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Listen to “Sister Buddha,” the first single from Belle and Sebastian’s new film soundtrack

Belle and Sebastian’s Days of the Bagnold Summer | via Matador Records

Days of the Bagnold Summer began as a graphic novel written by Joff Winterhart in 2012. It was recently turned into a forthcoming feature film, for which alternative folk-pop group Belle and Sebastian wrote the soundtrack. Containing 11 new songs and two re-recorded ones (“Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying”; “I Know Where the Summer Goes”), the album will be released on September 13th via Matador Records. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Belle and Sebastian will play Union Transfer this July

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

What have we done to deserve this super-intimate, super-special show from Scottish indiepop faves Belle and Sebastian? This two-decades running Glaswegian band just announced a Union Transfer show on Friday, July 12th, and tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. It’s unclear at the moment why they’re touring — or how extensive their tour is. Their website, at present, just makes note of their Boaty Weekender cruise featuring fellow Scots Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, and Camera Obscura, as well as U.S. indie faves Yo La Tengo and Japanese Breakfast. (UPDATE: The band announced a short July tour leading up to the Weekender: dates below.) Their last Philly show was 2017 at The Mann Center.

And, come to think of it, all of their successfully-performed Philly shows have been at significantly bigger venues. Continue reading →

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Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird delight generations of fans at Mann Center

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

“Young and hip and beautiful, that’s what we used to be,” Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch laughed. He was referencing the opening set by Porches, now almost three hours ago at the Mann Center, but spun it into self-depricating self-reflection in the middle of a lively and high-energy set.

It was a night full of many instruments, and attendees got their money’s worth with hours of music during sets by Porches, Andrew Bird and a delightful selection of songs by Belle and Sebastian. After Porches played some of their synthpop jams, including a very deadpan version of “Car,” Andrew Bird took the stage with his band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Join in the celebratory sounds of Belle and Sebastian’s new song “We Were Beautiful”

Belle and Sebastian | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Before Belle and Sebastian take on the Mann Center tomorrow for an uber lineup consisting of them, Andrew Bird and Porches, they’ve shared a new track for us. Though called “We Were Beautiful,” I cornily advocate for a title change to present tense because this track is a downright lovely piece of indie pop. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Belle and Sebastian return to The Mann this summer with Andrew Bird and Porches

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Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Okay, indiepop sweethearts, have we got a show for you. Bookish Scottish faves Belle and Sebastian will return to U.S. soil for a headlining tour with orchestral singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and DIY electropopper Porches — and it includes a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 3rd at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  Continue reading →

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Dance to the Beat: Belle and Sebastian and Lucius filled the Tower Theater with lush indie pop

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Belle and Sebastian released their first album in five years, entitled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this past winter. The title reflects the attitude of the band’s new-found live energy: they’re at a fairly peaceful time in their career, and they really just want to dance.

Who can blame them? After years of dreamy, sleepwalking twee pop, the band has adopted a more accessible, club-worthy sound that still showcases their knack for songwriting.

Don’t like it? Well, Belle and Sebastian don’t care, simply because they’re Belle and Sebastian. They have the experience and magic charm to turn even the most top-40-sounding melodies into indie hits. Then they’ll just pull you up on stage and dance the negativity out of you. Literally. Continue reading →

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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 →