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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Philly Music Fest, Soraia at MilkBoy, Thundercat at Union Transfer

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

It’s day two of the inaugural Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, and Strand of Oaks take the stage for a headlining set. The festival’s eclectic lineup seeks to showcase local musicians and encourage Philadelphians to support our scene. Also performing today are Steve Gunn, Deadfellow, Ivy Sole, Shannen Moser, and lots more. Check out the festival’s website for tickets, set times, and more info. We most recently saw Strand of Oaks rocking the Marina Stage at this year’s XPN Fest; read a recap of that performance here. Below, watch a video from the band’s recent World Cafe session. Continue reading →

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Thundercat shares latest Drunk single “Friend Zone”

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

California artist/producer Thundercat is laying out the roller skating disco vibes on his latest single. The prolific Stephen Bruner dropped “Friend Zone” earlier today, side-eyeing the Hallmark holiday with more of the “70s glitz and 21st century humor” that we heard on “Show You The Way” back in January. Both tracks are from the forthcoming Drunk LP, a 23-song follow-up to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Show You The Way” by Thundercat

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Last week California bassist Thundercat announced his new album Drunk, the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. The 20 song collection includes contributions from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and on “Show You the Way,” Thundercat invited Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins in on the soulful, smooth rock song. Continue reading →

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Thundercat teams up with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins on “Show You the Way”, announces new album

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

California basslord Thundercat has finally announced the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, and he’s calling it Drunk. Where its predecessor came in at a criminally-short six tracks, this one makes up for lost time with a whopping twenty three. You can expect a variety of exciting collaborations from the likes of Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, but the team-up that’s perhaps the most exciting is the one that dropped today. “Show You the Way” features both Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, and it’s everything you would want it to be. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Thundercat plots 2017 world tour, will hit Union Transfer in March

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles bass virtuoso Thundercat has just announced an extensive world tour. It kicks off this Feburary, and on March 4th, he’ll roll through Union Transfer with longtime bandmates Dennis Hamm (keys) and Justin Brown (drums). This is his first Philly date since playing Johnny Brenda’s in October of 2015. Continue reading →

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Watch Thundercat perform on VuHaus, see him live at Johnny Brenda’s in October

You may have heard the name Thundercat, however if you’re unfamiliar with the work of Stephen Bruner, he’s an accomplished and talented bassist, producer and singer-songwriter. He’s worked with Flying Lotus, played bass with Erykah Badu, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg, was a member of the Los Angeles thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, and has released several solo albums. He’s made incredible contributions to two of the best albums of 2015 – To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, and The Epic by Kamasi Washington. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Rouse at World Cafe Live, Les Claypool at The TLA, Flying Lotus at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Matt Duke to The Tin Angel

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Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight.  The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release.  Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate.  Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010’s bi-lingual El Turista effort.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here.  Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”

Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up.  According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”

Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight.  The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts.  Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results.  Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here.  Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.

XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel.  The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December.  Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring.  Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.