Just Announced: Mates Of State are back in action at Boot & Saddle

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from indie pop duo Mates Of State. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel formed the band in Kansas in 1997 and released several albums throughout the aughts. Now based in Connecticut, Mates of State released their last full-length album, Mountaintops, in 2011, and returned briefly in 2015 with the You’re Going to Make It EP. Continue reading →


Photos: Mates of State and Alec Ounsworth played Underground Arts

Mates of State | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Mates of State | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

All photos by Michelle Montgomery |

Still on tour in support of their 2011 release Mountaintops, Mates of State headlined Underground Arts last Thursday. Long known as a poppy indie rock duo, the band has toured as a four-piece since 2010, and backing players Kenji Shinagawa (guitar) and John Panos (trumpet, keys) fleshed out the new songs and embellished older moments dipping back to 2003’s Team Boo and beyond. On the other hand, Alec Ounsworth played an opening set of songs by his band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but arranged as solo synthesizer and sound-loop pieces. Check out a gallery of images from the show below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mates of State at Underground Arts, Denison WItmer at World Cafe Live, Baths at Union Transfer

mates_of_stateThe last album from Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner dates back a couple years – 2011’s Mountaintops – so hopefully the Mates of State show at Underground Arts tonight will bring with it a helping of new material. The duo headlines, with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing a solo set of CYHSY material. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the music video for “Palomino” off of Mountaintops.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mates of State at Johnny Brenda’s, Dropkick Murphys at Underground Arts

Rekindle your love for indiepop duo Mates of State tonight as they return to Philly for a second performance supporting 2011’s Mountaintops. The band kicked off a tour promoting the album in February at Union Transfer and are back tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The couple, Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, started performing together as part of the band Vosotros but decided to break off as a duo in 1997 and got married in 2001. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found at our concert calendar here; doors open at 8. Below, check out the video for “Palomino” from Mountaintops below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Mates Of State at Union Transfer

Change has always been one of the driving forces behind Mates Of State. The husband-and-wife synth-pop duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel is known for constantly switching things up, including abrupt tempo variations and the decision to ditch the electric organ—one of the band’s instruments of choice—on its fifth studio album, Re-Arrange Us. It makes sense that a 14-year-long career would demand adjustments along the way, especially with two young daughters added to the mix, forcing Gardner and Hammel to bring them along on tour. Even with all of these incessant alterations, fans can still anticipate the upbeat, lighthearted sound they’ve come to expect. Mates of State performs with Sean Bones and East Hundred at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Lady + Slutever, The Jantiques, El El at The Trocadero (9 p.m., 21+, $10)


Just Announced: The complete Popped! Music Festival lineup

The Popped! Music Festival lineup has been officially announced. The festival is September 23–24 at FDR Park (AKA “The Lakes”).

Friday, September 23rd
The Shins
Cage The Elephant
Panda Bear
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves

Saturday, September 24th
Pretty Lights
Girl Talk
Foster The People
Charles Bradley
The Vaccines
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Landlord
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
Zee Avi
Patty Crash

A limited number of Early Bird two-day passes ($90) and Early Bird two-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale now through Thursday, June 23rd, at 10 p.m. Use the code: POPPED (for two-day passes) and code: VIPPOPPED (for two-day VIP passes) at the Popped! wesbite or at Ticketmaster. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, a separate entrance, bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price two-day passes ($110) and two-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale this Friday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Popped! website and Ticketmaster. Charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street. (No service fees for cash purchases!)