By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: The World Is… at World Cafe Live, Jill Scott at Liacouras Center, Dark Blue at Kung Fu Necktie and more

TWIBPAIANLATD | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
TWIBPAIANLATD | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Soundscaping punk army The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (mercifully abbreviated to The World Is) headline World Cafe Live tonight. The band, currently a ten-piece, is firmly rooted in late 90s emo but blends it with a post-rock sensibility, amplifying the catharsis to impressive levels. Their latest, Between Bodies, was released in October to much frenzy, and scene faves The Hotelier open the show. Also worth noting is the setting: World Cafe Live is one of our favorite Philly venues, but it doesn’t hold punk shows too often, so when it happens, you know it’s something special. Tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Sam Smith will headline The Liacouras Center in January

Sam Smith | photo via facebook.com/samsmithworld
Sam Smith | photo via facebook.com/samsmithworld

Known for his almost sensual blend of pop, R&B, and soul, British singer/songwriter Sam Smith, will be returning to Philadelphia to play the Liacouras Center on January 13th. Since his meteoric rise to fame in 2012 for his feature in Disclosure’s deep house single “Latch”, Smith has taken the national and international music scene by storm. Continue reading →

By

UK electro-rockers Bastille captivate the Liacouras Center audience

Bastille | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Bastille | Photo by Brittany Salerno

There’s only one word to describe the Bastille show Tuedsay night: captivating. Anyone, including myself, who was inside the Liacouras Center yesterday was a captive of their music, but unlike most people who are held captive, we didn’t want to leave. These four musicians – frontman Dan Smith, Kyle Simmons on keys, Will Farquarson on bass, and Chris Wood on drums – are excellent performers that make their songs even more enticing. Continue reading →

By

Bastille to play Liacouras Center in October

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

UK pop-rock foursome Bastille just announced the rest of their Bad Blood: The Last Stand US tour dates, which includes a show at the Liacouras Center on Tuesday, October 7th. 2013 was a big year for the band, with hits like “Pompeii” and “Bad Blood,” and an appearance on Saturday Night Live. They recently played Governor’s Ball and are currently touring throughout Europe for the rest of the summer. Find tickets and info for their show here and listen “Things We Lost In The Fire” below.

By

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.

By

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.

Continue reading →

By

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

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Atoms for Peace at the Liacouras Center, Josh Rouse at Tin Angel

littlegreencarsWith its confessional, introspective lyrics and powerhouse vocal front, Ireland’s Little Green Cars made a big impression this year with their debut LP Absolute Zero. Its rousing, urgent arrangements call to mind Arcade Fire – but with instrumentation that falls in line with the folk revival. Tonight the band returns to Johnny Brenda’s for its second headlining set at the venue this year; opening the show is Philly roots-overdrive trio Tin Horses. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Little Green Cars’ video for “The John Wayne.”

Continue reading →

By

Just Announced: Green Day reschedules Liacouras Center show for April 3

After postponing their entire 2013 tour when singer Billie Joe Armstrong entered treatment for substance abuse, 90s pop-punkers Green Day today announced a set of rescheduled dates; their stop at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus will now happen on Wednesday, April 3. In a three part statement on Instagram, Armstrong thanked fans for their support.

Dear friends
I just wanted to thank you all for the love support you’ve showed for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and faimly. I’m getting better every day. So now, without further ado, the show must go on.. We can’t wait to get on the road and live out loud! Our passion has only grown stronger.
Happy new year
We love you all
Rage and love
XX BILLE JOE
P.s.. Green day tour in march

Word on whether original tickets will be honored or when new tickets become available is TBD.

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loretta Lynn at Keswick Theatre, Public Enemy with Whodini at Liacouras Center, Arlo Guthrie at Scottish Rite, Matt Duke at Steel City, Graham Parker & The Rumour at TLA

The “First Lady of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn, will be gracing the stage at Keswick Theatre this evening. The Appalachian songstress’s last album, 2004′s Van Lear Rose, is one of more than sixty studio records Lynn has released since her first #1 hit in 1967, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performance can be found here. Below, check out Lynn’s performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Continue reading →