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Waxahatchee will preview new album at First Unitarian Chapel

Photo by Ryan Russell | courtesy of the artist
Photo by Ryan Russell | courtesy of the artist

We’re not sure if Waxahatchee‘s Katie Crutchfield lives in Philadelphia anymore, and frankly, that’s irrelevant: the woman makes incredible music, regardless of whether her zip code designates her as “a local artist.” We do know that Crutchfield maintains Philly ties – her sludgey stoner rock band Great Thunder was one of the headliners at Golden Tea House’s OK Fest, a benefit for Decarcerate PA – and we do know that another Waxahatchee album is due sometime in the near future. And with today’s tour announcement, we’ll got our first taste to hear some of the new tunes. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Julianna Barwick will play the Side Chapel at the First Unitarian Church on 2/9

Julianna Barwick | photo via www.facebook.com/juliannabarwick
Julianna Barwick | photo via www.facebook.com/juliannabarwick

Brooklyn recording artist Julianna Barwick has announced a headlining tour for early 2014 that includes a stop the First Unitarian Church‘s Side Chapel on February 9th. Barwick released her third full-length Nepenthe this year, which won praise from Pitchfork, the New York Times, NPR and many other publications.  Nepenthe showcased the Louisiana native’s adaptation of her church choir roots in an electronica setting, looping her vocals and instruments in a haunting, atmospheric and striking way. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch her video for “The Harbinger” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aidan Baker at the First Unitarian Chuch Side Chapel, XPN Welcomes Ron Sexsmith to World Cafe Live

393729_10150913203342255_47647026_nMulti-instrumentalist Aidan Baker performs in the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel tonight.  Working both as a solo musician and as a member of Nadja, ARC and Mnemosyne, Baker is an incredibly prolific composer of experimental / drone post-rock and often improvises during live shows.  On April 15th Baker will release Already Drowning via Gizeh Records.  The album departs from Baker’s previously free-form musical structures and approaches the singer-songwriter line while still being ambient and doom-y.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Insect Ark and Harm Wulf can be found here.  Below, stream the title track to Already Drowning.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Candice Martello at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, Garbage at The Electric Factory

ThaoXPN welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Underground Arts tonight.  Touring in support of their third full-length We the Common, the San Francisco group is a socially-aware folk band working under the guise of dance-happy indie pop concoctions.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside can be found here.  Below, watch Thao perform the title track to the new LP at a rally in support of the women inside Central California’s Women’s Facility and download the album cut.

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Space out to two new songs from Arc in Round’s Jeff Zeigler (playing the First Unitarian Chapel on 3/25)

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 1.17.57 PMPhilly’s Jeff Zeigler has amassed quite the resume in recent years, between his space-rock outfit Arc in Round and his production work for local luminaries Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs. Ziegler’s also been expanding into the solo / collaborative experimental zone, playing solo shows (at The Deli’s Tuesday Tune-Out), with renowned Philly harpist Mary Lattimore and now opening for English ambient artist Benoît Pioulard in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church on March 25th. This past week, Ziegler released two new solo compositions: “Saw the Life” (which is available for download below) and a rough version of “Opportunity” (which is streaming-only). Check them out below, and get tickets and more information on Zeigler’s show on the 25 at the R5 Productions website.

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