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Marian Hill goes big with a Union Transfer headlining date in October

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Philadelphia electropop duo Marian Hill has has a great year since hitting the XPoNential Music Festival stage last summer. They dropped the sweet Sway EP, headlined (and sold out) Boot and Saddle, covered Kanye, landed a song in a Taco Bell commercial and played Connor Barwin’s second annual Make The World Better benefit at Union Transfer.

Now they’re back at UT, this time for a headlining gig in October.  Continue reading →

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Go Team! Connor Barwin’s benefit show helps Make the World Better

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“We are just so pleased to be here to announce our undying loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles, tonight,” one of the members of Parquet Courts said, late on Saturday evening. Even though the evening’s festivities were being hosted by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, #sports took a backseat to help make the world better. Continue reading →

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10 artists playing Firefly you shouldn’t miss

Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The Firefly Music Festival starts this Thursday and goes through Sunday. Over 100 bands spread out on six stages will seek love and admiration from audiences crammed into Dover, Delaware. We’re psyched for the headliners – Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers, Morrissey, The Killers, and Snoop (as long as he brings the hits and stays clear of that new album). We’re equally excited to see Run The Jewels, Hozier, DJ Mustard, Sylvan Esso, Citizen Cope, and Spoon. The bill is stacked with the requisite one hit alt-rock newbies (um…) that the crowds likely won’t pay attention to until the band plays “the hit.” But below the headliners and mid-level artists playing, there’s a lot of gems.

Here are ten artists playing Firefly that you shouldn’t miss. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill remix The Weeknd’s “Earned It”

Marian Hill
Marian Hill | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com

As Marian Hill‘s star keeps rising, they’ve started mixing some auxiliary projects in with their own official releases. The local electro-pop duo recorded a cover of Kanye’s 2008 single “Love Lockdown” back in March, and now they’ve shared a remix of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” which features on the Fifty Shades of Grey Remixed compilation. Check out their version below, followed by the original. Marian Hill join The Suffers and Mac DeMarco at Union Transfer on June 20th for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation benefit concert. Learn more here.

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Listen to Connor Barwin’s guest DJ set on WXPN’s Top Five at 5

Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Next month, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin brings his Make The World Better campaign to Union Transfer for his second annual benefit concert, this year featuring Mac DeMarco, Marian Hill and The Suffers. Last year’s benefit was able to raise $170,000 to refurbish Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker with new playground equipment, a basketball court, a garden and more. This year, the goal is to do the same to Smith Playground, a 7-acre park in South Philadelphia, and last night Barwin joined Dan Reed on the air for a Top Five at 5 guest DJ set to preview the show. Continue reading →

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Connor Barwin announces his Make The World Better Charity concert w/ Mac DeMarco, Marian Hill & The Suffers

The Suffers | Photo by Rich McKie
The Suffers | Photo by Rich McKie

Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive linebacker Connor Barwin has announced the lineup to his second annual Make The World Better Charity Concert on June 20th at Union Transfer. This year’s lineup includes indie-rocker Mac Demarco, the Houston soul band The Suffers, and Philly’s electronica group Marian Hill.

6/1/15 Update: Parquet Courts have been added to the lineup.

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From Waxahatchee to Smallpools, here are 5 Philadelphia concerts not to miss in April

Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools
Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools

Lots of celebrated musicians are headed to Philly in April, and a handful of shows are already selling out. If you’re bummed about not grabbing those Jose Gonzalez or Father John Misty tickets while you had the chance, head over to StubHub or catch tickets to these April shows while they’re still hot. (It goes without saying that we think Key Fest is a pretty rad three-day lineup over at MilkBoy too.) From electronic to folk, here are five Philadelphia concerts not to miss this month. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia will be positively present this year at SXSW

Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

So there’s an official Philadelphia-centric music showcase at this year’s SXSW festival, and we’re psyched for it.

But that’s not the only showcase of Philly’s musical talent that’s going to be rushing Austin this week. Back in October, we heard that Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie landed showcases. Eventually, another slew of Philadelphia artists joined the lineup, including Philly bedroom rocker Alex G, sultry electronic duo Marian Hill, hip hop duo Moosh & Twist, alternative crooner Son Little and indie pop outfit CRUISR, among many others. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill covered Kanye and it’s awesome

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Marian Hill, the electro-pop duo composed of Philly natives Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, just released their latest EP, Sway, last month. 

The duo has now tested their talents on their first cover: a steamy rendition of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” from the 2008 album 808′s & Heartbreak.

Gongol’s sultry vocals shine through on the cover, a stripped-down, slower version with airy techno beats. Continue reading →