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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JJL at Boot & Saddle, Marilyn Manson at the Electric Factory, Cee Knowledge at The Fire and more…

JJL
JJL | photo via Facebook

Local veterans JJL hit the Boot & Saddle stage tonight. The band has been making a ferocious comeback after a fire destroyed their rehearsal space and gear last February, coming together to record a six-track EP called The Tiger. It’s an amped up, hard-hitting collection of power-rock songs that are rooted in a sentimental and music-loving place. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “The Tiger” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Boot and Saddle, The Tressels at The Trophy Tavern, Lotus at the Electric Factory

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

A combination of the holidays and their “on tour forever” mantra bring psych four-piece Creepoid home to Philly this weekend for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled second LP on No Idea Records in March, and in late spring moved to its new home of Savannah, Georgia. It’s been in heavy touring mode since then, though, hitting the road with Against Me!, playing FEST in Gainesville and getting set to go out on an extended run with A Place to Bury Strangers in February. The new record took a more aggressive, punked-up turn, which creates an interesting contrast with the band’s drifting, dream-like early material. Tickets and information on the show tonight – which also features Key faves Amanda X – can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Electronic New Year: 4 EDM shows to get excited about in 2015

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage opening for Porter Robinson at the Tower Theater | Photo by John Vettese

Electronic Music has come a long way in the last few decades, changing and creating new subgenres constantly, to the extent that artists and fans alike have adopted a “what’s next?” attitude to the genre. While no one knows for sure what style will sweep the EDM world next, here are a few shows coming to Philadelphia in early 2015 to get your year rolling. Continue reading →

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Five reasons you should be freaking out about Lauryn Hill’s Electric Factory show this weekend

Lauryn Hill on the cover of Rolling Stone circa 1998
Lauryn Hill on the cover of Rolling Stone circa 1999

This is not an article for the haters. I mean, If you want to find an excuse to complain about Lauryn Hill, it’s out there. The singer, songwriter and onetime Fugee hasn’t released a proper album in 16 years. The record she’s reportedly been making with Phil Nicolo has been scrapped and restarted more times than anybody knows. Her shows are expensive, they don’t start on time, blah blah blah. Know what? I don’t care about any of that narrow-minded groupthink Internet echo chamber nonsense, because Hill is coming to Philly for a headlining show on Saturday night and I’m freaking pumped. You should be too, and here’s why. Continue reading →

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Selfies, Cake, and Sweet Beats: Steve Aoki takes to the Electric Factory

Steve Aoki | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Steve Aoki | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sweat and icing was the winning combination Thursday night as EDM powerhouse Steve Aoki took to the stage at The Electric Factory. The Grammy-nominated party-incarnate who’s infamous for throwing cakes into the faces of his adoring fans, made his mark on Thursday and truly knows how to set things off. Whether he was “caking” concert goers or sending them crowd surfing on inflatable rafts, he brought the energy from beginning to end. Continue reading →

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Eclectic EDM kingpin Dillon Francis brings his collaborative new album to the Electric Factory

via facebook.com/DillonFrancis
via facebook.com/DillonFrancis

In the world of Electronic Dance Music, names come and go; one-hit-wonders litter the charts and fame can only last for as long as it takes for listeners to be bored with your track in an incredibly fast-paced and release-saturated section of the music industry. Yet some producers and DJ’s have managed to cement themselves as innovative front-runners, creating new sounds that the rest of the industry will try to copy and breaking out of confining genre-boxes. One such artist is international club-shaker Dillon Francis. Continue reading →

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Fitz and the Tantrums’ dance party lights up the Electric Factory

Fitz and the Tantrums | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Fitz and the Tantrums | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-soul group Fitz And The Tantrums brought a high-energy performance and dance party to a sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory on Friday night. Led by frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, the six-piece group played a dynamic set consisting of songs off their sophomore LP More Than Just A Dream (2013) and their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces(2010), as well as a fun cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Continue reading →