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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queens of the Stone Age at the Mann Center, The Clientele at Boot and Saddle, Turks Head Festival at Everhart Park

Photo via facebook.com/QTSA
Photo via facebook.com/QOTSA

Desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age return to play the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center tonight. Last year, the veteran rockers played a fantastic show at Made in America. The group just released their latest LP …Like Clockwork. Bassist Josh Homme recently appeared in an episode of Portlandia. The band also released an action-filled, drunken adventure for “Smooth Sailing”. Watch the video below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. 

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Focus on the orchestral side of The Dear Hunter (and a string quartet) at Union Transfer on 9/7


Indie prog rock crew The Dear Hunter are returning to Philly this fall along with a live string quartet. The show at Union Transfer will be one of seven of these special concerts across the country; according to R5′s event page, the show will be seated as to put more focus on the “orchestral side of the band.” The band released their last album, Migrant, a more standalone work that shows a break from their previous “story arc” records. By buying tickets to the show, fans will also be able to download The Migrations Annex EP (outtakes from Migrant). Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28th at noon. More information can be found here. Below, listen to their track “Whisper.”

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Photo Recap: The Dear Hunter and Naive Thieves at Union Transfer

Last Wednesday The Dear Hunter preformed to a packed audience at Union Transfer. The band commanded the crowd with their high energy brand of indie rock; they were accompanied by poppy alt-rock band Naive Thieves. Check out photos from the show in the gallery above.