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.
Australian psych rockers Tame Impala are swinging around for a second run of U.S. dates this spring, and we just got word that this includes an appearance at Philly’s Electric Factory – a healthy step up for them – on Wednesday, June 19. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Saturday, February 8, at noon. The band just released a half-animated (but nonetheless NSFW) video for “Mind Mischief,” a track from their 2012 album Lonerism. In it, a student goes on a wild fantasy ride with his teacher – complete with illustrations out of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Check it out below.
Brooklyn indie kids Freelance Whales head out to Harrisburg for a show at The Abbey Bar tonight. The quintet followed up their 2009 debut with Diluvia last year. The sophomore effort sees Freelance Whales expanding their sound and their narrative with more intricate arrangements and a complex sci-fi concept running through the tracks. What hasn’t changed with the new release is the band’s accessible and appealing indie pop sound that got the buzz started in 2009. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hundred Waters can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Spitting Image.”
Indie pop favorite Cat Power headlines The Electric Factory tonight. Singer, songwriter and Georgia native Chan Marshall released her first album of original material since 2006 last year with Sun, following up 2008′s covers record Jukebox and 2006′s The Greatest. Unlike many new releases, Marshall announced the title of Sun back in 2006 when work initially started. Departing from her previously introverted, quiet and often sad sound, Marshall incorporated bright electronic layers and a tougher vocal style on Sun to trumpet her return. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Cherokee.”
UK downbeat electronic group The xx played for a sold-out crowd at The Electric Factory last night, making up for a rescheduled date from back in October. The band played songs from its 2012 album coexist, as well as its 2009 self-titled debut, and was preceded by an opening set from Toronto synth pop artist Austra. Check out a recap of the evening in the photo gallery above.