St. Vincent released her highly-anticipated new album MASSEDUCTION last month, the long-awaited follow-up to the artist’s 2014 self-titled outing. Tonight, Annie Clark, the mastermind force behind the St. Vincent moniker, brings her Fear The Future tour to the Electric Factory. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the Grammy-winner and frequently lauded guitar master in Philly — take a look back at her 2015 XPN Fest set here. Listen to “Los Ageless” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Following the release of his latest EP Harmony of Difference in September, Los Angeles-based jazz master Kamasi Washington brings his saxophone-driven tunes to Union Transfer tonight. Philly’s own Sun Ra Arkestra opens the show. Read The Key’s interview with Washington here, listen to “Truth” off the new EP below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Fall — at least for me — is time for sad folk music. As leaves are painted warmer, and breezes are swept colder, that somber sweet-spot of brittle-strummed melancholy whispers endlessly from my earbuds. And as these songs are often paired with hopeless, dismal lyrics, this seasonal soundtrack tends to be more than a little depressing.
Enter: The Lone Bellow’s exuberantly optimistic vein of folk, which will have none of this dispirited business. Though in no way strangers to feelings of pain and devastation, members Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Donehy Pipkin have an infectious ability to channel their wounds into earnest hopefulness.
The result is a sound that lets you wallow — but only if we’re all wallowing together in unison. A sound that says yes, life is very often the absolute worst, and don’t worry, we are going to croak out the intense heartache of it all. But we are also going to yell and shout and stomp and clap up a storm of unbridled joy.
All of which these moods were summed up immediately at today’s sold out Free at Noon, as the trio opened their acoustic set by belting the bluesy prayer, “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy,” off their newest album, Walk Into a Storm.Continue reading →
The wait is almost over forThe Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Not many groups have the personnel and vision to make the epic rock orchestral sound that Godspeed You! Black Emperor does so well. Luciferian Towers, GY!BE’s September release, is a colossal display of sound to say the least. With biblical undertones and an array of instruments, from violins to gripping electric guitar, the project is chapter after chapter of experimental gold. Continue reading →
Here’s some news we didn’t see coming: beloved Philly punks Swearin’,who broke up in 2015 after a several-year run, are reuniting. They’ll be joining indie rock icons Superchunk on the road next spring for a string of shows, and lucky for us the tour includes a stop at Union Transfer on April 4. Continue reading →
Indie music world’s cool and crooning folk-rock Queen, Angel Olsen, is putting together some unreleased B-side tracks to make up a “new” 12-song album titled Phases. Out on November 10th via Jagjaguwar, the release will feature the already-shared single, “Special,” along with the latest track, “Sans.” Continue reading →
Hamilton Leithauser played a stunning show at Johnny Brenda’s at the beginning of the year, and now he’s moving his expansive sound into a bigger space with a headlining gig at Union Transfer. Known as the former lead vocalist of the Walkmen, Leithauser released an album with Rostam last year and a song with Angel Olsen just a few weeks ago, which you can listen to below. Courtney Marie Andrews opens tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
2017 marks 10 years of U.S. Girls, and they’ll celebrate tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The long-running art-pop project of Meg Remy, U.S. Girls is preparing to release a follow-up to 2015’s Half Free. It’s Toronto-based expatriate Remy’s first Philly stop in a few years, and she’s bringing a nine-piece baking band with her, plus an opening set by Philly’s Long Hots. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →