Courtney Barnett debuts her new album, jams with Kurt Vile in epic Union Transfer show

Courtney Barnett | photo by Natalie Piserchio |

Courtney Barnett played a lively, jam-packed 90-minute set on Wednesday night to a sold out Union Transfer, showcasing her entire new album Tell Me How You Really Feel, as well as older hits like “Avant Gardener” and “Pedestrian at Best,” and a surprise guest performance with Philadelphia native Kurt Vile.

Barnett is on the last leg of their mini US tour with Bones Sloane on bass, Katie Harkin leading on guitar and keys, and drummer Dave Mudie, debuting her new album, out Friday on Barnett’s Milk! Records, Mom + Pop and Marathon Artists.

Barnett started their Philly set with Hopefulessness, and quickly after said, “We’re gonna play our new album. It comes out tomorrow, I think? What day of the week is it?”, with her classic bed-head charm. The band played an energetic “City Looks Pretty,” “Charity,” and “Nameless, Faceless,” along with more subdued songs from the album like “Need A Little Time,” and “Sunday Roast.” Continue reading →


(Sandy) Alex G played an acoustic set at Everybody Hits last night with Coma Cinema

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

Philly rockstar (Sandy) Alex G surprised Everybody Hits on Thursday night with an intimate, by-request, solo acoustic set in support of headliner (and his long-time friend) Coma Cinema. The 185-capacity venue capped around 8 p.m., and a warm, tight-knit feeling filled the room as everyone grew ready for a night of lyrical, lo-fi sounds. Continue reading →


Unknown Mortal Orchestra bridges the gap between stage and crowd at Union Transfer

Unknown Mortal Orchestra | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

Unknown Mortal Orchestra brought an energetic and intimate performance to a packed house at Union Transfer this past Saturday night. Their set included an eclectic mix of their discography with throwbacks like “FFunny FFriends”, “So Good At Being In Trouble”, favorites off of their 2015 album Multi-Love, and new tracks off their most recent album Sex & Food such as “American Guilt,” “Hunnybee”, and “Not In Love We’re Just High”.

The New Zealand four piece is touring with members including frontman Ruban Neilson, Ruban’s brother Kody Nielson (who played his sixth show to date in Philadelphia), and long-time bassist Jake Portrait. UMO is in the midst of a North American tour in support of Sex & Food; since its release in April of 2018, it was questioned how the band would work a crowd, given their new, more mellow and reflective songs, which shifts lanes from the pysch-pop, dance-y, disco-influenced tracks on previous album, Multi-Love, that won listeners hearts. Opener Makeness, a London-based electronic outfit, was fitting for UMO given it’s heavy-bass beats and entrancing, heady qualities, which compliments their new material on Sex & Food. Continue reading →


PHOTOS: Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr at Union Transfer

Slowdive | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

Dreampop icons Slowdive performed to a packed house at Union Transfer last night, in support of their outstanding 2017 self-titled record — the band’s first in 22 years. The record glides along to a delicate wash of guitar tone, sound loops, and divine vocal harmonies from band leaders Rachel Goswell and Neal Halstead — last night, the new songs like “Slomo” sat beautifully alongside tracks like “Avalyn” from 1993’s Souvlaki. LA indie rockers Cherry Glazerr opened the show, and you can see photos from it below.

Slowdive wraps up it’s U.S. tour with a few more dates, including an appearance at the Et Cultura Festival in Florida this weekend. From there it heads to Japan in December, then Australia in January and February. Full tour dates can also be found below. Continue reading →


Moses Sumney brings beautifully resonating set to The Church

Moses Sumney | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

There’s something heavenly entrancing about the work of Moses Sumney. It’s a quality that seems to connect his listeners with more than just music — his choir-like vocals juxtaposed with his interactive, experimental loops and multi-instrumental tracks, along with his emotional and intimate lyrics, lead to an all-encompassing, physical, and seemingly spiritual experience.

Sumney is on the tail end of his US Tour, headlining for the first time, and debuting his new album Aromanticism. Fans jam-packed the basement in First Unitarian Church last night in anticipation of his set. He played a myriad of songs off the album such as “Doomed,” “Quarrel,” and “Make Out in My Car,” as well as a cover of Bjork’s 1994 song “Come to Me.” Continue reading →


During troubled times, Broken Social Scene spreads the love in Philly

Broken Social Scene | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

“I believe in love, and that’s what we’ve always tried to do: Spread the love. It’s not a great day,” speaks Kevin Drew, co-founder of Canadian baroque-pop experimental musical group Broken Social Scene. “It’s a very hard time right now. Evil will always be in the room. But, we’ve gotta get together and we’ve gotta outshine it.”

“I didn’t think coming into this tour I’d be talking about love,” he continues. “I’m 41 years old, and I’ve gotten my ass kicked many times by my own heart. But, I believe in love, ladies and gentleman.”

Broken Social Scene began the encore of their show at The Fillmore on Monday referencing the series of violent and tragic events that occurred on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 in Las Vegas, where nearly 500 concert goers were injured and almost 60 died due to a gunman open-firing into a crowd at Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. The band then delved into a deeply intimate and emotional version of “Lover’s Spit”, before Kevin Drew entered the audience, front and center. “Let’s hug it out”, he says, mid-song, hugging fans and lending them the mic.

A certain connectedness was established, and it said one thing: we’re all in this together. Continue reading →