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It hasn’t been that long since Philly / Lititz rockers The Districts dropped their barn-burning debut A Flourish and a Spoil, and they’ve had a heck of a year supporting it – selling out Union Transfer, playing the megafestivals of Europe, booking their biggest Philly headlining gig to date at the Electric Factory – but they’re not ones to sit on their laurels. Earlier today, they tweeted “We wanted to give you a sneak peek at a rough demo Robby’s been working on.” The linked song, “Fat Kiddo,” is haunting and sparse in the same way that “Suburban Smell” and “6AM” give Flourish an inward, introspective edge. It’s not clear yet if the band plans to flesh this out for LP3, but honestly, it’s pretty awesome as it is. Continue reading →
The fiery personality of New York rapper Azealia Banks will be on display first hand on November 18th at the Electric Factory. The emcee burst on the scene in 2011 with her Kanye West-cosigned single “212″ and since has been in a lane of her own infusing club dance music and hIp-hop. Her latest album Broke With Expensive Taste was released last year after a long delay – and due to further industry snafus, it could be the last thing we get from Banks until 2016. In any case, her Factor show is not one to miss; check out the video for “Ice Princess” below, and get tickets when they go on sale this Friday at noon. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
I don’t wanna be accused of hyperbole here, but the 90’s may have been the greatest decade for music in the history of time (yes, including the 60’s). John Vettese is doing a swell job of proving that with his show What’s The Frequency??? #WTFXPN (full disclosure: he’s my editor). What could be a more wonderful way to celebrate the 90’s than on ‘Frequency’ Friday with a pair of woefully underplayed acts of the 90’s?
Failure began as so many behemoths did, with Steve Albini behind the boards. Some touring with Tool and they should have been next up roster after Soundgarden. Twas not to be, and they reached the status of popular bands that never quite broke through the surface (see Far and Quicksand). Hum was a one hit wonder (if you let the charts tell you what a hit is) and much more expansive than that title implies. More dynamic and dirty than their contemporaries, with a tendency to drone on a bit, and make the unpolished feel polished. Continue reading →
Purchase, NY’s LVL UP open for Basement with Palehound and Adventures at Union Transfer this evening. The band most recently released EP Three Songs after the success of third full-length Hoodwink’d. Though they have not hit the “mainstream,” LVL UP excel in the quieter spaces of the music world – a must-see live act. Get tickets for the show here. Continue reading →
Alternative country musician Jason Isbell will perform at the Electric Factory this evening with Blake Mills. Isbell played Newport Folk Festival this past weekend, performing tracks from his latest release Something More Than Free and from 2013′s Southeastern as well. The set was an upbeat crowd-pleaser, and we’re looking forward to an equally memorable experience tonight! Listen below, and grab tickets here. Continue reading →
There was a time, many moons ago, when Dave Grohl wasn’t the in-yer-face rocker dude taking the stage at arenas around the globe with a guitar and a broken leg on a somewhat ridiculous throne. When his Sonic Highways HBO series didn’t have devotees trying to convince us that the was the lone savior of a vanishing generation of rock n’ roll (a point up for discussion among the music intelligentsia).
There was a time when Grohl was a goofy, humble former drummer of a colossally successful 90s rock band who was starting over in a solo project and hoping that some fans would be along for the ride. 18 years ago this weekend, Foo Fighters came through Philadelphia on tour in support of their sophomore album The Colour and the Shape. It was a hot July night; Supergrass opened the show. Some people came just for them, left early and are probably kicking themselves today. Continue reading →
Tonight, AfroTaino productions and World Cafe’s Latin Roots Live concert series join forces to present Nuevofest at The Trocadero. Seven bands with roots in Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic an the U.S. will perform, from El Salvador ska six-piece Adhesivo to Trenton hip-hop duo Agudos Clef. The 21+ show is free, but you have to RSVP here. Watch a video for “Las Moskas” by Adhesivo below and download a four-song Nuevofest sampler here. Continue reading →
90′s faves HUM have reunited, and are doing runs up and down the East and West coasts late this summer.
During their main lifespan, the Champaign, Illinois space rock/shoegaze band released four albums, two of which enjoyed mainstream success: You’d Prefer an Astronaut (1995) and Downward is Heavenward (1998). You’d Prefer an Astronaut produced the band’s most successful hit, the single “Stars”. Continue reading →