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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bird and The Bee at Underground Arts, Whaler at Boot & Saddle, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at Union Transfer

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The Bird and The Bee | photo courtesy of the artist

California indie pop outfit The Bird and The Bee headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin released their fourth studio LP Recreational Love last year, following a 2010 Hall & Oates tribute album (check out “I Can’t Go For That” here). This tour features Inara sans Greg, though she’ll still be joined by her stellar backing band. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Will You Dance?” below.

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Desire Lines: Brit rock icons Lush played a riveting reunion set at Union Transfer

Lush | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Lush | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

A line of fans of all ages trailed down Spring Garden Street last night, all the way around the corner at 11th and halfway down to Callowhill, waiting for Union Transfer’s doors to open for the return of British rock faves Lush.

Their anticipation was twenty years in the making for this reunion, another in a recent wave of local appearances from ‘90s dreampop bands. Just last month, in another 20th anniversary reunion tour, record label 4AD compatriots Belly played the same beloved Philly venue, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this week. And in December, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips of Luna and Galaxie 500 will play a Velvets tribute show, headlined by Yo La Tengo.

Each of these events is a highlight in its own right, and Lush’s stood out as special for all of the adoration. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Underground Arts, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s, Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Julien Baker makes a return visit to Philadelphia for a show at Underground Arts tonight. The Memphis native brought her acclaimed Sprained Ankle debut to town earlier this year, wowing the audience with her gut wrenching but graceful songs about personal challenges and growth. Stream “Something” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Grayling here.

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After six years, Envy on the Coast returns for Reincarnation tour

Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Envy on the Coast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Punk, emo and post hardcore band reunion tours might have been the biggest trend in music in 2016. Everyone from Saosin to Thrice to At The Drive In returned to the stage this year. One of the more surprising additions to this trend was Envy on The Coast. The band played their last show in August of 2010 and swore to fans they would never get back together. This year the band reunited with two of its founding members, lead vocalist Ryan Hunter and guitarist / vocalist Brian Byrnes. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Seu Jorge will salute David Bowie at Union Transfer this fall

Seu Jorge | via Facebook

Here’s one for David Bowie fans and Wes Anderson fans alike: Seu Jorge, the São Paulo singer-songwriter whose acoustic renditions of Thin White Duke classics were a non-sequitur highlight of 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, is bringing his tribute back to Philly. Union Transfer just announced that Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute To David Bowie takes place on Monday, November 7th. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 5 at noon, and are $35. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: City of the Sun at Boot & Saddle, The World Is at The Foundry, Rakim at Union Transfer and more…

Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
City of the Sun at Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Instrumental trio City of the Sun headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The NYC group creates expansive soundscapes with their guitars and percussion, a kind acoustic version of the xx fused with moments of Latin-style guitar playing. To the Sun and All the Cities In Between was this year’s full-length release. Watch them perform “Those Days Are Now” for Sofar Sounds below; tickets for the 21+ show with My Son Bison can be found here.

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Nothing brings “Tired Of Tomorrow” home with a special record release show

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Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Back in May, the Philly boys in Nothing announced a 30+ day long tour with Culture Abuse and WRONG in support of their second and most recent album, Tired Of Tomorrow. However, the last four days of this tour were something special. Although WRONG wasn’t able to join, Nothing did a small four day run with Culture Abuse, Citizen, and Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler at the end of their tour. On Friday night, July 8th, this tour made its way to Philly, which was definitely monumental for these dudes considering it was the band’s official record release show for Tired Of Tomorrow in their hometown. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: WXPN Welcomes Marian Hill to Union Transfer in October

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Friday will be a very special day for fans of Marian Hill — you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the band’s debut effort Act One AND tickets to see them live at Union Transfer on Friday, October 14th. WXPN Welcomes home the Philly electro-pop unit of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol that has already had a busy summer playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball. Continue reading →

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Hinds bring the party to a Monday night at Union Transfer.

Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

After a terrible weekend, I believe that many of us needed a release.  Monday isn’t a prime party day, but I needed the positivity, I needed the community, and I hadn’t really planned it, but I needed this Hinds concert at Union Transfer.  Their unbridled optimism, mixed with a hard dose of good old rock and roll was what plenty of people needed.  Garage, lo-fi, whatever you wanna call it, it’s undeniably fun. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lake Street Dive to headline two nights at Union Transfer this October

Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Boston luminaries Lake Street Dive just announced their return to Philly, following a headlining engagement at The Fillmore in support of their new record Side Pony. (See photos here.) The band will headline Union Transfer on back-to-back nights this fall, on Tuesday, October 11th, and Wednesday, October 12th. Continue reading →