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RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter and From Indian Lakes put on killer triple bill at Union Transfer

Photo by Cameron Pollock
Photo by Cameron Pollock

Part of why I sought out a position as a writer and photographer at XPN is so I could constantly be exposed to new artists and new musical directions. I’ve found so far that my favorite method of discovery since hopping onboard XPN’s contributor list is by discovering bands at concerts. I’ve learned of myriad artists in this manner, including Strand of Oaks, Parquet Courts, and The 1975. On a warm summer night at Union Transfer, I had the pleasure of discovering and subsequently falling in love with three mind-blowingly fantastic acts: From Indian Lakes, The Dear Hunter, and Rx Bandits.

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The Sound Of Animals Fighting announce their first shows in seven years (playing The Trocadero 3/20)

Experimental rock outfit The Sound Of Animals Fighting recently announced that they will play a string of five shows this upcoming March, and that they will kick it all off at The Trocadero. The band has not been active in recent years; their most recent performance was in 2006, and their most recent release was The Ocean and the Sun back in 2008. Despite the seemingly short life span of the band, they have a cult following for their bizarre samples and time signatures. Oh, and for Anthony Green screaming over breakneck riffs and spastic drums. Fronted by the Circa Survive frontman (who we’re featuring this week in the Unlocked series), the band consists of current and former RX Bandits members Matt Embree, Chris Tsagakis and Rich Balling. From the band’s Facebook page:

In the signature spirit of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s always unique ventures, fans can again expect a one-of-a-kind experience at the upcoming tour dates, complete with intimate vignette solo performances by the likes of Embree, Green, and C-Gak as they enter the shows.

If you need more evidence that this show is going to be crazy, check out a video of one of their older performances below. Buy tickets to the show at The Troc here starting Friday November 15th at noon.

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Photo Recap: Rx Bandits revisit The Resignation at the Electric Factory

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Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

California Punk/Ska/Reggae fusion band Rx Bandits preformed an outstanding show at the Electric Factory last Friday night. The band is on tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their album The Resignation, and released an EP of covers earlier this yea. Simply called The Covers EP, it was the first new music they put out since the release of Mandala in 2009. New York alt-rock band Northern Faces opened the concert; check out photos in the gallery below.