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Rock out as #xpnfest artist The Hold Steady covers XPN faves Deer Tick

Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have covered each other’s songs. The bands are currently touring with each other, and The Hold Steady are playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival July 25 through the 27th at Wiggins Park. For the project, Deer Tick cover The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer,” and The Hold Steady cover Deer Tick’s “Easy.” Go here for weekend passes and more information about the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to The Hold Steady’s cover of Deer Tick’s “Easy,” and Deer Tick’s cover of The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer” below.

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Robert Ellis releases track “Only Lies” off new album The Lights from the Chemical Plant; will play Ardmore Music Hall Feb. 21

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Photo via robertellismusic.com

Last week, country / folk singer-songwriter Robert Ellis released the raw and unapologetically honest track “Only Lies” from his forthcoming sophomore full length The Lights from the Chemical Plant. The album, out February 11 on New West Records, features collaborations with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes as well as Rob Crowell of Deer Tick. Ellis kicks off his North American tour at the end of this month, and will be stopping at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa on February 21.Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at noon- get them here. See a full list of tour dates here. Stream “Only Lies” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at Union Transfer, Mumblr at The Fire, MECA Music Heals Benefit concert at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by Anna Webber
Photo by Anna Webber

Rootsy indie-rock band Deer Tick headline Union Transfer tonight. Their recently released album Negativity features solemn, bleeding-heart songs that are, as one could imagine, somewhat anguished, so the show promises to be moving with plenty of angst. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Deer Tick share new song “Trash,” perform In Utero in Brooklyn (playing The Strand tomorrow, Union Transfer on 11/6)

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With the release of their next album Negativity just a week away, Deer Tick have premiered another new song on Rolling Stone today.  ”Trash” is a downtempo, big-band rootsy blues number that comes from the viewpoint of a jaded and “road-weary” musician.  Deer Tick singer John McCauley told Rolling Stone that he “wrote this song about a few things: mainly, a breakup and the monotony of going on tour.  The character in the song (me) is a dumb smart-ass.”

If the band is weary of touring, they’re pretty good at switching things up to keep shows exciting.  They joined in the industry-wide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero on Friday, reprising their Seattle alt-rock tribute band Deervana for a show at the Brooklyn Bowl and performing In Utero in full.  You can check out a full recap and photos on Rolling Stone here, and download the set in its entirety via NYC Taper here.

XPN welcomes the Rhode Island band to The Strand Capitol in York tomorrow with The Districts, and Deer Tick will be in Philly at Union Transfer on November 6th with Robert Ellis.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.  Listen to “Trash” via Rolling Stone here and check out their cover of “All Apologies” from the Deervana show below.

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Deer Tick share new video (“The Dream’s In The Ditch”) and song (“The Rock”) (playing Union Transfer on 11/6)

deertick Roots rockers Deer Tick have shared a video for “The Dream’s In A Ditch” and another song, “The Rock,” from their forthcoming album, Negativity, on Partisan Records. Recorded with legendary producer and musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos), Deer Tick’s fifth full-length album is the band’s best album yet. They play Union Transfer on Wednesday, November 6th. Go here for tickets and more information on the show. The band is also playing at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on Tuesday, September 17th with The Districts opening.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Elvis Costello, Psychic Teens, The Quarterly Project)

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Listen to new local music from Family Vacation, Purling HissThe Lawsuits and more [link]

Light Heat, Bardo Pond and Chris Forsyth will play August’s installment of the Race Street Pier free music series [link]

New show announcements include Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck and Willy Mason

Legendary New Jersey venue Maxwell’s closes after 35 years [link]

The Head and the Heart share a new song called “Shake” off of their upcoming LP [link]

Brian Wilensky Unlocks Psychic Teens‘ new record COME with a new song, review and more [link]

Get caught up on the weekend’s shows with John Diliberto’s review of Yes at Susquehanna Bank Center and photos from the 2nd Street Festival [link and link]

Dana Falconberry stopped by for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

My Morning Downloads featured tracks from Saint Motel and Deer Tick [link]

Celebrate undiscovered local music with the Broad Street Music Group‘s launch party on 8/17 [link]

The Quarterly Project will released a charity compilation and will host a listening party / benefit concert at PhilaMOCA on 8/29 [link]

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The XPN New Music Tuesday hot list

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Throughout the day it’s new music Tuesday on XPN; here’s a little sampler of some new records to dig into. Below are new songs from roots rockers Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, the sunshiny future classic rock sound of the Haim sister, the kaleidoscopic brilliance of MGMT and The Polyphic Spree, our “Gotta Hear Song of The Week” from the San Francisco orchestral-pop band, The Family Crest, and The Head and The Heart.

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