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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pouty at Boot and Saddle, The Kills at Union Transfer, Milk & Bone at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Pouty
Pouty | Photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Rachel Gagliardi brings her four-piece punk outfit Pouty to Boot and Saddle tonight to open for Long Island’s Tender Defender (formerly Latterman). After spending a year and change in California when her first band Slutever moved across country, Gagliardi returned to Philly back in December, and brought a bit of a poppy West Coast sensibility with her, along with the new project, which she started as a solo project in LA. Joining her in the live band are Cat Park of Amanda X, Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy and Evan Bernard of Superweaks. Also performing tonight is Podacter. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Late Greats at Ortlieb’s, Barns Courtney at Milkboy, Magic Man at Union Transfer and more…

The Late Greats
The Late Greats | photo courtesy of the artist

We met local rockers The Late Greats in a profile last month, and now is your chance to see the band live. They’ll bring their recent Kids You Knew EP to Ortlieb’s tonight, which The Key described as “Weezer covering the Buzzcocks or Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.” Check out “Lost Highway” below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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How Jonathan Richman – stone-mason, meditator and my personal rock’n’roll hero – became my pen pal

Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist
Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist

Jonathan Richman will forever be best known, among a certain perennial segment of cool kids, for The Modern Lovers, a collection of disowned demo tapes by his teenage rock band that, depending who you ask, possibly maybe invented punk music.  2016 happens to mark the 40th anniversary of that record’s 1976 release (although it was recorded several years earlier.) 

But it’s hard to imagine an artist less likely to commemorate such a milestone, in today’s customary, backward-gazing fashion.  Richman turned his back on anything resembling punk as we know it – while deeply, radically embodying its contrarian ethos – with the light-hearted ‘50s-style ditties and goofy, childlike glee of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – which was also released in 1976, and which possibly maybe invented indie pop – and he’s never looked back.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japanese Breakfast at Ortlieb’s, Wolf Alice at Union Transfer, Roof Doctor at Lavender Town, and more…

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast holds the album release show for their acclaimed new LP Psychopomp. We’ve loved what we’ve heard so far: album singles “The Woman That Loves You”, “In Heaven”, and “Everybody Wants To Love You” have all rocked so far, and surely the rest of the album will too. Also performing will be Littler (who just released their new album Of Wandering) and Myrrias. More information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Savages at Union Transfer, The Felice Brothers at Ardmore Music Hall, Laura Stevenson at Boot & Saddle

Savages
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Post-punk outfit Savages headline Union Transfer tonight. The London-based band released its second LP Adore Life in January, stopping by The Late Show with Steven Colbert earlier this week to perform album single “Adore.” Check out the video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basia Bulat at Boot and Saddle, Jessy Lanza at Union Transfer, Carolyn Thorn at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Canadian indie folk singer Basia Bulat performs at Boot and Saddle tonight with Twin Lamb. Bulat, who performed a Free at Noon for XPN back in January, is touring to support recently released album, Good Advice (which was produced by Jim James). For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Still Life With Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn on Easter Sunday at Union Transfer

Titus Andronicus | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN
Titus Andronicus | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

I couldn’t make it home for Easter this year.

This was partly because it’s a long, long way to Scranton and also partly because I don’t own a car (and searching for a ride can be a drag), but it was also partly because I wanted to go see Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn at Union Transfer.

I had yet to see Titus Andronicus. I feel like it has been time and time again since high school that I have meant to and something has come up, but I wasn’t going to let Easter stop me this time. Especially since it was announced that supporting the New Jersey barnstormers would be Hold Steady frontman and storyteller general Craig Finn. Their No Faith, No Future, No Problem tour came to an end on Sunday night, finishing up in Philadelphia on Easter Sunday to rise from the dead and take no prisoners. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mayer Hawthorne to funk up Union Transfer in June

Mayer Hawthorne | Photo courtesy of the artist
Mayer Hawthorne | Photo courtesy of the artist

WXPN welcomes triple-threat soul singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne for his return to Philly this June, where he will be playing Union Transfer on Tuesday the 28th.

The part-time DJ, part-time rapper, part-time singer will be releasing his upcoming album Man About Town on April 8th. Hawthorne previously has released the Man About Town singles “Cosmic Love”, “Lingerie & Candlewax”, and “Love Like That.” Continue reading →

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Mutemath played an energized set to a sold-out Union Transfer

Mutemath | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Mutemath | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Modern rockers Mutemath played an awesomely upbeat set a sold-out crowd at Union Transfer on Friday night. The band is currently on a worldwide tour in support of their recently released fourth full-length album, Vitals, their first LP in four years. Band members Paul Meany (lead vocals, keyboards, keytar), Darren King (drums, percussion), Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (bass, vocals), and Todd Gummerman (guitar, vocals) showcased the latest music from Vitals, as well as favorites pulled from their back catalog. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young and Heartless at Millworks, Titus Andronicus at Union Transfer

Young and Heartless | Photo courtesy of the artist
Young and Heartless | Photo courtesy of the artist

Harrisburg, PA outfit Young and Heartless play a free show at Millworks in their hometown tonight. Stay Away, their Homeless Records debut, was released yesterday and features the dark and atmospheric “Noisecreep.” We premiered a video for that track earlier in the week (which you can also watch below) and caught up with frontman Jeremy Henninger to talk about the album – read that interview here. More information for the 21+ free show with Restorations, Creepoid and The Dirty Nil can be found here.

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