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Just Announced: Devendra Banhart will headline Union Transfer in March

Devendra Banhart | Photo by Jon Beasley and Isabelle Albuquerque | via facebook.com/devendrabanhart

This fall, singer and songwriter Devendra Banhart released Ape in Pink Marble, his ninth studio LP and second for the acclaimed indie imprint Nonesuch Records. The album is breezy, contemplative and a bit psychedelic, recalling artists from Syd Barrett, Lou Reed and Caetano Veloso to contemporaries like Beth Orton.

When Banhart broke into the national music conversation as part of what early-aughties tastemakers dubbed the “freak folk” movement, his sound was also low-key, introspective and definitely left-of-center; it wasn’t until releases like 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon and 2013’s Mala that he branched into more expansive production and elaborate arrangements.  The new release finds him going back to his roots and back inward in a pleasing manner, and Banhart just announced a run of winter dates in support of it, including a stop at Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 14th.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Mike Gordon at Union Transfer

Mike Gordon
Mike Gordon | photo courtesy of the artist

When he’s not ripping on bass in Phish, the versatile Mike Gordon is making music of his own. His fourth solo album, Overstep, was released in 2014, and it was a breezy collection of dubified funk; he followed it up the following Record Store Day with The Last Step, a 10″ vinyl EP, and his fall 2016 tour brings him to Union Transfer tonight. Tickets to the all ages show are still available, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darla at Boot and Saddle, Katie Ellen at First Unitarian Church, Hawkwind at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band
Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band

Boot and Saddle gets one hell of show as fusion jazz hounds Darla take the stage, celebrating the release of their newest record Darla Rolls the Dice! with Nik Greely & the Operators, as well as Roz and the rice cakes. The octet keeps it upbeat by blending their smooth brass instrumentation with grooving back beats, staging a great night of good times and great tunes. More information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calender, and also check out Darla’s visit to The Key for a intimate Studio Session here (and listen to the audio below!) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Union Transfer, Red Baraat at Exit 0 Jazz Fest and Anderson East at Ardmore Music Hall

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist
Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Andy Tennille | courtesy of the artist

Tonight Union Transfer will host North Carolina-based band Hiss Golden Messenger. The group touches on genres spanning from country, blues and rock. The show tonight is one of many stops on their Heart Like A Levee tour promoting their newest album released on October 7th via Merge Records. Check out the video for “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing” below, and click here for more information on this all ages show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

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Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Magnetic Fields will spend two nights with 50 Song Memoir at Union Transfer next year

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Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields | photo courtesy of the artist

After sharing details about their forthcoming 50 Song Memoir LP last spring, The Magnetic Fields have now announced a run of tour dates in support of the album. The indie rockers will bring Memoir to Union Transfer on March 15th and 16th, 2017, playing it’s full 50-song track-list over the course of the two nights. The record, which marks Stephen Merritt and co.’s first collection of new material since 2012’s Love at the Bottom of the Sea, is scheduled for release early next year via Nonesuch.

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Seeing a whole new side of Marian Hill at Union Transfer

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Marian Hill has never had an issue defining their sound and standing out from their peers. The Philadelphia-based duo consisting of vocalist Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd continue to bridge genres with very minimalist electro-pop backdrops, velvety blues vocals, and early R&B influences. Touring with current collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Davit, the collective graced their home stage this past Friday, October 14th, at Union Transfer to give fans the proper show they’ve been waiting for from the local underdogs. Continue reading →