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Marian Hill showcases its Unusual evolution at Union Transfer

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Marian Hill has been super busy on their Unusual Tour promoting their new album, Unusual, which made its way into the world yesterday. Fresh off of their first performance at Coachella as well as a series of appearances throughout the festival circuit, the Philadelphia-born electro-pop-jazz duo, Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol made an epic stop through Union Transfer this past Tuesday playing a persuasive arrangement of old and new songs. Along for the ride is longtime collaborator, Steve Davit, the band’s saxophonist whose solos often erupted some of the biggest crowd applauses of the night. While fans got an early peek at what to expect from the new album a few days before its release, they also brought back hits from Act One, the album that brought them to super stardom, as well as their first EP Sway, which long-term fans appreciated. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Ani Di Franco, Marian Hill, Bartees and the Strange Fruit, The Feelies and more

Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist
Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist

Got plans this week? Because, wow, have we got plans for you. It’s a jam-packed seven days ahead of us, with no fewer than 22 concerts at your fingertips in the Philadelphia region (most within city limits, some a short drive away). Get out. See live music. And we’ll catch up with you on the other side. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill and fans celebrate female empowerment on the new music video for “Differently”

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Philadelphia electronic pop duo Marian Hill used the power of social media to make a new music video or “Differently” with dozens of their fans.

In the video, we see Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol chilling on a couch, as different women are added to the scene to the beat of the song. The fans chosen for the video are a diverse group of all kinds of women. There are younger women, older women, women of color, trans women. The diversity of the women in the video speaks to the universality of Marian Hill’s music, and helps frame the song’s message of female empowerment, specifically women helping other women. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill drops clever new single “Differently,” opens preorder for new LP Unusual

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Philly born dynamic duo Marian Hill has just released a new track titled “Differently” which features co-production from hip hop heavyweight Boi-1da. The song features heavy electric bass, infectious claps, and catchy synths, an impressive blend of sounds from Jeremy Lloyd and Boi-1da’s collab. Samatha Gongol’s smooth, ethereal vocals add to the unapologetic, badass atmosphere of the song as she sings nonchalant and confident. Continue reading →

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Trip with Marian Hill in their new music video for “Subtle Thing”

Marian Hill
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

East coast duo Marian Hill’s newest music video “Subtle Thing” is an attention-grabbing collection of visuals and beats that’ll send you on a psychedelic trip.

The video starts with Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd entering a mysterious bookstore where computer screens start melting, objects are floating around the room, and body parts are randomly appearing and disappearing. Lloyd’s gripping beats and Gongol’s mesmerizing vocals seduce you into a dreamlike state while you are being visually pleased by the acid trip-like imaginaries throughout the three-minute video. Continue reading →

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Stop what you’re doing, Marian Hill has a new earworm you need to listen to

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

If Marian Hill has business cards, I’ll bet they’ve got something like “professional earworm makers” printed on them.

The Philadelphia-rooted, globally-renowned electronic pop duo is back with its first single in over a year, a trap-infused brooder called “Subtle Thing.” It’s about, among other things, obsession — but the low-key sort that manifests itself when you’re constantly connected.

“I always see you when I’m out on the street / I wanna talk and you appear on my screen,” sings Samantha Gongol. “Dreaming like a broken record / looping on your note forever.” Continue reading →

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Philly saxophonist Steve Davit of Marian Hill steps out on his debut single “Forward”

Steve Davit | Courtesy of the artist

“Imagine Kamasi Washington met Snarky Puppy at a party, got drunk and recorded some funky jams. Then I came along and chopped it all up.” Saxophonist Steve Davit emailed us this description of his debut single as a solo artist, released today, and it holds up. “Forward” is a guaranteed mood-boosting and body-warming sonic gift wrapped up and delivered in three minutes of groovy beats and smooth sax. Continue reading →

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Made In America day one is a soggy spectacle with J. Cole, Solange, Marian Hill, Migos and more

J. Cole | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Okay, yes — it was wet. It was muddy at parts. But though yesterday’s climate conditions during Made In America were less than ideal for a celebratory end-of-summer music festival, as Minneapolis rapper Lizzo pointed out during her early afternoon set, there was no room for us to grumble.

“We have a bit of a rain thing going on,” Lizzo said. “But this doesn’t compare to what’s going on in Houston. I’m from Houston originally, I have friends and family who lost everything.”

She encouraged the crowd to donate to relief efforts, and to do so at at the local level as directly as possible. Then she launched into a knockout performance of “Water Me,” a song she said she felt uncertain about playing in the wake of Harvey — “I’m done with water” — but one her Houston loved ones encouraged her to embrace, saying it uplifts them.

So, let’s not dramatize yesterday’s weather. It was soggy, it was a slog to get from point A to point B (but it usually is during MIA, honestly). But the show went on. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at TLA, Pixies at Electric Factory

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Philly-founded electro duo Marian Hill returns hope with a performance at the TLA tonight. Mixing lead singer, Samantha Gongol’s jazzy stylings with Jeremy Lloyd’s cool, hypnotic beats, the group is a perfect balance of old-school swing and fresh production. Find info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for their addicting song, “Down,” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Buzzing duo Marian Hill headline The TLA in May

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

With a recent seal of approval from Apple and users of Shazam, electronic duo Marian Hill have come a long way since playing their first show at Boot & Saddle back in 2014. The Philadelphia-born team of Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd spent the last three years honing their polished, snazzy, horn-embellished brand of R&B, giving us a full look with last year’s debut Act One LP. Now the XPN Fest alums will take the record out on the road for a spring tour that makes a stop at The TLA on Tuesday, May 23rd.

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