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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at Bourbon and Branch, Mercury Radio Theater at Underground Arts, W.C. Lindsay at Union Transfer

Sonnder
Sonnder | photo via Facebook

Early this month, local atmospheric rockers Sonnder kicked off a monthly singles project – one new digital track a month, culminating in a full album by December. The song “Drifter,” which kicked the series off, takes a more subdued and haunting approach to their sound compared to the band’s vibrant Thief EP from 2014, but where it goes from here is a total mystery – and we’re totally into following the journey. The band plays Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Wrapped Up in a Daydream: Listen to Jose Gonzalez’ thoughtful new single

Jose Gonzalez | Photo by Malin Johansson via Facebook.com/josegonzalezmusic
Jose Gonzalez | Photo by Malin Johansson via facebook.com/josegonzalezmusic

Swedish folk singer-songerwriter Jose Gonzalez has released a new single, “Leaf Off / The Cave,” a track off of his upcoming album Vestiges & Claws, scheduled to be released on Feb. 17. Luckily for us, Philly will be the first US-stop on his current tour, a slot at Union Transfer come April 6. Tickets can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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The Mountain Goats will bring a new album about pro wrestling and death to Union Transfer in April

The Mountain Goats | photo via mountain-goats.com
The Mountain Goats | photo via mountain-goats.com

John Darnielle has always used poetic language, whether it’s in writing lyrics for his indie folk band The Mountain Goats or in his first novel, “Wolf in White Van,” which was on the National Book Award for Fiction.

The ambitious songwriter (and recent new father) today announced the release of Beat the Champ, an upcoming Mountain Goats album about, what appears on the surface, wrestling. But deep down, of course, is lyricism outlining ideas that are “really more about death and difficult-to-navigate interior spaces than wrestling,” as Darnielle explains on the band’s website. Continue reading →

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New album, new sound: watch Title Fight’s “Rose of Sharon” video

Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

With the release of “Chlorine” back in December and now “Rose of Sharon,” Kingston PA rockers Title Fight have done a complete-180 with their style and sound. After signing to LA-based Anti- Records last year, the indie hardcore band announced the February 3rd release of Hyperview and began teasing it with videos. Continue reading →

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Moves Like Sam Herring: Future Islands gets down at Union Transfer

Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

If it was 2011, I’d say that Sam Herring has the proverbial “Moves Like Jagger.” But it’s not 2011. It’s 2015. Which is the year after 2014—the year that seemingly everyone and their grandmother woke up to the fact that Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has the moves like Samuel T. Herring. Saturday night, Herring and the Future Islands crew brought the grooves and moves that hallmark their wild style to Union Transfer, for the first of two very sold out shows. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chicano Batman at Underground Arts, Spaceship Aloha at Johnny Brenda’s, Meyhem at Union Transfer and more

Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist
Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist

Drawing on 60s and early 70s bossa, and samba, cumbia, psychedelia, and soul, Los Angeles four-piece Chicano Batman plays Underground Arts tonight. The retro-leaning Latin rockers released Cycles of Existential Rhyme last year, and will be joined by Las Cafeteras at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Read The Key’s interview with Chicano Batman here, and listen to “She Lives on My Block” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Hometown Heroes: Strand of Oaks hug it out, HEAL it up at Union Transfer

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

“You know, I’ve been doing this for a long, long time,” frontman-of-Oaks Tim Showalter said, “and for a while I was playing to like three people at shows—like you three… But now? All you people, in this place… incredible.” Showalter was clearly moved to see the massive turnout for their largest hometown set and largest headlining set to date.

After releasing one of 2014’s most quietly celebrated albums, Philly’s loneristic folk-rockers Strand of Oaks arrived back at home on Wednesday night after six solid months of touring. But that was all “just practice” for the main event. Hitting the stage to the sound of the Boss’ “Born in the USA,” it’s impossible to miss how important having a strong community presence is to them. Showalter’s unbridled giddiness to be playing the show belied the sheer unchecked slay of the evening—Oaks doesn’t fuck around when it comes to their music. Continue reading →