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Ariel Pink sparkled at Union Transfer

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

If the first things you noticed about Ariel Pink were his royal blue-spiked heels, you were about to get doused in glitter. The rest of Union Transfer probably saw his messy bun, bouncing as he walked, as they watched from a distance. “We are Ariel Pink, and this is White Freckles,” he said as a frantic guitar began. Immediately there was glitter. A mosh pit of fans psyched off his new release, pom pom, began jumping and tossing entire jugs of glitter over the crowd.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ju-Taun at Milkboy, Heavenly Beat at Ortlieb’s, Ariel Pink at Union Transfer

Ju-Taun
Ju-Taun | photo via www.jutaun.com

South Jersey’s Ju-Taun open the show at Milkboy tonight. The roots rock trio of brothers are working on a record to follow up a pair of singles released over the last couple of years. “By the River” has a dark Southern rock vibe with bluesy guitar riffs and a sing-along chorus that would make fans of Delta Ray and Son Little feel at home. Watch the video for the single below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Ewert and The Two Dragons here.

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In Synesthesia: Kishi Bashi amazes at Union Transfer

Kishi Bashi | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Kishi Bashi | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

“It’s funny, you know?” said K Ishibashi on Wednesday night, “I used to be the best violinist in the Kishi Bashi Band.” The sold-out audience laughed uproariously, which caused K to chuckle a bit and look down abashedly. Now that he’s on tour with a string quartet—which features a professor of music—the former Of Montreal collaborator turned violin/beatbox/looping maestro is learning to share the limelight of his celebrated live shows. Continue reading →

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Came out Swinging | Celebrating 10 years of The Wonder Years and the fans that got them there

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

“Three days. 3,600 tickets. 10 minutes.” This was how Dan “Soupy” Campbell set the stage for fans as he started performing The Upsides on the first day The Wonder Years‘ 10th anniversary celebration.

This fact that the Philly favorites’ three-night stand  at Union Transfer wound up being such a hot ticket may have stunned the band, but was no real surprise for thousands of fans from around the country. They knew that they would have to be sitting next to their computer clicking refresh when the clock struck 10:00 a.m. to even have a shot at coming to this event. Over the past decade, The Wonder Years went from being a less-than-serious band playing basement shows in Philadelphia andVFW halls in Lansdale to redefining the genre of pop punk and amassing a legion of diehard fans in their wake.

We went to all three days of The Wonder Years’ anniversary shows to talk to those fans about what the band has meant to them over the years.  Continue reading →

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Five reasons I’m freaking out that Rainer Maria is playing Union Transfer in April

Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria

If I can remain calm and keep my hands steady enough to type this post, woah, wow, Rainer Maria. Rainer Freaking Maria, reunited and it feels so good, headlining Union Transfer in April, per an announcement just made this afternoon by R5 Productions. But wait, what’s the big deal, John? Some catching up for those who may not remember these stars of the emo / indie rock scene in the late 90s and early aughts - they’re an outstanding live band with a fierce power trio dynamic. Incredible vocals, incredible introspective lyrics, incredible arrangements and textures and rhythms. (Do I like the word “incredible” much? Maybe.) I’ve collected five of my favorite moments from the Rainer Maria catalogue below, and I am totally looking forward to screaming along to these when the band plays them on Saturday April 18th. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, and they’re insanely affordable. More details via the Union Transfer website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at World Cafe Live, Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra | photo via Facebook

Local jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra perform at World Cafe Live tonight. The ten-piece band is celebrating the release of their debut record From the Vine, out on Ropeadope Records yesterday. LP features nine original songs that show just how tightly these musicians vibe together. They move from contemporary jazz to Latin-influenced arrangemetns and abstract hip hop beats. Listen to “Sanguine” from the record below and pick up tickets for tonight’s all-ages show here.

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Listen to “Under A Rock” from Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com
Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com

Katie Crutchfield started her sincere and sensational indie rock project Waxahatchee back in 2011, and most recently announced in January that the band’s upcoming LP Ivy Tripp will drop April 7 via Merge Records.

Now we’ve got our hands on the album’s most recently-released track, “Under A Rock,” premiered today in a new music roundup by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Bad Suns at Union Transfer, Albert Lee at Sellersville Theater

Mumblr
Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com
Kensington’s Mumblr plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight with fellow locals Brown Rainbow and Fake Boyfriend. The four piece released Full of Snakes last fall, following up 2014′s Bang Bang EP and 2013′s White Jesus/Black God full-length with their most in-sync record to date. Later this week they’ll release a split with their friends in Clique, Loose Tooth and Ghost Gum (keep an eye on Bandcamp for its release). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here; watch Mumblr perform “Masturbation” for a Space Jam Session below.

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Bold: The Districts Take Charge at Union Transfer

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Even though I’ve seen The Districts five or six times in the past year, Saturday night was something else entirely. Anyone who’s seen them—whether it was at the Church or XPNFest or somebody’s basement or warehouse—knows that they put on one hell of a show. But where The Districts strength has previously seemed to flow from an introspective fount, the very sold-out release show for A Flourish and A Spoil on Saturday night at Union Transfer seemed powered by a limitless well of incredible proportions. Continue reading →

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Watch The Districts perform “4th and Roebling” and “Peaches” on Seth Meyers

The Districts on Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Districts on Late Night with Seth Meyers

In the early hours of this morning, Philly-via-Lititz rock four-piece The Districts took to television screens around the country – and at more than a few viewing parties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, no doubt – to play music from their brand new LP A Flourish and a Spoil, which came out this past Tuesday on Fat Possum Records. Continue reading →