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Just Announced: Phoenix’s first tour in three years swings through The Fillmore in June

Phoenix | Photo by John Vettese

France synthpopers Phoenix announced they’ll be back on the road this summer, spanning the globe on a world tour set to come to this fair city on June 2nd at The Fillmore with support from The Lemon Twigs. We haven’t seen any new full releases from the alt-rockers since 2013’s Bankrupt! — and this is their first tour since 2014 — so we hope this indicates new tunes from the group are on the way as well.

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltv
Matt O’Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodonnelltv

You’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. Continue reading →

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Stream King Britt’s new Fhloston Paradigm album, The Phoenix

Photo by John Kaufman
Photo by John Kaufman

Pitchfork Advance is streaming King Britt’s new Fhloston Paradigm album, The Phoenix. Drawing inspiration from his love of science fiction movies like Blade Runner and The Fifth Element (where the name of the project comes from), Sun Ra, funk, and Afrofuturism, Britt has created a soundtrack to an imaginary motion picture, filled with moody, synthesized soundscapes, with contributions by Marlo Reynolds, and vocalists Rachel Claudio, Pia Ercole, and Natasha Kmeto.

Listen to The Phoenix here.

In other King Britt/Fhloston Paradigm news, listen to their contribution to the new Red Hot + Bach album below. Featuring classical vocalist Pia Ercole, they perform “Ave Maria” and was inspired by the late Sixties Moog synth collection of Bach compositions Switched On Bach, by Wendy Carlos.

King Britt performs at Union Transfer on July 12th with Nightmares On Wax and on July 14th at Johnny Brenda’s.

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Recap: Beyonce, Phoenix, Public Enemy, Haim and more at Made In America day one

Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
The opening day of the 2013 Made In America festival was jam packed with a wide variety of sounds and styles, from Haim kicking off the day at the festival’s Liberty Stage to EDM heavy hitter Porter Robinson making the crowd move on the Freedom Stage and tremendous headlining performance by Beyoncé.

Some of the amazing / exciting / unusual things we observed during the day: Philly’s Restorations rocked an impressive set on the Skate Park stage, with singer-guitarist Jon Loudon playing so hard that he cut his hand open and splattered blood all over his guitar. During Public Enemy‘s set, local teacher Heather Marcus was brought onstage to make an impassioned speech about the need to support public schools in Philadelphia. Alt-rock heros Imagine Dragons gave a propulsive, high-energy performance, while Phoenix delivered an impressive assortment of hits, deep cuts and bright stage lights. With all the Deadmau5 fans walking around the festival grounds during the day with imaginatively decorated mouse heads (one dude’s was done up like a disco ball), the Los Angeles via Toronto DJ’s set was a tremendous crescendo that set the stage well for Ms. Knowles’ incredible closing performance. Check out a massive photo recap in the gallery below, and follow XPN on Instagram to keep tabs on today’s action.