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Belly draws on comic books and pop culture for the new “Mine” video

Belly | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

At the start of the summer, Belly sat down with World Cafe host Talia Schlanger to talk about reentry into the music scene, time away from the band, and the first practices back together. Schlanger described Belly’s reentry as throwing another party, after leaving the first party 23 years ago. In addition to bringing a new album, DOVE, to the party, they’ve also brought a new music video in the form of “Mine.” Continue reading →

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Belly dons bird heads in new “Shiny One” video

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Belly | photo by Chris Gorman | courtesy of the artist

Long lost 90s faves Belly returned last month with their first new song in 23 years, the incredibly catchy “Shiny One,” and now the single has a mesmerizing new video to go along with it. The video, which features the band members decked out in bird masks and overlaid in psychedelic colorblock, is an eye-catching match for the song’s timeless and shimmery sound.

It’s also just strange enough to have us wondering about what the rest of the new Belly tunes we have coming our way will be like. Belly’s forthcoming album is called DOVE, and the new video takes the hints of bird themes to a new level. Plus, birds like shiny things, right? Continue reading →

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Listen to Belly’s shimmering new single “Shiny One,” from their first album in 23 years

Belly
Belly | photo by Chris Gorman | courtesy of the artist

After a couple decades of absence, it makes sense that legendary 90s alt-rockers Belly would keep us waiting to hear the details of their long-awaited return, building anticipation with each announcement. The band first broke the news of their reunion in 2016 with a short, nostalgia-packed tour. Then, last fall, they announced that a new album was in the works, along with an upcoming string of tour dates that includes a stop at Union Transfer on September 28. They also released their first recording in over 20 years, a cover of “Hushabye Mountain” from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Now, we finally have more details on the forthcoming album — it’s called DOVE, and it’ll be released May 4. We also have Belly’s first new original song in 23 years — “Shiny One” is a song just as sweet and shimmery as its title suggests, and you can stream it now. Continue reading →

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Listen to Belly’s “Hushabye Mountain” cover, their first recording in 22 years

Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

If we thought last year’s brief reunion of iconic 90s rockers Belly — which included a Philly stop at Union Transfer — was too good to be true, then we were proven wrong when the band announced last month that they’d be recording a new album, their first in two decades. The title of the forthcoming record is still unknown, but news broke of an April 6 release date, and we can now listen to the first Belly recording in 22 years — their “long-promised” cover of “Hushabye Mountain,” originally from the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Continue reading →

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All This and More: A radiant Belly reigns supreme at Union Transfer

Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

When a band frames a show as “An Evening With…,” the connotation is that this is a special event, a unique and refined occasion for the learned and erudite spectator. It can be construed as a veiled euphemism for “we’re all a little older now.”

As further evidence of the ‘90s revival that Gen X-ers are all enjoying lately, alt-rock darlings Belly have reunited for the first time since disbanding two decades ago. A new record — their third — is due out soon, and they closed the first leg of their reunion tour Sunday night at Union Transfer with “An Evening With Belly.” A special occasion for fans who are a little older now, it was.

Belly didn’t seem to want to let those older fans forget that, either, with lively stage banter throughout their two-hour set about parenthood and bathroom breaks at intermissions, advice on stretching before moshing to avoid sprains, and an interactive conversation about the prescription drugs that have long since replaced the recreational ones. (Cracking a joke about inhalers, bassist Gail Greenwood got a section of the crowd to chant “albuterol!”) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belly at Union Transfer, The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, PnB Rock at Chameleon Club and more…

Belly, circa mid 90s | Photo by Stephen Di Rado | via bellyofficial.com

’90s dream pop band Belly is back after 20 years off. Yup, it’s true, and they’re playing Union Transfer tonight. New music is promised to be released soon, but it’s a safe bet you’ll hear some of it live tonight. Relive the classic “Feed The Tree” below and get any more info you need on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Back to Star: A conversation with Tanya Donelly on the return of 90s alternative faves Belly

Belly | photo courtesy of the artist
Belly | photo courtesy of the artist

On an MTV set in 1993, Tanya Donelly was interviewed in support of Star, the debut record she’d just released with her new band Belly. She exchanged several minutes-worth of witty banter with Kennedy, the mononymous veejay who always seemed to face the challenge of having to concurrently contain her effusive enthusiasm and her runaway ADHD. By contrast, the singer shows a unique guile and sly introspection, an unassuming administrator of a remarkably sharp tongue. Dressed in dark clothing and smoking a cigarette, Donelly is clearly a little uneasy in the spotlight, as she humors the host’s exuberant if erratic interrogation. Prompted early in the interview to address her place as a frontwoman in a predominantly male industry, Donelly responds almost immediately, as though she’d already given it plenty of thought, “Kurt Cobain’s allowed to be Kurt Cobain, and Michael Stipe’s allowed to be Michael Stipe, but it’s really hard to find a niche as a female. They have to put you somewhere.”

When asked about that quote during a recent interview with us, she debriefs about the industry’s evolution over the last two decades, in that regard. “I do think that’s updatable now, happily.” Twenty-three years on, the singer has rallied her seminal ‘90s dream pop band Belly for a new record and a reunion tour – which makes a much anticipated stop in Philadelphia this Sunday at Union Transfer – and when asked to reflect again on the role she played in several ways as pioneering female voice in a generally male-dominated industry, she seems glad to revisit. “I don’t think that the glass ceiling is totally smashed, but I do think that women in music are sort of taken much more individually now than back then. And I also think it comes in cycles, you know, that that waxes and wanes for women. And so there will be spaces sort of where everything feels like it’s moving forward, and then there’ll be a step back. But I would say for the most part I think that the playing field is much more level now than it was in the ‘80s.” Continue reading →