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Le1f will bring Riot Boi to Union Transfer in April

Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist
Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist

New York hip hop artist Le1f has announced a tour in support of last year’s debut Riot Boi with a stop at Union Transfer on April 13th. The much-anticipated LP came after Khalif Diouf released a string of popular mixtapes and EPs, giving a louder voice to his politically- and socially-minded songs that were inspired by artists like M.I.A.

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Check out Ra Ra Riot’s new “Foreign Lovers” lyric video before their Free At Noon this Friday

Ra Ra Riot | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Ra Ra Riot | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Syracuse indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot have released a lyric video for their new single, “Foreign Lovers.”

“Foreign Lovers” is a quick two minute piece of synth pop from their up-coming 4th record, Need Your Light. The band seems to be continuing the electronic direction they took with their last LP, Beta Love, trading in their string instruments for synthesizers. Behind neon lights, Vocalist Wes Miles sings, “I got no idea what’s fair but I knew before,” an ode that speaks of both confusion and nostalgia. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mothers at Milkboy, The Bacon Brothers at Union Transfer, Todd Rundgren at Sherman Theater and more…

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Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Communion Residency at Milkboy features Athens, GA based outfit Mothers. Performing in the gritty rock and roll vein of Those Darlins’ and Alabama Shakes, Mothers are prepping for the release of their debut LP When You Walk a Long Distance. Listen to their latest single “Copper Mines” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ showcase here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Kung Fu Necktie, Satellite Hearts at Ortlieb’s, Greensky Bluegrass at Union Transfer

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Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

This isn’t something we get to say very often: Literature play Kung Fu Necktie tonight before heading out on tour in Japan. The local indie pop outfit released its second full-length record Chorus in 2014, though Japanese label Waterslide Records picked it up for a physical release last year (along with the band’s debut LP Arab Spring). Get your Literature fix while you can; tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Check out “The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything” below.

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Watch Lucius get bizarre in new video for “Something About You”

Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist
Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop band and XPN favorites Lucius have premiered their new video for “Something About You”, a single from upcoming album, Good Grief.

The Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, released their first album, Wildewoman, in 2013. The band continues to experiment with electronic influences while not shying away from their catchy dance-pop tendencies. Continue reading →

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Listen to Polica’s urgent new single “Wedding,” see them at Union Transfer

Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist
Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis electronic rock outfit Polica returns this spring with a new LP called United Crushers and a gig at Union Transfer on Monday, April 25th. This week the band gave fans a taste of their latest single, “Wedding,” after announcing the album back in the fall with “Lime Habit.” Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh tells Stereogum that the song has an urgent message inspired by current events. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Houndmouth will headline Union Transfer in April

Houndmouth | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Midwestern indie-roots crew Houndmouth is heading out on a spring tour this year in support of their rollicking 2015 outing Little Neon Limelight and just announced a Philly stop on April 22nd to headline Union Transfer. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, January 22nd at noon. Continue reading →

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Stop everything, it appears that Lush is coming to Union Transfer in September

Lush | Photo by Gabriel Green | courtesy of the artist
Lush | Photo by Gabriel Green | courtesy of the artist

Oh man oh man oh man, this is something I’ve been waiting for since word got out that iconic Brit rock outfit Lush was kicking back into active mode after 20 years. With high-profile gigs announced at The Roundhouse in London, the Academy in Manchester and Terminal 5 in New York – and a retrospective box set on 4AD Records that is already sold-out – it appears that the band will be making a stop in Philly (it’s first since The Trocadero in August of 1996) at Union Transfer on Thursday, September 22nd. At least if a Union Transfer FB event and Ticketfly page are to be believed (it’s not listed anywhere on the UT website, or the band’s). Tickets for the show apparently go on sale Friday, January 22nd at noon. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Jenny Lewis to Union Transfer on February 2nd

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Hypothetical question for you this morning: if real life is like Bill Murray, and there’s a concert on Groundhog Day with Jenny Lewis headlining Union Transfer, does that mean that the acclaimed indie rock singer-songwriter will play Philly for all of eternity? I would be so down with that. Continue reading →