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Get Lost in An Sibin: The vinyl lounge at Lancaster’s Tellus360 is a prime space for music discovery

An Síbín | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Since launching in 2010, Tellus360 has been making a name for itself as an Irish pub and multi-purpose music and arts space in a state of constant growth and evolution.

Located in the heart of Lancaster City on King Street, Tellus360 began as a retail store for owner Joe DeVoy’s reclaimed wood furniture. But, he tells us, after experiencing how strongly the community hungered for a space that hosted daily cultural events, it expanded. Today, Tellus is not only an Irish pub, but also a prominent music venue…and now a record lounge.

Though Tellus360 has been open for several years, the Irish pub recently opened the speakeasy-like An Síbín (pronounced sh’been), a vinyl lounge with drinks, books, record players and occasional intimate performances. I recently had the opportunity to meet with events and marketing manager Bill Speakman, as well as vinyl curator Max Kornhauser to talk about An Síbín and visit the new space. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Halfro at RiverRink, Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Second Sky at Tellus360

Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic
Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic

Philly hip-hop group Halfro are putting on a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest tonight with The Bul Bey, as part of The Key’s Waterfront Sessions. Halfro are coming off their latest album release Squalor, while The Bul Bey’s 2014 single “Where I’m From” was a lead-in to this year’s awesome LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. He was also in for a Key Studio Session recently. The show, presented by us here at The Key, is free (did we mention that already?), and all ages, so you have no excuse not to be at the RiverRink tonight for this performance. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Midge Ure at Tellus360

Midge Ure
Midge Ure | photo via Facebook

Midge Ure brings a solo acoustic tour to Tellus360 in Lancaster tonight. The former Ultravox frontman and Thin Lizzy guitarist released his seventh solo record Fragile last year, reaching back to his roots in 80s pop sonically while staying in the moment lyrically. Ure discussed the tour and his musical history with The Washington Times last week; check out that interview here and watch him perform “Vienna” live on The Late Late Show below. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Courtney Barnett at Union Transfer, Something Like A Monument at Kung Fu Necktie, These Wild Plains at Tellus360

Courtney Barnett | Photo via facebook.com/courtneybarnettmusic
Courtney Barnett | Photo via facebook.com/courtneybarnettmusic

It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Courtney Barnett, who went from a Melbourne musician with a couple of EPs to the toast of the indie singer-songwriter scene. Propelled by her wit and lyrical charm, perhaps best exhibited on the infectious “Avant Gardener” – the first single from her 2013 release A Sea of Split Peas – Barnett headlines Union Transfer for the second time tonight, and according to her recent interview with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia, will show off a few new songs from the album she’s releasing next year. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch a video of “Avant Gardener” performed live in the studio for World Cafe. Continue reading →

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Listen to Second Sky’s futuristic new single “Purpose,” see them at Tellus360

Second Sky/ Photo by Jack Myers
Second Sky/ Photo by Jack Myers

Lancaster-based Second Sky is rooted in a dreamy blend of dub and electronica, but the band isn’t afraid to jump across genres. It’s debut album Art of Influence, released in 2011, fused downtempo, dub and musical styles from around the world, including Indian and Arabic, together to create an interesting, abstract listening experience. Now the band is set to release its second album, Touching the Surface, this summer and based off the album’s first single, “Purpose,” this album will be full of trippy futuristic tracks. “Purpose” feels almost like a drug-induced dream sequence, but it’s suffocating and dystopic. Watch the music video for “Purpose” below and see Second Sky play in Lancaster at Tellus360 on Saturday, June 14. For tickets and more information, check out the Tellus360 website here.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Dirk Quinn Band at Tellus360

Photo via www.dirkquinn.com
Photo by Amber Quisenberry

Tonight, Tellus360 welcomes Philly jazz musician Dirk Quinn to its stage. Quinn’s funky jam band has toured extensively over the past decade, delivering sounds for crowds all over North America to groove to. They released Live at Home last year which featured recorded live tracks played at five different local shows. Get tickets here and watch them play “Eve” below.

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Younger Me release new video for “Aquarium” (playing Tellus360 on 12/20)

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Younger Me | photo via www.facebook.com/youngermemusic

Following up their endless summer anthem “Swimming Pool,” Younger Me are back with a video for b-side “Aquarium.”  The York/Lancaster project walk in line with Local Natives on the latest track, pairing it with a glowing lyric video that intersperses close up shots of the band with gracefully swimming goldfish.  Younger Me play Lancaster’s Tellus360 on December 20th; tickets and information can be found here.

Younger Me “Aquarium” from Brandt Imhoff on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MGMT at the Electric Factory, Alice Smith at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Declan O’Rourke at Tellus360 and more

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

Alt-rock stars MGMT will play the Electric Factory tonight in support of their self-titled album, which was released in September. The band blasted onto the world’s radar a few years back with hit singles “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel”, and “Kids”. Since then, their sound has transformed and become more low-key but is still very MGMT. Watch them calmly convince you that “Your Life is A Lie” below and get tickets here.

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The Bigness say thanks to their fans with two classic rock covers

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

After successfully crowd-funding their EP Time Traveler, which was released just over a year ago, The Bigness has released three songs as a part of a Kickstarter All-Stars collection. The four-piece Philly rock outfit covered two songs that were chosen by the two highest donors from the Time Traveler Kickstarter campaign, and for laughs, sang a contractual agreement about it. Continue reading →