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No better way to spend a Monday; Jose Gonzalez kicks off his North American tour at Union Transfer

Jose Gonzalez / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Jose Gonzalez / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Day one of his North American tour, and Jose Gonzalez packs Union Transfer to full capacity; not too shabby. But this was no frenzied or out-of-control crowd. Despite being shoulder-to-shoulder from balcony to floor, the evening was rather docile and intimate; something that Icelandic singer songwriter Olof Arnalds noticed right off the bat during her opening set Continue reading →

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BC Camplight returns to Philly for summer show at Union Transfer

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

Eclectic pop artist BC Camplight is making a return to Philly for his biggest hometown show to date. Now based out of the UK, the project of local native Brian Christinzio will headline Union Transfer on June 9.

BC signed to London-based label Bella Union in 2014 and released his latest, atmospheric LP, How To Die In The North earlier this year. The album is a robust collection of 70s psychedelic, soul and rock sounds. Tickets for the show go on sale this Fri., Apr. 10 and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out “You Should Have Gone To School” from How to Die below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, SHIFT Showcase at Underground Arts, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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A Born Performer: Father John Misty brings humor and heartache to Union Transfer

Father John Misty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Father John Misty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Atop a velvety-red high school talent show style curtain, life flickers nervously into a heart-shaped neon sign that reads, “No Photography” as if it has watched over the old Spaghetti Warehouse floor for years. Father John Misty’s band takes the stage and greets the sold-out Union Transfer crowd’s ovation with the swelling intro to I Love You, Honeybear, the title track off Misty’s cherished 2015 love-LP. Josh Tillman, the man behind the moniker, prances on stage donning black head-to-toe, topped with a big ol’ hat I can only assume he snagged from the Scarecrow of Oz in exchange for some ‘shrooms and a private show. After staggering about the the stage bathed in blood-red light, his golden pipes a-blazin’ microphone stand a-flailin’, Father John bids us goodnight and his roadies begin unplugging guitars and packing up. Concert over. Continue reading →

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Honesty and Integrity: Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield on music, Philly and Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

Next week, returning Philly resident Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, will grace Union Transfer with a performance of songs from her highly anticipated third album Ivy Tripp, also arriving next week on Merge Records. In preparation for her sort-of homecoming, I gave Katie a ring to chat about the new album as well as her love for Philly, Jenny Lewis, and living with confidence and integrity as an artist. Continue reading →

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Stream The Mountain Goats’ Beat the Champ before their upcoming Union Transfer show

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gotwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gotwals

Q: What happens when you mix old-school professional wrestling and folk trio The Mountain Goats?

A: Beat the Champ, the group’s upcoming album available for streaming over on NPR’s First Listen. Much like their other albums, Beat the Champ plays like an energetic history lesson and insightful look into a niche environment. Continue reading →

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Listen to Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp, catch them at Union Transfer on April 8

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

With a tour about to start and a Union Transfer show slated for April 8th, Waxahatchee’s third full-length, Ivy Tripp, is currently streaming on NPR’s First Listen. We first got a taste of the release with the captivating singles “Air” and “Ivy Tripp”; listening to the whole album you can hear frontwoman Katie Crutchfield’s confidence loud in clear-cut, commanding vocals. Continue reading →

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From Waxahatchee to Smallpools, here are 5 Philadelphia concerts not to miss in April

Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools
Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools

Lots of celebrated musicians are headed to Philly in April, and a handful of shows are already selling out. If you’re bummed about not grabbing those Jose Gonzalez or Father John Misty tickets while you had the chance, head over to StubHub or catch tickets to these April shows while they’re still hot. (It goes without saying that we think Key Fest is a pretty rad three-day lineup over at MilkBoy too.) From electronic to folk, here are five Philadelphia concerts not to miss this month. Continue reading →