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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Underground Arts, Belle and Sebastian at The Tower Theater, B.C. Camplight at Union Transfer and more

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2′s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy 30th anniversary tour will stop at Union Transfer

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Shoegaze pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain have been busy with a year of touring to support the 30th anniversary of their 1985 debut, Psychocandy. The tour will finally make a stop at Union Transfer on September 22.

Led by brothers Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain is regarded as one of the best pop acts of the later 20th century. They’re regularly cited by the media on numerous “best ever” lists and by countless present-day bands as a major influence. With their abrasive attitude and reputation, the JAMC set the benchmark for music in the post-Sex Pistols punk scene. Jim Reid has said of the album:

Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all of those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry. In 1985 there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six month life span for the Mary Chain.

Their angry, violent, and abrupt 20-minute sets drowned in feedback stood in stark contrast to the beautiful, throbbing noise of Psychocandy. That sound is considered a landmark in recording for its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures. It’s easy to see the way they emulated classic 60′s pop groups like The Beach Boys, The Stooges, and the Velvet Underground, but made their own sound by burying it all in noise.

The album spawned the now-infamous singles ”Just Like Honey,” “My Little Underground” and “Never Understand”.

Tickets go on sale Friday 6/12. You can find them here.

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Listen to Connor Barwin’s guest DJ set on WXPN’s Top Five at 5

Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Next month, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin brings his Make The World Better campaign to Union Transfer for his second annual benefit concert, this year featuring Mac DeMarco, Marian Hill and The Suffers. Last year’s benefit was able to raise $170,000 to refurbish Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker with new playground equipment, a basketball court, a garden and more. This year, the goal is to do the same to Smith Playground, a 7-acre park in South Philadelphia, and last night Barwin joined Dan Reed on the air for a Top Five at 5 guest DJ set to preview the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Pond PA at Union Transfer, Israel Nash at Kable House, The Left Banke at Sellersville Theater

Matt Pond / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Matt Pond / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Acoustic indie favorites Matt Pond PA play Union Transfer tonight to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album Several Arrows Later. Released at the point when the Philadelphia / New York City outfit was beginning to emerge beyond the basements and bars where they built their fan base, it sounded like an arrival, with songs that crossed over into a bigger pop sound. Listen to “Halloween” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Three more reasons to love Dave Hause

Dave Hause. Source: hitthefloor.com
Dave Hause. Source: hitthefloor.com

Dave Hause has a lot on his plate right now, but that’s nothing new.

A native Philly singer-songwriter who has played in multiple area punk and hardcore bands, Hause is an expert at being in multiple places at once.

To bring you up to speed in case you’re not familiar, Hause got his start in short-lived punk acts The Curse and Paint it Black, but eventually hit gold when he formed The Loved Ones with former Kid Dynamite member Michael “Spider” Cotterman and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Trial By Fire and Purling Hiss, currently in Strand of Oaks). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s, Hound at Boot and Saddle, Sonnder at Union Transfer

Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Rowdy Brit rockets Palma Violets return to Philly tonight with a new album in tow. Danger in the Club is raw, yet anthemic, and should translate well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Check out the title track below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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One Big Neighborhood Party: Hop Along celebrates Painted Shut at Union Transfer

Hop Along | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Hop Along | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The last week has been full of excitement for Hop Along‘s new album Painted Shut, released Tuesday on Saddle Creek. It’s the Philly band’s third full-length album, but in a way, it was almost like its debut to a wider audience. On Saturday night, Hop Along headlined for a packed house at Union Transfer which, with local openers Thin Lips and Clique in tow, felt like one big neighborhood party. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital and more at L.O.T.S. Festival, Hop Along at Union Transfer, Nik Greeley at MilkBoy and more

Radiator Hospital | Photo by John Hanson | via Radiator Hospital’s Facebook
Okay, yes, obviously with our week full of coverage of Hop Along’s new album Painted Shut, we think you should go to the Hop Along show tonight. But you know what? The first Love on the Streets Festival to benefit the Paine’s Skate Park Funk is a daytime concert, and the music is just as great, making it the perfect pre-party. West Philly folky punk faves Radiator Hospital headline, along with pop anthem machine W.C. Lindsay, buzzing emo four-piece Clique (who open for Hop Along later tonight) and the hard-hitting Dogs On Acid (featuring Joe Reinhart of Hop Along). Earlier in the day there are performances by EDM-leaning artists Moon Bounce, Jack Deezl and Mister Sampson, plus skate and circus arts demos. It’s gonna be a great time; more information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s, Paper Hearts at Tin Angel, Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer and more

Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Pissed Jeans | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

We last heard from Philly noise-punk four-piece Pissed Jeans last summer when their self-released debut Shallow got a reissue on their label, Sub Pop Records. Before that, their last record of new material was the awesomely hard-hitting Honeys, released in 2013, meaning we’re probably due for a new round of ragers from these dudes. Hopefully tonight’s headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s will bring with it some new material; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Vieaux and the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble at World Cafe Live, Oddisee at Johnny Brenda’s, San Fermin at Union Transfer and more…

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Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble

LiveConnections completes this season of ClassicAlive with Jason Vieaux and the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble at World Cafe Live. The concert will bridge Western classical and Eastern traditional music with the world premiere of a composition by Philadelphian Kinan Abou-afach. Vieaux is a Grammy Award winning guitarist who received this year’s Best Classical Instrumental Solo nod for his 2014 LP Play. The musicians in Al-Bustan Takht have received the Pew Fellowship in the Arts to support their collaborative, educational programs. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →