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.
The Center City District and Friends of the Rail Park hosted a fundraiser in support of Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park last night at Philly’s Union Transfer. The evening began with a VIP cocktail party offering hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, DJ Jersey Dan and a great networking crowd of Rail Park sponsors and supporters. At 8 p.m. the performances started with the evening’s emcee Pierre Robert talking about many of Philly’s treasures, how they began and where they are now, such as Project HOME and the Mural Arts Project. He then talked about the vision of the Friends of the Rail Park and where it could lead in a few years with the right support. Michael Garden, secretary for the Friends of the Rail Park, spoke more on the subject and then introduced the opening act, a solo acoustic performance by rising star Rob Grote of The Districts. The Bacon Brothers — Kevin and Michael Bacon, who grew up in the Rittenhouse Square area — headlined the concert.
Confession: ODESZA is my go-to for both pump-up jams while I’m getting ready for a night out and chill tunes for zoning out on my long train home every day. There are few music artists who can play both roles, and this duo does it to perfection. I had some pretty high hopes for last night’s concert, and ODESZA blew them out of the water.
I’m not sure what I was expecting — a Coachella-esque feel, teens moshing, perhaps? That was certainly the vibe I was getting from the crowd outside Union Transfer beforehand in their booty shorts and headbands, at 7 pm on a Wednesday. (Don’t these kids have school in the morning?) Thankfully, those of us over 21 split off upon entering into a bar area that leads to the upper deck of the venue. If you’ve never been to Union Transfer, this place is off-the-charts as far as concert spaces go. Remnants of this train station’s former life provide grandiose details of a bygone era: soaring beamed ceilings, ornate lighting fixtures, and a pair of squid chandeliers over the bar. Although, you’d never know it when the lights go down and all eyes are on the stage.
The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
Every time Fishtown-based rocker Kurt Vile makes the trek back to his home city (technically he’s from Lansdowne, but whatever. Close enough.) it’s a special event. But last night, Vile brought fellow local rock act Waxahatchee with him to the Union Transfer, creating a powerful one-two punch of Philadelphia indie rock and roll.
The night began with Nashville-based acoustic singer Luke Roberts. But it wasn’t until Waxahatchee and lead singer Katie Crutchfield‘s arrival that the Union Transfer really began to fill up. The set was well-received, as the band’s electric, groovy sound was an excellent prequel to Kurt Vile and the Violators’ dreamy set.
Move over, Francis—there’s another Papa headed to town. One of the more bizarre subplots surrounding the papal visit involves the costumed Swedish rockers Ghost, who were forced to move their scheduled concert at Union Transfer from tonight to this Tuesday. That didn’t sit well with the band, whose skull-faced frontman, Papa Emeritus III, dresses in black pontiff robes and sings tunes with titles like “Satan Prayer” and “Deus In Absentia.” One of Ghost’s guitarists—a Nameless Ghoul, as each masked instrumentalist is known—called from their gig in Pittsburgh to discuss (in an exceedingly polite manner) how their live show is like mass, his love of certain Philly institutions, and a most unholy competition between the band and “Frankie.”