Many of the shows on CHVRCHES upcoming North American tour are already selling out. As a result, and to our great excitement, the Scottish electro pop trio has just added a few additional dates, one of which brings them to the Electric Factory on October 19. (We knew they couldn’t really skip over Philly.) Continue reading →
They may hail from across the pond, but we here at The Key are no strangers to CHVRCHES. They took over the Electric Factory last October just after releasing their sophomore album Every Open Eye, played XPN’s SXSW showcase in March, and we were even lucky enough to catch the at Firefly over the weekend.
On Monday, the latest episode of the How To Be Amazing podcast was released, and it features CHVRCHES’ own Lauren Mayberry. She sits down with host Michael Ian Black for an engaging and enjoyable hour long chat, discussing her recent move from Glasgow to Brooklyn; speaking out against misoginy and the role of women in music; the fact that she pronounces schedule as “shed-jule” but claimed to not have an accent; how a TED Talk changed her life, and much more. At the end, when Black asks for music she’s been listening to lately, Mayberry shouts out Philly’s own Hop Along (!!!). You can (and should) listen to the podcast below. Continue reading →
On Friday afternoon, the Public Radio Day Stage at Austin’s convention center hosted a fierce lineup of rock, electropop and soul with the VuHaus SXSW showcase. On the bill were Madrid-based indie rock four-piece Hinds, Brooklyn art-pop five-piece Lucius, Nigerian guitar wizard Bombino, UK soul machine The Heavy, Scottish dance-rock trio CHVRCHES and another electronic Englander, Jack Garratt, rounding out the lineup. You can watch videos from each artist’s set here, via VuHaus. Below, see a full gallery of photos from the day, care of The Key’s Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →
Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES brought a stripped-down setup to the VuHaus SXSW 2016 showcase, rearranging new songs and old in a nuanced, more minimal fashion compared to the arena-ready techno of their regular gigs. The five-song setlist included songs from last year’s Every Open Eye as well as their 2014 debut The Bones of What You Believe. Watch performances of “Leave A Trace” and “Never Ending Circles” below, via VuHaus. Continue reading →
This just in from Austin – and various other corners of the country. VuHaus and its partner stations will present a Radio Day Stage showcase at the Austin Convention Center on Friday, March 18th featuring Hinds, Lucius, Bombino, The Heavy, CHVRCHES and Jack Garratt.
The show begins at 1 p.m. EST (noon Austin time) and runs till 7 p.m.; set times can be found in the flyer below. For those in Austin for SXSW, your registration badge will get you into the show for free. For those who aren’t making the trip, you can watch the entire show live from your computer, via VuHaus. Continue reading →
Each morning at 6:00am, one of their songs starts blaring as my alarm. To say that Chvrches gets me hyped is an understatement. When 2012’s The Bones of What You Believe came out of nowhere to be one of my favorite albums of that year, I eagerly embraced the Glaswegians as redeemers of the mostly-meh synth-pop craze that the early 2010’s had seen. Far more intelligent and emotional than bleep bloop music has any right to be, Chvrches are back with this year’s sophomore release Every Open Eye, and last night they absolutely blew up the Electric Factory at the first proper stop of their tour with the massive new tracks. Continue reading →
Philly’s Marian Hill have been favorites of The Key for a while, from their first track “Whisky” to their appearance at XPoNential Music Festival and their forthcoming debut record. Producer Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol played Made In America this summer and are bringing their talents back to the area tonight at Union Transfer at 8 p.m. Click here for more information. Continue reading →
In the wake of their awesome “Leave a Trace” – the first taste we’ve gotten of the highly anticipated follow-up to The Bones Of What You Believe – Scottish synth-house juggernaut CHVRCHES will embark on a nationwide American tour beginning in late August. They stop in Philly on October 1st to headline the Electric Factory. Continue reading →
If you haven’t picked up on it, we’re quite taken by Scottish electonic pop three-piece CHVRCHES. Building buzz and stateside traction earlier this year on the strength of the three-song Recover EP, the band just released its full length debut, The Bones of What You Believe, and it more than delivers on the promise. Imagine hard-hitting dance beats and hooky keyboard samples supporting the narrative lyrics and alluring vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry. It’s a sleek and catchy combination of techno energy and catchy songwriting. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight, and the all-ages show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN concert Calendar.