Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spiritualized at Union Transfer, Laura Mvula at World Cafe Live, Muse at Wells Fargo Centerat


Though tonight’s early-anticipated opening of Boot and Saddle is sold out, there is other live music to be seen – including Spiritualized, who headline Union Transfer.  Formed by Spaceman 3 leader Jason Pierce, the UK psychedelic rock project released its third full-length, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, in 2012.  Pierce is the only permanent member of the band, though he fully realized the album’s intricacies with a band of six other musicians when he played a Free at Noon for XPN in May 2012 (listen back to that performance here).  Tickets and information for the all ages show with Guy Blakeslee can be found here.  Watch Spiritualized’s new video for “I Am What I Am” below.

WXPN Welcomes Laura Mvula to World Cafe Live. The exotic British soul and jazz influenced singer-songwriter was XPN’s Artist To Watch in May. Tickets and more information here.

English rockers Muse will perform at the Wells Fargo Center tonight with Cage the Elephant.  The Devon, England-born band has released six records since its beginnings in 1994, the most recent effort being 2012’s The 2nd Law.  Departing from the heavily prog-rock influenced dynamic on their earlier releases, The 2nd Law was recorded with an electronic focus – UK electronic act Nero has a production credit on the album and the composition nods to dubstep in a big way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Madness” below.


Laura Mvula announces North American tour (playing World Cafe Live 9/13)


UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has just announced that she will be returning to the states this fall, for a North American tour. She’ll making a Philly stop on September 13th, for a show at World Cafe Live. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 14th, at noon. Mvula will be touring in support of her recent debut full-length, Sing To The Moon, currently out on Columbia Records. Sing To The Moon, a powerful showcase of the British singer’s unique range and talent, has recieved a wide variety of glowing endorsements, praised as “quietly yet forcefully brilliant” by the Wall Street Journal, while Mvula herself has been noted for her “potent, naturally dramatic sense of soul” by the Phildaelphia Inquirer. Watch the video for the track “Green Garden” off Sing To The Moon, below, and find tickets and information for her World Cafe Live show here.


Stream Laura Mvula’s debut album, Sing To The Moon, in its entirety (playing WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference in May)

lauramvula_nyc_516_rt_hi_res One of the most beautiful and unique new voices we’ve heard this year belongs to UK based singer-songwriter Laura Mvula. Her debut album, Sing To The Moon, was released this week. You can stream the album in its entirety here. Like Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, Mvula has a striking and exotic voice. She blends soul, jazz and pop music in magical ways. For Mvula, it’s not just about her engaging voice, it’s about her unparalleled musical vision. Stephen Thompson, writing about the album for NPR Music has this to say:

Classically trained and only 26, Mvula writes songs that sound like the whole world at once, making Sing to the Moon — out digitally Tuesday, with a physical release to follow on May 14 — an auspicious debut in a year full of them. Equally adept at radiating joy (“Like the Morning Dew”), articulating a socially conscious mission statement (“That’s Alright”), and singing sweet ballads (the harp-infused “Can’t Live With the World”), Mvula radiates the worldly confidence of a singer twice her age.

Mvula was scheduled to play at World Cafe Live next week, however her show was cancelled. She’ll be back in town to play the WXPN Non-Comm in May, which will be broadcast live. More details soon on the live broadcast.