of the closing track, and it was an epic game-changer. By the end of that year, the band had signed to Matador Records and were opening for Sonic Youth at the Electric Factory.

Over the ensuing years, Bardo Pond released immersive, gripping records at a steady clip. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head