By

Dancing Like A Wild Fire: Bombay Bicycle Club and more at Union Transfer

Bombay Bicycle Club / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Bombay Bicycle Club / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“All right, let’s get this dance party going!” Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman beckoned as he brought forward a small drumset and launched straight into “Feel” off of 2014’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Tuesday evening, Union Transfer filled up with a mixed crowd of older adults tapping into their youth, teens trying to amp up their cool, and every age in between fashioning beanies, boots, and military jackets. But as broad as the crowd might have been, they all gathered with one thing in common… a love for the London-based indie rock six-piece. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60’s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
By

Bombay Bicycle Club get fans moving with So Long, See You Tomorrow at Union Transfer

Bombay Bicycle Club | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Bombay Bicycle Club | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

English indie rock group Bombay Bicycle Club played a packed house at Union Transfer on Wednesday night n support of their 2014 release So Long, See YouTomorrow. The band played a lively set consisting of every song from their latest LP, as well as a selection of songs from A Different Kind of Fix (2011) and I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose (2009). The packed audience couldn’t resist dancing to their infectiously catchy and upbeat music. The group later slowed down the pace as they performed their softer piano ballad “Eyes Off You,” making it one of the only subdued moments of the night. Winnipeg experimental indie pop group Royal Canoe opened the show. Playing a set in support of their 2013 debut LP Today We’re Believers, the band engaged the crowd with their eclectic sound. Check out a photo recap of the show below.

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pharoahe Monch at MilkBoy, Liars at Underground Arts, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle

Tonight, underground rap sensation Pharoahe Monch will bring his talents to the Milkboy stage as he celebrates his new album P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The new disc, which features guest appearances by Black Thought, Talib Kweli, and more, is a continuation of the story he tells on his previous record W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) of his place in the industry as an artist and in America as a black male. Listen to lead single “Bad MF” below and get tickets here.

Continue reading →

By

Just Announced: Bombay Bicycle Club playing Union Transfer on 5/7

Bombay Bicycle Club | photo via www.facebook.com/bombaybicycleclub
Bombay Bicycle Club | photo via www.facebook.com/bombaybicycleclub

London based indie pop outfit Bombay Bicycle Club have announced a full U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming So Long, See You Tomorrow LP.   The record follows 2011 breakout effort A Different Kind of Fix and is scheduled for release via Vagrant Records on February 4th.  For a band that has a roster of three full-lengths that range in style from post-punk to folk pop (with an acoustic record in-between), it should come as little surprise that this fourth release again reinvents BBC’s sound, this time in more experimental direction thanks to influences from Animal Collective and Deerhunter.  Take a listen to “Luna” and “Carry Me” off of the new LP below.  Tickets and info for the all-ages show at Union Transfer on May 7th with Royal Canoe can be found here.

Continue reading →

By

Preview tonight’s all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and recap last week’s show)

Dum Dum Girls | Photo by Lauren Dukoff
Dum Dum Girls | Photo by Lauren Dukoff

Tune in at 10p tonight for another full-length edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight’s show is heavy on the new music, including a few new excursions from familiar friends. We’ve got new music from groups that feature members of The New Pornographers, TV On The Radio and Foxygen, plus all-new tracks from M.I.A., Chvrches, Blood Orange and more!

Here are a few things you might just hear in the mix tonight:

Continue reading →

By

Weekend Picks: Moe. at Electric Factory, Bombay Bicycle Club at Union Transfer

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th
You’re never too old to boogie. And, when it comes to Buffalo-bred jam-band moe., “feel-good” is an understatement. Keeping still during a moe. performance would prove challenging, as each tune is fun-inspiring, dance-worthy, and super catchy with diverse instrument usage including washboard and cowbell. These guys have been in the game since the late ’80s but know how to keep the toes of younger generations continually tapping, all the while cultivating tradition; the band has played numerous festivals including Bonnaroo and can proudly say it’s earned its own, moe.down, which attracts thousands annually. Back with its first release since 2008, entitled What Happened To The La Las, moe. thrives on live performance and is ready for yet another round of touring – a treat for long-time enthusiasts. Moe. performs at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $27. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Cowboy Junkies + Joe Purdy at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $19–$39); Blood Feathers + Dressed Like Stolen Cars, The Workmen at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Zeds Dead + AraabMuzik, Omar LinX at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $25); MUTEMATH + Canon Blue at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Making Time featuring Charli XCX, Niki And The Dove, Bear In Heaven at Voyeur (9 p.m., $10)

SATURDAY, MARCH 10th
Some acts gain popularity quickly and unexpectedly. Bombay Bicycle Club is one of them. It has taken three studio albums to land its first American television appearance (on Last Call With Carson Daly last month), but the band had already taken its homeland of England by storm with stand-out hits “Shuffle” and “Always Like This.” The indie rock band’s lively, playful sounds were clearly designed to make people move; the band puts its all into creating diverse tunes that appeal to an array of audiences with the use of heavy build-up and well-placed, sweet-sounding violin. Only time will tell the heights Bombay Bicycle Club’s talent will reach, but for now we’re still reeling in the sudden emergence of this rich foreign sound. Bombay Bicycle Club performs with The Darcys and Lucy Rose at 9 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: The Black Keys + Arctic Monkeys at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., all ages, $39–$55); Bobby Keys And The Suffering Bastards at The Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $20–$29.50); Field Mouse + Slow Animal, Lockets at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Modern Colour, Transitshop at Milkboy Philly (8:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); The Zambonis + Ghosts In The Valley, Hey Angel at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m, 21+, $8)

SUNDAY, MARCH 11th
John K Samson And The Provincial Band + Shotgun Jimmie at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); The Friendship Lounge + White Lighters, Marathon Girl, Self Help, Ted Nguyent at The Fire (6:30 p.m., 21+, $8)