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Cloaked in darkness, Beach House soars in a sublime Tower Theater set

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Starting in a place of darkness has always given Beach House its balance, its symmetry, its heft. Despite the incongruity of a sandy-and-sunny name (unless that house is in grey and rocky Brighton), theirs is a poignant place of musical melancholia mired in thick electronica, noisy bent-string guitars, dense tom-tom rhythms, and a lead vocalist whose affinity for Nico-esque singing and neo-Beat poetry could snatch the air out of any room from its gravity.

No one gets out of here alive when Beach House is around.

And yet, there is/was something joyful, elevated, elegant and celebratory about a clad-in-black and singularly (simply, starkly, dramatically) backlit trio singing “Star death ringing / Brought fear” (“Dark Spring”), and “You want to go / Inside the cold / It’s like a tomb” (“Black Car”) through a pulsing, electro-din reminiscent of Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode and a slower Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

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The Week Ahead: Raphael Saadiq, Beach House, The Hold Steady, #XPNFest and more

David Byrne | Photo by Jody Rogac

Well, first and foremost, there’s #XPNFest. I mean, duh. Three days, 32 bands, BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, etc. etc. Highlights including David Byrne and The War on Drugs are shouted out below, full details at XPNFest.org. Know what though? This summer in Philly has been the summer of redonkulous concertgoing options, this week is no different, and we here at The Key would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t let you know everything else that’s going on. Read on for our full roundup of picks: 22 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia for the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Beach House will bring their new album 7 to The Tower Theater in July

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Beach House | photo by Shawn Brackbill | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Baltimore dreampop duo Beach House will release their new album, 7, this May on Sub Pop, Bella Union, and Mistletone records. As the band writes, “7 is our 7th full-length record. At its release, we will have been a band for over 13 years. We have now written and released a total of 77 songs together.” Beach House by the numbers, people.

With the announcement and album details — cover art, track list, fun stuff that you can see below — the band shared a new single called “Dive.” It opens on a woozy, languid keyboard drone that blankets Victoria Legrand’s vocals (so classic Beach House, in other words) but launches into an urgent double-time drum machine anthem in the vein of New Order at the halfway mark, an animated side that the band does not often reveal. Listen below. Continue reading →

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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Beach House’s spring tour brings it to Wilmington and Lancaster

Beach House | photo by Shawn Brackbill | via subpop.com

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House just announced a short run of spring tour dates that brings it in the periphery of Philadelphia, though not in the city proper. They’ll be at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Wednesday, March 29th and at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Thursday, March 30th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, February 3rd at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Night School: Neon Indian, Beach House and (most of) The Walkmen on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

You know what time of the week it is, so I’ll cut right to the chase. Tune in at 11pm ET for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight we’ll spotlight VEGA INTL. Night School, the groovy new album from Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian. Plus we’ll hear a song from Beach House‘s new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for these tracks in the mix as well:

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Dream Lovers: Beach House, Deerhunter and Hussalonia on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade boasts a number of very special features, so be sure to catch the whole show starting at 11pm on XPN. On our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from the new album by the venerable Baltimore duo Beach House, Depression Cherry. Elsewhere, we’ll preview next week’s live studio session with the mysterious New York “pop cult,” Hussalonia. All that plus a few of these new tracks in the mix (I promise):

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Dreams come true: New Beach House, Ought & Ducktails on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House Photo by Jason Nocito
Beach House | Photo by Jason Nocito

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your Friday night a little night-ier, with a full two hour show starting right after the premiere of What’s The Frequency? Tune in at 11pm to hear a whole lot of brand new stuff, including new singles from Baltimore’s Beach House, Montreal’s Ought and Jersey’s Ducktails. You can preview those ones below, sure, but the absolute best way to enjoy these songs (and more) is to listen live. After all, we’re only in it for the segues, right?

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