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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 / Sugar Tongue Slim at Underground Arts, Banks at Union Transfer, Dark Blue at Boot and Saddle and (much) more

RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com
RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com

DJ and electronic dance artist RJD2 headlines the Jump Philly-curated Sound Select show tonight at Underground Arts with Sugar Tongue Slim and Marian Hill. After gaining popularity for his song “Ghostwriter” from 2002′s Deadringer, RJD2 has continued to catch people’s attention with his jazzy, throwback mixes. Many might know his song “A Beautiful Mine,” which was featured as the theme song for AMC’s hit show Mad Men. Infused with samples from big band music and jazz standards, his songs takes from the old and mixes it in a fresh, current style. The artist has most recently been working with rappers on his latest album, More Is than Isn’t, including Philly’s Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be sharing the stage tonight. STS has become one of the top hip hop artists in Philadelphia and continues to maintain his presence in the music scene here. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and watch RJD2′s music video for “1976″ below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Delorean
Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Marian Hill brings soulful sundown synthpop to the Marina Stage

Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

“This is the first festival we’ve played outdoors in the daytime,” joked Marian Hill frontwoman Samantha Gongol. The Philly / Brooklyn synthpop band took the Marina Stage at XPoNential Music Fest as the sun was beginning to set, and though the setting may have been new to the band, they rocked it with style and charisma. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: The beat-heavy road to the top of Marian Hill

Photo by Paul Gilmore via facebook.com/marianhillmusic
Photo by Paul Gilmore via facebook.com/marianhillmusic

Of all the shining local stars we’ve featured on WXPN, few have seen their fortunes rise quickly as Marian Hill. When they take the stage this Friday at the XPoNential Music Festival, they will be doing so on the heels of escalating tour momentum, glowing reviews in national news outlets, and a boatload of raw talent – all of which has come together within only a year-and-a-half of their official formation.

It would be foolish, however, to think too much of the duo’s relative youth (both as a band and as 24-year-olds). Vocalist Samantha Gongol and producer/beatsmith Jeremy Lloyd possess the rare mix of gracious humility and insatiable, studied ambition that strongly correlates with creative longevity.

“We still have a long way to go, but already realizing so many dreams and having this type of audience…it’s been out of this world,” says Lloyd. Continue reading →