All The World Is a Stage: Parquet Courts Bring “Human Performance” to Union Transfer

Parquet Courts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
Parquet Courts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Everyone has that one friend who’s really into irony. The kind of guy who moved to Brooklyn to make handcrafted recycled furniture and says “sports” at parties to get an easy laugh. Whenever friends come to visit from out of town, they always ask “What’s the Brooklyn of Philadelphia?” (Fishtown) — I constantly find myself asking, “What’s the Brooklyn of the music world?”The answer, my friends, is Parquet Courts.

Brazenly sardonic, the foursome of Brooklyn-based punks waxed both eloquent and ineloquent on topics myriad on Wednesday night at Union Transfer, bouncing around the stage at warp speed. In support of brand-new record Human Performance, the show found the band in the early stages of a large tour. But it was clear from both the band’s tight-knit synergy and the crowd’s frothing reaction that the Philadelphia stop was anything but a warm-up date. Continue reading →


Parquet Courts to enact human performance at Union Transfer

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Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Parquet Courts kinda keep you guessing.  They may be the most fascinating and distinctive rock band to emerge this decade.  But it’s frustratingly hard to parse exactly what they’re up to.  Are their many quirks (linguistic, aesthetic, compositional, vocal) ingenious idiosyncrasies or insufferable affectations?  Are they slackers or stoners or hipsters or goofballs?  Art-punk philosopher-poets or sardonic, smirking smart-asses?   All of the above, possibly.  Or maybe they’re just some thoughtful dudes with well-thumbed post-punk collections and a knack for obliquely infectious guitar riffs. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: M. Ward at Union Transfer & John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

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M. Ward | photo courtesy of the artist

Prolific songwriter and She & Him guitarist M. Ward released his new solo album, the classically catchy More Rain, earlier this month, and tonight he will be performing at Union Transfer. Opening the show will be NAF (Nice As Fuck), the supergroup featuring Jenny Lewis, Erika Spring, and Tennessee Thomas. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at The Foundry, The Thermals at Union Transfer, Cakes Da Killa at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

The Lawsuits‘ clever take on Americana, country-infused rock has made them one of our favorite local bands of late. The group released their most recent EP, Tumbled, back in 2014, but have recently been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Moon Sun, on Randm Records. The record’s first single, “Romeo,” is Wilco-esque, a calm two of half minutes of understated beautiful music. The Lawsuits play tonight at The Foundry and are likely to feature more tracks from the forthcoming Moon Sun. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound

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Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Polica at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts

Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis five-piece Polica announced their tour dates, which included a stop in Philadelphia, all the way back in November. Well, the day has finally arrived — Polica will be performing at Union Transfer tonight. The group recently unveiled their third release, United Crushers, an album that provides an endless supply of synthesizer-driven hooks, but often with a dark, serious undercurrent (one of the album’s singles, “Wedding,” bluntly tackles issues of police militarization and the drug trade). You can find tickets and more information about the show via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Into It. Over It. at TLA, Christine Havrilla at Tin Angel, and Charles Bradley at Union Transfer

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Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. | photo by Cameron Witting | courtesy of the artist

Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.

Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, Lisa Fischer at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, Eric Bachmann at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto |

Okay, so we’re obviously pumped about Key Fest this weekend, and hope to see many of you there. But that’s just one of the many many live music options going on in the Philly region. Here are a few others, beginning with midwestern roots rockers Houndmouth, who headline Union Transfer tonight. They’re still touring hard on the strength of Little Neon Limelight, released in 2014; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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