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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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Seeing a whole new side of Marian Hill at Union Transfer

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Marian Hill has never had an issue defining their sound and standing out from their peers. The Philadelphia-based duo consisting of vocalist Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd continue to bridge genres with very minimalist electro-pop backdrops, velvety blues vocals, and early R&B influences. Touring with current collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Davit, the collective graced their home stage this past Friday, October 14th, at Union Transfer to give fans the proper show they’ve been waiting for from the local underdogs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Union Transfer, Alexander Charles at Bourbon and Branch, Thin Lips at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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

Philly-founded electropop duo Marian Hill returns home tonight for another headlining turn at Union Transfer. The band’s debut LP ACT ONE was released this summer, and it finds them expanding on the captivating combination of Samantha Gongol’s studied vocals, Jeremy Lloyd’s pop production and Steve Davit’s jazzed-up saxophone contributions. Watch them perform “Down” live below, and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: WXPN Welcomes Marian Hill to Union Transfer in October

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Friday will be a very special day for fans of Marian Hill — you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the band’s debut effort Act One AND tickets to see them live at Union Transfer on Friday, October 14th. WXPN Welcomes home the Philly electro-pop unit of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol that has already had a busy summer playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball. Continue reading →