Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grayling at The Fire, The Faint at The Trocadero, Crystal Castles at TLA and more

Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, The Fire in Northern Liberties hosts emo-pop outfit Grayling. What started out as the independent project of frontwoman Lexi Campion has now turned into a four-person full time band. Grayling’s recent debut EP, Everything That Burns, dropped back in April. Tonight they play with Honeytiger, Zack Daniel, The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, and Foxster. If your music taste lies anywhere along the super versatile spectrum of indie/alternative music then be sure to get a ticket for this 21+ show that will have something for everyone. Check out Grayling’s studio session with The Key from earlier this week here. Continue reading →


Unlocked: Dayve Hawk of Memory Tapes shares his five favorite remixes

All week we’ve been featuring South Jersey electronic outfit Memory Tapes on Unlocked as a celebration of their great new full-length record, Grace / Confusion. What we haven’t touched on as much is mastermind Dayve Hawk’s role, not just as a songwriter and composer, but as a remixer. Getting a “Memory Tapes version” of your single has become a coveted thing in the indie music world, and we asked Hawk – ever the busy producer – to break down his five favorite remixes. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crystal Castles at The Electric Factory, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at World Cafe Live, Alejandro Escovedo at The Sellersville Theater

Experimental electronic duo Crystal Castles take over The Electric Factory tonight for a show with HEALTH.  The Canadian producers, who have an affinity for glitchy horror movie sound effects and ravey bass lines, relocated to Warsaw, Poland to record their upcoming record Crystal Castles III due out November 8th.  Tickets are $30 through Ticketmaster for the all ages show, with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. Below, listen to Crystal Castles’ track “Not in Love” featuring the vocals of Robert Smith.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Crystal Castles at Theatre Of The Living Arts

Does the Toronto-based electronic duo Crystal Castles really make music that sounds like “ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever” (as this old Drowned In Sound article described it many moons ago)? Or is that just another example of a bored music journalist trying to find a creative way to say “This band does the ‘bleep-bloop-do-boop’ video-game noise thing plus the kick/snare drum-machine-beat thing and the distorted-yelly-yelly thing”? However you want to describe Crystal Castles’ music, producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass have been creating and performing it through broken bones, copyright-infringement controversies, live-show violence, and the scathing love of Hipster Runoff since releasing their first 7-inch in 2006. Crystal Castles performs with Teengirl Fantasy at 8 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets to the show are $29.