Matt Pond to tour with Jukebox the Ghost (playing Union Transfer on March 15)

Singer/songwriter Matt Pond will joining Jukebox the Ghost on a two month long tour spanning into March of 2013. Though he will not be returning to Philadelphia until March 15th, Matt, as well as Jukebox the Ghost, will be playing a string of shows including the legendary Crocodile in Seattle and the historic Metro in Chicago. The tour will kick off on December 7th in St. Augustine, Florida where Matt will be playing acoustic sets before resuming in February of 2013 with a full band. Tour dates and details are located here on Matt’s website. Listen to a new song from Pond’s forthcoming LP, The Lives Inside The Lives In Your Hand, here.


Jukebox the Ghost headlining Union Transfer in March

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson

Continuing to tour in support of their summer 2012 release Safe Travels, Jukebox the Ghost today announced a new string of winter / spring tour dates that lands them at Union Transfer on the ides of March. It’s their biggest headlining appearance in Philly to date, and tickets go on sale this Friday, November 30, at noon via the venue’s website. It’s probably a safe guess that we’re not the only folks in the Philly music scene that are psyched for this show. Below, check out a video that our friends at Tri-State Indie recently released – an interview with the band at Appel Farm from the summer.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hop Along and Kite Party at The Fire, RNDM at Union Transfer, Now Now Opening for Motion City Soundtrack at TLA, Milk Carton Kids at Tin Angel

Hop Along and Kite Party will be performing tonight at The Fire. Hop Along released their debut full-length album Get Disowned earlier this year in May, while fellow local band Kite Party have the entirety of their first album Hand Claps Music available as a free download here. The all ages show tonight starts at 6:30; tickets are available here. Below, watch Kite Party performing “Buried in Dogs.”

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Hear a new Motion City Soundtrack song, “Severance” (playing TLA on 11/4)

Last week Billboard premiered Motion City Soundtrack’s new track “Severance,” which will be on the group’s two-track 7″ vinyl, scheduled for release November 6th. This limited-edition 7″ is part of the group’s Making Moves 7″ series in partnership with Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records; the series has already featured artists like Brick + Mortar and The Skies Revolt. Motion City Soundtrack will be playing at Theatre of the Living Arts next Sunday, November 4th with I Was Totally Destroying It, Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now. Tickets for that show are available here. You can stream “Severance” here.


Watch Jukebox the Ghost cover Lana Del Ray’s “Blue Jeans” for The A.V. Club (playing The TLA in November)

Piano popsters Jukebox the Ghost visited The A.V. Club‘s Undercover studio to perform a rendition of “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Ray. The original, the A.V. folks say, is “a song that in its original form actually buries its own hook in atmosphere and attitude. But two-thirds of Brooklyn trio Jukebox The Ghost stripped Lana down even further, tackling most of the song with just voice and piano.” Check out the video below. Jukebox the Ghost returns to Philadelphia this fall for a performance at The TLA on November 4.


Watch a new video for Jukebox The Ghost’s “Somebody” (playing The TLA in November)

Piano popsters Jukebox The Ghost just released a video for their infectious single “Somebody,” shot on the boardwalk at Coney Island. The band just played a boisterous free show at Morgan’s Pier this past Saturday, kicking off a lengthy U.S. tour; next time they play Philadelphia, they’ll bring the music indoors, playing the TLA with Motion City Soundtrack. Tickets to that show are available here; check out the “Somebody” video below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Electric Factory, John Francis at Tin Angel, Jukebox the Ghost at Morgan’s Pier, and Aesop Rock at Union Transfer

Tennessee roots rockers Old Crow Medicine Show have come full throttle since they began recording in 1998. After the release of their smash hit “Wagon Wheel” in 2004, it was a steady upward slope. Now they have just come out with their most recent album, Carry Me Back; a new step in their raw country rock sound. With four albums under their buckled belts and a slew of sold out performances, these boot stompin’ folksters have made their signature mark on Americana rock music with a slice of bluegrass. They play at the Electric Factory tonight with very special guests, The Lumineers who performed at our XPoNential Festival a couple weeks ago (you can listen to that entire performance here).

R5 Productions summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues tonight with a performance from Jukebox the Ghost. This show is totally free but apologies young’uns, you must be 21 to enter. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. Jukebox also played our free at noon in June, you can listen to it here (via the XPN media player). Special guests tonight also include Norwegian Arms, who you can read more about here (and listen to in the player below).

Ian Bavitz, who goes by the moniker Aesop Rock, practices hip hop while jumping the fence to a new wave underground sound. He’s an indie rapper, a hip hop producer, a San Franciscan. And you can catch him tonight at Union Transfer along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Tickets to this all ages show are $15-17; doors open at 8 p.m. Below watch a video for “Zero Dark Thirty” off his latest album Skelethon.

Tonight at the Tin Angel, WXPN welcomes John Francis. He wrote his first album, Strong Wine & Spirits while living in Philadelphia in 2005, and then followed with his sophomore album The Better Angels after relocating to Nashville. Francis takes inspiration from Johnny Cash and other blues rock influences. He performs tonight at 7:30 p.m., this show is 21+ and tickets are $10, grab yours here.


Norwegian Arms playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday

Norwegian Arms are a self-described “minimalist weirdo-folk duo” featuring singer/songwriter/mandolin player “Keith Birthday” (Brendan Mulvihill) and drummer “Dr. Awkward” (AKA Dr. Dog‘s Eric Slick). The band has been releasing music since 2009 in-between Slick’s touring/recording schedule with Dr. Dog, and despite Mulvihill’s stint living and teaching in Siberia, where he wrote the band’s most recent album. (You can read more about that here, in our interview with Norwergian Arms from last summer.) The duo are reuniting to play a free show at Morgan’s Pier this Saturday, August 4th with Jukebox the Ghost. The show is listed as 21+, but those who are under 21 who wish to attend may do so with a parent or guardian. Earlier this week, the band wrote on their Twitter account:

If that sounds like a good time, then make sure to get to Morgan’s Pier early on Saturday; Norwegian Arms are opening the show at 6 p.m.! For more info on the event visit R5’s website here.  In the meantime, cool off from the Philly summer heat with Norwegian Arms’ track “Tired of Being Cold” off the band’s new album, Wolf Like a Stray Dog.


Listen to Jukebox The Ghost’s Free At Noon concert (and photo recap)

Jukebox The Ghost played WXPN’s Free At Noon yesterday. Listen to the band’s set here. The set list is below. Jukebox return to Philly to perform a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 4th with Norwegian Arms. All photos by Melody Chiang.

1. Adulthood
2. Oh, Emily
3. At Last
4. Don’t Let Me Fall Behind
5. Say When
6. Somebody
7. Man In The Moon
8. The Spiritual


Download: Jukebox The Ghost cover Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (playing Free At Noon on Friday)

Next Friday, June 29th, Jukebox The Ghost perform at Free At Noon. The show is free to attend however you need to RSVP here. Below, download a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” recorded live in concert at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday, June 21st. Download is via Jukebox The Ghost are also playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 4th.