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Miguel’s Wildheart tour takes flight at the TLA

Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sporting a white leather jacket adorned with feathers and a bare chest underneath (much to the approval of the mostly female crowd) Miguel soared through his performance at the TLA on Friday night. He performed many songs off of his third album, and the tours namesake, Wildheart, as well as some others, with his immensely spirited band backing him. Continue reading →

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Sweating On The Stage: Ed Sheeran heats up the Mann

Ed Sheeran | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Ed Sheeran | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Armed with nothing but a guitar, a loop station and a hell of a lot of charm, Ed Sheeran took to the Mann Center stage this past Tuesday. Philly was just one stop on his international, 179 show X-Tour, but Sheeran made the night as memorable as possible for the sold out crowd. While performing in 90 degree heat, the line from his song “Take It Back” that goes “Now I’m sweating on the stage of a sold out tour” never rang truer, but Sheeran didn’t let the heat stop him from delivering a high energy 2 hour set. Continue reading →

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Humble and powerful, George Ezra showed The Troc what he’s got

George Ezra | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
George Ezra | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

After opening for Sam Smith and Hozier in Philadelphia earlier this year, George Ezra returned on Tuesday to headline his own sold out show at the Trocadero. Just as Smith and Hozier did in 2014, the 21-year-old England native has risen to fame overnight. It seems Ezra has not grown completely accustomed to the fame, as evidenced by his bashful response of “Thank you” when a fan screamed “I love you, George!” from the audience. However humble he may be, Ezra’s deep and powerful voice was a true spectacle that night.  Continue reading →

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Danced Out and Super Satisfied: The Ting Tings at Union Transfer

The Ting Tings | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
The Ting Tings | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Rocking a wild pony tail and a t-shirt that read “Good Vibes”, The Ting Tings‘ frontwoman Katie White really brought serious energy (and, as advertised, good vibes) to Union Transfer on Friday night. The British duo commanded the crowd with disco tinged tunes and electro-pop anthems, making sure to perform songs from all three of their albums in their short but sweet 65-minute set. Continue reading →

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Riff Raff brings Neon Icon spectacle to the Troc

Riff Raff
Riff Raff | photo by Morgan Smith | www.phobymo.com/

It’s a weekday night and the Troc is full of disinterested hipsters, 16-year-olds in phosphorescent rave wear and a few older men who, judging by their appearance, are most definitely in on the joke. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Riff Raff, considering the last time I saw him perform was at Mad Decent Block Party two summers ago where he was booed off stage for lip syncing, but I was hoping he had matured as a performer since then.

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Selfies, Cake, and Sweet Beats: Steve Aoki takes to the Electric Factory

Steve Aoki | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Steve Aoki | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sweat and icing was the winning combination Thursday night as EDM powerhouse Steve Aoki took to the stage at The Electric Factory. The Grammy-nominated party-incarnate who’s infamous for throwing cakes into the faces of his adoring fans, made his mark on Thursday and truly knows how to set things off. Whether he was “caking” concert goers or sending them crowd surfing on inflatable rafts, he brought the energy from beginning to end. Continue reading →