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Odesza delivers an immersive performance at Union Transfer

Odesza | Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com
Odesza | Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

Seattle based electronic act ODESZA captured two full audiences at Union Transfer in Philadelphia Wednesday night, bringing out enough people to sell out both a 7pm and 10:30pm show. Founding duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight had an energy I never thought possible from a couple of DJs; in the past I’ve often noticed pop DJs seem to simply stand on stage with their laptop and tap their foot. ODESZA’s twist is an entirely different breed from this generic approach. Not only did neither of them stop moving for a second during the more than hour-long show, the background didn’t stop moving either. Throughout the concert, projections were constantly changing, from a view of trees and the transforming night sky to the on beat pulsing of their signature geometric logo. Continue reading →

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Milky Chance steals the Skyline

Milky Chance | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Milky Chance | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

The sign of an extraordinary musician is their ability to bring their music alive during performances. It isn’t about sounding exactly like their albums, but enhancing the songs we hear on the radio and on record into an experience not only for listening, but for seeing and feeling as well.

Milky Chance brought this energy and sound to Philadelphia’s Mann Center Skyline Stage last night. Their calm yet catchy sound reached new heights, between its electronic aspect, magnified bass and added harmonica solos – the live show was an experience that cannot be achieved through simply listening to the album. Not only was their sound volumized, but the concert was visually exciting as well. The lighting was everywhere from several minutes of darkness at the beginning of the show to swirling psychedelic lights on the trees surrounding the stage. Continue reading →

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A conversation with Clemens Rehbein of Milky Chance

Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist
Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist

I spent my Thursday afternoon chatting with an old friend over the phone. At least that’s what it felt like. I had a conversation with Clemens Rehbein, lead singer and half of the duo Milky Chance. Although he was about a 12-hour plane ride away, it felt as though we were in the same room. And, in a couple weeks, we will be! The German band graces Philadelphia at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center on July 28th; tickets are still available to spend an amazing summer night with Clemens and his talented partner, Phillip Dausch. But before we see them live, here’s a few words from our overseas friends to tide us over. Continue reading →

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Twenty One Pilots blows away the Tower Theater, twice

Twenty One Pilots | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Twenty One Pilots | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Alternative pop/rock duo Twenty One Pilots lit up the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby last night. The Columbus, Ohio band attracted enough fans for two sold-out performances, both Saturday and Sunday. I, along with four city blocks of people, waited outside to get a prime spot for the general admission performance. (Some devoted fans claimed to have spent the night outside the Tower in order to get a front row spot.) Continue reading →