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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

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Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Delorean delivers a seamless set of driving synthpop at Johnny Brenda’s

Delorean | Photo by Melody Chiang
Delorean | Photo by Melody Chiang

Indie club rockers Delorean brought their airy, rhythmic synth-pop to Johnny Brenda’s last week. The band canceled its US tour last fall following a harrowing “virtual kidnapping” experience in Mexico City. Their set featured cuts from their new release, Apar, which sees the band working with more guitar heavy sounds while still maintaining the dance-y beats and expansive energy of their previous work.

(Read More – Hyper-ragers swoon to Autre Ne Veut, dance to Delorean at Making Time)

Even though frontman Ekhi Lopetegi’s vocals were slightly subdued in the mix, the healthy Sunday night crowd was nonetheless warmly receptive to Delorean’s undeniable, driving synths that permeated the seamless set. Montreal native and experimental visual performance artist, Mas Ysa, provided support with atmospheric music marked by intensely emotional vocals.

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Watch Delorean’s New Music Video for “Unhold” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 1/26)

Photo by Nacho Vidal

Barcelona dance pop outfit Delorean recently released their fourth album Apar back in September. A little more calm than their previous releases, Apar still delivers on the grand pop front, sounding epic and catchy. Originally planning an October / November US tour, the members of Delorean were kidnapped and taken hostage in Mexico for about thirty hours. After this experience, the band cancelled their original string of US tour dates and reschedule for early next year. In addition to this personal news, Delorean just released a visual-bending music video for the single “Unhold” featuring Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek. The song is led by Polachek’s wonderful voice, with backing bass lines and synthesizers that make for a warm and blissful track. Watch the video below for some excellent visual accompaniment featuring Polachek wandering through a shapeshifting sculpture park in New York. Pick up Apar here, and find tickets to their show at Johnny Brenda’s here.

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Hyper-ragers swoon to Autre Ne Veut, dance to Delorean at Making Time (photos, review)

All photos by Rachel Barrish | RaddRhapsodies.com

It was billed as a hyper-rager, and it certainly did not disappoint – the March edition of Dave P‘s Making Time was a stacked triple-bill, with noisy Montreal synth rockers Doldrums, expressive R&B crooner Autre Ne Veut and Spanish dance-rock outfit Delorean.

After Doldrums’ colorful set involving puffy knit headwear and trashcan percussion, Autre Ne Veut took the stage to a tightly packed room. The project of Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin played Philadelphia this winter on a reportedly sparsely-attended lineup at Johnny Brenda’s – a drag, since his intense style of performing both requires a crowd to vibe off of and deserves a crowd to take in. The teeming crew on the Voyeur main floor seemed like a just recompense, and Ashin strutted the front row, pumped his fist in the air from off the monitor, fell to his knees, made emotive faces and sang acrobatic vocal riffs. The three-piece band worked wonders on tracks from this year’s Anxiety – particularly “Ego Free Sex Free” and “Play by Play” – and while they didn’t venture particularly far from the album arrangements, Ashin’s stage presence elevated the songs to a whole other level.

While Autre Ne Veut confirmed the live reputation I’d been hearing so much about, Barcelona’s Delorean were a total surprise. The band makes sweetly shimmering synthpop, the sort of thing that typically-speaking sounds great coming out of headphones but falls flat in performance. Not these guys, though. Their onstage energy was massive, carrying hints of torch-bearers New Order and Erasure and contemporaries Hot Chip – artists that can make electronic pop work in a band context – and the riled-up crowd totally fed off of it. Points also for slaying the late 80s club nugget “Ride on Time” by Black Box. Check out photos of the night in the gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Voyeur for Making Time, Divers at The Fire, Janelle Monae at Penn’s Spring Fling, David Bromberg Quartet at Landis Theater, Netherfriends at Church of the Advocate

ANVAutre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin.  Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French.  Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”

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Making Time with Delorean, Jacques Greene, Autre Ne Veut & Doldrums on April 12

makingtimeautre Here’s a Making Time event you don’t want to miss. On Friday, April 12th, Dave P and the Making Time crew present Montreal DJ Jacques Green, Autre Ne Veut (one of our favorite bands we saw at SXSW), Delorean and the Montreal band Doldrums at Voyeur Nightclub. Go here for tickets and more information. Don’t forget to listen to the April edition of Making Time RADio hosted by Dave P next Friday, April 5th from 7-9PM.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Delorean at First Unitarian Church

Delorean

One of the major hurdles of naming your band after something of cultural significance is making that name your own. It’s hard to hear someone mention, say, Philly’s Purling Hiss (performing with Kurt Vile And The Violators Friday, 11/26, at Johnny Brenda’s) and think of anything other than the band. (And that doesn’t even get into Google results.) For a band like Delorean, however, well—we wish the Spanish Balearic beat quartet the best of luck in wrestling the name away from the mental image of the flux-capacitor-equipped, gull-wing-door-sporting, laughing-stock sports car of the same name featured prominently in Back To The Future. It’s not that we don’t like the hot-and-sweaty dance-party vibe found on the band’s three albums (including this year’s Subiza), because it’s great stuff. In fact, it’d be a great soundtrack for a retro, ’80s-themed dance party that we’d drive a totally sweet Delorean to, if only we could go back in time and buy…oh, wait. It happened again. Delorean performs with Lemonade and Light Pollution at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12.