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Miniature Tigers joined the crowd (and vice versa) at Union Transfer

Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Miniature Tigers stopped by Union Transfer on Friday night and put on a show for their record books, their self-reported best show ever in Philly. I had seen Miniature Tigers two years ago when they opened for fun. on their Some Nights tour, but since then had forgotten how much fun their live show is, and how enthusiastic and grateful they are for all the reception they get. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DJ Cash Money at Rittenhouse Square, The Strypes at Union Transfer, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and more…

DJ Cash Money
DJ Cash Money | photo courtesy of the artist

DJ Cash Money opens this week’s free concert at Rittenhouse Square, presented by Philly Weekly.  The legendary turntable master started his DJ career in Philadelphia in the eighties, coming up alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff.  He’s credited with creating a number of DJ techniques, including the “Pee Wee Herman” scratch and the “Babuggamas” scratch.  Check out his moves tonight, along with Pablo Batista and Worldtown Sound System – more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo and the Bunnymen at Union Transfer, Rosanne Cash at Longwood Gardens

Echo and the Bunnymen
Photo by James Christopher | via facebook.com/TheBunnymen

Evocative Liverpool outfit Echo and the Bunnymen headlines Union Transfer tonight, and reports from its summer tour indicate that the band is drawing from across its 36-year catalog of catchy post-punk in this run of shows. Hits like “The Killing Moon” and “Bring on the Dancing Horses” are in the mix, as well as a variety of deep cuts and selections from its new LP Meteroites, released this year. Also listen for some sweet covers – a Brooklyn Vegan rundown of the band’s two-night stand at Irving Plaza showed covers of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and The Doors’ “People Are Strange.” Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video to “Lips Like Sugar.” Continue reading →

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You asked for more Lake Street Dive? We’re bringing it.

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Lake Street Dive brought their soulful sound to the XPNFest River Stage just over a week ago, but we’ve already heard Philadelphia anxiously asking about their next performance in the area. We’re thrilled to announce that Tuesday Nov. 17 and Wednesday Nov. 18, XPN Welcomes Lake Street Dive to Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter and From Indian Lakes put on killer triple bill at Union Transfer

Photo by Cameron Pollock
Photo by Cameron Pollock

Part of why I sought out a position as a writer and photographer at XPN is so I could constantly be exposed to new artists and new musical directions. I’ve found so far that my favorite method of discovery since hopping onboard XPN’s contributor list is by discovering bands at concerts. I’ve learned of myriad artists in this manner, including Strand of Oaks, Parquet Courts, and The 1975. On a warm summer night at Union Transfer, I had the pleasure of discovering and subsequently falling in love with three mind-blowingly fantastic acts: From Indian Lakes, The Dear Hunter, and Rx Bandits.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ex Hex at Johnny Brenda’s, Sun Kil Moon at Union Transfer, Bronze Radio Return at Haddon Lake Park

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/EX-HEX/174274669425857

Ex Hex is the new project from Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Wild Flag).  Their newest single “Don’t Wanna Lose” is explosive from the outset; it is loud, in your face and full of girl power.  Listen below and see their show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s along with Hospitality and local fuzz-pop outfit Hurry.  This show is 21+. Continue reading →

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Welcome back Cheers Elephant, so long Toy Soldiers, Friday night at Union Transfer

Cheers Elephant | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Cheers Elephant | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

You say goodbye, I say hello. Cheers Elephant, who have traded in the urban landscapes for greener west coast pastures, had a bit of a homecoming Friday night at Union Transfer. Welcoming all manner of friends and family (I think that most of the audience was on the guest list), the indie psych-rockers brought back a bunch of energy and sunshine with them. While L.A. may be kind to them, there is nothing quite like going in to that bar where everybody knows your name. While they may have been absent for a while, the real star of the double bill was another local group: Toy Soldiers.

Saying goodbye (for now, anyhow. Ask The Dismemberment Plan how long any group with strong ties to their hometown can really stay away) Ron Gallo, Dominic Billett, Bill McCloskey, Matt Kelly and Luke Leidy, brought on a slew of special guests to help them celebrate. Local heroes for the better part of a decade, with numerous awards and accolades to back up the claims, the blues/country/alt rockers kicked off the night covering the perennial Semisonic hit “Closing Time” before settling in to their extensive catalogue. Sprinkling in a healthy dose of dry wit, Ron and friends made it clear that they were not leaving Philly behind, but rather focusing on projects that will, hopefully, help expand the local music scene, including launching a record label.

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Sage Francis laid it all out for his fans at Union Transfer

Sage Francis | photo by Matthew Shaver
Sage Francis | photo by Matthew Shaver

Not one to shy away from his emotions, Sage Francis prefers to push them in to the mosh pit, and let the crowd shake them up for a while.  Stopping by Union Transfer earlier this month in support of his new album, Copper Gone, the prolific artist put it all out there, literally.  Between songs, and stomping on stage, the ever gruff Sage took time to remove his toupee, pull down his pants, and issue a non-apology for playing mostly new stuff.  It was a short set, but the man has charisma, and the crowd ate it up.

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Recently reunited Slowdive announces U.S. Tour, playing Union Transfer 10/23

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

Hazy UK faves Slowdive are back together and will begin a North American tour this fall; the dates include a Union Transfer show on October 23rd. The band, whose early 90s album pioneered the dream-pop genre, recently performed at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona and will play Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this weekend.  Tickets for their Philly show go on sale on July 18th, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Slowdive play “Golden Hair” below at Primavera Sound.

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Kopecky Family Band headlining Union Transfer in October

Photo by Joe del Tufo
Photo by Joe del Tufo

XPN favorites Kopecky Family Band have announced a tour date at Union Transfer this fall. The Nashville six-piece, who delivered not one but TWO energetic sets at XPoNential Festival last summer, have been all-but-nonstop touring since the release of their 2012 LP, Kids Raising Kids. You can catch them return to Philadelphia on Friday, October 17th; tickets will become available here Friday at noon. You can revisit the band’s performance on the Marina Stage last summer here, and watch the video for “Change” below.