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Just Announced: Hamilton Leithauser brings 2017 tour to Johnny Brenda’s in February (maybe with Rostam)

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | Courtesy of the artist
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | Courtesy of the artist

After making its live debut at Free at Noon earlier this fall, the latest project of indie rocker Hamilton Leithauser just announced a 2017 tour which will kick off January 13th in Texas and will come to a close in Dublin, Ireland on March 12th, stopping in Philadelphia on February 9th at Johnny Brenda’s. Continue reading →

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Night School: Neon Indian, Beach House and (most of) The Walkmen on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

You know what time of the week it is, so I’ll cut right to the chase. Tune in at 11pm ET for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight we’ll spotlight VEGA INTL. Night School, the groovy new album from Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian. Plus we’ll hear a song from Beach House‘s new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for these tracks in the mix as well:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Union Transfer, CHVRCHES at Electric Factory, Hamilton Leithauser at Ortlieb’s and more

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Marian Hill have been favorites of The Key for a while, from their first track “Whisky” to their appearance at XPoNential Music Festival and their forthcoming debut record. Producer Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol played Made In America this summer and are bringing their talents back to the area tonight at Union Transfer at 8 p.m. Click here for more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sidekicks at Golden Tea House, Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch, Hamilton Leithauser at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Sidekicks
The Sidekicks | photo via Facebook

Ohio band The Sidekicks headline a stacked bill at Golden Tea House. They’re on tour in support of Runners In the Nerved World, their new LP that was just released through Epitaph Records. The Sidekicks have nearly become honorary Philadelphians through a friendship with Hop Along, who they invited on the road for a handful of tours over the last couple of years. Listen to “Deer” from the new record below and get more info on tonight’s show with Cayetana and All Dogs here.

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Stream Hamilton Leithauser’s Black Hours in its entirety

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Recently, during WXPN’s Non-COMM, Hamilton Leithauser – former lead singer of The Walkmen – performed a set of new songs that he showcased during his Free At Noon concert. He graced the stage with a large band that included a string section, yet dominated the set with his imposing height, charismatic showmanship, and excellent new material. Hamilton releases his solo debut album, Black Hours, on Tuesday, June 3rd, however you can listen to the record its entirety here via NPR Music.

In his review of the album, Stephen Thompson, of NPR Music, says:

The singer largely tones down the briskly jangled rush of The Walkmen’s sound throughout Black Hours, as he steers many of its songs toward a slow-burning seethe that suits him well. But there’s still a looseness to the record that allows Leithauser to play around on new terrain: “I Retired,” in addition to having the most solo-debut-friendly title ever, even finds him delving into doo-wop halfway through. But Leithauser still hews to themes of aging and alienation — “I retired from my war / No one knows what I was fighting for / I don’t even know myself anymore” — in ways that make Black Hours sound like a natural sequel to The Walkmen’s work.

Listen to Black Hours here.

XPN Welcomes Hamilton to the Prince Theatre on Saturday, July 12th. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased here

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Hamilton Leithauser slows it down with “I Retired”

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

After playing Day 3 of WXPN’s Non-COMM, Hamilton Leithauser is getting ready to his debut album, Black Hours, on June 3rd.  Soon after, he’s headlining the Prince Music Theater June 12.  One of the first tracks to be released from the album, “I Retired,” features Leithauser singing to a slow doo-wop shuffle alongside Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire weekend (who also sang backup, played additional instruments and produced the track).  The slide guitar in the beginning makes you feel like you’re sitting on a porch in the deep south in the late 1940s, drinking moonshine and listening your neighbor jam out on a Dobro.  Experience that feeling below, and get more information on Leithauser’s show at The Prince here.

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Non-COMM Recap: Hamilton Leithauser showcases his songwriting prowess

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Coming up to the NPR stage second on Day 3 of NonComm was former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, who treated the audience to varied selections from his forthcoming LP Black Hours. Accompanied by a gargantuan band comprised of guitars, bass, mallet percussion and a four-piece string section, Leithauser showcased his songwriting prowess and excellent stage presence and in so doing convinced the audience that even though The Walkmen are no longer together, he has no intention of slowing down.

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WXPN Welcomes Hamilton Leithauser solo to the Prince Theatre on July 12th

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Photo courtesy of artist

Hamilton Leithauser former lead singer of The Walkmen, is doing a solo tour that brings him and his band to the Prince Theatre on Saturday, July 12th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 16th at Noon. Leithauser releases his solo album, Black Hours on June 3rd. This Friday, Leithauser plays a double header Free At Noon with Chet Faker at The Porch at 30th Street. Below, watch the video for “Black Hours” from his forthcoming album.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Alexandra” by Hamilton Leithauser

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Photo by Lauren Dukoff

Hamilton Leithauser, lead singer of recently-broken-up The Walkmen , is releasing his solo debut album, Black Hours on May 6th. “Alexandra” is the first song that Leithauser has shared from the album, and was co-written by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. Black Hours also features contributions Richard Swift, Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Paul Maroon (the Walkmen), and Hugh McIntosh (the Recoys).

In addition to the news of Leithauser releasing his solo debut, ex-Walkmen Walter Martin and Peter Bauer are each releasing a solo record this Spring as well. Martin’s album, We’re All Young Together, is out on May 13th. Information about Bauer’s debut will be announced soon. Bauer was in the XPN studios recently for a Key Studio Session, playing with the local band Light Heat. (Update: Peter Matthew Bauer announced his debut album, Liberation!, is coming out on June 24th. Listen to “Latin American Ficciones” here. He plays Milkboy next Saturday, March 8th.)

(Hear More: The Walkmen perform WXPN’s Free At Noon)

Below, watch the video for the upbeat rocker “Alexandra.” The smartly produced video features scenes of handsomely dressed Leithauser sitting in a backstage dressing room while four women dancers prepare for the show, inter cut with performances of Leithauser on stage with his band and the dancers shaking it down for rock and roll.