Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamie Lidell at Union Transfer, Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie, THe Appleseed Cast with Belgrade at the First Unitarian Church

jamielidell8-credit_nicole_nodlandBritish performer Jamie Lidell will be at Union Transfer tonight.  Over his six-album career, Lidell has worked with Beck, Feist and Simian Mobile Disco.  Lidell is currently touring in support of his recent self-titled Warp Records release, which sees the soul singer adopt a more electronic dance vibe instead of his usual R&B tinged soul angle.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Jamie Lidell’s “You Naked.”

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Do Yourself A Faver” by Jamie Lidell

Photo by Lindsey Rome
Photo by Lindsey Rome
Today marks the debut of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song Of The Week, a song we love so much we just had to share it with you with the hopes that you will love it as much as we do. “Do Yourself A Faver” by British soul/funk/electronica musician Jamie Lidell is from his fantastically funky new self-titled release. Overall, the album mines the glory days of 80’s funk. All your favorite electro and classic funk touch points are here: The Gap Band, The Time, Midnight Star, The System, and of course, Prince. On “Do Yourself A Faver” he knocks on the door of the house of funk built by the by the influential Ohio band Zapp on the song “More Bounce To The Ounce” and dances all the way through like one of the best Soul Train lines dances you’ve ever been a part of. Below, listen to = and in exchange for your e-mail address – download “Do Yourself A Faver.”

Jamie Lidell performs at Union Transfer on Sunday, April 14th. Go here for more information about the show and to purchase tickets.


Just Announced: Jamie Lidell playing Union Transfer in April

UK soul man Jamie Lidell is back with a new album, his eponymously-titled sixth release, coming out on Warp Records in February. He hits the road shortly after, and if you’ve never seen this guy live, we highly recommend it – he burns up the stage big time. When Compass was released in 2010, he turned in an impressive set on the stage at World Cafe Live; this time, he’s at Union Transfer on April 14. Onsale information will be announced shortly. Below, listen to the bass-heavy bump of “What a Shame” from Jamie Lidell, out on February 19.