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Just Announced: Devendra Banhart will headline Union Transfer in March

Devendra Banhart | Photo by Jon Beasley and Isabelle Albuquerque | via facebook.com/devendrabanhart

This fall, singer and songwriter Devendra Banhart released Ape in Pink Marble, his ninth studio LP and second for the acclaimed indie imprint Nonesuch Records. The album is breezy, contemplative and a bit psychedelic, recalling artists from Syd Barrett, Lou Reed and Caetano Veloso to contemporaries like Beth Orton.

When Banhart broke into the national music conversation as part of what early-aughties tastemakers dubbed the “freak folk” movement, his sound was also low-key, introspective and definitely left-of-center; it wasn’t until releases like 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon and 2013’s Mala that he branched into more expansive production and elaborate arrangements.  The new release finds him going back to his roots and back inward in a pleasing manner, and Banhart just announced a run of winter dates in support of it, including a stop at Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 14th.  Continue reading →

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The Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates the music of 2005!

Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Denny Renshaw
Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Denny Renshaw

It was a magical time of Rabbit Fur Coats, Sunlandic Twins and the Mysterious Production of Eggs. 2005 might seem like it was just yesterday, but tonight the Indie Rock Hit Parade dials things back 10 (!?!!) years to salute this standout year in indie music. Tune in at 11pm tonight to hear a two-hour showcase that’ll tickle your nostalgia bone with gems from Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem and Bright Eyes. We’ll also hear some “forgotten favorites” from Devendra Banhart, Wolf Parade and The Clientele. Check these out:

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall

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Indie-folk eccentric Devendra Banhart charms Union Transfer (photos, review)

Indie-folk luminary Devendra Banhart played a wonderfully fun and slightly kooky show at Union Transfer Monday night to a packed crowd, despite the rescheduled date. The show was part of Banhart’s tour promoting his new album, Mala, which was released in March.

Opener Rodrigo Amarante took the stage shortly after 9, jjokingly apologizing that no, he was not Devendra, and thanked the audience “for facing this way.” Amarante, a Brazilian musician of Los Hermanos and Little Joy, proved to be a great warm-up and was very well-received by the audience in the front; his first few tunes were pretty quiet, and his soothing voice (singing both in English and Portuguese) complemented the low hum of the crowd back at the bar. When joined by Banhart’s band, Amarante blasted into some funkier, Latin-infused tunes before closing off the set alone with a beautiful song entitled “The Ribbon.”

Banhart waltzed onstage soon after Amarante left, and started off with the older tune “The Body Breaks.”  Although he sported his new, more clean-cut look, Banhart was nonetheless eccentric. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Devendra Banhart at Union Transfer and Peace at Johnny Brenda’s

File:Devendra Banart Mala cover.jpgDevendra Banhart has been around for a while now, but it doesn’t look like he plans on slowing down any time soon.  In March, he released his eighth studio album Mala.  Called his most coherent album to date, Mala is a unique blend of strong lyrics, trippy psych-folk and indie rock.  In support of the album, Devendra is heading on tour and one stop includes Union Transfer tonight.  For tickets and info, go here.  For a taste of the new album, check out “Never Seen Such Good Things” below.

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My Morning Download: “Never Seen Such Good Things” by Devendra Banhart (WXPN Welcomes to Union Transfer on June 10)

Photo by Ana Kras
Photo by Ana Kras
Today we offer you another song from NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation series, celebrating Public Radio Music Month and to celebrate, NPR Music is offering ten free songs to download, curated by various stations around the country including WXPN. Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart recently released a new albun, Mala. Below, Via NPR Music Heavy Rotation, download “Never Seen Such Good Things.” WXPN Welcomes Devendra to Union Transfer on Monday, June 10th. Go here for tickets and more information.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company