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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at TLA, Pixies at Electric Factory

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Philly-founded electro duo Marian Hill returns hope with a performance at the TLA tonight. Mixing lead singer, Samantha Gongol’s jazzy stylings with Jeremy Lloyd’s cool, hypnotic beats, the group is a perfect balance of old-school swing and fresh production. Find info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for their addicting song, “Down,” below. Continue reading →

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Tycho chill out with Epoch and visuals at the Electric Factory

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Tycho | photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

Music’s purpose is to express and modulate emotions. We use it to soothe, psych up, woo, enrage, sadden and cheer each other, or ourselves. It’s a gift that we share.

For Scott Hansen, a San Francisco based artist and musician, he started to share his gift in 2001 through the form of a once small project called Tycho. Fast forward fifteen years and his musical expression turned into the Grammy-nominated album, Epoch, released in 2016. Whether it’s through the outlet of his visual work under ISO50 or the audible landscape of Tycho, Hansen has carefully led the growth of a bedroom side project into a fully live band that not only captures their audience’s attention, but also their imagination.

It’s no surprise as to why Epoch was nominated. With its electronic beauty, the album glides from dreamland to nostalgia while keeping a progressive beat to carry the listener along its journey. An ambient music that for me, evokes strong visual representations, and this is where Hansen’s ability to conjure images of peaceful and serene atmospheres, not only in his musical endeavors, but in the visual work surrounding the musical performance is what truly sets Tycho apart.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at First Unitarian Church (Get Better Fest 4), Bob Mould at Underground Arts, Whaler at Bourbon and Branch and more

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

Radiator Hospital highlights a stacked bill at The Church for the second night of Get Better Fest 4 including HIRS, Soul Glo, Pinkwash and more. Radiator Hospital’s tunes are pure energy, throwing power pop into the gritty DIY tones of modern Philly, all in the name of raising awareness of The Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tove Lo at Electric Factory, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Kool A.D. at Chameleon Club and more

Tove Lo | via windishagency.com

Pop princess Tove Lo is taking over the Electric Factory for an electric performance (heh, get it?) with Phoebe Ryan. She basically owned the Top 40 charts in 2016 with her collabs with Flum, Nick Jonas, and Coldplay, while even charting with her own sexually-charged single “Talking Body”. The Queen of the Clouds’ gig will be all ages, and more information/tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rick Astley at Electric Factory, Soraia at Milkboy, Erykah Badu at Boardwalk Hall and more…

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Rick Astley, circa 1987

Rick Astley rolls into town tonight for a show at the Electric Factory. The 80s popstar is touring in support of 50, his 2016 return to recording and first number-one album since the release of his 1987 debut. The Key’s Maureen Walsh previewed Astley’s visit earlier this week, highlighting a few songs she hope’s the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer will play. Check that out here, pick up tickets here, and watch “Angels On My Side” from 50 below.

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This Is Not a Rickroll: Five songs to get you excited for Rick Astley’s Electric Factory gig

Rick Astley, circa 1987

This Saturday, UK crooner Rick Astley will bring his classic 80’s pop stylings to the Electric Factory. At the time of his rise, many saw his songs as bubblegum fluff, another product of the Stock / Aitken / Waterman production team that also worked with Bananarama and Kylie Minogue. And true, all three acts suffered from stylistic similarities of some form or another during their time with SAW. However, like Kylie, Mr. Astley has got the goods and is the real deal.

Many of the kids out there reading this might know him best as the reason “Rickrolling” is a thing. “Never Gonna Give You Up,” and its resurgence in popularity has been very very good to Rick. He has a sense of humor about it and even personally Rickrolled a Macy’s Day Parade performance in 2008. But there’s more to this artist than a meme.

His voice sounds better than ever and his new album, 50, is a collection of gospel pop tunes that should bring comfort and positivity in these troubling times. Don’t think though that Rick Astley has gotten self-righteous and ultra serious, though. He also plays in a cover band with his mates and the catalogue includes The Sex Pistols and The Smiths. Recent YouTube tour clips show that this Saturday’s show is going to be a lot of fun.

Here is a list of five songs I’m really hoping he sings on Saturday. The Rickrolling is cute and all, but let’s get down to business. Continue reading →

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Wednesdays in the Danger Room: Run The Jewels at the Electric Factory

Run The Jewels | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | <a href=http://cameronpollack.com/ target="_blank">cameronpollack.com</a>
Run The Jewels | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.com

Run The Jewels inspires confidence. They exude it in their records, flaunt it in their interviews, and as they proved last night, on the first night of this tour, they embody it in their live shows too. Killer Mike and El-P, two middle aged rappers at the top of their game, walked out to thunderous applause from a crowd that sold the room out in five minutes, singing along to the chorus of “We Are The Champions.” Their smiles could trick you into thinking, just for a while, that the world isnʼt all that bad. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Run the Jewels at the Electric Factory, Cabbage at Kung Fu Necktie

Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2014 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2013 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Run the Jewels kick off two months of touring tonight at the Electric Factory, a show that comes just couple days before the highly anticipated release of RTJ3. Leading up to this week rappers / producers Killer Mike and El P shared album single “Talk To Me” as well as a comedic trailer clip that sees the duo visiting Portlandia for some promotional strategy brainstorming. Check out that video here and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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