“There but for the grace of God…” Words that could potentially apply to a wide variety of situations, but quite often in music it is the luck of the draw that splits who makes it big time and who never makes it at all. That was the old days at least, these days there is a solid middle ground, a place where working musicians can thrive, make a living, and build a passionate, rabidly loyal fanbase, even if it’s just a stroke of luck that kept them from selling out theaters. Continue reading →
Indie-popsters Rogue Wave return with a new album, Delusions of Grand Fur, on April 29th. The band, led by Zach Rogue, have been at it since 2002. He and longtime band mate, drummer Pat Spurgeon, have returned with fellow members bassist Masanori Christianson, and Rob Easson on synthesizers and guitar with their first new album since 2013’s Nightingale Floors. Continue reading →
Monday nights mean NEW music on XPN. Mike V has got you covered this Monday night from 8-10PM and there’s no shortage of fun new stuff to spin. Here’s a sample of what we’ll hear:
“Go Baby Go” by JOHN DOE feat. DEBBIE HARRY
Two great voices come together on this new track. X co-founder John Doe is set to release a brand new solo album, The Westerner, this April. He recruits a few familiar voices to lend a hand. In addition to Chan Marshall (Cat Power) who appears on the album, Blondie’s Debbie Harry collaborates on this catchy little jam “Go Baby Go” … Continue reading →
Bay Area indie rock outfit Rogue Wave visited Philly on tour in support of its new LP Nightingale Floors, out earlier this month on Vagrant Records. There was a lot of charm, showmanship and coziness with the crowd during the band’s set – including singer Zach Rogue sitting on the edge of Union Transfer’s stage to serenade the front row with an acoustic rendition of “California” from their 2005 album Descended Like Vultures. Check out scenes from their set in the photo gallery below.
Last week, California rockers Rogue Wave released their fifth studio album, Nightingale Floors. For their latest album, the band decided to deal with topics of death by celebrating life and creating an incredibly positive album. Along with the new release, Rogue Wave are on tour and tonight, they play Union Transfer. Playing with openers The Boxer Rebellion and Fossil Collective, it’s definitely going to be a lively show. For ticket information, click here and check out “Siren’s Song” from their latest album below.
Red Baraat are the newest additions to this year’s XPoNential Music Festival line-up, happening at Wiggins Park in July. The eight-piece world music group were featured on the latest XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Burning Instinct.” Stream and download the song below and learn more about the festival here.
We want to tell you that, later tonight, you should hop in your car and make the trip up to Bethlehem for Soars‘ record-release show at St. Bernard’s. After all, we’ve been hyping up the bliss-pop band the last few weeks, and we are genuinely amped for the release of their debut self-titled album next week. But, between the distance, the weather, and the band’s scheduled performance at Johnny Brenda’s in late November, we just can’t in good conscious send you out there. The fact that there are three notable touring bands stopping in Philadelphia tonight pretty much seals the deal.
Rogue Wave‘s latest album, Permalight (released back in March) is surprisingly upbeat for a band that has suffered through so much well-documented adversity. Whether or not fun-loving, hook-happy tracks such as the ones found on the new album are the band’s strong suit, however, is still up for debate. Rogue Wave performs with Midlake at at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets are $25.
Indianapolis chamber-pop ensemble Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos, meanwhile, are touring in support of their brand-new album Buzzard—which, by several accounts, finally finds the band delivering on the promise of its potential. Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos performs with Lonely Forest, and Cameron McGill And What Army at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12-$14.
Finally, Danish indie-pop quartet Efterklang performs alongside Buke And Glass and Esben And The Witch at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $13.