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City Bisco begins tonight! Listen to the winning mixes selected by the band

Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits
Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits

Jam scene heroes Disco Biscuits kick off their three-day City Bisco extravaganza tonight at The Trocadero, continuing tomorrow night at the Electric Factory with American Babies and ending Saturday at the Mann Center with disco legend Giorgio Moroder. Passes are sold-out, though the band just announced a live-stream of the events at the sold-out Trocadero show as well as the Electric Factory show. Earlier this week, we ran a giveaway for weekend passes to City Bisco. Listen to the grand prize mix below by Clint Meadows, as well as runners up who will all receive passes to Saturday night’s Mann Center show. Tickets for the Electric Factory and Mann Center shows are still available, tickets and more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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You be the DJ to win a pair of weekend passes to Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco Festival

Disco Biscuits | Photo © Dave Vann 2014 | via https://www.facebook.com/discobiscuits/photos_stream
Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits

The Disco Biscuits are set to take over Philadelphia this weekend with City Bisco: three different shows with three different lineups at three different locations. The extravaganza weekend starts this Thursday night, September 25th at the Trocadero, moves to the Electric Factory on Friday (with American Babies), and wraps up on Saturday night at the Mann with the legendary Giorgio Moroder opening the show, alongside Orchard Lounge & Risky Disko.

We have one three day pass for the lucky winner of a City Bisco playlist mix that the band will select. You think you have what it takes to make a mix that would rock a Disco Biscuits show? Continue reading →

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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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Vibe out to a City Bisco Spotify playlist put together by guest contributors The Disco Biscuits (festival at The Mann Center this weekend)

Photo by Dave Vann
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. It gathers together an eclectic array of artists – some have performed with these innovative Philly-based electronic jam rockers (the very like-minded Brothers Past), others are movers and shakers whose own beats and textures are perfect compliments to the Biscuit’ vibe (the funky RJD2,  eclectic hitmaker Diplo). Tickets and information on the festival can be found here. This week, we enlisted the Disco Biscuits as guest contributors to The Key; check out their Spotify playlist to your left, and read a festival overview below.

Hey guys – it’s Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits, bringing you our first guest post on The Key in honor of City Bisco! Our first-ever urban Bisco extravaganza goes down this weekend at the Mann Center, where we’ll be joined each day by an all-star lineup.

There’s a lot of thought that goes into picking artists for a festival that we’re curating. Our wish list is always large and there are a ton of moving parts, but at the end of the day we are consistently proud of the full lineup we present when these events come together, and CITY BISCO is no exception. These are all artists you should know about if you don’t already, so I’ve put together a little playlist with some favorites for you to check out. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading →