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Free at Noon Flashback: The Lone Bellow exudes togetherness in an exuberant World Cafe Live set

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Free at Noon Flashback: The Lone Bellow exudes togetherness in an exuberant World Cafe Live set

The Lone Bellow | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Fall — at least for me — is time for sad folk music. As leaves are painted warmer, and breezes are swept colder, that somber sweet-spot of brittle-strummed melancholy whispers endlessly from my earbuds. And as these songs are often paired with hopeless, dismal lyrics, this seasonal soundtrack tends to be more than a little depressing.

Enter: The Lone Bellow’s exuberantly optimistic vein of folk, which will have none of this dispirited business. Though in no way strangers to feelings of pain and devastation, members Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

 

Philly synth folk collective Friendship celebrate the release of their ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slowdive at Union Transfer, Arkells at Underground Arts, Plaque Marks at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slowdive at Union Transfer, Arkells at Underground Arts, Plaque Marks at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Arkells have established themselves as one of the premiere live rock performers in today’s music landscape. Their work ethic and rigorous and tour schedule is ...

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Just Announced: Godspeed You! Black Emperor will headline Union Transfer in March

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Just Announced: Godspeed You! Black Emperor will headline Union Transfer in March

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Not many groups have the personnel and vision to make the epic rock orchestral sound that Godspeed You! Black Emperor does so well. Luciferian Towers, GY!BE’s September release, is a colossal display of sound to say the least. With biblical undertones and an array of instruments, from violins to gripping electric guitar, the project is chapter after chapter of experimental gold.

The Montreal based collective will take to Australia and Mexico to play a couple shows before starting their month long North American Tour in March. GY!BE is ...

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Swearin’ is getting back together and touring with Superchunk next spring

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Swearin’ is getting back together and touring with Superchunk next spring

Swearin’ | Photo by Megan Kelly

Here’s some news we didn’t see coming: beloved Philly punks Swearin’, who broke up in 2015 after a several-year run, are reuniting. They’ll be joining indie rock icons Superchunk on the road next spring for a string of shows, and lucky for us the tour includes a stop at Union Transfer on April 4.

Swearin’ co-frontperson Allison Crutchfield shared the news on Instagram this morning, stating: “…I’m truly so psyched to tell you all…that Jeff [Bolt] and Kyle [Gilbride] and I have decided to do Swearin’ again. They’re both so special to me, ...

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Angel Olsen’s newly-released track, “Sans,” is a stripped and longing traveller’s ballad

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Angel Olsen’s newly-released track, “Sans,” is a stripped and longing traveller’s ballad

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Indie music world’s cool and crooning folk-rock Queen, Angel Olsen, is putting together some unreleased B-side tracks to make up a “new” 12-song album titled Phases. Out on November 10th via Jagjaguwar, the release will feature the already-shared single, “Special,” along with the latest track, “Sans.”

The title, meaning “without,” is a two-fold accurate description of the track; where “sans” reflects the song’s stripped nature as Olsen’s soft and vulnerable, yet still sturdy and assured, vocals provide the sole body of companionship to her restlessly traveling guitar. Likewise, the lyrics describe ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hamilton Leithauser at Union Transfer, Ratboys at Everybody Hits, Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hamilton Leithauser at Union Transfer, Ratboys at Everybody Hits, Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Hamilton Leithauser at Firefly 2016 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Hamilton Leithauser played a stunning show at Johnny Brenda’s at the beginning of the year, and now he’s moving his expansive sound into a bigger space with a headlining gig at Union Transfer. Known as the former lead vocalist of the Walkmen, Leithauser released an album with Rostam last year and a song with Angel Olsen just a few weeks ago, which you can listen to below. Courtney Marie Andrews opens tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Chicago-based Ratboys released their latest ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: U.S. Girls at Johnny Brenda’s, Goblin at Union Transfer

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: U.S. Girls at Johnny Brenda’s, Goblin at Union Transfer

U.S. Girls | photo by Daniel Williams | via the artist’s Facebook page

2017 marks 10 years of U.S. Girls, and they’ll celebrate tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The long-running art-pop project of Meg Remy, U.S. Girls is preparing to release a follow-up to 2015’s Half Free. It’s Toronto-based expatriate Remy’s first Philly stop in a few years, and she’s bringing a nine-piece baking band with her, plus an opening set by Philly’s Long Hots. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Even on a Tuesday, Halloween in Philly wouldn’t be complete ...

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Julien Baker and friends create a contemplative community at Union Transfer

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Julien Baker and friends create a contemplative community at Union Transfer

Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

There’s a word that’s often used to describe Julien Baker‘s music: devastating. I think I’ve seen it in almost every review and feature surrounding the release of Baker’s new album Turn Out the Lights; I think I’ve even used it myself. And it’s true, listening to Baker’s songs sometimes verges on painful — but in the most achingly beautiful way. From the Tennessee songwriter’s 2015 debut Sprained Ankle to the just-released Turn Out the Lights, Baker’s music is quiet but powerful, sparse but resonant, and sad in a way that makes ...

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Just Announced: Dan Auerbach will play Union Transfer with the Easy Eye Sound Revue

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Just Announced: Dan Auerbach will play Union Transfer with the Easy Eye Sound Revue

Dan Auerbach | photo courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, Black Keys co-founder, and versatile producer Dan Auerbach comes to Philly to play Union Transfer on March 24th. Billed in full as Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue featuring Robert Finley, Shannon Shaw with special guest Shannon and the Clams, it’s a night of jams and collaboration, and it goes on sale this Friday, November 3rd. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Waiting On a Song has received a lot of critical acclaim since its release. It features Auerbach’s smokey voice with his almost Beach Boys-like ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Julien Baker | photo by Nolan Knight | courtesy of the artist

The day is finally here, folks. It’s time to cry our eyes out to Julien Baker at Union Transfer. The Tennessee songwriter released her second LP Turn Out The Lights a few days ago, and if you haven’t had it’s stunningly sad songs on repeat, you’re missing out. Baker has enlisted an incredibly talent-filled lineup of supporting acts for this tour; you’ll want to arrive early to catch Half Waif and Petal. Watch the video for “Appointments” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar ...

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Joy in Gloom: King Krule shows different sides to his persona at Union Transfer

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Joy in Gloom: King Krule shows different sides to his persona at Union Transfer

King Krule | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

Last night, a mild Sunday evening in October, UK sensation King Krule brought his gloomy patchwork of punk, hip-hop, and jazz musical stylings to play a sold-out show at Union Transfer.

The show kicked off with a high-energy performance from New York punk trio, Show Me The Body. The collective did not hold back when executing punchy drums and strong, clean riffs. Having them as an opener proved to be a lively choice and the crowd, most if not all of which came to see King Krule, moshed about ...

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Our Graduation: Reflections on Modern Baseball’s final run of shows at Union Transfer

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Our Graduation: Reflections on Modern Baseball’s final run of shows at Union Transfer

Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A phrase springs to mind: “don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that it happened.”

I heard that over the summer at the final night of The Stone Roses’ reunion tour in Glasgow; frontman Ian Brown said it just before leaving the stage as the final chords of “I Am The Resurrection” rang out. And it certainly applies back home as well, to Modern Baseball’s sold-out run of three shows at Union Transfer, their last “for the foreseeable future.”

I get it, bands don’t want to say they’re ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at Union Transfer, Dar Williams at Arden Gild Hall, Moses Sumney at First Unitarian Church, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at Union Transfer, Dar Williams at Arden Gild Hall, Moses Sumney at First Unitarian Church, and more

Against Me! | photo via facebook.com/AgainstMe

Against Me! released their latest LP Shape Shift With Me a year ago, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Union Transfer with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil. The gritty folk-punk band are known for emotional, personal tunes penned by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace; their last two albums reflect on her experiences navigating relationships and life as a transgender woman. Listen below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Dar Williams‘ show tonight at Wilmington’s Arden Gild Hall isn’t just a concert — it’s also ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Max Frost at Boot & Saddle, Psychedelic Furs at Union Transfer

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Max Frost at Boot & Saddle, Psychedelic Furs at Union Transfer

Max Frost | photo by Rachael Smith | via facebook.com/maxfrostmusic

Max Frost‘s music-making career started as an experiment, and tonight he brings his unique blend of blues-tinged hip-hop-inspired tunes to Boot & Saddle. The Austin artist released his last EP Intoxication in 2015, and has followed it up with a few singles since — most recently “Drowning” with Mike Waters, which you can stream below. R&B group NAWAS also plays tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Post-punk trailblazers The Psychedelic Furs bring The Singles Tour to Union Transfer tonight, with support from ...

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Belly’s back with a new record in the works, hint at 2018 tour dates

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Belly’s back with a new record in the works, hint at 2018 tour dates

Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

90s alt-rockers Belly are back the old grind. After regrouping for a tour last year, which included a kickbutt stop at Union Transfer, the crew has decided to prolong the fun by recording their first new record in twenty years. Currently dubbed NameTBD, there’s no concrete release date as of yet.

What we do know, is that NameTBD will be released via Pledge Music, through which you can preorder a whole bunch of things, and get access to sneak peek content, along with the album. A portion of the proceeds will go towards ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here.

It’s been nineteen years since Ms. Lauryn Hill released her classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. But tonight, the legend will be spinning her poetic verses with ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band guide with guitars on their psychedelic sonic journey

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band guide with guitars on their psychedelic sonic journey

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

I wonder how many guitar strings Chris Forsyth goes through in a year — or a month, or even a day. Because in just the forty-five minute span of today’s Free at Noon performance — or should I say, jam-fest — we lost more than a couple brave souls in the name of sweet, sweet music.

After the always-lovely Helen Leicht welcomed the Philly guitarist and his crew, The Solar Motel Band, on stage, hers would be the last voice the crowd would hear for the coming ...

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Just Announced: NPR Music and World Cafe bring The National to Philly, performing entire new album LIVE

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Just Announced: NPR Music and World Cafe bring The National to Philly, performing entire new album LIVE

The National | photo by Graham Macindoe | courtesy of the artist

Over the last two months, excitement for The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, has been building as they’ve released three singles and performed a handful of new songs in Paris during a live-streamed Pitchfork concert. Now, WXPN’s World Cafe and NPR Music have just announced a LIVE First Listen performance, happening three days before the album drops, from right here in Philly on September 5th!

World Cafe host, Talia Schlanger, and Bob Boilen of NPR Music will co-host the show, being broadcast live from Union Transfer ...

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Best Weekend Ever: The Districts, Roger Waters, Valley Queen

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Featured photo by Sarah Rudderow.

Best Weekend Ever: The Districts, Roger Waters, Valley Queen

 

Thursday 8/10:

R&B singer-songwriter August Alsina is performing tonight at the TLA. He’s come a long way from his New Orleans start, with huge collaborations with Trinidad James and Nicki Minaj. Tickets are available here.

 

Friday 8/11:

Due to popular demand, Khalid‘s sold out show at the TLA has been moved to The Fillmore to allow more fans to get in to the show. His debut album American Teen was released this past March and it is on fire, charting anywhere and everywhere. Resale tickets are available here.

 

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Neurosis and Converge brought a metal masterclass to Union Transfer

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Neurosis and Converge brought a metal masterclass to Union Transfer

Neurosis | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

30 years in to the career, Neurosis has lost none of their edge. They have the swagger and confidence of people who have been in the game for as long as they have, but their stage presence is void of pretension. While many credit them as one of the forefathers of what could simply be called “post-metal” they make no claim to any throne other than the one of being able to reign down hell with the urgency of molasses pouring from a jar — which is as fine a description as ...

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Kamasi Washington returns with Harmony of Difference and a Union Transfer gig

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Kamasi Washington returns with Harmony of Difference and a Union Transfer gig

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

LA-based jazz master, Kamasi Washington, will be bringing his stylish, forward-thinking saxophone jams to Union Transfer this November. In addition, he’s announced a date for the release of his new EP, Harmony of Difference, which is set for September 29th via Young Turks.

Washington already wowed us back in April with his Harmony of Difference track, “Truth.” This 14 minute long tune takes listeners on a moving, lively, epic journey — filled with moments of highs and lows until its grand, heavenly choir finale.

Check out tickets for the show here, ...

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Prep your hearts, people. Pinegrove’s coming back to town.

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Prep your hearts, people. Pinegrove’s coming back to town.

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

I’m going to run you through a sad little timeline, folks. It’s a devastating tale of woe involving me, Pinegrove, and the lack of my presence at their shows. Like I said, sadness.

I admit I am far late in the Pinegrove cult game, and for that I am sorry. However, I found myself entrenched in it over the later half of this year. I had coveted tickets to their epic show at First Unitarian Church, and even had a chance to watch their live session for World Cafe. ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Wilco, Diana Ross, Queen

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Featured photo by Juliane McCue

 

July is already coming to a close, and the summer will rush past you if you don’t make the most of the shows coming by. It’ll be a rainy weekend, but that won’t keep the artists away and not for true fans neither. Grab a stylish poncho and head out with confidence!

Best Weekend Ever: Wilco, Diana Ross, Queen

Thursday 7/27:

This is Hardcore Fest is back at Union Transfer for night one, and single day tickets are sold out as usual. This year’s lineup includes Ramallah, Madball, Terror, Death Threat, and more. If you want to get ...

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Just Announced: Julien Baker to perform at Union Transfer with Half Waif in October

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Just Announced: Julien Baker to perform at Union Transfer with Half Waif in October

Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

The first time I heard Julien Baker was just about a year ago, and by a happy chance it was at the perfect combination of a live show in a small venue when she toured with British dark folk trio Daughter last summer – I’ve been a fan ever since. The Memphis singer-songwriter brings her voice and guitar on stage and leaves her entire soul, baring all and sparing nothing throughout the set that is both so wrenchingly personal and relatable at the same time.

Baker released her debut  ...

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