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Start your day with Mitski’s burning new ballad “Two Slow Dancers”

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Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist
For the first single from Mitski’s forthcoming album, she went epic and orchestral. For the second, she hit the dancefloor.

This morning, the indie rock singer songwriter brings us to the end of the night, long after the lights have come up, long after the doors are locked, long after everybody else has moved on, and all that remains are “Two Slow Dancers.” The song is withdrawn and contemplative, a solitary Rhodes-sounding keyboard as the scene is set with an estranged couple reunited in a high school gymnasium and reflecting how “it would be so much easier if we were young again.” Continue reading →

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Mitski shares new single “Nobody” from upcoming album “Be The Cowboy”

Mitski | photo courtesy of the artist

Ahead of Mitski’s new album Be The Cowboy, Mitski has released a music video for the second single “Nobody”. I first heard this track a month ago, closing out Mitski’s set at NON-COMM. I was struck by how different it is than her previous work, in everything but the sentiment. She ventures farther up the fretboard on this track, upping the tempo to create a perfect bop while the chorus, only the word “nobody,” hints at a darker side. The song builds in its subtle eeriness, an offsetting key change near the end creating unease while the chorus fades in and out. The song perfectly collides pop and disco with Mitski’s self-reflective nature. Think “crying-but-dancing”. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mitski will kick off North American tour at Union Transfer this fall

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Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist

Some consider her the queen of indie rock — and they may just be right. Still gliding on the success of her 2016 breakout album Puberty 2Mitski recently announced her next record, Be The Cowboy, which will be released August 17. The first string of full-band tour dates behind the new record will take Mitski through the UK and Europe, but lucky for us her just-announced North American tour starts off right here in Philly, with a Union Transfer show on October 19. Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield will open the show. Continue reading →

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Lorde covers Bruce Springsteen with a dark-folk mashup of “I’m On Fire / 400 Lux”

Lorde | Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.com/

During a recent show at Christchurch, New Zealand, Lorde surprised fans with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Stripping away dramatic theatrics, the rendition played out as a haunting folk tune that, carried by the same guitar melody, later morphs seamlessly into her Pure Heroine track, “400 Lux.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Run the Jewels and Mitski join Lorde’s April show at Wells Fargo

Lorde | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Run The Jewels | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN // Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Teenage strange-pop superstar Lorde is coming to Wells Fargo this April 2nd, which is some pretty flippin’ cool stuff on its own. But nope, someone must’ve said, we must make it even more wildly awesome. And then they casually added Run the Jewels and Mitski to the bill to completely rock the socks off of all the people. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mitski at Union Transfer, Cayetana at Skid Row Garage & more

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →

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Mitski transforms One Direction’s song, “Fireproof,” into a fuzz rock jam

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

One Direction was never really my cup o’ tea. My boy band quota was already filled to max capacity with ‘N SYNC and some select Backstreet Boys ballads. So when I heard Mitski recorded a cover of 1D’s song, “Fireproof,” I was totally intrigued to hear how she would spin the bubble-gum pop track. And, of course, being the badass indie queen that she is, Mitski’s cover grabs the song by the throat and commands it to be her own. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mitski to headline Union Transfer this July

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Last year, Mitski took the indie circuit by storm with Puberty 2, her widely-acclaimed fourth record. In the months that followed, the New York-based singer/songwriter made numerous Philly appearances, but now, she’s about to make another. This July 7th, a little more than a year after Puberty 2’s release, Mitski will headline Union Transfer. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Mitski slay on Colbert with “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Earlier this week, badass indie-rocker Mitski played her introspective hit “Your Best American Girl” on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert with the house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Mitski’s most recent album Puberty 2 was released via Dead Oceans records last June, catapulting her into the public eye. She is playing at The First Unitarian Church on Saturday, November 19th, and the show is sadly sold out. I feel cruel dangling this missed opportunity in front of you guys, but you at least need to be aware that the City of Brotherly love will be graced by the presence of folk-rock royalty on that day. And you need to watch Mitski slay on Colbert below. Continue reading →