Deer Tick announce two new records, playing Union Transfer in December

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Deer Tick | photo via band’s Facebook page

If you were at the Non-COMM Music Meeting last month, you got some insider information that Deer Tick would be releasing new material this fall. News went public last week when the band announced not one but two (!) new albums, both set to drop on September 15th via Partisan Records, and today they’re piling on a Twice Is Nice Tour that stops at Union Transfer on December 1st.

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Just Announced: The Lone Bellow release single, announce new album and show at Union Transfer

The Lone Bellow | courtesy of the artist

The Lone Bellow‘s got a hooplah of good news for you today. In addition to sharing a new single titled “Time’s Always Leaving,” the passionate folk rockers have announced a September 15th release date of their new album, Walk Into a Storm, and a fall tour that will end with a celebration of their lively tunes at Union Transfer. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Get swept away in Japanese Breakfast’s melancholy ballad, “Boyish”

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Michelle Zauner’s Japanese Breakfast just blessed us with a second single in anticipation of her upcoming (and very eagerly awaited) sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which is due out on July 14th on Dead oceansTraveling back in time from the futuristic, electro-pop dance party of “Machinist” comes the 50’s reminiscent, somber and sweeping ballad of “Boyish.” Continue reading →


Play It Right: Sylvan Esso at Union Transfer

Sylvan Esso | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |


It’s hard to imagine many bands that are more just plain fun than Sylvan Esso. And last weekend during two very sold-out shows at Union Transfer, they both had fun performing and shared their magical sense of passion and humor with an adoring crowd of fans. I had been waiting to see the band again for almost two years, since first encountering them in Wisconsin at Justin Vernon’s inaugural Eaux Claires festival — and getting to see their explosive presence touring behind the just-released What Now did not, of course, disappoint. Continue reading →


Whitney bring the joyous Light Upon The Lake to Union Transfer

Whitney | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

On Monday night, Chicago indie rock band Whitney, who released their acclaimed debut Light Upon The Lake last year, played to fans both young and old at a packed Union Transfer. “This might be the biggest room we’ve played so far,” remarked vocalist/drummer Julian Ehrlich. “Get used to it!” exclaimed a voice from the audience, and he’s right. This talented six-piece, playing a modern version of soul/country-infused indie rock with catchy, cathartic melodies, only has larger rooms in front of them.

“The last time we were here in Philadelphia,” said Ehrlich, “We played at Johnny Brenda’s and there were five people there.” Whitney was started by Ehrlich (formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and guitarist Max Kakacek (of the disbanded Smith Westerns) in Chicago in 2015. Their set, which lasted a little over an hour, was made up of all the songs from their record, with a couple new ones thrown in as well. Continue reading →


NonCOMM Recap: Downbeat surfer vibes flood Real Estate’s set

Real Estate | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

“Hope everyone’s doing okay out there out in noncommercial radio land,” Real Estate bassist, Alex Bleeker offered out to the packed upstairs crowd.

And radio land was definitely doing okay. Much more than okay, thanks to Real Estate’s infectious, upbeat set, where the easy-going four-piece treated radio land goers to new tracks off their recently released album, In Mind. Which the tongue-in-cheek band more than a few times said was already certified platinum, in a jokingly forced-nonchalant tone. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jesus and Mary Chain at Union Transfer, Temples at Underground Arts

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The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick

Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain headline Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Damage and Joy LP. Released in March, the record marked the duo’s first new material since 1998 and despite the nearly 20-year break, the music is still just as hooky, just as 90s. Check out “Always Sad” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Against Me!’s tour with Bleached and The Dirty Nil comes to Union Transfer this fall

Against Me! | photo via

Rolling off an angst-filled tour opening for Green Day, punk rock favorites Against Me! has announced a headlining tour of their own, with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil.

Against Me! will be performing their most recent album, Shape Shift With Me, which is the band’s seventh full-length album. Serving as an honest portrayal of sex, love, and heartbreak, frontwoman Laura Jane Grace discusses in a press release her songwriting choice of focusing on personal narratives rather than politics. Continue reading →


The Afghan Whigs announce North American tour, hitting Union Transfer in September

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

With The Afghan Whigs releasing their new record In Spades this week, it was about damn time for them to get back on the road. Thankfully, we got our wish as the band announced a spanning North American tour in the fall, landing in our fair city for a gig at Union Transfer on September 12th. Support will come from Har Mar Superstar on all dates.

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