Just Announced: Godspeed You! Black Emperor will headline Union Transfer in March

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Not many groups have the personnel and vision to make the epic rock orchestral sound that Godspeed You! Black Emperor does so well. Luciferian Towers, GY!BE’s September release, is a colossal display of sound to say the least. With biblical undertones and an array of instruments, from violins to gripping electric guitar, the project is chapter after chapter of experimental gold. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Union Transfer, The Thing at FringeArts

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Photo by Eva Vermandel | via Constellation Records
Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Photo by Eva Vermandel | via Constellation Records

Instrumental rock icons Godspeed You! Black Emperor bring their always-thrilling audiovisual spectacle to Union Transfer tonight. The band released its fifth album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, back in March via Constellation Records. The four-track LP is the band’s shortest release, clocking in at 40 minutes, but it has a gripping energy to it, a punch that was always present in the band’s performances but maybe not in its albums – which tend to be more dynamic and atmospheric. Check out “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Union Transfer, Those Darlins at Boot and Saddle, and The Love Club at The Fire

Photo by Eva Vermandel
Photo by Eva Vermandel

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will take a beak from their tour with Nine Inch Nails to rock Union Transfer tonight. The instrumental band released its fourth album, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, last year. The well-crafted, atmospheric record atoned for fans’ ten year wait (due to the band’s rumored breakup) for new music. Godspeed makes the kind of music you could easily picture in a movie. It’s eerie and ominous but it grabs you. Listen to “Mladic” below and get tickets to the show here .

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Just Announced: Post-rock cult faves Godspeed You! Black Emperor headlining Union Transfer

gybe1_13maiThe always-impressive post-rock barn burners Godspeed You! Black Emperor will return to Philly on October 16th to headline Union Transfer. The band played there last October, and it was a jaw-dropping set; 26 years into its career, this group is still pushing the envelope. Tickets are available now at the venue’s website; watch a video from last year’s Union Transfer appearance below.


This Weekend’s Picks: Pissed Jeans + Purling Hiss, Henry Rollins, Tim Barry, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neil Hamburger

Pissed Jeans

Photo by Shawn “Muddy” Brackbill

We can only assume that the reason Pissed Jeans hasn’t already entered WHYY’s “NewsWorks Tonight Theme Music” contest—which we suggested earlier this week—is because the band has been busy preparing for tonight’s show, which is the Allentown noise-rock quartet’s first area performance in what feels like quite a long time. The band has kept a relatively low profile since releasing the “Sam Kinison Woman” single late last year; we’re looking forward to catching up with them, especially given that one of our other favorite local acts, Purling Hiss, is opening the show. Pissed Jeans performs with M Ax Noi Mach and Purling Hiss at 8 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Also playing:
Henry Rollins (spoken word) at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., SOLD OUT); Tim Barry + Jenny Owen Youngs, Josh Small at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Rodney Crowell at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $25-$40)

Do you have tickets to Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘s reunion show at The Trocadero on Saturday night? Yeah, neither do we. To be fair, we’re pretty sure tickets were sold out before they were even announced. Godspeed You! Black Emperor performs with Eric Chenaux at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Southwork + Brick And Mortar, Univox at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Travie McCoy + Donnis, Black Cards, XV, Bad Rabbits at Theatre Of The Living Arts (7 p.m., $17.50)

Is Neil Hamburger the world’s best worst comedian? We’re not sure. Either way, he’s definitely a punchline-less, out-of-date “joke”-telling (and throat-clearing) machine—one that needs to be seen to be believed. Neil Hamburger performs with The Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser Yo-Yo Extravaganza and Major Entertainer Mike H at 9 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.