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Just Announced: Wavves and Beach Fossils co-headline Union Transfer in November

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Wavves | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

West Coast rockers Wavves team up with Brooklyn boys Beach Fossils to embark on one of the best indie rock tours of the fall season. I, for one, am a fan of stacked bills, and it seems like the bands are too. Previously, Wavves shared a bill with Post Animal at The Foundry, Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr at the Electric Factory, and even FIDLAR at Johnny Brenda’s way back in 2013. Beach Fossils don’t mess around either, playing the Church with Snail Mail last year and Union Transfer with Kurt Vile in 2013. The two heavyweights now join forces (and bring along Hoops’ Kevin Krauter) to tour the country. Continue reading →

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Worriers and Beach Slang will open for The Hold Steady next week at Union Transfer

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Next week, The Hold Steady embarks on their long-awaited two night run at Union Transfer, and we’ve just caught word of who will be opening the shows. Night one on July 26 kicks off with indie favorites Beach Slang, who are making a quick return to town after performing at Underground Arts last week in support of their latest album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening. The second night on July 27 brings punk outfit Worriers, the project of Philly-based musician Lauren Denitzio, to the stage; they recently toured with The Wonder Years after releasing their sophomore album Survival Pop last fall. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lykke Li will bring new album so sad so sexy to Union Transfer in October

Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli

It’s been four years since Swedish indie pop icon Lykke Li‘s last album, and since we last saw her in Philly. But the wait for new music is over, and along with the release of her new LP so sad so sexy, out today, comes news that the songwriter will return our way to headline Union Transfer on October 8. Continue reading →

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Maggie Rogers shines at a sold out Union Transfer

Maggie Rogers | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Maggie Rogers looked like a star Thursday night, headlining a sold out show at Union Transfer. And I mean literally. Decked out in a stellar jumpsuit/cape combo, covered in stars, eyes, hands, and flowers, she rocked the stage with her songs backed by a full band. Rogers kicked off her North America tour in Philly, playing through the entirety of her repertoire since her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading was released last year on Capitol Records, as well as a few new songs from her upcoming full-length album. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Gallant and Jamila Woods will play Union Transfer in October

Gallant | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Jamila Woods | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN /

R&B artist Gallant announced his upcoming Fall headlining “Too Good To Be” tour, which includes a stop at Union Transfer. The name of the tour is quite fitting, considering fellow ascendant R&B star Jamila Woods is joining Gallant for the first leg of the tour.

Gallant broke onto the scene with the release of his debut album, 2016’s Ology, and rode that wave of success well into 2017, opening for John Legend on his “Darkness and Light” tour. While no official release date has been set for the highly anticipated follow-up album, Gallant has released two new songs, “Gentlemen” in April, and “Doesn’t Matter” just earlier today. Continue reading →

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We’re All In This Together: Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff play an empowering set at Union Transfer

Waxahatchee | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Co-headlining shows can be a tricky business. For the audience, it adds an air of mystery and unpredictability — who will go on first? How long will each set be? A good deal of planning has to go into it on the artists’ end, too — how do they settle it? Perhaps a coin toss?

For Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff, though, none of these questions seemed to be an issue. Some quick sleuthing seems to indicate that the two headliners, currently on tour together, have been alternating the order they play each night. That way everything’s perfectly fair and amicable — as the stage backdrop that framed the powerhouse acts read, “We’re All in This Together.”

This worked out just fine for last night’s Union Transfer audience, who was equally excited to welcome back hometown hero Waxahatchee and XPN Fest alum Hurray for the Riff Raff. Continue reading →