Photos: Local Natives throw down at The Electric Factory

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L.A. indie rockers Local Natives made their biggest Philadelphia appearance to date last night, headlining the Electric Factory with opener Wild Nothing in tow. This is the Natives’ second area appearance since the January release of their latest LP, Hummingbird.


Watch Wild Nothing perform “This Chain Won’t Break” on Mount San Jacinto (playing The Electric Factory on 9/28)


NPR Music took Virgina’s Wild Nothing out to the desert of California for an acoustic Field Recording of “This Chain Won’t Break” from their latest Nocturne LP.  Perched on the side of Mount San Jacinto near Palm Springs, the dreamy pop band took the song in a very different direction from its Nocturne counterpart, using tree pods as a percussion section and trading in the reverb for a more naturalistic, raw sound that complimented the recording’s surroundings.  XPN will welcome Wild Nothing to the Electric Factory on September 28th when the band opens for Local Natives.  Tickets and information can be found here.


From Across The Pond: Photos and video of The Walkmen and more from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Our contributing writer / photographer Rachel Barrish is studying in Rome this fall, and this past weekend took the opportunity to head north for the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. From Rachel:

I was in attendance on Friday evening with featured performances from Tallest Man on Earth, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective, and more. The festival took place at the Grand Hall de Vilette, a large auditorium fit with two stages on either end. The room was filled with people excited and eager to catch their next favorite act.

Check out her photos in the gallery above, and watch a video of Tallest Man on Earth playing “Revelation Blues” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans/Hot Snakes at Underground Arts, Pet Milk at Kung Fu Necktie, DIIV and Wild Nothing at Union Transfer

Allentown-bred, Philly-based thrash punks Pissed Jeans open for Hot Snakes tonight at Underground Arts. Known for their raw adolescent Sub Pop Records sound, Pissed Jeans released their third album, King of Jeans, in 2009, surprising fans with a more mature direction. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets to the 21+ show start at $18, more information can be found here. Below, watch their video for “False Jessi Part II.”

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Deerhoof, Dr. Dog, Wild Nothing, Creeping Weeds, Writtenhouse, Rhys Chatham


Deerhoof performs 2/11 at TLA

It’s been just under nine years since Deerhoof released Reveille—the album that would thrust the band into indie-nation’s collective consciousness—on Kill Rock Stars/5RC back in 2002. Since then, the band has cranked out records like clockwork, with seven additional proper full lengths (not to mention 7-inches and EPs) simultaneously confounding and pleasing fans of the band’s fractured art rock. Deerhoof’s latest album is Deerhoof Vs. Evil, and it finds the band doing what it does best: trying not to do the same thing it did on the previous album. Of course, that’s a task that gets more difficult each time around—and, by the time you’re on your 11th album, it might seem near impossible. Vs. Evil is undeniably a Deerhoof record: you’ll hear elements of the band’s previous work (broken down and rebuilt from the ground up, but familiar nonetheless). But it can occasionally be difficult to convince yourself that Vs. Evil is the new album Deerhoof really wanted to make, and not just the collection of ideas that was left over once the members of the band scratched everything they didn’t want to do off the list. Deerhoof performs with Ben Butler, Mousepad, and Prowler at Theatre Of Living Arts at 9 p.m.; tickets to the show are $15.

Also playing: Wild Nothing + Abe Vigoda, Grandchildren at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $10-$12); Oh! Pears + Attia Taylor, Father Figures at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10; Dr. Dog + Head And The Heart, Buried Beds at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); June Divided + The Composure, The Climb at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8); The Loved Ones + The Menzingers, Holy Mess at The Ox (8 p.m., all ages, $8-$10)

Creeping Weeds (record-release show) + Cheers Elephant, Hong Kong Stingray at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Writtenhouse (record-release show) + 84, Kuf Knotz at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Andrw Lipke And The Prospects + Sisters 3, Cowmuddy, Lady, Joe Duffey’s Underwater Window Garden, Emily Zeitlyn, Charlotte Littlehales at The Fire (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

Rhys Chatham’s Brass Trio + Chris Forsyth at International House Philadelphia (8 p.m., $12)