The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just made a bunch of announcements — first, he has a new solo album coming out in March called Francis Trouble. Second, he’s shared the first song from the album, “Muted Beatings.” Third, and most importantly, if you ask us, he’s heading out on an extensive tour that includes a stop right here in Philly. Hammond will appear at the First Unitarian Church on March 30. Continue reading →
Festivals and I have such a love/hate relationship. Not only as a music lover and someone who works in the industry, but as a general human being. There’s the hot humidity of the early days of summer mixed with the tangled bodies of hippies and hipsters gallivanting across an open field, overpriced food and alcohol, and crowds so large you can hardly see the band you’re there to see. At the same time, you’re completely enthralled with the good vibes, the exciting atmosphere, and the thrill of so much good music.
Here’s a sample of what’s coming up Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:
“Time Moves Slow” by BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Sam Herring
The Canadian instrumental outfit BADBADNOTGOOD bring worlds together with their music. Trained in jazz, these guys have a history of bringing their wonderful technical skills to all sorts of different musical spectrums, most notably hip-hop and electronica. On their new album, IV, they welcome Future Islands frontman Sam Herring to lend them a hand (or voice) and the result is quite good.
“OBLIVIUS” by The Strokes
They’re back! The Strokes return with a funky guitar driven jam called “OBLIVIUS” from a new EP titled, Future Present Past. The new song is powered by riffs that bring to mind Television-esque dexterity and a nostalgia as only the Strokes can tap into. Enjoy…
First Impression Artist: MUTUAL BENEFIT
MUTUAL BENEFIT at its core is singer-songwriter Jordan Lee. But at any given time, depending on who he’s writing, recording or touring with that can change. It’s more of an evolving project than a set band. The new Mutual Benefit album, and first for the Mom + Pop label, is called Skip A Sinking Stone. It’s a beautifully recorded and produced collective of dreamy tunes. We’ll listen together tonight for our First Impression.
Each week we update our XPN Best New Music Spotify playlist for you to enjoy whatever you missed on the show recently too! Take a listen:
There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festivalin Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?
But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →
Friday started off like a whirlwind. An epic journey from Philadelphia–>North Jersey–>Brooklyn–>Randall’s Island.
The final destination was where this year’s Governor’s Ball took place, about a 20 minute trek over the Triborough Bridge. This intimate, yet vastly sizable island was the perfect place for a music festival. The grounds made for a good fit for four large stages and a sensational line up of music. The line up was diverse and well suited with everything from electronic rock to progressive hip hop to rap artists to indie rock favorites like Spoon and The Strokes. Nostalgia was definitely a major part of the weekend, seeing bands like OutKast who have been around for twenty years and haven’t put out an album in about eight. Other blasts from the past included Neko Case and TV on the Radio, a bit timid in the beginning of their performances but overall glad and excited to be performing.
The festival grounds held about 100,000 people from all walks of the East Coast and some from across the border (Canada). There were girls draped in hippy flower crowns and sometimes nothing else but tape over their chest. Noticeably there were a lot of flower printed Hawaiian shirts and apparel, including Earl Sweatshirt and Julian Casablancas during his performance with The Strokes. The summer vibes were certainly in swing, no one could have asked for a more perfect sun-filled weekend. New festival favorite gimmick was flotation devices, people brought in their own pool floaties and were able to chill out on the grass without getting dirty. Check out a full recap of photos from Gov Ball in the gallery below; for our daily recaps, click here.
Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.
Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.
The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →