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Californian pop-punk band Joyce Manor will take the stage at Union Transfer tonight. Members Barry Johnson, Matt Ebert, Chase Knobbe, and Kurt Walcher recently released their third studio album Never Hungover Again. They refer to its as a collection of songs about how things fall apart – including the loss of friends (“In The Army Now”), the regret of getting a tattoo (“Heart Tattoo”), and the panic of facing the unknown future (“Catalina Fight Song”). For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, listen to “Schley.” Continue reading →
Lengendary drummer Ginger Baker returns with this latest project, Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, at Havana New Hope Tonight. Recently, he released Why?, his first album in 15 years, a fusion of jazz and rock. Though the drummer recently turned 75, he’s still relentlessly touring and rocking out. Over the years, Baker has played with bands like Cream and Blind Faith as well as his own solo work. Earlier this year, he released an Anthology “A Drummer’s Tale” album along with a picture book chronicling his career. He also did a very inspiring interview with BBC 2. Listen to a live recording of Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Folk / roots outfit Spirit Family Reunion bring their energetic performance to Ardmore Music Hall tonight. With gospel, Americana and bluegrass influences coursing through their songs, the New York-based band kicks up the dust with expert fiddling and banjo playing, capped off by rousing foot stomping and hollering. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Watch them perform “Green Green Rocky Road” below.
Belgrade is a Philadelphia alt-rock band that borrows from space rock and shoegaze. The release of their self-titled full length album back in April has been stirring some attention for the five piece band that turns poppy melodies into reverb-drenched rock hooks. The single “Venice on a Map” is full of these; it’s made up of personal and relatable lyrics, along with the relentless bass line that keeps the song moving along. The song also features an echoing guitar solo and rolling drums that make for a very spaced out ending. Belgrade just released a music video for this track, montaging shots of the band and friends in California and Philly. Get a glimpse into the life of Belgrade below. Pick up their self-titled album physically here, or digitally from Bandcamp.
British performer Jamie Lidell will be at Union Transfer tonight. Over his six-album career, Lidell has worked with Beck, Feist and Simian Mobile Disco. Lidell is currently touring in support of his recent self-titled Warp Records release, which sees the soul singer adopt a more electronic dance vibe instead of his usual R&B tinged soul angle. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik can be found here. Below, watch the video for Jamie Lidell’s “You Naked.”
Philadelphia band Belgrade has released a sneak peak single off of their debut self titled album via Alternative Press this week, and, with every emphasis on the next two words: it shimmers. The dissonant echo, vulnerable yet resoundingly present, glistens the surface of the released song “Consolation Prize” so it plays as an atmospheric back drop to the rest of the organic sound.
Those of you who love bands like My Morning Jacket and The Appleseed Cast will find it easy to immerse your ears within Belgrade’s warmth. The beginning notes slip into the undercurrents of the consciousness, while the throbbing drums burst what can only be described by saying this band a profound sense how to write a song. “Consolation Prize” as a whole is a complete composition of mature song writing and beautiful emission of sound.
Belgrade’s debut self-titled album will be released digitally April 16th, and their record release show will be at the Kung Fu Necktie on April 26th; listen to “Consolation Prize” via Alternative Press here. While you’re at it, Absolute Punk also has released another song from their full length entitled “Protest” so check that out as well. And below, enjoy a free download of “Venice On A Map.”
Now in its third year, Before the Bridge Festival returns to Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, October 13th for a day full of free music, local food and of course fun. The festival promotes the local music scene in and around Collingswood, NJ – a.k.a. the towns you pass through before crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia. This year’s line-up has reached a record number of performers and includes local musicans JJL (Jay Laughlin’s new project), Sweatheart, Goodnight Lights, Prowler, Heyward Howkins, Belgrade, Monko and She Hates Me. Out-of-town acts include Gunfight! and headliners Illinois. The festival will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Haddon Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue. The event is free; go here for more information. Below, watch Heyward Howkins perform “The Hale & the Harty” outdoors in South Jersey and grab a free download of a song from Illinois’ new album Lemonade Stand after the jump.