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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

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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…

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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 →