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A thank you note to City and Colour on the occasion of their wonderful Electric Factory performance

City and Colour | Photo by Mattew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.comAll photos by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

After seeing City and Colour at the Electric Factory, or C&C at the music factory, a thank you note is in order.

Thank you City And Colour for a wonderful evening. Thanks for playing a bunch of songs off of Little Hell (personal favorite). Thanks for singing with purpose and playing with heart.

Thank you Dallas for being interactive. Thanks for asking the crowd to put down their phones and cameras, if just for one song, so that we could all be in the moment together. Thanks for acknowledging the antiquated encore ritual that artists insist on going through, and for being honest enough to admit that you exploited it for a bathroom break.

Thank you crowd for being awesome. Thanks for singing along, cheering hard, and being quiet when necessary.

Thank you Electric Factory for friendly staff and a great venue.

Thanks to everyone who was there, especially the friends I was with for making my first City and Colour show absolutely amazing.

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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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My Morning Download: “Thirst” by City and Colour (playing Electric Factory tomorrow night Wed. 9/18)

Photo by Dustin Rabin
Photo by Dustin Rabin
City and Colour (acclaimed singer-songwriter Dallas Green) will be in town tomorrow evening – Wednesday, September 18th – performing at the Electric Factory with Lucy Rose opening. City and Colour recently released The Hurry and The Harm. It’s the first City and Colour album recorded outside of Canada. Green recorded the album in Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studios with an excellent group of musicians including Jack Lawrence on bass (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket on keybaords, Spencer Cullum (Caitlin Rose) on pedal steel and two heavyweight drummers – Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple) and James Gadson (Bill Withers, BB King). Below, download “Thirst.”

Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Purchase The Hurry and The Harm here.

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Just Announced: City and Colour to play The Electric Factory on 9/18

City ColourCanadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green brings his City and Colour project to The Electric Factory on September 18th.  The former Alexisonfire guitarist / vocalist released his critically acclaimed Little Hell LP in 2011 and will follow it up this year with The Hurry and The Harm, set for a June 4th release and recorded in Nashville.  Tickets for the September show will go on sale Saturday, April 13th.  More information will be available here.  Below, listen to “Of Space and Time” from the new album and listen back to City and Colour’s World Cafe session here.

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Rising Band Watch: Listen to The Gallerist’s A Falling Waltz (playing One Shot Cafe on 11/3)

The Gallerist, led by Boston native Mike Collins, may just be one of the Philadelphia folk scene’s best kept secrets. The group’s 2011 album, A Falling Waltz, carries itself on songs with lively narrative lyrics and captivating melodies in the same vein of artists like The Civil Wars and The Avett Brothers. It shouldn’t come as a shock that the album was audio mastered by Jeff Lipton, who has worked with Bon Iver and City and Colour. Collins and his bandmates showcase their storytelling magic in tracks like “Washed-Away” and “Crumbs.” Listening to A Falling Waltz is like a conversation with an old friend, and it’s only a matter of time before the band strikes the right note to get noticed past Philadelphia and Boston. Catch the band tomorrow afternoon at One Shot Cafe for a free show at 1:30; more details can be found here. You can stream A Falling Waltz in its entirety here. Below, watch The Gallerist perform their title track from A Falling Waltz.

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