By

Marian Hill goes big with a Union Transfer headlining date in October

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Philadelphia electropop duo Marian Hill has has a great year since hitting the XPoNential Music Festival stage last summer. They dropped the sweet Sway EP, headlined (and sold out) Boot and Saddle, covered Kanye, landed a song in a Taco Bell commercial and played Connor Barwin’s second annual Make The World Better benefit at Union Transfer.

Now they’re back at UT, this time for a headlining gig in October.  Continue reading →

By

Kurt Vile announces show at Union Transfer show in October

Kurt Vile | Photo by Henry Diltz
Kurt Vile | Photo by Henry Diltz

Kurt Vile has announced an upcoming tour with a stop with his band The Violators at Union Transfer on Friday, October 9th. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, June 19th at Noon. Opening the show in Philly is Luke Roberts and Waxahatchee. Vile also has announced a new album on the way, b’lieve i’m goin down, the followup to 2013′s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. There’s no set release date yet, but watch the teaser video below.

By

Alvvays entrances the crowd and spurs a moshpit at Union Transfer

Alvvays @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia. Photo by Cameron Pollack
Alvvays @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia. Photo by Cameron Pollack

Whenever I walk into a venue, I look around and try to guess the median age of the crowd. Sometimes it’s for kicks, but sometimes it’s very telling about what the nature of the concert will be. I’ve walked into enough shows with the crowd brimming with high-school age teenagers to know that, should the crowd be of this age, the show will involve the bulk of the audience bobbing their heads and pretending to know the words. Alvvays at Union Transfer was very much an exception. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drenge at Johnny’s Brendas, Best Coast at Union Transfer

Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis
Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis

U.K. up-and-comers Drenge will headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their sophomore release, Undertow. The grunge rock band started as a duo of brothers playing guitar and drums, but they have since incorporated a bass player to create a new dynamic. Tonight’s show will be their second-to-last in the U.S. before they head off to play the European festival circuit. Watch their video for song “Running Wild” below and get tickets for their 21+ show with Made Violent here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bad Plus at World Cafe Live, Rhye at Union Transfer, Birdstriking at Ortlieb’s and more…

bad plus
The Bad Plus | photo courtesy of the artist

Minnesota jazz trio The Bad Plus perform at World Cafe Live. The group is touring in support of its new collaboration with sax player Joshua Redman, a record that balances traditional jazz playing with funky explorations. Listen to Tom Moon review the album for NPR’s All Things Considered here and check out “Dirty Blonde” below. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.

Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Weller at Union Transfer, Lloyd Cole at World Cafe Live, Jacco Gardner at MilkBoy

Paul Weller
Paul Weller | photo via Facebook

Paul Weller headlines Union Transfer tonight. The prolific musician is touring in support of last month’s Saturns Pattern LP, his 12th solo record. Weller began his career as the frontman for British punk / mod-rivivalist band The Jam in the 70s before transitioning to The Style Council in the 80s. Watch Weller perform the title track from his new record on Later… with Jools Holland below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

Continue reading →

By

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 →

By

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

the-jesus-and-mary-chain-psychocandy-1985
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.

By

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 →

By

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 →