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Jukebox the Ghost to kick off their upcoming tour at Union Transfer

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Circle, star, and highlight November 1 on your calenders, Jukebox the Ghost fans. Your beloved indie-pop trio is coming back. Just weeks ago they treated an audience to an electrifying Free At Noon performance at a jam-packed World Cafe Live, and today they announced they’ll kick off their upcoming headlining tour at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trampled by Turtles at Union Transfer, Vilebred at Burlap and Bean, Bell X1 at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist

Five-piece indie folk group Trampled by Turtles headlines tonight at Union Transfer. The Minnesota men made their mark at number one on the US Folk charts with their recently dropped album Wild Animals. This well-rehearsed band has performed their soothing sound at countless national festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Rock the Garden, and Firefly. Below, check out the video for title track “Wild Animals.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hold Steady at Underground Arts, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Union Transfer

The Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
The Hold Steady | via facebook.com/TheHoldSteady

Following up on their XPoNential Music Festival set this summer, XPN favorites The Hold Steady will headline a 21+ show tonight at Underground Arts. The Brooklyn-based band most recently released its sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams, back in March and will be showcasing the new music -  check out this performance of “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” from their appearance on Conan in July – as well as old favorites like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “Stuck Between Stations.” Tonight is sure to be a fantastic show. Tickets are $20 and can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Keeping rock n’ roll alive with The Strypes at Union Transfer

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The Strypes | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Since their inception, people have told me time and time again that rock ’n roll is in no way dead, and The Strypes were the principal thing keeping it alive.

Saying I was skeptical doesn’t cut it; I was in no way convinced that an Irish four piece consisting of guys the exact same age as me could save rock n’ roll in the way people told me they were. This past Wednesday, I got to see for myself, and I can safely report that rock is in no way dead, and The Strypes are why. Continue reading →

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Miniature Tigers joined the crowd (and vice versa) at Union Transfer

Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Miniature Tigers stopped by Union Transfer on Friday night and put on a show for their record books, their self-reported best show ever in Philly. I had seen Miniature Tigers two years ago when they opened for fun. on their Some Nights tour, but since then had forgotten how much fun their live show is, and how enthusiastic and grateful they are for all the reception they get. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DJ Cash Money at Rittenhouse Square, The Strypes at Union Transfer, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and more…

DJ Cash Money
DJ Cash Money | photo courtesy of the artist

DJ Cash Money opens this week’s free concert at Rittenhouse Square, presented by Philly Weekly.  The legendary turntable master started his DJ career in Philadelphia in the eighties, coming up alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff.  He’s credited with creating a number of DJ techniques, including the “Pee Wee Herman” scratch and the “Babuggamas” scratch.  Check out his moves tonight, along with Pablo Batista and Worldtown Sound System – more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo and the Bunnymen at Union Transfer, Rosanne Cash at Longwood Gardens

Echo and the Bunnymen
Photo by James Christopher | via facebook.com/TheBunnymen

Evocative Liverpool outfit Echo and the Bunnymen headlines Union Transfer tonight, and reports from its summer tour indicate that the band is drawing from across its 36-year catalog of catchy post-punk in this run of shows. Hits like “The Killing Moon” and “Bring on the Dancing Horses” are in the mix, as well as a variety of deep cuts and selections from its new LP Meteroites, released this year. Also listen for some sweet covers – a Brooklyn Vegan rundown of the band’s two-night stand at Irving Plaza showed covers of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and The Doors’ “People Are Strange.” Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video to “Lips Like Sugar.” Continue reading →

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You asked for more Lake Street Dive? We’re bringing it.

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Lake Street Dive brought their soulful sound to the XPNFest River Stage just over a week ago, but we’ve already heard Philadelphia anxiously asking about their next performance in the area. We’re thrilled to announce that Tuesday Nov. 17 and Wednesday Nov. 18, XPN Welcomes Lake Street Dive to Union Transfer. Continue reading →