Tonight’s Concert Picks: U.S. Girls at Johnny Brenda’s, Goblin at Union Transfer

U.S. Girls | photo by Daniel Williams | via the artist’s Facebook page

2017 marks 10 years of U.S. Girls, and they’ll celebrate tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The long-running art-pop project of Meg Remy, U.S. Girls is preparing to release a follow-up to 2015’s Half Free. It’s Toronto-based expatriate Remy’s first Philly stop in a few years, and she’s bringing a nine-piece baking band with her, plus an opening set by Philly’s Long Hots. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


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Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]


Just Announced: Italian prog band Goblin making its U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5

goblin1Italian prog rockers / composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, stopping at Underground Arts on Saturday, October 5th for a multi-media performance and film screening.  Listing progressive giants Genesis and King Crimson as influences, Goblin began composing scores to Italian horror films in the mid-1970s beginning with Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso. The cult icons achieved unexpected success from their soundtrack work up to the point of their disbandment in the early 80s, though fragments of the original group occasionally worked together over the next decade.

Now back together, the current line-up of Goblin includes original members Claudio Simonetti, Maurizio Guarini and Massimo Morante with relatively new additions Titta Tani and Bruno Previtali.  To celebrate its first excursion to the U.S. Goblin has recorded a tour-only EP of classic songs pressed to red vinyl and covered in artwork by sci-fi / horror film graphic designer Graham Humphreys.

The inaugural concert will feature a survey of Goblin’s most-loved work, including pieces from Profondo Rosso, Dawn of the Dead and more.  The event will be bookended by screenings of horror film trailers and features presented as a pop-up cinema by Exhumed Films.  Tickets and information for the 21+ event can be found here.  Below, listen to the them songs from Profondo Rosso and Suspiria.