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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slowdive at Union Transfer, Arkells at Underground Arts, Plaque Marks at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Slowdive extend tour, announce Union Transfer show in November

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

UK shoegazers Slowdive bypassed Philadelphia on the spring leg of their Slowdive tour, but they couldn’t leave us out of the fun completely. Announcing another run of dates for the fall, the recently-reunited outfit will bring their new record to Union Transfer on November 15th. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, June 16th and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar

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Slowdive announce new LP, share “Sugar for the Pill” video

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

After rumors of a new album began buzzing earlier this year, shoegaze stalwarts Slowdive have now made it official with the announcement of Slowdive, a follow up to their 1995 Pygmalion LP. The self-titled fourth effort from the UK act is scheduled for a May 5th release through Dead Oceans. A video for brand new song “Sugar for the Pill” accompanied the news, which you can watch below.

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Celebrate Slowdive with this new covers compilation, featuring Bryant Eugene Vazquez and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

With the promise of new music imminent, interest in shoegaze heroes Slowdive has increased exponentially in recent months. They began performing live again a few years ago, and this past January, they shared their first new song in 22 years. Now, Brazil-based The Blog That Celebrates Itself is taking time out of its busy schedule of self-love to celebrate Slowdive’s music with a new covers compilation. They’re calling it Just For A Life. Continue reading →

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On Hold: The xx, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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The xx | Photo by Laura Coulson

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in your face tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Be sure to listen after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour show that’s buckling under the weight of so many new songs. We’ll hear from newcomer groups like Cherry Glazerr, The Proper Ornaments and Landlady, along with new releases from established favorites like The Feelies, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Plus the IRHP Album Spotlight is back for another round in the midnight hour, where we’ll hear a few selections from The xx‘s newly released I See You.

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Slowdive emerge from the fog with “Star Roving”, their first song in 22 years

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

Dream pop and shoegaze fans rejoice: Slowdive are back. After a slew of reunion shows and a mysterious teaser video posted to their social media, the band has shared “Star Roving”, their first track in 22 years. The UK five piece have been prepping new music since reforming in 2014, and now, it’s finally come to fruition. Continue reading →

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Listen to Slowdive’s first Philadelphia show in 21 years

Slowdive | Photo by John Vettese
Slowdive | Photo by John Vettese

When Slowdive played Philadelphia for the first time some 21 years ago, there weren’t many artists that sounded like them. Well, wait – let me clarify – it was the thick of the shoegaze / dream-pop movement in the UK psychedelic rock scene, after all, so of course you had My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Curve, Lush, and others with band names out of the health and beauty aisle and similar sonic aesthetics. Nevertheless, it was a relatively small and contained scene that quickly fizzled with the onset of modern rock.

I was not one of the 800 or so who saw Slowdive when they headlined the TLA on August 15, 1993; at that point, I pretty much had Nine Inch Nails’ Broken on repeat in my Walkman alongside (ugh) the Spin Doctors and the Singles soundtrack. (I was not the most cultured high school freshman.)  A glance around Union Transfer two Fridays showed me that the majority of the crowd was probably in the same boat as myself, albeit with possibly less questionable youthful music leanings. We weren’t old enough – or born enough – to see Slowdive the first time around, so we’ve been content for our lives with our copies of Souvlaki on iTunes shuffle, not to mention the legions of post-shoegaze and revival-shoegaze and (in the case of Philly’s Nothing) hardcore-shoegaze outfits that have proliferated over the years, some with more success than others.

When Slowdive took the Union Transfer stage on Friday, October 24th – some 21 years, two months and 9 days after their only other Philadelphia show – it felt simultaneously thrilling and anticlimactic. Aside from the fact that the people performing were, in fact, Rachel Goswell, Neil Halstead, Nick Chaplin, Christian Savill and Simon Scott, there wasn’t immediately anything differentiating them from those legions of followers. Continue reading →

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Recently reunited Slowdive announces U.S. Tour, playing Union Transfer 10/23

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/Slowdive

Hazy UK faves Slowdive are back together and will begin a North American tour this fall; the dates include a Union Transfer show on October 23rd. The band, whose early 90s album pioneered the dream-pop genre, recently performed at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona and will play Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this weekend.  Tickets for their Philly show go on sale on July 18th, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Slowdive play “Golden Hair” below at Primavera Sound.

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Watch Neil Halstead perform a new song, “Spin the Bottle” (playing World Cafe Live on Oct. 3)

Enchanting English songwriter Neil Halstead – the guy behind 90s dreampop favorites Slowdive, country-tinged aughts outfit Mojave 3, and the solo album Sleeping on Roads, one of the most criminally overlooked records of the past ten years – is returning to Philadelphia this fall. He’ll play World Cafe Live on Oct. 3, the perfect time of year for his music’s autumnal vibes. The show is in support of his third solo record, Palindrome Hunches, due out on Brushfire Records on Sept. 11. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday Aug. 10 at noon. Halstead recently premiered a track from the new album called “Spin The Bottle” in an acoustic video; check it out below.