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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Philly punks Mannequin Pussy will be performing at Underground Arts tonight with Guerilla Toss and Banned Books. Their most recent album, Gypsy Pervert, was released back in 2014 on Tiny Engines, and they’re recording the follow up this spring. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender.Continue reading →
Two and a half years after their last Philadelphia appearance, XPN welcomes Frightened Rabbit back to the Electric Factory on May 6th. This time the Scottish outfit will be supporting Painting of a Panic Attack, the follow-up to 2013’s Pedestrian Verse.
Indie-rock duo Best Coast and pop-punk rockers Wavves brought the sounds of California to the Electric Factory on Wednesday night with their “Summer is Forever II” tour.
Best Coast played a set of their easygoing surf-punk tunes in support of their most recent album, California Nights, which came out last year. The band also pulled from their back catalog to play a well-balanced set of their newest music along with older favorites. Touring bandmates on drums, bass, and guitar backed vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno throughout a sweet set that ranged from the energetic riffs in “When Will I Change” to the mellowness of “Our Deal.”
Throughout the set, fans were engrossed in the music; at one point, a dedicated fan in the front row wearing a Garfield costume took to crowd surfing. Towards the end of the show, the band played their hit song “Boyfriend” while Cosentino sang to the Garfield head and wore it for a portion of the song. They closed up their set with an impressive performance of “When Will I Change,” leaving the crowd wanting more. Once Best Coast returned on stage for the encore, they wrapped up the show with a lively performance of “Bratty B.”Continue reading →
Indie rock duo Best Coast will be bringing their easygoing SoCal vibes to the Electric Factory tonight. The Los Angeles band released their most recent record, the aptly titled CaliforniaNights,in 2015 and is touring with fellow Californians Wavves. Tickets to the All Ages show can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
There’s something to be said of a band that can pack a venue despite a blizzard dropping ten tons of unplowed Fuck You on every intersection in the city. This past Sunday night, with our hands thawing and eyes adjusting in the Electric Factory’s vestibule, chattering teeth gave way to clenched jaws as the excitement of seeing just such a band as Brooklyn’s Ratatat hit.