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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Radio Dept. at Union Transfer, John Coltraine Tribute at Underground Arts, Pat Finnerty’s Valentine’s Day Tom Petty Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept
The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept

Synthpop masters The Radio Dept. are taking over Union Transfer for the night, kicking off their US headling tour with Germans. The tour celebrates the band’s first record in six years, making tonight’s spectical a long awated one for some. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets cane be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Party with Strand of Oaks at Main Street Music to celebrate Hard Love

Strand of Oaks' Hard Love | courtesy of the artist
Strand of Oaks’ Hard Love | courtesy of the artist

Next Friday, February 17th, Tim Showalter’s project, Strand of Oaks, is throwing an in-store listening party at Manayunk’s Main Street Music to celebrate the debut of his newly released album, Hard Love — and it’s sure to be a grand ole’ time. Not only do party-goers get to jam out to some awesome new tunes, but those buying LP’s that night will also be treated to an on-the-spot, Showalter designed album sleeve, and have a chance at winning a cassette boom box also concocted by Showalter. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tangiers at Bourbon and Branch, Wood Brothers at Union Transfer, Lee Bains III and Glory Fires at Kennett Flash

Tangiers | Photo via facebook.com/tangiersband
Tangiers | Photo via facebook.com/tangiersband

Relaxed rock and roll kids Tangiers are heading to 2nd Street tonight for a headlining gig at Bourbon and Branch. Slyly combining a bit of dad rock with some bluesy hard rock elements, they make a fun sound perfect for drinking a cold one. The gig is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Esme Patterson at World Cafe Live, John Francis at Tin Angel, Parquet Courts at Union Transfer and more

Esmé Patterson | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Esmé Patterson | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The always fun Esme Patterson graces World Cafe Live, bringing her quirky style of alternative pop with local songwriter Abi Reimold. Blending power pop, post-punk and alt-country into a melodic sound is difficult, but comes out terrific on the other side. The gig is all ages, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Hurry at Union Transfer, Annie Haslam at Sellersville Theater and more…

Work Drugs
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs present their 6th annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle tonight. The tropi-pop outfit released Method Acting this past summer, a signature collection of songs that pair well with pool gazing and slow dancing. At the Holiday Spectacle, though, you can expect a festive mix of originals and Christmas covers like the one below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show with RFA here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at Union Transfer, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at The Barbary, The Roddenberries at Ardmore Music Hall

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey outfit Pinegrove join Kevin Devine and Petal at Union Transfer tonight. Just off of a Tiny Desk Concert appearance, the almost-hometown show wraps up a month and a half of touring behind this year’s excellent Cardinal LP. Album cut “Then Again” was captured on the roof of PhilaMOCA in June by The Key’s Jeremy Zimmerman; watch that video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Just Announced: Devendra Banhart will headline Union Transfer in March

Devendra Banhart | Photo by Jon Beasley and Isabelle Albuquerque | via facebook.com/devendrabanhart

This fall, singer and songwriter Devendra Banhart released Ape in Pink Marble, his ninth studio LP and second for the acclaimed indie imprint Nonesuch Records. The album is breezy, contemplative and a bit psychedelic, recalling artists from Syd Barrett, Lou Reed and Caetano Veloso to contemporaries like Beth Orton.

When Banhart broke into the national music conversation as part of what early-aughties tastemakers dubbed the “freak folk” movement, his sound was also low-key, introspective and definitely left-of-center; it wasn’t until releases like 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon and 2013’s Mala that he branched into more expansive production and elaborate arrangements.  The new release finds him going back to his roots and back inward in a pleasing manner, and Banhart just announced a run of winter dates in support of it, including a stop at Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 14th.  Continue reading →