CONCERT REVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer

Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer. Photo by Fabiola Cineas.

Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer. Photo by Fabiola Cineas.

At around 10:30 Tuesday night, the stage at Union Transfer was hazy with smoke—Corinne Bailey Rae had just completed her set, but the crowd didn’t immediately file out. Instead, they began to chant and cheer for the songstress and her four-person band. And just like that, within minutes, Bailey Rae, in her luxe pink jumpsuit, graciously returned to the stage and gave us a 2006 throwback—“Just Like A Star.”

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook


The Hot Sardines @ World Café Live | Tuesday, June 28
Throwback jazz collective The Hot Sardines goes for a smooth, lively hot jazz/Dixieland/swing sound with sultry vocals. They just released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne.
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Music: 7 Shows To See This Week

Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter

Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter


Tunji Ige x Michael Christmas @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Wednesday, June 22
Rappers Tunji Ige and Michael Christmas team up for the Bring Yo Friends summer tour. The young Ige came onto the scene in late 2014 with his self-produced mixtape, The Love Project, recorded in the basement of his dorm at West Chester University. Christmas, who has more of a mellow head-bopping sound, is from Boston.

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Music: 6 Shows To See This Week

And The Kids play MilkBoy tonight. Photo by Courtney Chavanell

And The Kids play MilkBoy tonight. Photo by Courtney Chavanell


And The Kids @ MilkBoy | Wednesday, June 8
Hannah Mohan and Rebecca Lasaponaro of indie-pop band And The Kids started making music together in the seventh grade, adding Megan Miller when they met as interns at an all-women music studio in Massachusetts. Bassist Taliana Katz takes over for Canadian citizen Miller during American shows because of a visa issue. On Facebook they list their genre as “unconscious, accessible, existential, indie, glitter, popsicle, crisis.” So, accessible popsicles sounds pretty sweet. They’re touring in support of the new Friends Share Lovers.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Make the World Better Benefit

Hop Along Photographed by Chris Sikich

Hop Along
Photographed by Chris Sikich

On Friday, June 3rd, Union Transfer hosted the third-annual Make the World Better benefit concert. Raising $200,000 for parks in Philadelphia, the Connor Barwin-led foundation was hugely successful both monetarily and musically. It was an all-Philly affair, with Hop Along headlining with a brilliant set and Waxahatchee providing a solid opening affair. The special guest first set by Amos Lee was a surprise and a burst of a different music flavor. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Old 97’s and Heartless Bastards at Union Transfer

Old 97's Photographed by Chris Sikich

Old 97’s
Photographed by Chris Sikich

A Saturday night with the Old 97’s is one well spent. The dynamic grouping of lead singer and guitar slinger Rhett Miller, bountiful bass and vibrant vocals of Murry Hammond, guitar guru Ken Bethea and drumming professor Philip Peeples were on fire. And as part of double headlining show with the rocking Heartless Bastards it was a Saturday one would not soon forget. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: M. Ward at Union Transfer

Photography by Chris Sikich

Photography by Chris Sikich

M. Ward brought his special brand of folk and mid-20th-century rock to Union Transfer on May 2nd. Playing behind his 2016 LP More Rain, a large Philly contingent drank in his guitar and unique vocals. Read more »

Music Shortlist: 5 Very Different Shows To See This Week

Chris Pureka plays Boot and Saddle on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Grippi

Chris Pureka plays Boot and Saddle on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Grippi

Tokyo Police Club @ Union Transfer | Tuesday, April 19
A decade in, indie/garage pop rockers Tokyo Police Club just kicked off a tour for their newest album, Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness. The new tracks have the group’s usual upbeat sound, even in a breakup anthem like “Not My Girl.” Indian Lakes and Charly Bliss open.

Chris Pureka @ Boot and Saddle | Wednesday, April 20
Singer-songwriter Chris Pureka sounds like she should always be sitting on a low wooden stool in a coffeehouse, acoustic guitar in hand, but Boot and Saddle works as a venue too. She’ll be playing her intimate songs in support of her sixth album, Back in the Ring. Expect to feel feelings during the title track.

Moosh and Twist @ Underground Arts | Thursday, April 21

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Oliver “Twist” Feighan and DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman. Photo provided

These Philly kids are growing up before our eyes. High-energy rappers Moosh, aka DeQuincy Coleman, and Oliver “Twist” Feighan headline a Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts. (Full disclosure: I almost called them “spunky.”). Check out their new video here. Philly-based Tunji Ige, New Yorkers Loaf Muzik, and Boston’s Michael Christmas are also on the bill. RSVP to get a $3 ticket, or wait and pay $10. The catch: A ticket doesn’t guarantee entry, so get there early.

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