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Lord Huron brings a mix of quiet and intensity to the Electric Factory

Lord Huron | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie folk-rock band Lord Huron took a sold-out Electric Factory crowd on a sonically rich, almost cinematic journey on Tuesday night. Lord Huron is currently touring in support of their third full-length album, Vide Noir, which was released just a few weeks ago. The record marks quite an ambitious shift in their sound: more rock, faster tempos, and an overall heavier sound. With such a shift in their sound, it was interesting to see how it would mesh with their previous work in a live show. Continue reading →

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Kate Nash makes a welcome return to Philly with an energetic, interactive TLA show

Kate Nash | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

English singer-songwriter Kate Nash brought a highly energetic show to the TLA on Thursday night. Nash is currently on tour in support of her recently released album Yesterday Was Forever, which was crowdfunded and independently produced. It’s been five years since she released her last album, Girl Talk, so the crowd was more than excited for Nash to take the stage. Similar to her discography, Yesterday Was Forever features a personal narrative with a genre-bending sound, including pop, indie rock, r&b, and electronic influences within her new songs. The set started with the instrumental focused song “Play,” featuring her three-piece backing band and a recorded track of Nash’s vocals. A few minutes later, Nash joined the stage much to the crowd’s excitement to perform “Mouthwash.” Nash’s set was heavy on nostalgia, and she included several songs off of her highly popular debut album, 2007’s Made of Bricks.

Nash was very interactive with her fans throughout the entire show, encouraging everyone to sing and clap along at times, even borrowing a pair of heart shaped sunglasses from a fan for her performance of “Life in Pink.” At one point, she jumped off the stage into the barricade to perform “We Get On” more intimately to the crowd, and even had a fan finish singing one of her lines. Continue reading →

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue bring the party, New Orleans style, to The Fillmore

Trombone Shorty | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought a high-energy and vibrant New Orleans style party to The Fillmore stage on Wednesday night. The band is currently touring in support of their recently released album Parking Lot Symphony, and the performance had the band dancing from front to back. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews led the show as the band played a great set of their funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop infused music. Throughout the set, Andrews switched between multiple instruments including trombone, trumpet, tambourine and even drums at one point. Midway through the show, Andrews left the crowd speechless as he played an impressive trumpet solo — one continuous note for at least 2 minutes before ending with a dramatic slide up the scale with an explosive ending before falling to his knees to finally catch his breath. It was easily one of the most memorable instrumental solos I have seen.  Continue reading →

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Regina Spektor dazzles The Fillmore on a snow day eve

Regina Spektor | photo Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com/ target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Regina Spektor | photo Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor graced the stage at The Fillmore on Monday night to play a stellar set to a sold out crowd. Spektor is currently touring across the country in support of her new album, Remember Us To Life. As soon as she walked on stage and took a seat at her beautiful Steinway grand piano, the crowd went wild with excitement. Continue reading →

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Ingrid Michaelson mesmerizes The Fillmore with songs old and new

Ingrid Michaelson | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotogrpahy.com</a>
Ingrid Michaelson | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotogrpahy.com

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson lit up the stage with a wonderful set playing to a packed crowd at The Fillmore on Monday night as part of her Hell No tour. Touring in support of her recently released LP, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, Michaelson and her five-piece band performed a well-rounded set featuring some of her newest music along with a mix of favorites pulled from her previous five albums. The show started with a dramatically dark stage that lit up as Michaelson came on stage and started singing one of her new songs, “Light Me Up.” After a few songs, the band left the stage and Ingrid performed a couple songs solo acoustic with her ukulele. She played an interesting medley combining “Corner of Your Heart” and “How We Love,” followed by a beautiful cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Continue reading →

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Temples mesmerizingly preview new music at Johnny Brenda’s

Temples | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN
Temples | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

English psych-rockers Temples played an awesome sold-out Johnny Brenda’s show on Friday night. The four-piece group played most of their songs off 2014’s critically acclaimed debut album, Sun Structures, as well as a few new singles and yet-to-be released songs. Temples is currently touring to preview new material off their forthcoming album, anticipated for release in early 2017. Continue reading →

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Lake Street Dive shines at Union Transfer

Lake Street Dive | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Lake Street Dive | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Lake Street Dive played an incredible set on their first of two nights at Union Transfer on Tuesday night. The four-piece group is currently touring in support of their sophomore album, Side Pony, which was released earlier this year. By fusing together the sounds of rock, R&B and soul along with a ‘60s influence, Lake Street Dive’s sound is catchy and unique. As soon as the band took the stage, the crowd went wild with excitement in anticipation for their set to start. Continue reading →

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Kishi Bashi brings intricate soundscapes and positive energy to Union Transfer

Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href=http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com target="_blank">michellemontgomeryphotography.com</a>
Kishi Bashi | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi, better known by his stage name Kishi Bashi, performed a fantastic set Tuesday night at Union Transfer. Currently touring in support of his recent full-length Sonderlust, Kishi Bashi explained to the crowd that the title means “the awareness that everyone around you has a complex life of his or her own.”

The complexities present within his newest music make Sonderlust a brilliant title for this album. Kishi Bashi performed an all-encompassing set playing much of the record, along with a selection of songs from 2014’s Lighght and 2012’s 151a. Kishi Bashi was backed by a 4 piece touring band, allowing him to produce a fuller, more intricate sound. By incorporating his signature sound looping, he created an interesting textural soundscape of violin and beatbox loops underneath the band’s overall sound. Continue reading →

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Hopelessly Devoted to Rocking: Courtney Barnett at the Electric Factory

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Aussie singer-songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett and her band rocked it out out the Electric Factory on Thursday night. Barnett is currently touring in support of her critically-acclaimed 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. With multiple festival set appearances, a recent debut performance on SNL’s season finale and a Grammy nomination, Barnett has had quite a busy year since her last performance in Philly at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →