Listen to Benjamin Francis Leftwich cover M83 and Frightened Rabbit (playing World Cafe Live in December)

Emerging UK songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich is playing a round of North American shows this fall before heading back to the studio to record the followup to his 2011 record Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm. The tour brings him to World Cafe Live in Philly on December 13, and to get fans excited, he’s just released a pair of folksy covers that you can hear below. His spare, acoustic stylings are similar enough to Frightened Rabbit, so his version of “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” comes off as a nice offering, if a bit straightforward. But applied to M83’s raging dancefloor number “Midnight City,” however, his vibe turns the song into something else entirely. Listen below, or download the songs for the price of your e-mail address at Leftwich’s website.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cliff Hillis with Modern Inventors at World Cafe Live, M83 at Electric Factory, Zeus with Juston Stens at North Star, and Kindred the Family Soul at @ World Café at the Queen

Tonight singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis celebrates the release of his latest album, Dream Good, with an official Philly record release show upstairs at World Cafe Live. The album is Hillis’ first release in three years and the show includes a performance by the Philly indie rock band Modern Inventors (who recently recorded with WXPN’s Helen Leicht on Leicht Lunch). The all-ages show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase here. Listen to Cliff Hillis’ new album in the player below.

French electronic band M83 are bringing their ambient vibes to the Electric Factory before they head to Lollapalooza and then continue their extensive three month-long U.S. tour. The all-ages show starts at 8PM and features support from Big Black Delta. Tickets are $40.40 and can be purchased here. Watch the official music video for the band’s infectious single “Midnight City” from their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in the player below.

Toronto band Zeus are headlining a show at the North Star Bar tonight along with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang (featuring Juston Stens formerly of Dr. Dog) and Megan Reilly. The 21+ show starts at 8PM and tickets are available here for $10.

Finally, Philadelphia natives/married couple/musical duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon (AKA Kindred the Family Soul) are bringing their soulful sound to World Cafe at the Queen in Wilmington tonight at 8PM. Reserved seats for are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $29 here.


Holy LOL: Read one scalper’s angry response to R5 Productions (after having their ticket order canceled)

You know, we were going to add this as an update on our recent post about the M83 show at Union Transfer selling out in seven minutes. Buuut, it’s pretty deserving of its own post. Below, you can read one angry scalper’s response, which was just posted on R5 Production’s Facebook. (Warning for NSFW language + general assholery):

From one of the M83 scalpers : “Ok refund my money then. Your doing a real good job preventing scalpers from buying your tickets considering there are already 160 of them on Stubhub. Why dont you find something better to worry about then the secondary ticket market? How about trying to book some decent shows. I buy millions of dollars worth of tickets all over the country per year. Your lineup is pathetic. You get one good show and think your some big boss man. Well your obviously a fuckin broke dick loser hater. Good job on getting one decent show for your pathetic little production company. Refund my money right away you fuckin piece of shit. Thanks Bitch.”

Thanks for giving us something else to post about on a slow Friday afternoon, you angry dork!