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Belly’s back, baby, with a show at Union Transfer this September

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Belly’s back, baby, with a show at Union Transfer this September

Belly | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

After Belly announced news back in the fall that they were of recording a new album, we at The Key were over here hoping that the 90s alt-rockers would expand that happy announcement to include new tour dates. Well, friends, it hath come trueth.

After the crew releases their yet-to-be-titled album on April 6th, Belly will be making their way to Philly towards the end of their upcoming run with a show at Union Transfer on September 28th. Tickets go on sale next Friday the 16th at 10 AM. Get those here ...

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First Aid Kit return to Union Transfer with familiar harmonies and newfound fervor

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First Aid Kit return to Union Transfer with familiar harmonies and newfound fervor

First Aid Kit | photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

First Aid Kit have a knack for making the kind of sad music that does everything but leave you feeling sad — and they’ve been doing it for ten years. The Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg took the stage at Union Transfer Saturday night for the first time since 2014, and for the first time as a five-piece band. As the sisters put it, it had been “way too long,” and the sold-out crowd was eager to see what this new era of First Aid Kit would ...

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Kimbra’s Primal Heart wins out

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Kimbra’s Primal Heart wins out

Kimbra at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s hard not to embrace an interview subject who enters the conversation laughing before the first question is lobbed. That’s Kimbra: the New Zealand soul singer whose albums before 2018 (The Golden Echo, Vows) were cheerfully cluttered, genre-mixing experiences marinated in the meaty juices of dance-pop.

Her newest album following her recent move to NYC, Primal Heart, is due in April, and takes a different tact in that the whole of the album is a windier, more minimalist experience, which allows her emotional ...

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Just Announced: Jay Electronica is coming to Union Transfer next month

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Just Announced: Jay Electronica is coming to Union Transfer next month

Jay Electronica at Made in America | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Through Instagram, the Roc Nation rapper Jay Electronica announced his Spring 2018 tour. The tour is only nine days long, which isn’t common, but luckily, one of the shows will be taking place in The City of Brotherly Love! He is set to perform at Union Transfer on February 6.

Many people are wondering if the New Orleans native is going to surprise fans with new music before the tour. Considering Jay’s track record, it is unlikely — fans have been waiting for a full release of ...

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Hop Along’s Bark Your Head Off, Dog is out in April; they’ll celebrate May 19th at Union Transfer

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Hop Along’s Bark Your Head Off, Dog is out in April; they’ll celebrate May 19th at Union Transfer

Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

If you’ll excuse us for a bit, we’re just going to have this new Hop Along song on repeat for the rest of the day.

“How Simple” is the first taste we’re getting of Bark Your Head Off, Dog — the band’s latest album, out April 4th on Saddle Creek Records. It’s got a brisk pace and soaring leads, a disco beat and handclap breakdowns. The outro hook, delivered gang vocal style, will be in our head all day: “Don’t worry, we will both find out, just not ...

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Tune-yards pry open a conversation on privilege in ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’

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Tune-yards pry open a conversation on privilege in ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’

tune-yards | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via artist’s Facebook

Merrill Garbus’s experimental pop project tune-yards has always radiated as a genre-bending, unexpected collaboration of sounds. Heavily infusing Haitian and Afrobeat elements into her nuanced music, Garbus has not shied away from conversations of cultural appropriation and her part in the matter. But after the racially-charged 2016 election and the ensuing divide of 2017, Garbus felt she needed to address her personal role head on and in full force. In a piece with NPR Music, it’s stated that Garbus attended a six-month anti-racist workshop at the East Bay Meditation Center ...

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Just Announced: Get ready to be blown away by Bishop Briggs this May at Union Transfer

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Just Announced: Get ready to be blown away by Bishop Briggs this May at Union Transfer

Bishop Briggs at Firefly 2016 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bishop Briggs — the insanely talented, hearty-voiced alien-like pixie — last stopped by Philly a few months back as the opener for Bleachers. This May, she and her arresting, hypnotic vocals will rightfully shine as headliner for a gig at Union Transfer.

As Brigg’s wildfire hit, “River,” catapulted the artist to fame last year, she’s supported the hype with equally addicting songs, including the dark and raspy, Gospel-touched, electro bopping tracks, “Wild Horses,” “Be Your Love,” and the recent single, “Dreams,” which you can listen to below. ...

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Bedouine are somehow all on the same insane bill this April

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Bedouine are somehow all on the same insane bill this April

Waxahatchee | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Okay, Union Transfer, we see you. One of Philly’s fave venues just announced a bill for April 16th featuring the powerhouse, inspiring, invincible storytellers, Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Bedouine. All three. Geez oh man, what a steal.

For an incredible mix of singer-wongwriter / rock your socks off vibes, Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee and the Alynda Lee Segarra-led, Hurray for the Riff Raff, will be sharing the headlining slot. Bedouine, the freshly acclaimed solo project of Azniv Korkejian — one of the current class of #NPRSlingshot artists ...

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Transcend into the New Year with Making Time RADio’s Dave P at Union Transfer

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A banterous night with Angel Olsen (and Paul) at Union Transfer

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A banterous night with Angel Olsen (and Paul) at Union Transfer

Angel Olsen | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Gazing into the eyes of the audience like a cat who wants attention, Angel Olsen ever so slightly grazed the strings of her ’79 Gibson S-1 as she sung the words “I ain’t hanging up this time / I ain’t giving up tonight.”

The 1,200 people inside the sold-out Union Transfer sang it with Olsen, who was decked out like Lady Stardust, wearing a glammy and metallic one-piece spacesuit-looking outfit. It was the moment the audience had been waiting for, and they didn’t have to wait very long for it. After ...

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Just Announced: Beth Ditto will headline Union Transfer in March

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Just Announced: Beth Ditto will headline Union Transfer in March

Beth Ditto | photo by Mary McCartney | courtesy of the artist

The final record from Portland-via-Arkansas dance punk trio The Gossip landed in 2012 and the band officially parted ways in 2016, but frontwoman Beth Ditto keeps plenty busy. Between acting (a part in a new Gus Van Sant’s new Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot), fashion (a plus-size clothing line designed with Jean Paul Gaultier), collaborating with her heroes (she contributed to Blondie’s 2013 album), and writing (a memoir Coal to Diamonds), Ditto has a full agenda of pursuits outside the music-specific zone.

But oh, that ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you caught Angel Olsen‘s mesmerizing set at XPN Fest this summer, or even if you didn’t, chances are you’ll want to snag a last-minute ticket to the singer-songwriter’s headlining show at Union Transfer tonight. Olsen’s playing two nights in Philly, but tomorrow’s show is already sold out. White Magic opens both shows. Olsen’s 2016 release My Woman was voted one of The Key’s top albums last year, and she followed it up this year with Phases, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Watch Angel Olsen’s video for “Special” below and ...

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The National Returns For Another Sold Out Show

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All photos by Wakana Narisako

 

The National premiered their latest album Sleep Well Beast from top to bottom in Philadelphia this past September to a packed, sold out Union Transfer. The live-streamed performance was only a hint of what their winter tour would be. The Ohio band made their trip back well worth it with another sold out performance at the Kimmel Center’s beautiful Verizon Hall on Monday night.

The National Returns For Another Sold Out Show

 

In a venue that houses the Philadelphia Orchestra, it almost felt wrong to be so casual, and to see a sea of beanies, flannel, and jeans. All that was ...

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Five holiday soul classics from the York Street Hustle

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Five holiday soul classics from the York Street Hustle

York Street Hustle | photo by Seeetpea Shots Photography | courtesy of the artist | sweetpeashots.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. But sometimes we get a little seasonal, and as it gears up for its final show of 2017, Philly’s York Street Hustle weighed in on its favorite sounds of the holidays.

Philadelphia ten-piece York Street Hustle always brings the party, whether they’re celebrating R&B, soul and Motown hits from the stage of World Cafe Live and Underground Arts, or they’re celebrating with stringed lights and tinsel ...

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Creepoid will play its last show in February at Union Transfer

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Creepoid will play its last show in February at Union Transfer

Creepoid | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly psychedelic punk outfit Creepoid has announced that, after an eight-year run, the band will be dissolving. Creepoid will play its final show on February 17 at Union Transfer.

The band shared the news on its Facebook page:

“After eight wild years and 4 vans we will be moving on from Creepoid to focus on other endeavors. To all the bands we played with along the way, all the loyal supporters, couch offerers, amazing promoters, and weed sharers, we can never thank you enough for making this ride possible.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gary Numan at Union Transfer, Secret Nudist Friends at Boot & Saddle

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gary Numan at Union Transfer, Secret Nudist Friends at Boot & Saddle

Gary Numan | Photo by John Vettese

80s New Wave icon Gary Numan headlines Union Transfer tonight in support of his new album Savage: Songs From A Broken World, released in September. It’s been over three years since the electro and industrial music pioneer’s last album and stop in Philly. Garage pop duo Me Not You opens the show. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Secret Nudist Friends kick off their winter tour tonight at Boot & Saddle. The Philly retro garage rockers released their latest EP, Susan, in March. ...

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Just Announced: Japanese Breakfast continues their Philly takeover with a headlining gig at Union Transfer

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Just Announced: Japanese Breakfast continues their Philly takeover with a headlining gig at Union Transfer

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

It’s been quite a year for indie darling Japanese Breakfast. But, I mean, when you release a record as amazing as Soft Sounds from Another Planet, it only makes sense that everyone everywhere’s going to want a chance to see a live performance of said record.

So although Michelle Zauner’s earnest, electro-ambient pop tunes have been sounding off at all corners of the earth for a while now (she and the crew are currently sharing her songs with the Eastern side of the planet with an Asia / Australia ...

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Watch Angel Olsen perform a cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years”

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Watch Angel Olsen perform a cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years”

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

During Angel Olsen’s show at Charlottesville’s Jefferson Theater last night, the Queen of Croon treated fans to a brooding cover of David Bowie’s “5 Years.”

Below, you can catch a blip of the performance from a concertgoer’s live video posted on Instagram, which begins with Olsen singing a bit of the song’s steady buildup, and then breaking into the soaring chorus finale. Plus, with Olsen dressed in a metallic-looking body suit, the rendition sparks even more Bowie flair.

Don’t miss Angel Olsen at Union Transfer on December 12th with support from ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a self-titled album earlier this fall, The Weather Station bring their folk-rooted tunes to Boot & Saddle tonight. The project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is known for its energetic and forthright yet soft and delicate sounds. The latest release, the project’s fourth LP, is perhaps its boldest yet — though Lindeman refers to it as a “rock and roll” record, it still maintains its laid-back folk vibes. James Elkington also plays tonight’s show. Listen to “Thirty” below and find tickets and more ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a self-titled album earlier this fall, The Weather Station bring their folk-rooted tunes to Boot & Saddle tonight. The project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is known for its energetic and forthright yet soft and delicate sounds. The latest release, the project’s fourth LP, is perhaps its boldest yet — though Lindeman refers to it as a “rock and roll” record, it still maintains its laid-back folk vibes. James Elkington also plays tonight’s show. Listen to “Thirty” below and find tickets and more ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: St. Vincent at the Electric Factory, Cut Copy at Union Transfer

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: St. Vincent at the Electric Factory, Cut Copy at Union Transfer

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

St. Vincent released her highly-anticipated new album MASSEDUCTION last month, the long-awaited follow-up to the artist’s 2014 self-titled outing. Tonight, Annie Clark, the mastermind force behind the St. Vincent moniker, brings her Fear The Future tour to the Electric Factory. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the Grammy-winner and frequently lauded guitar master in Philly — take a look back at her 2015 XPN Fest set here. Listen to “Los Ageless” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kamasi Washington at Union Transfer, Soraia at MilkBoy, Secret American At Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kamasi Washington at Union Transfer, Soraia at MilkBoy, Secret American At Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Following the release of his latest EP Harmony of Difference in September, Los Angeles-based jazz master Kamasi Washington brings his saxophone-driven tunes to Union Transfer tonight. Philly’s own Sun Ra Arkestra opens the show. Read The Key’s interview with Washington here, listen to “Truth” off the new EP below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. 

Local garage rock force of nature Soraia returns to MilkBoy tonight for a homecoming show, headlining a stacked lineup that includes Cold Roses, Lito and the Shepherds ...

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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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