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.
An XPN favorite indie rock band from Los Angeles, Local Natives just shared a new video for the opening track of their sophomore album, Hummingbird. On this second record — released by Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music in late January — the group offers a contemplative tone and diverse instrumentation. Featuring the falsetto of Taylor Rice and an organ in the background, “You & I” exemplifies the new approach.
But this time around, the track pairs with an unusual cinematic narrative: a world without dogs. Check out the video below, but make sure you watch until the end for a super adorable moment. Find tickets and information for Local Natives’ performance at the Electric Factory on September 29thhere.
NPR Music took Virgina’s Wild Nothing out to the desert of California for an acoustic Field Recording of “This Chain Won’t Break” from their latest Nocturne LP. Perched on the side of Mount San Jacinto near Palm Springs, the dreamy pop band took the song in a very different direction from its Nocturne counterpart, using tree pods as a percussion section and trading in the reverb for a more naturalistic, raw sound that complimented the recording’s surroundings. XPN will welcome Wild Nothing to the Electric Factory on September 28th when the band opens for Local Natives. Tickets and information can be found here.
Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green brings his City and Colour project to The Electric Factory on September 18th. The former Alexisonfire guitarist / vocalist released his critically acclaimed Little Hell LP in 2011 and will follow it up this year with The Hurry and The Harm, set for a June 4th release and recorded in Nashville. Tickets for the September show will go on sale Saturday, April 13th. More information will be available here. Below, listen to “Of Space and Time” from the new album and listen back to City and Colour’s World Cafe session here.
It’ll be a clash of the hardcore titans past and present at the 2013 This Is Hardcore festival, as metal and punk bands join forces for the four day event at The Electric Factory from August 8th to August 11th. View the first round of billed acts on the flyer here; highlights include including GWAR, Philadelphia’s Kid Dynamite, and Black Train Jack, more are TBA. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a video of Kid Dynamite’s first show ever from 1998.
XPN welcomes Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Underground Arts tonight. Touring in support of their third full-length We the Common, the San Francisco group is a socially-aware folk band working under the guise of dance-happy indie pop concoctions. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside can be found here. Below, watch Thao perform the title track to the new LP at a rally in support of the women inside Central California’s Women’s Facility and download the album cut.
Local wild men Man Man close out a month long national tour at Union Transfer tonight. About to release their fifth studio album this summer, the eclectic rock outfit talked to The Key’s Kate Bracaglia recently about pre-show tea drinking rituals, Instagram posts and the “natural progression” of the new album from 2011′s standout Life Fantastic. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Murder By Death and Northern Arms can be found here. Stream and download “Mayan Nights” from Man Man below. UPDATE: tonight’s Man Man show is sold out.