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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Union Transfer, CHVRCHES at Electric Factory, Hamilton Leithauser at Ortlieb’s and more

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

Philly’s Marian Hill have been favorites of The Key for a while, from their first track “Whisky” to their appearance at XPoNential Music Festival and their forthcoming debut record. Producer Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol played Made In America this summer and are bringing their talents back to the area tonight at Union Transfer at 8 p.m. Click here for more information. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill, Armani White and more tackle Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

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

Seems like Sam Smith and Disclosure aren’t the only ones fascinated with Drake’s latest single, “Hotline Bling.”

This morning, Jeremy Lloyd of Philly favorites Marian Hill shared a remix of the song as covered by LA artists Charlie Puth and Oakland’s Kehlani. The Cali folks dropped their rendition of the song a few weeks back (predating Smith and Disclosure’s higher-profile version), and Lloyd’s remix features the addition of a particularly badass verse by Armani White, one of our favorite rappers on the Philly scene right now. Continue reading →

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Watch Marian Hill debut on late night television with “One Time”

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

Philly’s Marian Hill made its late night television debut this week on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The electro-pop trio, who are currently putting the finishing touches on their full length debut, played their single “One Time” (which you first heard here at The Key a year and a half ago). Continue reading →

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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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