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.”
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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.