That’s a challenging sentence to finish. The latest Cat Power album, Sun, incorporates elements of pop, jazz, grunge rock and even rap. At the Electric Factory last night, her live show wove in as many influences, and then some. For starters, you heard right; Cat Power has a blonde pixie cut. She has a backing band that looks like the group of kids who smoked cigarettes in high school in the 80’s. She walked out to “New God Flow” by Kanye West and Pusha T. She played mostly from her new album and had a video for almost every track. Each visual was distinct from the one before it. Clearly, a considerable amount of thought went into how the show would look, sound, and even feel emotionally. As for the train of thought that determined the show’s aesthetic – or Cat Power’s, for that matter – it was hard to follow. Continue reading →
Hot Water Music – the O.G. Gainesville, Florida punk band – brought their reunion tour to The Electric Factory on Saturday night. Opening the show was Michigan five-piece La Dispute and Philly’s own The Menzingers. Check out a recap of the night in the photo gallery above.
British pop singer Ellie Goulding brought the energy big time to her sold-out show at the Electric Factory Friday night. Straight from her unplugged Free at Noon set where she was admittedly sleepy (“My voice isn’t usually awake until 9 p.m.!”), Goulding performed and hour and a half set, covering all of her musical bases.
Wearing a tank top that read “666″ and a pair of leather leggings, Goulding kicked off the concert with “Don’t Say a Word,” the opening track from her latest release, Halycon. A sea of teenage hands thrust into the air immediately, fist pumping as if the track were their youth anthem. Continue reading →
With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →
Get ready to shake your money maker ‘cos Southern blues rock demi-gods The Black Crowes have announced a show at the Electric Factory this spring. Tickets for the April 12th concert go on sale January 11th at 10:13 AM, which you can access from our concert calendar here. The band’s chaotic run has turned out nine different studio albums and legendary tours with acts like Robert Plant, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Aerosmith, building their reputation as “The Most Rock’n'Roll Rock’n'Roll Band in the World.” Below, check out the Crowes’ video for “Remedy” from 1992′s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.
How do you react when strife befalls you? “I took a walk!” belts Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos Thursday night at the Electric Factory, during his band’s opening number. The crowd jumps up and down chanting the refrain, while Angelakos stumbles across the stage like a drunk marionette, clutching his microphone tightly. 2012 has certainly been a strife-ridden year for the 25-year-old singer, whose much-publicized mental health issues forced the band to cancel a string of tour dates earlier this year. Tonight though, Angelakos seems to be taking his own advice, walking in frenzied circles as if to deal with the pain.
That’s not to say the occasion is a somber one — far from it. The venue is nearly sold-out and the crowd is pumped. And between passion-drenched numbers like “Take a Walk” are moments of pure pop brilliance — Continue reading →
This week Jersey punk heroes The Gaslight Anthem played a rousing set at the Electric Factory; local four-piece The Menzingers, who has been on tour with the band, opened the show. Check out a photo recap of both sets in the gallery above.