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Tonight’s Concert Picks: M.I.A. at Tower Theater, Gliss at Kung Fu Necktie, Woods at Boot and Saddle, and more

Photo via facebook.com/miauk
Photo via facebook.com/miauk

Tonight, M.I.A. graces the Tower Theater stage and fans (old and new) should, as always, expect a little bit of everything from the singer-songwriter’s genre-bending music. On her latest album Matangi, it’s clear that her sound is still a hybrid of electronic, pop, hip-hop and world music. Best known for her 2007 platinum hit “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. isn’t a traditional singer or rapper; she’s crafted a style that’s somewhere in between and it’s infectious. Watch “Y.A.L.A.” below and get tickets here

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kate Bracaglia’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Contributing writer Kate Bracaglia opted to weigh in on the visualized music we saw in 2012.

Music videos: they’re so much fun, and sometimes they contain biting social commentary too. This year there were so many amazing vids that making this list was hard—and so quick shout-outs to Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” (filmed in Philly!), Jaill, “Perfect Ten” (colored slime, GG Allin antics), Hot Panda, “Future Markets” (weird masks/futurism), Nicky Romero, “Toulouse” (MORE weird masks, creepy dancing), and The Very Best, “Kondaine” (men visit Kenyan medicine man, get turned into goats), which were so close to making the cut. But in the end there can only be five. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Fanfarlo at Union Transfer

Fanfarlo

British indie-pop group Fanfarlo is currently touring behind its sophomore full-length, Rooms Filled With Light; you can watch the video for Replicate below. Fanfarlo performs with Young Man at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.

Also Playing: Reef The Lost Cauze + Max Burgundy, Rone, Zilla Rocca at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $10–$12); Music For Headphones +The Foreign Resort, Faux Slang at Inciting HQ (8 p.m., all ages, $8); Narrows + Native, Ladder Devils at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

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Just Announced: Fanfarlo playing Johnny Brenda’s in November

The members of indie-pop band Fanfarlo have just announced that they will perform at Johnny Brenda’s on November 1st, reports The Swollen Fox. Tickets to the 21+ show are $15 and are available now. The group, which takes its name from a Baudelaire novella, also revealed that its second album is finished, though no word yet on when it will be released. You can watch the video for the new single “Replicate” below.