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Listen to Japanese Breakfast collaborate with Giraffage on “Maybes”

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

Japanese Breakfast released two of the best albums of the last two years: 2016’s Psychopomp and 2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet were both met with widespread acclaim. But the project of Philadelphia’s Michelle Zauner isn’t showing any signs of slowing down — amid an extensive tour, Japanese Breakfast recently found time to make a guest appearance on a song with EDM artist Giraffage. The Bay Area artist Charlie Yin is the mastermind behind Giraffage, and the project is set to release it’s bedroom-recorded debut LP Too Real on Oct. 20 via Counter Records. Continue reading →

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They Call Them the Diamond Dogs: Groove to Giraffage’s “Tell Me” video

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese

Charlie Yin, aka Giraffage, has a knack for catchy dance-pop grooves with a heavily surreal overlay. He caught our attention opening for Porter Robinson at The Tower Theater this fall, and his set was a heady blend of projected pixels, slick grooves and bizarre curveballs (like playing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” at half-speed so it sounds like a Tears for Fears song).

On his new video for “Tell Me,” the mind-warpy confections continue. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tutlie at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Philly event, Parker Gispert at MilkBoy, Tokyo Police Club at Union Transfer and more

Tutlie
Tutlie | Photo by Morgan Smith | courtesy of the artist

Bob Boilen and the NPR Music Tiny Desk team swings through Philly tonight to celebrate the city’s 130+ submissions to the national Tiny Desk Contest. Performing are three stand-out artists from the ranks, including art-pop ensemble Tutlie, singer-songwriter Joy Ike and rapper The Bul Bey (who totally knocked out a performance at Sunday night’s benefit show for Beyond the Bars). Tickets are free with RSVP, so sign up here and see you tonight!
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chelydra at Bourbon and Branch, Clark / Nosaj Thing at Johnny Brenda’s

Chelydra | Photo via facebook.com/chelydraoficial
Chelydra | Photo via facebook.com/chelydraoficial

Mexico City rockers Chelydra bring their U.S. tour to Philly tonight for a stop at Bourbon and Branch with Mazzerati and Dedos en Dos. The band released its debut record Retrato Oval last year, and it’s a gripping fusion of hard atmospheric rock styles – a little bit Faith No More, a little bit Soundgarden. Check out the lyric video for “Mexico City” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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The Electronic New Year: 4 EDM shows to get excited about in 2015

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage opening for Porter Robinson at the Tower Theater | Photo by John Vettese

Electronic Music has come a long way in the last few decades, changing and creating new subgenres constantly, to the extent that artists and fans alike have adopted a “what’s next?” attitude to the genre. While no one knows for sure what style will sweep the EDM world next, here are a few shows coming to Philadelphia in early 2015 to get your year rolling. Continue reading →

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EDM visionary Porter Robinson rocked The Tower, well, like a DJ. And it was great.

Porter Robinson | Photo by John Vettese
Porter Robinson | Photo by John Vettese

One listen to his outstanding 2014 LP Worlds and it’s evident that Chapel Hill’s Porter Robinson stands out tremendously from the electronic dance music pack. It boasts a sophisticated sense of structure and song, of melodic and textural ideas that are the anthesis of the formulaic build-to-crescendo-to-bass-drop template that’s been all over the festival and club circuit for the past four or five years. As our Patrick Meehan pointed out in his concert preview last week, a quick disillusionment with the dance music factory led Robinson to refocus on writing what he viewed as a personal statement.

While his outside-the-box approach to the record is clear and commendable, his approach to performing, on display at The Tower on Friday night, still sits very much within the EDM DJ wheelhouse.  Continue reading →

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Discovering Worlds, the new live experience from Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson | via facebook.com/porterrobinsonmusic
Porter Robinson | via facebook.com/porterrobinsonmusic

Porter Robinson‘s experiences as a teenager and young adult are pretty unique. At just 18 years old, one of Porter’s first singles, “Say My Name,” reached Beatport’s #1 spot, quickly followed by his follow-up, “I’m On Fire.” After the resulting explosion onto the electronic scene back in 2010, Porter kept the momentum going, playing festivals all around the world, including multiple Ultra and Electric Daisy iterations. Continue reading →