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Tonight’s Concert Picks: A Winged Victory for the Sullen at First Unitarian Church, The Get Up Kids at Chameleon Club, Galactic at Electric Factory and more…

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen | photo via Facebook

Neo-classical duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen perform at the First Unitarian Church tonight. Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and classical composer Dustin O’Halloran released their first collaborative LP in 2011, after which Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor approached them about writing the score to a new a piece for his own company. That exercise resulted in Atomos, released as the band’s second effort last year. Watch a video of McGregor’s Random Dance Company performing to Atomos below and pick up tickets for the all ages concert here.

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Blackberry Smoke plows through Philly

Blackberry Smoke | Photo by Tom Beck
Blackberry Smoke | Photo by Tom Beck

If you’re one of those people that’s upset about The Black Crowes breaking up, don’t worry. Blackberry Smoke’s got you. The blues-playin’, yee-hawin’ southern cats from Atlanta, Georgia strutted their stuff up North through Philly Friday, playing an intimate, stripped down set for XPN’s Free at Noon during lunchtime. But they plugged in their Les Pauls, raised some hell, and put the “Electric” in Electric Factory for the evening show. Continue reading →

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Belgian dance artist Stromae returns to Philadelphia in September

Stromae | Photo by John Vettese
Stromae | Photo by John Vettese

Prolific Belgian hip-hop / electronic artist Stromae will return to Philadelphia in September following a stunning debut at The Trocadero last fall; he’ll headline the Electric Factory on September 17th.

Getting his start in 2009 while working for the Brussels radio station NRJ, Stromae (offstage name: Paul Van Haver) broke out in Europe with his 2010 his “Alors On Danse.” His music brings together upbeat rhythms with narrative-based lyrics that often target controversial subjects – like gender stereotypes in 2013′s “Tous Les Memes” – something you don’t encounter often in the dance music realm. Continue reading →

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Take Me to Church: Hozier sanctifies the Electric Factory

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I’m trying to be more poptimistic this year. Those that know me, or regularly read my pieces here, or follow me on the consuming void that is Twitter know of my general disdain for popular music. So it’s with the spirit of diversity in mind that I found myself standing in a packed, sold-out crowd on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, getting churched by the one and only Hozier. Continue reading →

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Marilyn Manson favors performance-value over shock-value at the Electric Factory

Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson | photo by Morgan Smith | www.phobymo.com

Stepping back from the raw, deliberate provocation of his earlier work, Marilyn Manson has decidedly mellowed out as the years have gone by. With shock-rock impropriety failing to command the limelight it once did (since nothing’s shocking anymore, really), prospects have leveled off for the aging rockers. Touring on the Hell Not Hallelujah tour in support of their ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor, Manson’s antihero shocked the Electric Factory by not shocking – just delivering a worthwhile performance to the fans before him.

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London Grammar put on a tight show at the Electric Factory

London Grammar
London Grammar | photo by Matt Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

London Grammar, the magnificent trio of British electro poppers, returned to Philadelphia for the third time in two years for a magnificent set that was only really hampered by its predictability.  For the uninitiated, London Grammar take the kind of ethereal trip-hop aesthetics that Portishead cultivated back in the 90s, throw in a healthy dose of modern electronic sensibilities and fill them with beautiful vocals that easily glide between soft spoken crooning and booming declarations of love and loss.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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Dan Rothman of London Grammar on the blizzard and looking forward to their Philly stop this Friday

London Grammar | via Facebook.com/londongrammar
London Grammar | via Facebook.com/londongrammar

British electronic pop sensation London Grammar has made quite an impression on the U.K. If You Wait, their debut album released in September 2013, outsold the likes of Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz. 

But the U.S. is increasingly warming up to the trio, even in blizzard conditions.

After the declaration of a state of emergency, a fairly large crowd still showed up to their Boston show (the fourth stop on their U.S. tour) on Jan. 26.

“I think this blizzard has been relatively interesting. This is definitely something we’ll go back and chat about when we get home,” guitarist Dan Rothman said while the band remained stuck in Boston, causing a rescheduling of their New York City show at Terminal 5. Continue reading →