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Cub Sport’s new “Limousine” video celebrates self-acceptance, personal growth, and vampires

Cub Sport | photo by Natalie Jurrjens | via facebook.com/CubSport

Brisbane, Australia pop four-piece Cub Sport has been throwing all of their personal selves into their music for the past several years. On their 2016 debut, lead singer Tim Nelson sang intensely about depression and repression, about personal lows; the band’s 2017 album Bats was a brilliant and candid chronicle of Nelson coming out as a gay man, a journey he made with his bandmate and now-husband Sam Netterfield.

This January, Cub Sport released their self-titled third record, and it follows Nelson more deeply along that personal journey — not only self-acceptance but self-comfort and self-love, the process of fully embracing who you are. Continue reading →

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Kevin Garrett urges The Foundry to feel, together

Kevin Garrett | photo by Sachi Kobayashi for WXPN

For several minutes before Kevin Garrett took the stage at The Foundry last Tuesday night, the audience shuffled closer to the stage, holding their breath in anticipation. After brief applause as he took the stage, you could hear a pin drop as he launched into “Warn,” the opening song of his new album Hoax, which was conceived several years ago, and finally released at the end of March.

After showcases in London, a trip to Berlin, and a rehearsal in New York City, the Grammy-nominated Pittsburgh native launched his national tour from his home state. When he opened for Mumford & Sons at BB&T Pavilion two years ago, and apologized for being from Pittsburgh, he was booed by 20,000 people. Interviewing him after the show he good-naturedly said, “It was fun in a good way. That’s the best feeling to get booed, because of sports rivalries.” This night is different, though. He’s welcomed with open arms and granted honorary status as a Philadelphian by a small crowd of dedicated fans. Continue reading →

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Oliver Tree says Ugly Is Beautiful at The Foundry

Oliver Tree | photo by Emily De Hart for WXPN | dehartvisuals.com

The title of Oliver Tree’s 2019 tour perfectly sums up the performance he gave to Philadelphia’s audience at the Foundry: ‘Ugly is Beautiful’. The distinct lyrics, musical notes, dance moves, and production are all enveloped in this single bold and resonating statement. Much like the multi-faceted personality and career of Oliver Tree Nickell (being a vocalist, producer, filmmaker, and human meme), his performance requires all of the aforementioned aspects of art. His message will not seep through the brains and bones of society without all of these components.

The exact words Oliver Tree left the audience with at the end of his performance was able to simply capture not only his musical, but also character performance: “No matter how strange you feel, no matter how weird you look, you are [expletive] beautiful.”

With these words, members of the audience on the night of March 3rd were left with an emotional imprint along with a few drops of sweat probably resulting from the mosh pit Tree encouraged over the microphone. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Lemonheads will bring new Varshons covers LP to The Foundry

The Lemonheads | photo by Michel van Collenburg | courtesy of the artist

In addition to being an expert songwriter in his own right, Evan Dando of The Lemonheads is also a skilled interpreter of songs, as we saw on its 2009 covers album Varshons. Ten years later, Dando revives the project for Varshons 2, out this Friday on Fire Records, and a tour that brings him — as well as tourmate and legend-in-his-own-right Tommy Stinson — to The Foundry of The Fillmore Philly and The Chameleon Club in Lancaster this June. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kur will take on The Foundry in November

Kur | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly-based rapper Kur is unstoppable. In August, he released a single titled “I’m Back”; a teaser of his a seven-track project Smked Out, which touched down on the internet last week. Shortly after that, Kur joined the Made In America lineup, after Petal dropped off of a Skate Stage slot due to health issues; he killed his performance and announced the release of an upcoming EP as well as a full length album during the set. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rapsody at The Foundry, Petunia at Kung Fu Necktie, Kississippi at PhilaMOCA

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Rapsody was last seen in Philly at this year’s Made in America Festival, and the city’s been awaiting her return ever since. The North Carolina MC and hip-hop artist brings her “Wisdom is Power” tour to The Foundry tonight in support of her debut solo album Laila’s Wisdom, released earlier this fall. Watch Rapsody’s video for “Power” below, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: McRad at PhilaMOCA, Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Fest, Dayne Jordan at The Foundry, and more

Chuck Treese of McRad | photo via facebook.com/McRad-227345644571

Spreading heavy tunes since the eighties, the legend that is Chuck Treese — a drummer, singer, guitarist, skatboarder — will bring his spaced out punk project McRad to PhilaMOCA tonight, alongside Thantophobe and Barnes. Find info on tickets to the show here, and listen to “Weakness” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at Random Tea Room, Alex G at Union Transfer & more

Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Tonight in Northern Liberties’ Random Tea Room, Philly-based Radiator Hospital will play a solo set along with Strawberry Runners and Veev. Radiator Hospital is the project of Sam Cook Parrott, a sometimes solo, sometimes four-piece punk rock band that brings high energy sets from beginning to end. Although the band hasn’t released new music since 2014’s LP Torch Song, they have remained active performing in local venues and benefits and beginning a number of other projects. For more information, click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry, Josh Ritter at Longwood Gardens

Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist
Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist

Can’t wait until Made in America to catch Lizzo live? The Minneapolis alternative hip hop act returns to Philadelphia for a performance at The Foundry. Following 2015’s LP Big Grrrl Small World, Lizzo released an EP Coconut Oil last year which features the singles “Good As Hell” and “Phone.” Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →