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Disclosure brings pop hits and hard dance to The Fillmore

Disclosure | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Disclosure | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
UK electronic duo Disclosure held court at The Fillmore for two nights this week, bringing with them a mix of pop hits, hard dance beats, dazzling visuals and teeming crowds.

For an act that sprang out of the EDM universe, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence treat their performances like a rock show. They charmingly banter with the crowd during breaks between songs. (“We can’t believe so many of you came out on a Monday! But when you’re with Disclosure, every night’s a party.”) They step to the front and center of stage, each performing behind semicircular risers of mixers, samplers, keyboards and percussion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Disclosure at The Fillmore, Ron Gallo at Kung Fu Necktie

Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

Tonight Howard and Guy Lawrence bring Disclosure back to Philadelphia for a two-night stand at The Fillmore. The band released its sophomore album Caracal last month, and it features a solid slate of collaborations with pop vocalists from Lorde and Sam Smith to The Weeknd and Miguel. Tickets and more information on tonight and tomorrow’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Holding On” featuring Gregory Porter below. Continue reading →

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Disclosure will play The Fillmore in October; watch their video for “Omen”

Disclosure | Photo via artist's Facebook
Disclosure | Photo via artist’s Facebook

Dance favorites Disclosure have announced a headlining tour this fall, with a stop at The Fillmore in Philly on October 19th. Their new album Caracal is set for release on September 25th via Capitol Records and features collaborations with Lorde, Miguel, and Sam Smith. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 7th; more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the new “Omen” video, featuring Sam Smith, below, and get the full list of tour dates. Continue reading →

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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →

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Disclosure transform Union Transfer into a packed, sweaty disco

Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

It’s been a crazy 12 months for Disclosure – the musical project of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, and one of the biggest names in electronica right now. It’s been nearly a year exactly since the drop of their debut record, Settle—and in that time, it’s become such a large part of our pop culture soundscape—its sound clips embedded in everything from TV commercials to party soundtracks—that you’d swear, hearing the songs again, you must have heard them all your life. Friday night, the band brought its dance-pop concoctions to life at Union Transfer, where the beats and vibes transformed the venue into a packed, sweaty disco, the crowd drunk on beer, summer nights, and the promise of something great.

There’s always the fear with electronic music—at least for me—that something will be lost in the live show; that it won’t be as exhilarating as watching a rock show, if only because turning knobs pale in comparison to slaying on guitar. With Disclosure, this fear was particularly present, because so much of what makes the record great is all the special guests—British soul singer Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, Eliza Doolittle—all of whom were absent Friday night.

Yet Disclosure aren’t every other electronic band, and they quickly proved the strength of their songs was more than enough to propel them. Stationed behind matching “remix stations,” and armed with a small army of instruments—guitar, drums, samplers, mixers—the bros rocketed through a set of tunes drawn from Settle, and earlier, their vivacious melodies matched by an equally awesome light show.

And while nearly every tune drew shrieks and cool moves, I found my own inspired dance moves coming out during set openers “F for You” and “When a Fire Starts to Burn” (played back to back, like a perfect vibe-making aperitif), plus the quirky, bloop-y “White Noise,” which retained its charm even without AlunaGeorge contributing live vocals.

But the highlight of the show came right at end, as the band closed its set with two of its biggest singles—the floaty, London Grammar-assisted “Help Me Lose My Mind” and radio/dance floor staple “Latch”—a giant, video mouth mouthing the words to each as the crowd raged along. And even though it was all over in an hour, it felt oddly transformative—as if dancing to these tunes in this moment was all one really needs. Disclosure boast the power to move people, and Friday night, they were gods, if for one, glorious, sweaty hour only.

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Listen to a new Disclosure song, “The Mechanism”

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

The British electronica duo of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, Disclosure, have released a new song, “The Mechanism,” a collaboration with UK producer Friend Within. Capturing the jubilant dub-dub house music grooves of songs like “Defeated No More” and “When The Fire Starts To Burn” from the duos 2013 album, Settle, “The Mechanism” hops, skips and pops along to a locked in syncopated loop of non-stop rhythm. Disclosure play Union Transfer on Friday, June 6th. Listen to “The Mechanism” below.

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Watch Disclosure’s new “F For You” video (playing Union Transfer 10/29)

disclosure_6413Disclosure, the buzzing UK electronic duo, recenly released a video for their song “F For You” of their debut album Settle.  Until now, all of the duo’s videos have featured odd scenes and scenarios with little to no appearances of the men behind the music.  But “F For You” features Disclosure exclusively, each member stationed at his set of pads, computers and drum kits.  The video looks like the ultimate 90s rave show, with sparkling lights cascading down a screen behind the group with rainbow colors flashing left and right.  The group plays Union Transfer October 29th.  Get tickets here and check out the new video below.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When A Fire Starts To Burn” by Disclosure (playing Union Transfer in October)

disclosure_6413 “When A Fire Starts To Burn” is the anthmeic dance song that is the opening track on Disclosure’s fantastic debut album, Settle. Disclosure is brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence from Surrey, England. At ages 19 and 22, the Lawrence siblings make exuberant electronica music with influences of house, garage, two-step, and pop music. They debuted in August, 2010, and have released several singles all achieving great chart success in the UK. With the release of Settle in the States, the band has already grabbed the attention of electronica music fans and the critics. Pitchfork recently crowned the record with a 9.1 (out of 10) Best New Music, and while the band isn’t carving out any new musical ground within the genre, they bring a pop songwriting mindedness to the fore with exciting and accessible results. Below, listen to “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” and watch the spirited video for the song.

Disclosure play Union Transfer on Tuesday, October 29th. Go here for tickets.