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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Warpaint at Union Transfer, Jazz Cartier at TLA and Joan Baez at the Academy of Music

Warpaint | courtesy of the artist
Warpaint | courtesy of the artist

The Cali-based indie four-piece of Warpaint will be playing tonight at Union Transfer. Known for their ethereal psych-rock songs, the band is sure to put on a dreamy show that is not to be missed. The women of Warpaint just released their new album Heads Up in late September. Playing with them will be the fellow Los Angeles natives of the band Facial. For tickets and more information on this all ages event, click hereContinue reading →

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Love & Other Liquids: PILL, Father John Misty and Warpaint on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

PILL | Photo by Peter Senzamici, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with an all-new show that’s sure to tickle you. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full-two hour mess of new tracks, including a spotlight on Convenience, the debut album from NY noise-punks PILL. If you’re a fan of the brash but poetic ‘no wave’ scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll find PILL’s combination of sexually charged, confrontational lyrics and blaring saxophone to be the perfect prescription (boooooo). Also in the mix are new tracks from some familiar faces, some of whom have been out of the spotlight longer than others. Bon Iver announced a mystical new record, Warpaint‘s got a dark and groovy “New Song,” and Father John Misty does what he does best. Check out a preview of those tracks below:

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Listen to Saul Williams’ collab with Warpaint, see him at Ardmore Music Hall next month

Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams
Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams

Saul Williams is the definition of multitalented. The rapper/slam poet/musician/writer/actor’s latest project is an upcoming album, titled MartyrLoserKingproduced by Justin Warfield and set for release in July. Williams kicked off his tour last week in Cleveland, and he’ll finish it up in Philly on May 10 at Ardmore Music Hall.

We can get a taste of what the album has in store with the first offering, a track titled “Burundi” which features Warpaint vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile appears on stage again with Warpaint in L.A.

Photo via Warpaint Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint/)
Photo via facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint

Back in March, Warpaint played Union Transfer and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Kurt Vile joined the band on stage at a sold-out Union Transfer performance to perform”Baby” off of their 2010 album The Fool. It seems that this could be a forming tradition, as Vile has hit the stage with them again, though now the two have switched hometowns with LA-based Warpaint back in familiar territory. Pitchfork reports that Vile joined Emily Kokal in singing “Baby” at the Echoplex on Friday night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. Watch their performance below. Continue reading →

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Warpaint played a blistering, mystifying set at Union Transfer

Warpaint | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Warpaint | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

I’ve long said that Warpaint’s 2014 self-titled LP was the kind of music Radiohead should be making. Then again, the very fact that the Los Angeles 4-piece is churning out records at (or really, above) the standard of the most influential band in music is saying something (and it’s not just because they too work with Nigel Godrich). And by no means is Warpaint just another Radiohead pastiche project; they’ve nestled themselves quite comfortably into their own corner of the music world. So while you might think it would be entirely unfair to compare what happened last night to a Radiohead show, the very fact that I can’t get Warpaint’s ethereal images and haunting sounds out of my head is testimony that really, you can. Continue reading →

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Warpaint announce show at Union Transfer on October 9

Warpaint  | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Warpaint | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

L.A. trio Warpaint have announced an extended U.S. tour for the fall that includes a date at Union Transfer on October 9th.  The band continues to support its 2014 self-titled sophomore LP, making its second appearance in Philadelphia this year (the March UT show sold-out).  Tickets and information will be available here.  Watch a video for “Love Is to Die” below and check out the review of Warpaint’s last show in Philly, complete with a Kurt Vile collaboration, here.

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Warpaint collaborates with Kurt Vile, takes command of crowd at Union Transfer

Warpaint with Kurt Vile | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Warpaint with Kurt Vile | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

With lush brushstrokes of rock, pop and punk, Warpaint took command of a sold-out Union Transfer on Saturday. The Los Angeles four-piece were performing in support of their 2014 self-titled second LP and had the Philly crowd swaying, cheering and even crowd-surfing.

Driven by a heady mix of vocals that often played second fiddle to guitar and percussion, the four women of Warpaint transfixed the audience. Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman traded lead vocals and guitars while Jenny Lee Lindberg’s bass and backing vocals and the drumming of Stella Mozgawa round out the sound. Kokal and her snakelike dancing mixed with the deep red and blue lights dominated the visual pow of the show. And from the masterful tack “Undertow” from their first album The Fool, which was neatly nestled in the 14-song setlist, to the main set closer “Disco//Very,” Warpaint were having a love affair with the Philly crowd.

A long encore break was broken by the special guest appearance of Kurt Vile, sheepishly hiding at the drumkit, to sing with Kokal on the song “Baby” — a highlight among many for the night, as Warpaint concluded with “Bees” and “Elephants.” Never short on atmospherics and visual panache, Warpaint conquered the City of Brotherly Love for what will certainly not be the last time.

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Watch Warpaint perform “Love Is To Die” for The Line of Best Fit (playing Union Transfer on 3/22)

Warpaint | photo via www.facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint
Warpaint | photo via www.facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint

Warpaint recorded a live video of their song “Love Is To Die” for The Line of Best Fit in London recently.  The track comes from the L.A. group’s forthcoming self-titled effort, which will be released on January 21st via Rough Trade.  As with the first song we heard from the LP called “Biggie,” this one is dark and disorienting, opening with strobing synths and percussion hits that bounce around your head space as echoing vocals filter through the top.  Warpaint will be at Union Transfer on March 22nd; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch the Best Fit Session below, and listen to Warpaint the album here via NPR Music’s First Listen series.