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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Kehlani at Electric Factory

Kehlani @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

After getting her start as the frontwoman of teen band Poplyfe on America’s Got Talent with a very different sound from the R&B songstress that is today’s Kehlani, she has successfully gone solo and crafted a new look and sound all her own. The Oakland native released her second studio album SweetSexySavage in January to follow 2014’s You Should Be Hereand she is currently on tour supporting her new release with support from Ella Mai, Jahkoy, and Noodles. Catch Kelhani tonight at the Electric Factory (originally scheduled for Union Transfer). For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Dove and The Wolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, and more.

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

If Lucius and The War on Drugs got together, the result would be The Dove & the Wolf. The tight harmonies, soulful songwriting, and expansive sound that the duo have created can be heard tonight at Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series, happening every Thursday and featuring some of our favorite Philly artists. The Dove & the Wolf re-released their sophomore record I Don’t Know What to Feel in March, making their label debut with Fat Possum Records. Check out the Philadelphia-via-Paris group’s recent interview and preview of a new track on Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast. They will also be performing at the XPoNential Music Fest in July. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Donn T at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Digable Planets at Electric Factory, Erica Corbo at Bourbon & Branch

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Donn T | Photo by John Vettese

Continuing their stacked summer show line-up, Spruce Street Harbor Park welcomes soulful singer/songwriter Donn T to the waterfront tonight. The local musician released her sophomore effort Flight of the Donn T in 2015, the first entry on her own D Tone Victorious label and a great display of electro-R&B. More information for the free concert with Little Strike can be found here. Watch the “Last Breath” Questlove Remix (Donn’s brother) below.

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Just Announced: St. Vincent to make fall Philly stop at Electric Factory

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Theatrical indie rocker and guitar god Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is returning to Philly this fall with a show at Electric Factory on November 28th.
Clark’s been up to some pretty cool gigs since her self-titled album in 2014. From designing her own signature guitars, to recently making her horror film directorial debut with her film The Birthday Party, which is featured on the female-led anthology, XX — Clark has been mighty busy. But not too busy to make new tunes, which is reported to be currently underway.

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Oh My Golly! Pixies bring their A-game at the Electric Factory

Pixies | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Pixies took the Electric Factory stage Tuesday night to an obscure B-side: The Beatles’ “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number).” Formalities dispensed, without introductions or interim chatter they vaulted into a virtual medley of some 30-odd songs, an exhaustive sampler representing each era of a three-decade career.

Singer Black Francis and company shared the majority of their latest record, last year’s Head Carrier, and juxtaposed many of their more prominent singles with some favorite “deep cuts” as well. “Debaser,” “Monkey Gone To Heaven” and “Wave Of Mutilation” were offered side-by-side with Doolittle counterparts “No. 13 Baby,” “Mr. Grieves” and “Hey.”  Continue reading →

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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 →