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Watch South Jersey’s Ju-Taun cover London Grammar’s “Strong”

Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun
Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun

South Jersey “band of brothers” Ju-Taun rocked SXSW in Austin last week, and their latest offering is a cover of London Grammar’s “Strong.”

British electro-pop trio London Grammar wowed Philly back in January at the Electric Factory, which marked their third time joining us in the past two years, so you may be well-acquainted with their sound.

Ju-Taun’s take on “Strong” is as ethereal as London Grammar’s, with just enough members to harmonize and bring a bluesy/folksy ambiance to the track. Continue reading →

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London Grammar put on a tight show at the Electric Factory

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London Grammar | photo by Matt Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

London Grammar, the magnificent trio of British electro poppers, returned to Philadelphia for the third time in two years for a magnificent set that was only really hampered by its predictability.  For the uninitiated, London Grammar take the kind of ethereal trip-hop aesthetics that Portishead cultivated back in the 90s, throw in a healthy dose of modern electronic sensibilities and fill them with beautiful vocals that easily glide between soft spoken crooning and booming declarations of love and loss.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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Dan Rothman of London Grammar on the blizzard and looking forward to their Philly stop this Friday

London Grammar | via Facebook.com/londongrammar
London Grammar | via Facebook.com/londongrammar

British electronic pop sensation London Grammar has made quite an impression on the U.K. If You Wait, their debut album released in September 2013, outsold the likes of Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz. 

But the U.S. is increasingly warming up to the trio, even in blizzard conditions.

After the declaration of a state of emergency, a fairly large crowd still showed up to their Boston show (the fourth stop on their U.S. tour) on Jan. 26.

“I think this blizzard has been relatively interesting. This is definitely something we’ll go back and chat about when we get home,” guitarist Dan Rothman said while the band remained stuck in Boston, causing a rescheduling of their New York City show at Terminal 5. Continue reading →

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WXPN Welcomes London Grammar back to Philly, playing the Electric Factory on November 8

London Grammar | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
London Grammar | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British trip-hop London Grammar is making a stop in Philly at the Electric Factory on Saturday, November 8th. The trio released its debut album, If You Wait, in September 2013, and played a sold-out show at Underground Arts. Tickets go on sale July 11 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Ethereal UK beatmakers London Grammar played a captivating set at Underground Arts

London Grammar | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
London Grammar | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

UK trip-hop trio London Grammar returned to Underground Arts on Saturday night as part of their North American tour. Playing a sold-out show, lead singer Hannah Reid captivated the crowd with her soaring, yet intimate vocals. Backed by Dot Major on keyboards, djembe, and drums and Dan Rothman on guitar, the band played a mesmerizing 10-song set of sparse and ethereal electronic pop off their debut album If You Wait and Metal & Dust EP. Brooklyn indie pop group Haerts opened the show playing a synth-pop set including songs from their 2013 EP Hemiplegia. Check out the set list and a photo recap of the show below.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Sameer Rao’s Top 5 Musical Gut-Punches of 2013

Photo courtesy of Sean Agnew
Photo courtesy of Sean Agnew

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Sameer Rao talks about songs that make you feel.

For those who are true monsters, hardened against moments that expose you for the vulnerable and fragile human that you really are, please stop reading here.

For the rest of us, we occasionally crack at the wail of a guitar, the cry of a love-lorn singer, or the naked clarity of a synthline (or, more often, all of the above). I call these moments “gut-punches” – musical cues that can stop you in your tracks or make you uncontrollably sob in the middle of a friend’s Christmas party, screaming “It’s just so beautiful!” as you wipe your snot-encrusted nose with that ugly sweater you bought just for that occasion.

Moments like this confirm why music in the age of digital reproduction can still be powerful and transcendent, and I masochistically yearn for them with every new record I listen to. Fortunately, we had a bunch of great ones this year. I’ll try not to stain my shirt as I run down the list of 2013’s Top 5 Musical Gut-Punches.

5. Little Big League – “Tokyo Drift” from These are Good People

The exemplary debut full-length from Philly’s own Little Big League is filled with moments that compel you to scream out for jilted love, but this song was a personal stand-out. It’s a song that evolved in texture throughout live performances from the past two years, blending classic shoegaze and 90s melodic rock into a volatile cocktail that threatens to overflow through the song’s delay-heavy bridge. Just when you think you’ll punch a hole in the drywall, squeals of feedback withdraw into singer Michelle Zauner’s haunting and understated soprano before the song gracefully shimmers into thin air. You’re left coming to terms with your own power, or your shattered hand in the drywall – either way, you’re still grateful to be alive.

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Watch London Grammar cover Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” (London Grammar playing Underground Arts 4/12)

londongrammar2 When London Grammar performed on World Cafe last month, they performed a haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” The band recently covered “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus for BBC Radio 1 in their Live Lounge. They add an extra pinch of tenderness to Miley’s original and lead vocalist Hannah Reid sings it like a solemn prayer. Watch it below. WXPN Welcomes London Grammar to Underground Arts on Saturday, April 12th.

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Just Announced: London Grammer performing at Underground Arts in April

londongrammar2The downbeat three-piece London Grammar – who were XPN’s Artist to Watch last month – just announced a spring tour that brings them to Underground Arts in April. The 21+ show goes on sale this Friday, November 22nd, at noon and tickets will be available here. In September, the band released its debut LP If You Wait, and XPN’s Bruce Warren said it recalled “Portishead, The XX, and the more contemplative moments of Florence and the Machine.” Watch the video for “Strong” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: London Grammar at Underground Arts, Wild Belle at First Unitarian Church

londongram_905With the September release of If You Wait still on their heels, London Grammar is bringing their penetrating sound to Underground Arts tonight. The English pop trio is currently on a world tour promoting the debut album after reaching number 2 on the U.K. indie album charts. Don’t miss them by checking out tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get excited for the show with the video for somberly echoed single “Strong” below.

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