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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at PhilaMOCA, Tiny Rhymes at Rigby Mansion, GoToBeds at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Wildhoney | photo by Zach Inscho | courtesy of the artist

Baltimore outfit Wildhoney are doing a quick tour with Philly’s Literature, and the pair hit PhilaMOCA tonight. Wildhoney’s dreamy popgaze was put on glistening display with last year’s Your Face Sideways and continues with brand new track “Horror Movie.” The latter is part of a collaborative “mini LP” curated by Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP!. More information for the all-ages show with Hurry and Free Cake for Every Creature can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach Slang at Union Transfer, Ground Up at Bourbon and Branch, Live From The Lot at Electric Factory, and more…

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

There might have been some rumors that punk rockers Beach Slang were going to break up recently, but their response? “If you’re still in, we are.” Well so are we. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight to light the venue on fire with blood, sweat, and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Mac De Marco fills the Factory with energy and emotion

Mac De Marco | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN
Mac De Marco | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

For me, live music is always about the experience. Taking music that provides the soundtrack to one’s life and injecting yourself with its rhythms by witnessing it in its truest form. On Thursday night, Mac DeMarco did just that by injecting a sold out crowd at the Electric Factory with pure energy and emotion. 

This was my first time seeing Mac DeMarco live, but I had previously seen footage of his performances (and some brilliant comedic videos) so I was aware that he engages with his audience differently than most. Right from the start, Mac showed a personality that brought his music to a different level. There was an added dimension to the music that was at times playful and goofy, while at others both vulnerable and sincere. His endearing personality spread through the crowd as the night progressed and all that could be felt was positive energy.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at PhilaMOCA, Carolyn Thorn at Milkboy, Mac DeMarco at the Electric Factory and more…

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Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Radiator Hospital return to PhilaMOCA tonight for their first local show since November. The Philly project of Sam Cook-Parrott released its latest LP Wedding Album in February, which features “old songs, new songs, borrowed songs and blue songs” including “Singer’s No Star” below. Pick up tickets for the all-ages show with The Spook School, Bent Shapes and Littler here.

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Savage Intimacy: Frightened Rabbit returns to the Electric Factory

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“It’s been a while, Philadelphia,” said Frightened Rabbit‘s Scott Hutchison early on Friday night, “Three years, if I recall correctly. How’ve you been?” And while it’s been not quite a full three years since they last took the Electric Factory stage in October of 2013, things have changed for the Scottish indie titans. Even though it was the same stage they trod, the band was back and sounding bigger and better than ever on Friday evening, working the crowd with aplomb. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basecamp at MilkBoy, Elison Jackson at Ortlieb’s, Mastodon at the Electric Factory and more…

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Basecamp | Photo by Dylan Reyes | courtesy of the artist

Basecamp headline this month’s Communion Residency at MilkBoy. The Nashville electronic trio released their sophomore EP Greater Than last year, leading with the smoothly chopped single “Watch My Back.” Listen to that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ showcase here.

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Watch Courtney Barnett rock Coachella ahead of her Electric Factory performance next month

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Courtney Barnett | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

Since its inception in 1998, Coachella has transformed from a hipster mecca to a stomping ground for Taylor Swift’s #squad, but the festival still manages to bring in the world’s premiere rockers pushing the envelope. Australia’s top garage rocker and XPN favorite Courtney Barnett was there, and Pitchfork has compiled footage from her performance from over the weekend. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes and Kathleen Edwards will play the Electric Factory in July

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Dawes | photo courtesy of the artist

Two XPN favorites are joining forces this summer when California rockers Dawes and Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards share the stage of the Electric Factory on Saturday, July 16th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15th.

Dawes continues to support last year’s warmly-recieved album All Your Favorite Bands, while Edwards – who stepped back from music in 2014 to focus on running a coffee shop in Ottawa – makes her return to the stage. No word yet on whether new music is involved too, but hey, any Kathleen Edwards is cool with us. Her last release was 2012’s Voyageur. Continue reading →

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Seriously: Andrew Bird soars at the Electric Factory

Andrew Bird | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Andrew Bird | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The title to Andrew Bird‘s newest record is as much a challenge to entry as it is a question — Are You Serious omits the question mark when written in order to ask an even larger question: Are you ready to face the whimsical whistler’s most intensive release yet? On Monday night at the Electric Factory, Bird asked the tough questions of both himself and the assembled audience, and perhaps the answers won’t be easily forthcoming.

Playing a setlist primarily composed of Serious material, he wowed fans one slowly swelling song after another through the night. Bird got the night started in the same way that Serious does—the rollicking, guitar-led noir of “Capsized,” a great introduction to the new cuts. As more of a casual fan, it’s been hard to decypher what of Bird’s discography is necessary listening, but after seeing most of Serious performed before me on Monday night, it’s apparent even to me that these are home runs, instant classics amidst a career already filled with those. Continue reading →

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Vance Joy warms hearts at a sold-out Electric Factory

Vance Joy | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | <a href=http://cameronpollackphotography.com target="_blank">cameronpollackphotography.com</a>
Vance Joy | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

This past summer, I had effectively written off Vance Joy as simply another singer songwriter with a famous falsetto and the propensity to write one, maybe two passable albums. In a world ever-increasingly populated with white, male, 20-something singer songwriters looking to distance themselves from the enormous one-hit-wonder pack and make a lasting impact, finding a permanent niche is rapidly becoming a taller task. However, nine months later, I’m confident that, while Vance is certainly still at the beginning of his career, he has found his niche. Throughout his set at the Electric Factory last weel, he proved to be genuine, unendingly humble, and the textbook definition of “adorkable.” Continue reading →