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Watch Kurt Vile bust out a jam with Tinariwen at Union Transfer

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Last night, Tinariwen took over Union Transfer for a night of relaxed jams, and while the Tuareg artists blew away the crowd with tunes and tones from the African desert, they wanted to throw a little bit of this city in.

Out of nowhere, Philly’s own Kurt Vile came on stage (introduced with an endearing “This is our friend…. It’s okay?”), sitting in on their atmospheric song “Tiwayyen”, a tune he guested on on the band’s new record Elwan.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinariwen at Union Transfer, Oddisee at TLA, John Patitucci & Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live, and more

Tinariwen | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Grammy-award winning Tuareg group Tinariwen will bring their sweeping sounds of the Sahara to Union Transfer tonight. The Malian rockers recently released their album, Elwan, which features contributions from Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. Find more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and take a trip to a rock show in the desert by watching the video for “Sastanàqqàm” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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Mitski transforms One Direction’s song, “Fireproof,” into a fuzz rock jam

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

One Direction was never really my cup o’ tea. My boy band quota was already filled to max capacity with ‘N SYNC and some select Backstreet Boys ballads. So when I heard Mitski recorded a cover of 1D’s song, “Fireproof,” I was totally intrigued to hear how she would spin the bubble-gum pop track. And, of course, being the badass indie queen that she is, Mitski’s cover grabs the song by the throat and commands it to be her own. Continue reading →

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PWR BTTM’s new song “LOL” showcases expansive depth

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PWR BTTM | photo by Ebru Yildiz

PWR BTTM has been releasing pure gold tracks in anticipation of their upcoming (and incredibly highly-anticipated) sophomore album, Pageant. Songs “Big Beautiful Day” and “Answer My Text” have already shown that this album is going to be amazingly beautiful, and their newest release, “LOL” underlines, bolds, and all-caps that statement. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, Alice Bag at Union Transfer, and Maxwell Stern at Boot & Saddle

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Hippo Campus | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Minnesota’s Hippo Campus bless Union Transfer tonight in support of their debut full-length Landmark. The four-piece stuff indie pop and explode it to area-sized proportions, sporting anthemic hooks while saving guitar music one tune at a time. 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: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saba at The Trocadero, Big Thief at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at Ortlieb’s and more

Saba | via sabapivot.com
Saba | via sabapivot.com

The Trocadero plays host to a loaded concert headlined by Chicago’s Saba. His big production rap nips at the heels of Chance the Rapper, relying on some classic flow to send his way into the musical wheelhouse of every hip-hop fanatic, and his Bucket List Project was one of last year’s highlights. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw announce new record spin and US tour with the popping power of “Guardian”

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scrantonites Tigers Jaw are freaking back, and man are they better than ever. The duo announced their fifth full-length spin, due out on May 13th through producer Will Yip’s new Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement Records. The announcement also came with a behind-the-scenes music video for the record’s first single “Guardian” and plans for a full US tour set to hit Union Transfer on June 23rd.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Johnny Brenda’s, The Magnetic Fields at Union Transfer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at World Cafe Live and more…

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Waxahatchee leads a fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. the Philadelphia-via-Alabama musician released a pair of critically acclaimed records in Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. Tonight, her solo set is preceded by Mary Lattimore and Hot Tears. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch “Dixie Cups and Jars” below.

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