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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Fort Lean at Ortlieb’s and more…

Of Montreal
Of Montreal | photo via Facebook

Of Montreal perform at Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Aureate Gloom LP. It’s the thirteenth studio record from the Athens, Georgia band, showing a continued focus on evolving their sound and keeping up an element of surprise. Aureate Gloom streamed on NPR Music’s First Listen ahead of its release last week and has already received praise from publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Listen to “Empyrean Abattoir” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Bourbon and Branch, Darla at Franky Bradley’s, Murder by Death at Union Transfer and more

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography
Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography

Experimental Philly trio Square Peg Round Hole headlines Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight. With a sound based on percussion, vibraphones and electronics, the band is rhythmic and melodic, occupying a unique space between jazz and ambient post-rock. Tickets and information on their show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Justin Townes Earle at Sellersville Theater, Mitski at Union Transfer

Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield Three | photo by Johnny Anguish

The Juliana Hatfield Three headline the first of two nights at Boot & Saddle tonight. Returning to the original line-up from the early nineties, the band released its first record in over two decades with this year’s Whatever, My Love. The current tour, though, is billed as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are and has the group performing their seminal debut in its entirety. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here (tomorrow night is already sold-out) and watch their video for the classic “Spin the Bottle” below.

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Best Coast celebrates its home state in “California Nights”

Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast
Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast

Rock duo Best Coast pays tribute to the California terrain and state they call home in the new  video for “California Nights.” It’s the title track for their third album, and it gives us a glimpse of what the new songs are all about: “California nights make me feel so happy I could die.” The sentiment by lead vocalist Bethany Cosentino is as beautiful as it is haunting. Continue reading →

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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 →