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Ellie Goulding gives radiant performance to sold out crowd at The Liacouras Center

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last Friday pop powerhouse Ellie Goulding took the stage at Temple University arena The Liacouras Center, putting on a spectacle for this sold out crowd with a high energy performance, killer dance moves and eye-catching light show. She hit the stage in a rhinestone hoodie, which was later tossed aside to reveal an elaborate geometric top, and broke up her set by playing drum interludes between her songs, even goinginto a James Blake cover at one point.

A particularly dedicated Ellie Goulding fan made what looked like 100 paper hearts, and distributed them to first few rows of audience members. The crowd then held up these hearts during Goulding’s Elton John cover, “Your Song”. The effect was truly amazing. Fan participation was definitely at a premium this night, at one point during her performance of “Guns and Horses” Goulding dropped out completely and fans picked up the lyrics at full volume.

Ellie ended her performance with her most popular singles – “Lights”, “Anything Can Happen” and “Burn.” This was the most high-energy part of the night.  Everyone was off their feet singing and dancing. It was a great way to end a great show. The concert was opened by up-and-coming electro-pop artist Conway, who brought the energy and a really awesome leather jumpsuit. Check out the photo gallery below to see more of last Friday’s performance.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellie Goulding at Liacouras Center, Kite Party at Kung Fu Necktie, and John Byrne Band Pogues tribute at World Cafe Live

Photo via facebook.com/elliegoulding
Ellie Goulding | photo via facebook.com/elliegoulding

Shimmery pop goddess Ellie Goulding will light up the Liacouras Center tonight on her US tour. Her signature breathy tone is sensual and alluring as it fills in her illustrious pop tunes. Watch the visual for “Burn” from her 2013 release Halcyon Days below and get tickets here.

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Reimagine “Life Round Here” with Ellie Goulding and Angel Haze

Ellie Goulding and Angel Haze | Photo via soundcloud.com/elliegoulding

There’s a certain kind of beauty in unlikely (and surprisingly good) collaborations. This time it’s UK pop songstress Ellie Goulding teaming up with up-and-coming Detroit rapper Angel Haze for a new spin on James Blake and Chance the Rapper‘s spooky “Life Round Here (Remix)”.

The track was originally featured on Blake’s Overgrown LP which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist this year. With her distinct breathy pipes, Goulding shines and creates the atmosphere for the fire Angel Haze (who recently released her album Dirty Gold) spits in her impressive verse. Chance the Rapper recently told NME that he and Blake were moving in together to make more magic. Based on the brilliance of this cover, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Ellie and Angel Haze to do the same. Get tickets to Ellie Goulding’s March 14th show at the Liacouras Center here.

(Hear More – Ellie Goulding goes unplugged for Free at Noon)

UPDATE: And so we thought the story ended here. Two excellent contemporary pop artists, one solid collaboration, something our contributor Katrina Murray dug up in her regular music digging for The Key. Show coming up to make it timely; good stuff all around, yeah? Then I saw a tweet in our direction from Ryan Schwabe aka ONEdependent from the Philly / Brooklyn production duo Subglo. “You forgot to add ‘made in Philly’” he wrote.

I re-tweeted his comment, not entirely sure what it meant, and that led to us exchanging Twitter messages about the background.

“Life Round Here” was produced by Schwabe and Noah Beresin aka Noah Breakfast (previously known as Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang) in West Philly for Schwabe’s raremp3 production company. They previously worked with Spank Rock, and the band Wet, and got their start mixing Goulding’s cover of the Alt-J hit “Tessellate” last summer. That led to this more recent collaboration. The more you know, right? Dig on “Tessellate” here. -John Vettese, editor, The Key

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A high-energy Ellie Goulding covers her musical bases at the Electric Factory (photos, review, setlist)

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 →

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Ellie Goulding goes unplugged for Free at Noon (photos, audio, setlist)

UK soul-pop singer Ellie Goulding played to a sold-out a Free at Noon crowd today, warming up for her sold-out Electric Factory show. While tonight’s show is bound to have more electronic beats and a dance rock vibe, this afternoon Goulding went unplugged, rearranging her songs with a piano player and an acoustic guitarist – throwing in an Elton John cover as well. Check out a recap in the photo gallery above, see the setlist below and listen to Goulding’s set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellie Goulding at The Electric Factory, Auctioneer with Ross Bellenoit at Puck, Leather at Kung Fu Necktie, Dope Body at The Depot, Riley Road at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Tommy Conwell to The Blockley

Following up her Free at Noon performance today, Ellie Goulding headlines the Electric Factory tonight.  The British electronic / pop musician released her LP Halcyon late last year after topping both BBC’s The Sound Of 2010 poll and the Critic’s Choice Award at The Brit Awards that same year. Blending infectious synth hooks and soulful singer-songwriter lyrics, Goulding has placed herself in the center of a resurging musical venn diagram that includes Lykke Li, Jesse Ware and Emeli Sande.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Halcyon single “Anything Could Happen.”

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Ten stories from The Key that got you excited in 2012

The Menzingers (Photo by Madeleine Lesperance)

The amount of news that surfaces in a 24 hour period is astronomical anymore; multiplied by 365, that’s an onslaught of information we present you with during the calendar year. But some items always rise above the fold and prove to be something bigger. Here are the ten stories from The Key that drew your collective attention (and eyeballs) in 2012. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Ellie Goulding, Kingsfoil and The Trouble With Sweeney

Joey Sweeney | Photo by Marie Alyse Rodriguez
Alex James, the Blur-bassist-turned-cheesemaker, once said he celebrated his 20th birthday with alcohol, his 30th with drugs and his 40th with food.  I can’t speak to how Arctic Splash‘s Joey Sweeney celebrated his 20th and 30th birthdays but I do know his 40th will be celebrated with a reunion of his bands, past and present, at Johnny Brenda’s on December 8th.  To celebrate the celebration, download “The Break Up” from Sweeney’s 1999-2004 band The Trouble With Sweeney.  Information about the show is available here.

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Download a new Ellie Goulding song, “Bittersweet” (playing Electric Factory in January)


British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has a new song, produced by her former boyfriend Skrillex, that will be on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 in theaters this coming Thursday. Goulding plays the Electric Factory on Friday, January 25th. Go here to purchase tickets and for more information. Goulding’s new album, Halcyon, is out now. Below, download “Bittersweet” via Good Music All Day.

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Just announced: Ellie Goulding playing Electric Factory in January

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has announced a Winter tour that bring her to Philadelphia in January. Goulding will play the Electric Factory on Friday, January 25th. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 27th at Noon. Go here for more information. Goulding recently released a new album, Halcyon. Below, watch the video to her recent single, “Anything Can Happen.”

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