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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 →

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Philly’s Marian Hill spices it up with new Sway EP

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

Valentine’s day is over, but Marian Hill, composed of Philly natives and longtime collaborators Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, continues to spice it up with steamy, electropop beats on Sway, their latest EP released today via Photo Finish / Republic Records.

Gongol’s sultry lyrics stand out best on tracks like, “Deep” (which premiered via Complex yesterday) with Gongol crooning at the start of it, “Turning over in my bed / Lose myself to dreams instead,” showing they’ve conquered an electronic/pop/R&B hybrid and made it all their own. Continue reading →

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Hear the funky “Wasted” from Marian Hill’s new Sway EP

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com

Following in the age-old tradition of answer songs, the latest single from Philly-bred electropop duo Marian Hill provides something of a response to their song “Whisky.” Where the band’s debut single likens the warm flush of romantic intoxication with the warm flush of, well, booze, the new “Wasted” suggests where that path can lead if followed too intently – whether you’re talking about love or Dewars. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2014

Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN Program Director Bruce Warren weighs in on the 2014 Philly music scene.

We thought 2013 was a fantastic year for the Philly music scene, however 2014 proved to be even better. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill turns up the heat at Boot and Saddle

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com

Nothing brightens up a dreary day like a nice surprise. So, thank you Marian Hill for surprising the hell out of me. I listened to your EP online and I dug the sound. I love the minimal electro vibe, and the silky smooth, often soulfully sweet vocals. I was pretty excited for the show at Boot And Saddle, and was hopeful that the sound would transfer well over to a live set. I wanted to thank you for blowing those expectations out of the water. Continue reading →

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Listen to Marian Hill’s Daytrotter session

Marian Hill | Illustration courtesy of Daytrotter
Marian Hill | Illustration courtesy of Daytrotter
Our friends at Daytrotter have once again tapped into the new sounds of Philly with a session with Marian Hill. Featuring lead singer and songwriter Samantha Gongol and producer / songwriter Jeremy Lloyd, the duo have been on a roll lately releasing several excellent new songs including “Lips,” and “Got It.” During the session the band performed “Got It,” “Whiskey,” “Lovit,” and “One Time.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Boot and Saddle, Modern Baseball at The TLA, Winterpills at Burlap and Bean and more

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

Electronic pop duo Marian Hill headline Boot and Saddle tonight with a brand new single in tow. The simmering “Got It” is backed by the sexy “Lips,” which the band debuted this past summer during their set at the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to the studio version of “Lips” below and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill paints a beautiful picture of romantic addiction with “Lips”

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

One of the best thing an artist can do is take you on a journey with their music. The combination of gripping melodies and poetic lines can give a listener a feeling that they won’t forget. This is exactly what Marian Hill does with their new single “Lips.” Philadelphia natives Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd do a fantastic job of making “Lips” a song that displays the emotions of someone who is addicted to the kiss of their lover. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill’s new “Got It” will get stuck in your head in the best way

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

When they played last month’s Communion Philly show at Underground Arts, Philly electronic pop duo Marian Hill unveiled some of its first new material since releasing the excellent Play EP last winter. One of the songs, “Got It,” featured singer Samantha Gongol delivering a soulful hook with an infectious rise and fall reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s “Every Single Night.” Today the studio version emerged on the internet via Soundcloud, and it sounds outstanding.  Continue reading →