First Aid Kit return to Union Transfer with familiar harmonies and newfound fervor

First Aid Kit | Photo by: Ellen Miller |
First Aid Kit | photo by Ellen Miller |

First Aid Kit have a knack for making the kind of sad music that does everything but leave you feeling sad — and they’ve been doing it for ten years. The Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg took the stage at Union Transfer Saturday night for the first time since 2014, and for the first time as a five-piece band. As the sisters put it, it had been “way too long,” and the sold-out crowd was eager to see what this new era of First Aid Kit would bring. Continue reading →


First Aid Kit gets self-reflective on its new single “Fireworks”

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

There’s something special about hearing a new song before a recorded version has been released, and then revisiting it once it does reach public ears. Today we can experience that in the form of First Aid Kit‘s new song “Fireworks,” which the band previewed right here in Philly when they played Free at Noon in October. “Fireworks” follows the first two singles from the XPN perennial fave’s forthcoming album Ruins, “It’s a Shame” and “Postcard.” Continue reading →


First Aid Kit share “Postcard,” announce new album Ruins

First Aid Kit | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

We heard First Aid Kit unveil their new single “Postcard” during last week’s Free at Noon, and now that there’s a recorded version out in the world, we can listen to it on repeat. “Postcard” is the second single from the Swedish folk duo’s just-announced upcoming LP Ruins, following “It’s a Shame.” Ruins, the duo’s fourth full-length and the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Stay Gold, will be released January 19, 2018 via Columbia Records. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: First Aid Kit debuts powerful new material at World Cafe Live

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

It’s been far too long since the sweet sounds of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit were heard live in Philadelphia. The band — led by sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg — celebrated the release of their last album Stay Gold with a Union Transfer show in 2014, and shortly after their dazzling 2015 XPN Fest appearance, announced they’d be taking a break before working on new material.

That break ended a few weeks ago, when First Aid Kit let their new single “It’s a Shame” out into the world. With a forthcoming LP yet to be announced, the sisters have been making a few stops around the US to share some of their new material, and lucky for us they found time to stop by World Cafe Live this afternoon for a sold out Free at Noon concert.

First Aid Kit’s eight-song set was a carefully curated mix of old favorites and previews of what the new album will bring. The timeless, Americana-inspired anthem “It’s a Shame” has been floating around the XPN airwaves quite a bit recently, so the packed World Cafe crowd was right at home when the band opened with the new song. The Söderberg sisters then took us back to the warm and inviting sounds of Stay Gold with that album’s soft and shimmering title track, leading the audience in clapping along, before launching into the not-yet-released “Postcard,” a delicate ballad with a classic country sound that showcases the duo’s signature sibling harmonies. Continue reading →


First Aid Kit releases a gorgeous new track, “It’s a Shame”

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First Aid Kit | photo by Neil Krug |

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit just released their new single “It’s a Shame,” their first song in three years and first follow-up to the acclaimed Stay Gold. The duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg has a beautiful, harmony-driven sound similar to that of groups like Joseph and Fleet Foxes; the vocals on “It’s a Shame” are heavenly, fitting perfectly with the mix of acoustic strumming and country-inspired keyboard lines. Take a listen to “It’s a Shame” below, revisit their XPoNential Music Festival appearance here and keep tabs on the band via Facebook. Continue reading →


Here are all our favorite covers from this past weekend’s XPN Fest

George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack |
George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack |

Missed out on the festivities this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As entertaining as it was seeing some of our favorite bands play some of our favorite songs at XPN Fest, it was equally fun seeing them play some of their own favorite songs. Without fail, there is always a fantastic collection of covers played by the various performers throughout the festival, and we’re here to break down the best of the weekend for you. Continue reading →


XPNFest recap: First Aid Kit dazzled the River Stage crowd

First Aid Kit | Photo by Cameron Pollack |

Johanna and Klara Söderberg, better known as the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, captivated the XPN Fest crowd this afternoon with their dazzling harmonies and musicianship.

The duo’s musical career started early, when they learned to play “Down the River to Pray” from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? They quickly discovered their songwriting capabilities, and began performing on the streets of Stockholm.

It wasn’t until they uploaded their songs to social networking sites like MySpace and YouTube that they received widespread attention. One cover of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes gained them Internet fame, and they decided to focus on music full-time.

Since then, they’ve released three studio albums, the most recent being 2014’s Stay Gold. They played several tracks from that record, including “My Silver Lining”, “Master Pretender”, “Waitress Song”, and the title track. They even threw in a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”. Continue reading →


Courtney Barnett, Dawes, First Aid Kit, Lord Huron and more top the XPoNential Music Festival 2015 lineup

XPNFestBuilding on to the exciting Saturday-night XPoNential Music Festival roster at Susquehanna Bank Center with St. Vincent and My Morning Jacket and Sunday-night with Grace Potter, George Ezra and more – it’s time to announce the core crew of bands that will be hanging out with us at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center from July 24th through the 26th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: First Aid Kid at Union Transfer, People Under the Stairs at Johnny Brenda’s and Amos Lee at American Music Theatre


Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit will play tonight at Union Transfer. Made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the duo has been making a name for itself since it became a Youtube sensation with its cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” in 2008. That same year the sisters released their debut album, Drunken Trees, and have been growing in popularity since. The indie duo released its latest album, Stay Gold, in June of this year and is currently on tour with the album. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.

Los Angeles People Under the Stairs will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The hip-hop group, consisting of Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal), formed in 1998 and has been completely DIY from the start — pioneering the way for many hip-hop artists. The group is on the second leg of its tour to promote the new album, “12 Step Program.” Listen to the single, “1 Up Til Sun Up,” below and go to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information.

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is a little bit of everything. With some folk, a hint of twang country, a lot of rock and a ton of soul, the Philadelphia native covers a wide range of genres with his music. Lee and his band opened for Jack Johnson this past Friday to a sold-out crowd at the Mann Center and will play again tonight at the American Music Theatre (sans Jack Johnson). Check the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information about the show. Below, check out a fan video of Amos and Jack Johnson singing “(Sittin’ By) The Dock of The Bay,” from Friday night’s show at the Mann.