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Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell showcase musical friendship at Union Transfer

Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

While walking east towards Union Transfer on Tuesday night, loud rain could be heard in the immediate distance. This was odd because no rain was falling where I was. Then, like out of a movie, I walked into a rainstorm. It was this otherworldly experience that ushered in a night of music with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell.

Playing behind Sing Into My Mouth, a covers album they recently released, Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and Bridwell (frontman of Band of Horses) showcased their musical friendship to a sold out crowd. Trading lead vocal duties and often singing in harmony, these old friends give their own folksy rock take to a number of varying tunes. Standout moments included Sade’s “Bulletproof Soul,” the unexpected Americana turn of Spiritualized with “The Straight and Narrow” and a rousing version of David Gilmour’s “There’s No Way Out of Here.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts, Milky Chance at The Mann

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Chris Farren took on Union Transfer

Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly native Dave Hause rocked an awesome homecoming show at Union Transfer on Wednesday night. A full band made up by his brother Tim on guitar and keys, a couple of friends on drums and bass, and Chris Farren on guitar and keys backed the punk rock singer-songwriter. Touring in support of his sophomore solo album Devour (2013), Hause played an energetic set of songs from it as well as his debut solo LP, Resolutions (2011). Midway through the set, the band left the stage for a little while so Hause could play a couple recently written songs solo. Throughout the entire set, the crowd sang along to the music loving every minute of it. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at Union Transfer, Sympathy and the Lion at Johnny Brenda’s, Gaslight Anthem at Chameleon Club

Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic
Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic

Philly native and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause brings his solo tour to Union Transfer tonight. With Rocky Votolato in support and Chris Farren manning the undercard, Hause will bring the sounds of his second solo record Devour to life for the hometown crowd. Arguably his best release to date, Devour finds Hause sonically and lyrically creating the perfect bridge between punk and anthemic rock. The show is all ages, doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. You can get tickets and more info on the show here, and you can check out the video for Hause’s “We Could Be Kings” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: SOAK at Boot & Saddle, Joie Kathos at The TLA, Archers of Loaf at Union Transfer and more…

Soak
Soak | photo via Facebook

Buzzing Irish artist SOAK plays Boot & Saddle tonight. Following up last year’s single release “Blud,” Bridie Monds Watson released her debut full-length Before We Forgot How to Dream earlier this month via Rough Trade. Her musical style is both intimate and expansive, lyrically hitting on nuanced emotions while incorporating strings, samples and atmospheric production. Check out the video for Sea Creatures below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Abi Reimold here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mudhoney at Union Transfer, Bacio at Boot and Saddle, Spaceship Aloha at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney's Facebook page
Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney’s Facebook page

Grunge-era icons Mudhoney head up a ridiculously good bill at Union Transfer tonight. Mark Arm and his bandmates have been doing their thing on and off for almost 30 years and are perhaps most notable (a) for their junk anthem “Touch Me I’m Sick” and (b) for being an influence on some band called Nirvana. Joining them are an incredible pairing of Philly acts; the sardonic shredders Pissed Jeans, and the anthemic punk power trio Amanda X. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamaaladeen Tacuma at World Cafe Live, Mike Gordon at Union Transfer, Worriers at Boot and Saddle and more

Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma

Prolific Philadelphia bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma makes an appearance at World Cafe Live tonight, sharing the stage with Saxofour. He got his start almost 40 years ago in the Prime Time ensemble with jazz great Ornette Coleman, and released a string of boundary-pushing solo albums in the 80s and 90s that abstractly dabbled in a variety of styles, from abstract free jazz to funk. In the late aughts he teamed up with guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour and drummer G. Calvin Weston in the trio Free Form Funky Freqs. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Rhett Miller’s video for the upbeat “Most in the Summertime”

 

Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Old 97s charismatic frontman Rhett Miller just released a music video for his song “Most in the Summertime” off new solo album The Traveller. It features Miller as the focal point while the scene around him changes from park to bar to bed and back again (look out for a cameo by Nicole Atkins, too!). The song is catchy and has that same Old 97′s energy we know and love. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Pratt at Boot and Saddle, The Lawsuits at Pastorius Park, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer and more

Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist
Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist

California singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt will take your breath away. Born in San Francisco, based in LA, Pratt’s minimal guitar meditations are easily comparable to Nick Drake and Karen Dalton. But even if you’re not familiar with those nuggets of 70s folk, Pratt’s music is still affecting. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released in January via Drag City Records and Pratt appears at Boot and Saddle tonight with XPN Artist to Watch Ryley Walker. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →