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Marketa Irglova and friends perform a magical show at World Cafe Live

Marketa Irglova
Marketa Irglova | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This past Sunday World Café Live played host to an international call-to-the-soul in the form of Marketa Irglova and her music of the spirit, body and mind. With members ranging from the Czech Republic (Irglova herself), Iran, Israel and the U.S. and a sound driven by keyboard and harmonies, it was a calm, ruminative way to spend a fall night.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Yelle at Union Transfer, Marketa Irglova at World Cafe Live, The Budos Band at District N9NE, and more!

Yelle | Photo via MTVIggy.com
Yelle | Photo via MTVIggy.com

Tonight, electro-pop superstar Yelle will be performing at Union Transfer. The French singer has successfully released two albums, Pop Up and Safari Disco Club, and is currently working on her third, the name of which has not been announced yet. Any fan of pop music should see the European interpretation of what has become such a staple in the American musical canon, and Yelle is a perfect ambassador. Check out  “Je Veux Te Voir” below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Marketa Irglova at Theatre Of Living Arts

Marketa Irglova has transformed from a sheepish band member to self-assured front-woman. After her split from former band-mate and movie costar, Glen Hansard, Irglova announced that she would be putting out a solo album, Anar. She abandoned the grittier sound of The Swell Season and fully embraced her delicate piano ballads that had once heavily influenced the duo’s Oscar-winning compositions. It is painfully clear that Anar is the direct result of a break-up that resonates with and haunts its creator. The first track and hit song on the album, “Your Company”, is a sorrowful farewell to a previous relationship. Irglova’s extended vocals, almost yearning for resolution, are only accompanied by a sparse arrangement of dreary harmonies. The rest of the album follows suit, ultimately creating a bittersweet lament to love gone wrong. Irglova’s lyricism and instrumentation are brutally honest, her assertive nature has finally taken the spotlight. Marketa Irglova performs with Deigo Garcia at 7 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets to the all ages show are $18–$23 ($23–$28 via Live Nation). —Caitlyn Grabenstein