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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 →

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Just Announced: Corinne Bailey Rae will headline Union Transfer in September

Corinne Bailey Rae | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Corinne Bailey Rae | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

After wowing the crowd at a sold-out NonCOMM Free At Noon last month, UK singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae just announced her return to Philadelphia: on Tuesday, September 13th, she’ll headline Union Transfer in support of her new LP The Heart Speaks in Whispers. Tickets to the all ages show go on sale this Friday, June 10th, at noon – more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video for “Been to the Moon.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purity Ring at Union Transfer, Jackson Browne at American Music Theater, Lord Huron at The Fillmore

 

Purity Ring | Photo by Renata Raksha | courtesy of the artist
Purity Ring | Photo by Renata Raksha | courtesy of the artist

Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring released their sophomore album Another Eternity last year, and their tour to support the record continues at Union Transfer tonight. Opening the show will be Braids and Born Gold. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach Slang at Union Transfer, Ground Up at Bourbon and Branch, Live From The Lot at Electric Factory, and more…

Beach Slang
Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

There might have been some rumors that punk rockers Beach Slang were going to break up recently, but their response? “If you’re still in, we are.” Well so are we. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight to light the venue on fire with blood, sweat, and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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In the dungeon, Homeboy Sandman’s “God” is as dope as ever

Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas via Stones Throw
Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas via Stones Throw

Dungeon is a dark word, but that’s the name Stones Throw Records gave their studio sessions series. Homeboy Sandman, the Queens-based rapper with ties to Philly (he went to school here), is signed to the venerable hip-hop label, and with his new record out now and a tour on the way, he filmed a Dungeon Session version of his song “God,” which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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All The World Is a Stage: Parquet Courts Bring “Human Performance” to Union Transfer

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

Everyone has that one friend who’s really into irony. The kind of guy who moved to Brooklyn to make handcrafted recycled furniture and says “sports” at parties to get an easy laugh. Whenever friends come to visit from out of town, they always ask “What’s the Brooklyn of Philadelphia?” (Fishtown) — I constantly find myself asking, “What’s the Brooklyn of the music world?”The answer, my friends, is Parquet Courts.

Brazenly sardonic, the foursome of Brooklyn-based punks waxed both eloquent and ineloquent on topics myriad on Wednesday night at Union Transfer, bouncing around the stage at warp speed. In support of brand-new record Human Performance, the show found the band in the early stages of a large tour. But it was clear from both the band’s tight-knit synergy and the crowd’s frothing reaction that the Philadelphia stop was anything but a warm-up date. Continue reading →

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Parquet Courts to enact human performance at Union Transfer

Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Parquet Courts kinda keep you guessing.  They may be the most fascinating and distinctive rock band to emerge this decade.  But it’s frustratingly hard to parse exactly what they’re up to.  Are their many quirks (linguistic, aesthetic, compositional, vocal) ingenious idiosyncrasies or insufferable affectations?  Are they slackers or stoners or hipsters or goofballs?  Art-punk philosopher-poets or sardonic, smirking smart-asses?   All of the above, possibly.  Or maybe they’re just some thoughtful dudes with well-thumbed post-punk collections and a knack for obliquely infectious guitar riffs. Continue reading →