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Just Announced: Rainer Maria will perform at Underground Arts in September

Rainer Maria | via Polyvinyl Records

90’s indie emo-rock outfit Rainer Maria announced the end of their time together back in 2006 and stayed off the grid for nearly a decade, returning at the end of 2014 for one reunion show that turned into two reunion shows that turned into a reunion tour.

Fast forward to 2017 and Rainer Maria shows no signs of another break as they prepare to release their first album after reuniting as a band. Ahead of S/T, set for an August 18th release on Polyvinyl, Rainer Maria have released two singles, “Lower Worlds” and “Suicides and Lazy Eyes,” that show musical and lyrical growth but remain true to the trio’s original sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Sistahs Attune at World Cafe Live

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese

We’ve long moved past the band’s slightly concerning name and it’s time you do to – it is in no way indicative of the quality of their music. Diarrhea Planet have been around for a few years now, and every time the Nashville six-piece comes through Philadelphia it is a night of face-melting rock and roll. Diarrhea Planet will be at Underground Arts tonight along with Nashville tourmates Daddy Issues and Philly’s own Hound. Check the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the 21+ show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Barns Courtney at The Foundry, Harry Nilsson Tribute at Ardmore Music Hall

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Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

 

Bluesy grit rocker Barns Courtney is bringing his dark yet catchy, Western-type vibes to The Foundry tonight. With his upcoming festival circuit and general awesomeness, I have a feeling Courtney’s going to catching some major attention soon. Don’t miss out on seeing him perform in this intimate, smaller setting before the big wave arrives. Find more info on tickets here, and listen to “Hellfire” off of his latest EP The Dull Drums below. Continue reading →

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Go on a sonic journey in Grimace Federation’s new track, “Did I Ever Tell You?”

Grimace Federation | Photo courtesy of the artist
Grimace Federation | Photo by Mike Ryan | courtesy of the artist

You want to make your day infinitely better? Of course you do. In order to achieve this infinite better-ness, I suggest chucking on a pair of headphones and blasting Grimace Federation’s new track, “Did I Ever Tell You?” immediately. Or grab some friends (oh what the heck, strangers even) and make it a dance party. Whichever method you choose, just listen to this dang tune right away. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jesus and Mary Chain at Union Transfer, Temples at Underground Arts

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The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick

Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain headline Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Damage and Joy LP. Released in March, the record marked the duo’s first new material since 1998 and despite the nearly 20-year break, the music is still just as hooky, just as 90s. Check out “Always Sad” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at First Unitarian Church (Get Better Fest 4), Bob Mould at Underground Arts, Whaler at Bourbon and Branch and more

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Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Radiator Hospital highlights a stacked bill at The Church for the second night of Get Better Fest 4 including HIRS, Soul Glo, Pinkwash and more. Radiator Hospital’s tunes are pure energy, throwing power pop into the gritty DIY tones of modern Philly, all in the name of raising awareness of The Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. honors the music of Jason Molina at Underground Arts

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Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. | photo via Underground Arts

A group of musicians will honor the songs of Jason Molina at Underground Arts on Thursday, June 22nd with Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. The tribute project was originally convened by the late singer-songwriter’s Songs: Ohia and Electric Magnolia Co. bandmates and friends in 2013 following his sudden death; this summer, they’ll gather together again for a run of dates in conjunction with the release of a new Molina biography.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Valerie June at The Trocadero, Creepoid at Underground Arts, and more

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Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com

After taking over our airwaves for our Free at Noon concert, Strand of Oaks heads to Union Transfer for a headliner with Twin Limb. These Philly rockers just released their full-length banger Hard Love, so head out for some manic, high energy tunes. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sunwatchers at PhilaMOCA, Agnes Obel at Union Transfer, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch and more

Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May. Continue reading →