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The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack challenge one other on tour split 7″

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The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack | photos courtesy of the artists

The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack just released a limited edition 7″ split to celebrate their upcoming tour together. However, this isn’t your conventional split record. Given only the instrumental arrangement and song title, the vocalists of both bands – Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack –  were given the challenge of creating their own lyrics and melody to one of the other band’s songs. The reinventions of these two track blend the styles of the each band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joie Kathos at Kung Fu Necktie, Autechre at Union Transfer and more

Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos
Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos

Just last week Philly hip-hop and R&B singer Joie Kathos stopped WXPN to play a handful of songs for us as a part of the Key Studio Sessions, and it was, well, awesome. We highly suggest you give the recordings a listen and if you like what you hear — which we are pretty confident you will — then you can check Kathos tonight at Kung Fu Necktie when she opens for Philly-area vocalist James. For more information on the show head over to the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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It’s more fun to compute: Kraftwerk bring their 3D extravaganza to the Electric Factory

Kraftwerk | Photo by Eric Schuman
Kraftwerk | Photo by Eric Schuman

Allow me to get something out of the way: I can’t see 3D. I think it has to do with my lousy depth perception, which is just one of the reasons I’ve worn glasses since second grade. But even my blurry-ass vision couldn’t keep Kraftwerk‘s Electric Factory stop from being anything short of a masterpiece of multimedia sensory overload. As excited audience members filed in, they were presented with bookmark-sized paper sleeves containing a pair of Kraftwerk-branded 3D glasses. Bearing the icons from the band’s golden era-collecting box set The Catalogue, the accessories were an early indication that we’d be in for a night of classics.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Oberhofer at Boot and Saddle, FFS at Electric Factory, Destroyer at Underground Arts and more

Photo by Robynne Orley-Simmons via facebook.com
Photo by Robynne Orley-Simmons via facebook.com

Oberhofer is the name of the both the indie-pop band as well as the frontman, Brad Oberhofer. Their tour swings by Boot & Saddle tonight just ahead of the release of their second LP, Chronovision. Just yesterday, the band released a new single off the album which you can check out here. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Take Me to Chvrches: Electro-pop trio dominates at Electric Factory

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

Each morning at 6:00am, one of their songs starts blaring as my alarm. To say that Chvrches gets me hyped is an understatement. When 2012’s The Bones of What You Believe came out of nowhere to be one of my favorite albums of that year, I eagerly embraced the Glaswegians as redeemers of the mostly-meh synth-pop craze that the early 2010’s had seen. Far more intelligent and emotional than bleep bloop music has any right to be, Chvrches are back with this year’s sophomore release Every Open Eye, and last night they absolutely blew up the Electric Factory at the first proper stop of their tour with the massive new tracks. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Union Transfer, CHVRCHES at Electric Factory, Hamilton Leithauser at Ortlieb’s and more

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Marian Hill have been favorites of The Key for a while, from their first track “Whisky” to their appearance at XPoNential Music Festival and their forthcoming debut record. Producer Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol played Made In America this summer and are bringing their talents back to the area tonight at Union Transfer at 8 p.m. Click here for more information. Continue reading →

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Electric Factory’s 20th anniversary season comes with golden tickets, new vendors and a book

The stage at the #EF20 press event | Photo by John Vettese
The stage at the #EF20 press event | Photo by John Vettese

Philly venue The Electric Factory is moving into its third decade at 7th as Callowhill – and the words “Electric Factory” hover somewhere around five decades in the regional lexicon, going back to the famed center city nightclub that hosted gigs by everybody who was famous in the 60s. Moving into its 20th anniversary year, the venue and its promoters announced a handful of new initiatives in a press event yesterday. Continue reading →

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Listen to a haunting new demo from The Districts’ Rob Grote

The Districts | Photo via soundcloud.com/the-districts
The Districts | Photo via soundcloud.com/the-districts

It hasn’t been that long since Philly / Lititz rockers The Districts dropped their barn-burning debut A Flourish and a Spoil, and they’ve had a heck of a year supporting it – selling out Union Transfer, playing the megafestivals of Europe, booking their biggest Philly headlining gig to date at the Electric Factory – but they’re not ones to sit on their laurels. Earlier today, they tweeted “We wanted to give you a sneak peek at a rough demo Robby’s been working on.” The linked song, “Fat Kiddo,” is haunting and sparse in the same way that “Suburban Smell” and “6AM” give Flourish  an inward, introspective edge. It’s not clear yet if the band plans to flesh this out for LP3, but honestly, it’s pretty awesome as it is. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Azealia Banks is coming to The Electric Factory in November

Azealia Banks | Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks | Photo via facebook.com/Azealia Banks

The fiery personality of New York rapper Azealia Banks will be on display first hand on November 18th at the Electric Factory.  The emcee burst on the scene in 2011 with her Kanye West-cosigned single “212” and since has been in a lane of her own infusing club dance music and hIp-hop. Her latest album Broke With Expensive Taste was released last year after a long delay – and due to further industry snafus, it could be the last thing we get from Banks until 2016. In any case, her Factor show is not one to miss; check out the video for “Ice Princess” below, and get tickets when they go on sale this Friday at noon. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →