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Photos: Lord Huron and Night Moves at The TLA

Lord Huron | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lord Huron | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

On Saturday night a sold-out crowd at the Theater of Living Arts cheered on psychedelic Americana band Lord Huron. The Los Angeles-based five-piece is still touring in support of its 2012 release Lonesome Dreams, though some new songs, EP cuts and covers were in the mix. Like-minded Minneapolis band Night Moves opened the show; check out photos in the gallery below.

(Hear More – Lord Huron soars above the Marina Stage at XPoNential Fest)

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Just Announced: Lord Huron will play The TLA on 2/8

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Los Angeles dream-folk outfit Lord Huron has announced a headlining date at The TLA on February 8th.  The mystical and majestic band made its Philadelphia debut almost one year ago during the release of its debut LP Lonesome Dreams and has been back several times since, recording a World Cafe session, playing this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival and most recently supporting Alt-J a few weeks ago.  Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale October 4th at noon via Live Nation.  More information will be available here.  Watch Lord Huron’s video for “Lonesome Dreams” below and read an interview with frontman Ben Schneider here.

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Just Announced: Alt-J and Lord Huron will play the Electric Factory on 9/17

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British psych-pop outfit Alt-J have added a Philadelphia date to their fall tour, playing the Electric Factory on September 17th.  Since releasing their debut full-length An Awesome Wave last year Alt-J have achieved a swell of success, winning the Mercury Prize and playing to exponentially-increasing crowds (Johnny Brenda’s less than a year ago, Lollapalooza yesterday).  They’ll be joined by Lord Huron, the misty-eyed Americana project of Ben Schneider that won over the hearts of XPoNential-goers just a week ago.  Tickets and information for the show will be available here.  Below, watch Alt-J perform “Matilda” and “Dissolve Me” for La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, followed by Lord Huron’s video for “Lonesome Dreams.”

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XPoNential Fest: Lord Huron soars above the Marina Stage

Photo by Michelle Montgomery
Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Indie folk band Lord Huron played the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival and earned a spot in the hearts of festival attendees. Lead by vocalist and guitarist Ben Schneider, the Los Angeles based group opened the late afternoon set with “Ends of the Earth.” They then moved to the title song off their latest record, a romantic and upbeat track which smoothly blurs the lines between pop and folk. For “We Went Wild,” a tune which features twangy guitars and a borderline tribal rhythm, Schneider switched to drums and encouraged the wild clapping of the audience. “Time to Run” (one of the bands’s most popular tracks) soared above the seated crowd and was a clear favorite. The closing song, “The Stranger,” earned an extended play and a standing ovation – and with that, it was clear that Lord Huron has won itself a enthusiastic and devoted following. Their most recent album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in October, 2102. See photos of the performance in the gallery below and read the setlist after the jump.

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Watch Lord Huron’s new video for “Lonesome Dreams” (playing Firefly Festival on June 21-23)

LordHuronPart Kon-Tiki, part Treasure Island, the new video for Lord Huron‘s “Lonesome Dreams” (premiered by NPR’s All Songs Considered) further explores the alternate universe frontman Ben Schneider has built around his moniker.  This alternate universe orbits the works of fictitious author George Ranger Johnson, an adventure novelist conjured up by Schneider and on whose Odyssean books the songs of Lonesome Dreams were “based.”

According to Schneider, the storyline of the new video is inspired by “the first installment of George Ranger Johnson’s adventure series of the same name. It chronicles Huron’s first encounter with Admiral Blaquefut and the beginning of their epic journey and friendship. We tried our damnedest to capture the themes and the spirit of the novel.”  But this isn’t the first time we’re meeting protagonist Lord Huron – we ran through a desert with him last summer in the video for “Time to Run.”

Lord Huron will join Tom Petty, The Lumineers, Jim James and more at the Firefly Music Festival presented by WXPN on June 21-23 in Dover, DE.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Lonesome Dreams” below.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. The Stray Birds, Local Natives, Lord Huron

With their debut full-length Almost Endless released this past week, Philly new-wave / rock outfit The National Rifle were the featured topic for this week’s Unlocked series here on The Key.  The new album takes the band’s sound in a new direction with it’s polished overtones, which you can learn more about here and here.  Below, stream and download “Street Burn.”

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My Morning Download: “End of The Earth” by Lord Huron (from a new limited time only World Cafe sampler)

Lord Huron did an interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye last November, 2012. You can listen to the session here. Below, download “Ends Of The Earth” from that session. The song is from a new collection of Cafe performances available for a very limited time during the month of February. Each weekday during the month World Cafe will offer one free song from a recent session. By February 22 there will be 20 new exclusive songs for you to enjoy. Here’s the catch: They are ONLY going to be available for the month, on March 1 they will disappear like Spring snow! Below, download the Lord Huron song; Go here to download tracks from Calexico, Allen Stone and others.

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