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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Polica at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts

Poliça
Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis five-piece Polica announced their tour dates, which included a stop in Philadelphia, all the way back in November. Well, the day has finally arrived — Polica will be performing at Union Transfer tonight. The group recently unveiled their third release, United Crushers, an album that provides an endless supply of synthesizer-driven hooks, but often with a dark, serious undercurrent (one of the album’s singles, “Wedding,” bluntly tackles issues of police militarization and the drug trade). You can find tickets and more information about the show via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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High Notes: Dig into new La Sera, Parquet Courts and Cullen Omori on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

The first Indie Rock Hit Parade of March arrives at 11pm ET TONIGHT on WXPN! There are sooo many new albums that came out today, and we’ll hear bits and pieces from several of them on tonight’s two-hour show. Don’t miss tracks from Poliça‘s United Crushers, Prince Rama‘s Xtreme Now and, on our Weekly Album Spotlight, two songs from the Ryan Adams-produced Music For Listening To Music To by ex-Vivian Girl Katy Goodman a.k.a. La Sera! Check out more new tracks that’ll be in the mix below…

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Listen to a new Poliça song before their stop at Union Transfer this April

Poliça
Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Electro-rock artists Poliça have just released their new song, “Lately,” the latest track from their upcoming album United Crushers. The song glides over a smooth synth beat while vocalist Channy Leaneagh swoons “It seems like we’re too comfortable in love.” She may seem satisfied, but the nerve and discontent in her voice breaks through. Continue reading →

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Cannonball: New DIIV, Parquet Courts & Twin Peaks on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)
DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes at you TONIGHT at 11pm ET on 88.5 WXPN! Get your swimmies on because we’ll be spotlighting the dreamy new album from NYC’s DIIV, called Is The Is Are. It’s a masterful experiment in modern showgaze. We’ve also got new tracks from Parquet Courts, Chicago’s Twin Peaks and Winnipeg’s Living Hour in the big mix. Preview some of those down below…

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Listen to Polica’s urgent new single “Wedding,” see them at Union Transfer

Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist
Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis electronic rock outfit Polica returns this spring with a new LP called United Crushers and a gig at Union Transfer on Monday, April 25th. This week the band gave fans a taste of their latest single, “Wedding,” after announcing the album back in the fall with “Lime Habit.” Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh tells Stereogum that the song has an urgent message inspired by current events. Continue reading →

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Minneapolis synthpoppers Polica are back with new music, a colorful video and a tour

 

Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist
Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Polica sure know how to make an entrance. We haven’t heard much from the Minneapolis-based synthpop group since their 2013 LP Shulamith, but this week they just dropped an avalanche of news, unveiling their new album, United Crushers, set to be released on March 4, 2016, premiering a music video for their new song “Lime Habit,” and announcing a massive nationwide tour, which includes a stop at Union Transfer.

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Eaux Claires Day 2: More mud, more sweat, a lot more tears

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The Eaux Claires festival in Eau Claire, WI continued (read about Day 1 here) July 18 with a much slower start, a combination of Friday’s intense heat and thundershowers through the night having broken some of the pressure.

Leaving no time to waste, staff photog Jeremy and I headed over to the dome marked “Eternity Awaits” that I described yesterday. Once inside the dome, recorded “confessions” and “Alleluias” played as a soundtrack for the experiment as the hay bales started to fill with those anxious to confess. These recorded confessions included everything from a woman sharing she was really a cat to friends admitting they deceived each other; really weird mix of stuff. I pulled the number “12” from the ticket wheel and patiently waited. Astronautalis came out from the confessional between hearing confessions in full priestly regalia, guzzling a Miller Lite and sizing up every sinner in the room with his own appearance-based evaluation – never mind what each person was actually going to confess.

Finally, my ticket was called and I approached the confessional, totally unsure of what to do once I got up there. But, just like in my Catholic upbringing, I entered one side of the confessional and Astronautalis entered the other. The walls of the small box were filled with photobooth-like mugs of others; a kneeler and a screen were also present in on the wall facing Astronautalis. Continue reading →

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Stream the new Thievery Corporation album, see them at The Tower with Polica on 5/10

ThieveryCorp
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Thievery Corporation and Polica are playing the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 19th. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 28th. Thievery Corporation, the DC based duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are releasing their new album, Saudade, on April 1st. Saudade draws its influence from classic Brazilian musicians like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá, along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena. You can stream the new album in its entirety here.

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Review: Polica enchants a small but devoted Union Transfer crowd

Photo by Melody Chiang All photos by Melody Chiang

Minneapolis based act, Polica graced the stage at Union Transfer Tuesday night, playing to a small but devoted crowd. Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh’s dreamy distorted vocals, lithe dance moves, and endearingly self-deprecating talk between songs had the audience enraptured from the moment she first stepped out. Chris Bierden provided intricate and powerful basslines and dual drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu delivered synchronized, grounding beats. Standout songs included “Tiff”, “Vegas” and “Chain My Name” off the new record, Shumalith. Old favorite “Wandering Star” got a stripped back, shortened and more lyrical remake while “You Don’t Own Me”, a Lesley Gore cover, treated the crowd to impassioned vocals from Channy.

Marijuana Deathsquads, whose members include Polica producer Ryan Olson and drummer Ben Ivascu, provided support. The experimental band’s high volume and high energy performance coupled with their creative onstage projected light and image effects successfully pumped up the Tuesday night crowd.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Polica at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire

Polica
Polica

XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight.  The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.”  On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here.  Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.

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