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Listen to Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES shoutout Hop Along on the How To Be Amazing Podcast

The almighty @chvrches at #Firefly2016! 🙌🏻🙏🏻💃🏻

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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 →

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Check out a gallery of photos from the VuHaus SXSW showcase featuring Hinds, CHVRCHES, Lucius and more

Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

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 →

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Watch CHVRCHES perform “Leave A Trace” and “Never Ending Circles” at SXSW

CHVRCHES | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | <a href=http://www.hopehelmuth.com/ target="_blank">hopehelmuth.com</a>
CHVRCHES | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

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 →

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CHVRCHES, Lucius, Hinds and more to play the SXSW Radio Day Stage on VuHaus

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CHVRCHES | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

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 →

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Take Me to Chvrches: Electro-pop trio dominates at Electric Factory

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

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Union Transfer, CHVRCHES at Electric Factory, Hamilton Leithauser at Ortlieb’s and more

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

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 →

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CHVRCHES returns to Philly on October 1st for an Electric Factory show

CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
CHVRCHES | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

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 →

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The 10 most popular stories on The Key in 2013

1. This is what the punk scene looked like in the 1980s

2. Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

3. Album Premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

4. Download Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

5. Download a new Drake song, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

6. Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meets Hall & Oates

7. My Morning Download: “Recover” by CHVRCHES

8. Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner

9. Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. Listen back to Helen Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: CHVRCHES at Union Transfer, City and Colour at The Electric Factory, Sara Lee Guthrie at World Cafe Live, Arctic Monkeys at the Mann Center

CHVRCHESIf 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.

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Stream the new Chvrches album The Bones of What You Believe (playing Union Transfer Wed. 9/19)

chvrches The Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches release their debut full length album, The Bones of what You Believe next Tuesday, September 24th but you can listen to it in its entirety here via NPR Music.

Stephen Thompson of NPR Music writes:

Singer Lauren Mayberry, a former music journalist who’s toiled in local bands around Glasgow, has an idiosyncratically lovely voice to match her understanding of what builds a frontwoman’s mystique; she knows how and when to project charm, vulnerability, guts and grit.

The Bones of What You Believe does a fine job gathering up all of Chvrches’ charms into one diverse but cohesive collection of brightly rendered buzzy wonders. Those who’ve followed the band’s rise closely will recognize roughly a third of these songs: “The Mother We Share,” “Lies,” “Recover,” and “Gun” have already surfaced as singles in the run up to this, a big moment in its short but eventful history. But those fully vetted highlights don’t overwhelm the eight lesser-known tracks here — even those in which Mayberry cedes the spotlight to capable bandmates Iain Cook (a veteran of Aerogramme) and Martin Doherty (a touring member of The WTilight Sad ). Instead, all 12 songs help paint a picture of Chvrches as a band ready for the world; one that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma.

Chvrches play Union Transfer this Wednesday, September 19th. Go here for tickets and more information to the show.

Listen to Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe here in its entirety.

Purchase The Bones of What You Believe here.