Destroyer goes straight for the heart of rock ‘n’ roll on WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week

Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records
Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records.

Destroyer is a rock band from Vancouver, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Bejar. With a catalog of excellent indie rock records going back as far as the late 90s, the band’s last album, Kaputt – released in 2011 – was critically acclaimed. It was also Detroyer’s most cohesively pop and accessibly oriented albums, and it helped grew Bejar’s fan base for his incredible music. On August 28th, Destroyer releases its latest, Poison Season, on Merge Records. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leagues at Union Transfer, Ivan and Alyosha at Boot & Saddle, Destroyer at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Nashville pop-rock trio Leagues will be bringing their crooning vocals and toe tappin’ instrumentation to Union Transfer tonight. Drawing comparisons to bands like The Fray, who they toured with after being discovered by the band in Nashville, Leagues have matured into very much their own, mixing guitar and drums with pop heavy melodies and introspective lyrics. Find tickets and more information on the Union Transfer show here.

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Listen to “El rito” by Destroyer (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/12)

Dan-Bejar-of-Destroyer-590x395 Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar brings his solo tour to Johnny Brenda’s on November 12th.  The Canadian musician is prepping for the release of his new Five Spanish Songs  EP, a collection of tracks written by Sr. Chinarro’s Antonio Luque with lyrics in Spanish.  The album follows up Destroyer’s 2011 chart topper Kaputt.  From Bejar:

It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I’ve been a decades-long fan of how he conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it…

Merge Records has posted “El rito” to their Soundcloud for streaming – take a listen below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Pink Mountaintops can be found here.


Destroyer releasing a new EP, playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/12

destroyer Singer-songwriter Dan Bejar, known to many as Destroyer, is releasing the Five Spanish Songs EP on November 29th. The songs were written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro. Destroyer is heading out on a solo tour with a visit to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, November 12th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Just who is Sr. Chinarro you ask?


Destroyer’s abbreviated fall tour brings him to Johnny Brenda’s on 11/12 (last time to see him live til 2015!)

ADan-Bejar-of-Destroyer-590x395The ambient electro-folk project of singer and songwriter Dan Bejar, Destroyer announced a short solo tour today that brings him to Johnny Brenda’s on November 12th. Featuring various songs from his entire collection, and prospectively a new single or two, the abbreviated tour will be the last time to hear Destroyer live until 2015. Pick up your ticket for the 21+ show here. Find more information here. Watch his video for “Savage Night at the Opera” from his 2011 album Kaput below.


Our weekend (Saturday and Sunday) concert picks

SATURDAY June 16th

WXPN Welcomes Bonnie Raitt to the Academy Of Music with special guest Mavis Staples. 8PM; tickets are $45.50-$85.50

WXPN Welcomes Keane to the Merriam Theatre with special guests Mystery Jets. 8PM; tickets are $35-$45.00

Birdie Busch with Adam & Dave’s Bloodline at with The Quelle Source and The Bailey Hounds. Doors at 8PM; Show at 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Chill Moody at The Fire. 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10

Toy Soldiers at World Cafe Live. Doors at 7PM; Show at 8PM. Advance tickets are $10 + processing fee in advance; $15 + processing fee at the door.

SUNDAY June 17th

Destroyer at Union Transfer with Sandro Perri. Doors at 8PM; Show at 8:30PM. Tickets are $16-$18

WXPN Welcomes Grace Potter and The Nocturnals to World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. Tickets are $31 (including processing fee).


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Destroyer + War On Drugs at First Unitarian Church

Is Destroyer‘s Kaputt the beginning of the end for indie-rock’s recent appropriation of the sexy saxophone, or simply the end of the beginning? Chances are it’s the latter. Kaputt, released in January by Merge, seems like the logical follow-up to the efforts of acts such as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti—who, in 2010, re-introduced the once-laughable music cliche to the world in a way that made the re-packaging palatable. (The best part? Ever since sincerity became the new irony, bands don’t even have to wink when they mine yesterday’s record bins for tomorrow’s sound.) Either way, anyone who hasn’t grown weary of soft-rock-revival’s hazy focus will get plenty of mileage out of songs such as Kaputt‘s title track—the perfect soundtrack for any summertime activity that requires no more effort than reaching for the next watered-down refreshment from the cooler. Destroyer performs with War On Drugs at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13.

Also playing: Royal Bangs + Fine Peduncle, Wigwams at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Subhumans + M.D.C., Defect Defect, Sickoids at The Barbary (6:30 p.m., all ages, $12)