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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marc Neibauer at Johnny Brenda’s, K.T. Tunstall at Union Transfer, Work Drugs at First Unitarian Church and more

Marc NeibauerPhiladelphia-based singer/songwriter Marc Neibauer (formerly known as Eat Your Birthday Cake) takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Following up on his LP Don’t Fall Apart, released last month on Bandcamp, Neibauer proudly posted a new demo called “How Long” on his Soundcloud earlier this week. It paints extensive aural landscapes with his intense, intimate voice over top of swirling guitar melodies. Take a listen to the haunting demo below. Find tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Four artists not to miss at City Bisco (hitting the Mann Center on 9/27 and 9/28)

City Bisco 2012 | Photo by Dave Vann
City Bisco 2012 | Photo by Dave Vann

The Disco Biscuits return home to Philly for their two day City Bisco festival at the Mann Center. The experimental electronic jam band will headline both nights, and will be joined by Big Boi, Method Man, and Redman. The festival also will showcase many other electronic-based artists – some veterans of the scene, and others quite promising newcomers. Below are four acts definitely worth checking out at City Bisco.

Emancipator is Doug Appling, an electronic producer that has been making chill, downtempo tunes since 2006. He released his latest album Dusk to Dawn this past January and is debuting the 4-piece Emancipator Ensemble in November. Emancipator’s trip-hop vibes are in a similar vein as Bonobo or Philly producer Ill Clinton – experimental and heavy on the instrumentals. He will be playing City Bisco on Saturday – be sure to check out his set. Meanwhile, take a listen to the layered and emotional “Minor Cause” from Dusk to Dawn below.

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The Disco Biscuits release their sets from City Bisco to download

The Disco Biscuits are probably still recovering from last weekend’s massive City Bisco jam festival at The Mann Center. The multi-stage event included guests Diplo and The Manhattan Project, among others, and this week the Biscuits made their three sets of the weekend available as downloads here. Below, you can watch an overview of the crazy jam sesh before buying the tracks.

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From the desk of The Disco Biscuits: City Bisco preview, part 2


The bright lights and electro-rock vibes of the extended Disco Biscuits family will set up camp at The Mann Center this weekend for the Biscuits’ inaugural City Bisco festival, happening on Friday October 5th and Saturday the 6th. This week, we enlisted the Disco Biscuits as guest contributors to The Key, beginning with a Spotify playlist from keyboard player Aron Magner here. Today, the festival overview continues with bassist Marc Brownstein. And don’t forget – we’re giving away a pair of festival passes, so enter now to win tomorrow.

What’s up Philly, it’s Brownie from the Disco Biscuits. I hope you all caught my bandmate Aron’s City Bisco Preview playlist the other day – if not, you can read and listen right here. Turns out he missed a couple of the 15 acts joining us at the Mann for the next two nights, so I’ve got his back – check out our UPDATED playlist here and read on for some deep thoughts…

Brothers Past are literally like the little brothers we never had. We keep inviting them back to our fests year in, year out for a reason… they’re awesome! Tommy even lives in Magner’s house! That’s how close we all are. I’ve been playing with them in bands for over a decade, and there’s no way we’d ever throw a Philly festival without having our closest friends in the scene right by our side.

Speaking of family, Wyllys (aka Wade Wilby) has been a part of the Disco Biscuits’ fabric for over a decade. When we started hanging out with him, we were surprised just how much he knew about our culture, our band, and our scene. In the ten years that we’ve been friends with him, it’s been a pleasure to watch him go from a total unknown to the leader of the nu-disco scene in the States. If you want to dance tomorrow, make your way up to the Skyline Stage at 4:00 as Wyllys kicks off an evening of nu-disco at the Mann. Wyllys isn’t on Spotify, but check out some tracks at his Soundcloud. Continue reading →

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s City Bisco Festival (starring Disco Biscuits, Diplo, RJD2 and more!)

Photo by Dave Vann

This weekend, the always-adventurous Disco Biscuits are taking over The Mann Center for the Performing Arts for their first City Bisco festival. As we’ve reported already, the lineup is a slammin’ mix of nimble beatmakers and instrumentalists, from hit-maker Diplo and turntablist A-Trak to local electronic mainstay RJD2 and the Biscuits themselves. You can check out the full schedule here; tickets and more information are available here.

And today, readers of The Key, you’ve got your chance to win weekend passes to City Bisco. Just comment below and let us know who you’re most excited to see on the lineup. Leave your first and last name – we’ll choose a winner tomorrow at 10 a.m. and contact them via e-mail. Get in the mood for the show by checking out The Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco Spotify playlist here.

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Download RJD2′s new track “The Good Life” (playing City Bisco on Friday)

Electronic hip-hop producer RJD2 teamed up with his Soul Position buddy Blueprint to record a new song in conjunction with Stoli’s Orgnl.tv web series.  The new track, called “The Good Life,” can be streamed below and downloaded via Soundcloud.  RJD2 will perform at this weekend’s City Bisco at The Mann Center.  The Disco Biscuits headline both nights of the event, with Diplo, A-Trak and more also playing.  Tickets can still be purchased here.  And while you’re at it, take a listen to The Disco Biscuits’ special City Bisco Spotify playlist here.

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