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Watch EL VY cover David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” on Colbert

still from EL VY's performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
still from EL VY’s performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Pretty much everybody was crushed at the news of David Bowie‘s death early yesterday morning, fans and musicians alike.

Last night on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, musical guests EL VY (the collaboration of Matt Berringer from The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena) performed a rousing cover of “Let’s Dance.” Continue reading →

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EL VY embraces the unexpected at Union Transfer

EL VY | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
EL VY | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

They might suggest their band name is like the plural of Elvis, but Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menonmena are not trying to emulate the king with EL VY. Rather they have created a pop rock crush, sweeping listeners off their feet. On Tuesday, they certainly had the adoration of an overjoyed Union Transfer crowd. Playing every song from Return to the Moon plus a cover of Fine Young Cannibals’ classic “She Drives Me Crazy,” they did what few in the audience would truly expect — perform as their current persona rather than as a schizophrenic version of EL VY, The National, Menonmena and beyond. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sinkane at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Living in Sudan, London and Ohio would be an interesting way to grow up. Playing in session bands with the likes of Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou and Of Montreal would be interesting. Performing and recording music with such varying genre influences as free jazz, funk rock, krautrock and Sudanese pop is interesting. In full Ahmed Gallad, better known as Sinkane, is interesting, and tonight he will bring all these life experience and influences to Johnny Brenda’s. To get tickets or for more information head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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20 must see shows in November

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

As we enter November, there’s a month filled with excellent shows coming into Philly. Here’s 20 must see shows that we suggest you choose from to put on your social calendar. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Return To The Moon” by El VY

El Vy | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/ELVYclub
El Vy | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/ELVYclub

Matt Berninger, the lead singer and songwriter from The National and Brent Knopf from Portland’s Menomena and Ramona Falls have combined musical forces as El VY (pronounced El-Vye). Their debut, Return to the Moon, is out October 30th with a tour that makes a stop at Union Transfer in Philly on November 10th. Continue reading →

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Enter the Void with HEALTH, Potty Mouth and EL VY on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

HEALTH | Photo via NPR Music
HEALTH | Photo via NPR Music

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tonight’s show is a two-hour doozy (and I don’t use that word lightly). We’ll get to a spotlight on Death Magic, the blistering new album from the LA-based noise rock band HEALTH, which offers some surprisingly pretty moments alongside the unrelenting dissonance. There are a ton of new tracks to get to in the mix as well, so be on the lookout for a few of these:

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