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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 →
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 →
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 →
Philadelphia electropop duo Marian Hill has has a great year since hitting the XPoNential Music Festival stage last summer. They dropped the sweet Sway EP, headlined (and sold out) Boot and Saddle, covered Kanye, landed a song in a Taco Bell commercial and played Connor Barwin’s second annual Make The World Better benefit at Union Transfer.
Now they’re back at UT, this time for a headlining gig in October. Continue reading →
Kurt Vile has announced an upcoming tour with a stop with his band The Violators at Union Transfer on Friday, October 9th. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, June 19th at Noon. Opening the show in Philly is Luke Roberts and Waxahatchee. Vile also has announced a new album on the way, b’lieve i’m goin down, the followup to 2013′s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. There’s no set release date yet, but watch the teaser video below.
Whenever I walk into a venue, I look around and try to guess the median age of the crowd. Sometimes it’s for kicks, but sometimes it’s very telling about what the nature of the concert will be. I’ve walked into enough shows with the crowd brimming with high-school age teenagers to know that, should the crowd be of this age, the show will involve the bulk of the audience bobbing their heads and pretending to know the words. Alvvays at Union Transfer was very much an exception. Continue reading →
U.K. up-and-comers Drenge will headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their sophomore release, Undertow. The grunge rock band started as a duo of brothers playing guitar and drums, but they have since incorporated a bass player to create a new dynamic. Tonight’s show will be their second-to-last in the U.S. before they head off to play the European festival circuit. Watch their video for song “Running Wild” below and get tickets for their 21+ show with Made Violent here. Continue reading →
Minnesota jazz trio The Bad Plus perform at World Cafe Live. The group is touring in support of its new collaboration with sax player Joshua Redman, a record that balances traditional jazz playing with funky explorations. Listen to Tom Moon review the album for NPR’s All Things Considered here and check out “Dirty Blonde” below. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.
Paul Weller headlines Union Transfer tonight. The prolific musician is touring in support of last month’s Saturns Pattern LP, his 12th solo record. Weller began his career as the frontman for British punk / mod-rivivalist band The Jam in the 70s before transitioning to The Style Council in the 80s. Watch Weller perform the title track from his new record on Later… with Jools Holland below and pick up tickets for the concert here.