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Stream the new Thievery Corporation album, see them at The Tower with Polica on 5/10

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Thievery Corporation and Polica are playing the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 19th. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 28th. Thievery Corporation, the DC based duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are releasing their new album, Saudade, on April 1st. Saudade draws its influence from classic Brazilian musicians like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá, along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena. You can stream the new album in its entirety here.

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Review: Polica enchants a small but devoted Union Transfer crowd

Photo by Melody Chiang All photos by Melody Chiang

Minneapolis based act, Polica graced the stage at Union Transfer Tuesday night, playing to a small but devoted crowd. Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh’s dreamy distorted vocals, lithe dance moves, and endearingly self-deprecating talk between songs had the audience enraptured from the moment she first stepped out. Chris Bierden provided intricate and powerful basslines and dual drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu delivered synchronized, grounding beats. Standout songs included “Tiff”, “Vegas” and “Chain My Name” off the new record, Shumalith. Old favorite “Wandering Star” got a stripped back, shortened and more lyrical remake while “You Don’t Own Me”, a Lesley Gore cover, treated the crowd to impassioned vocals from Channy.

Marijuana Deathsquads, whose members include Polica producer Ryan Olson and drummer Ben Ivascu, provided support. The experimental band’s high volume and high energy performance coupled with their creative onstage projected light and image effects successfully pumped up the Tuesday night crowd.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Polica at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Drive-By Truckers and Old 97′s at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire

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Polica

XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight.  The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.”  On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here.  Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.

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Download a Polica sampler via Noisetrade (playing Union Transfer on 11/5)

Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill
Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill

On the heels of releasing their sophomore record Shulamith, Minneapolis electronic outfit Polica have teamed up with Noisetrade for a free six track sampler.  The download includes two tracks from the new album (“Tiff” featuring Justin Vernon and “Chain My Name”) along side “Lay Your Cards Out” from the trio’s Give You the Ghost debut and three remixes.  Get the sampler below in exchange for an email address and see the band live when XPN welcomes them to Union Transfer with Marijuana Deathsquads on November 5th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Listen to Polica’s Shulamith via NPR Music First Listen (playing Union Transfer on 11/5)

Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill
Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill

Mysterious Minneapolis electronic pop trio Polica fast became and XPN favorite following the release of their 2012 debut Give You The Ghost. After a year and a half of heard touring – which brought them to NonCOMM in 2012 and XPoNential Music Festival in 2013 – the band returns this fall with its followup LP, Shulamith. The album will be released on October 22 via Mom + Pop Music, but you can listen to it a week early via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Andrea Swesson said this record sees the band finding its voice:

Not only does it build on the band’s established sound — a slinky, otherworldly style of electro-pop that mixes Channy Leaneagh’s angelic voice with distorted, occasionally disturbing sound manipulations and harrowing dual drums — but it also pushes them forward into exciting new creative areas. Whereas Give You the Ghost sounded like a Ryan Olson record with a guest vocalist finding her way to the forefront (Olson laid some of the groundwork for its sound as leader of Gayngs), Shulamith is a Channy Leaneagh record, plain and simple.

Listen to Shulamith in its entriety via NPR Music here. XPN Welcomes Polica to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the band performing at XPo Fest.

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Just announced: WXPN Welcomes Polica to Union Transfer on November 5th

polica In just a couple years, Poliça have become one of the most revered new bands. With two drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, bassist Chris Bierdan, and Channy Leaneagh on vocals and synths, the band has an incredible energy. Leaneagh’s sensual voice floats over dark electronic tones and sharp, funky drum beats. In February 2012, the group released their excellent debut, Give Up The Ghost, and they’re releasing the follow up, Shulamith, on October 22nd. Last month, the group played an incredible show at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival they return to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th. Tickets go on sale here this Friday, August 23rd at Noon. Opening is Marijuana Deathsquads. Below, watch the video for “Dark Star” from Give Up The Ghost (one of our favorite songs from 2012) and listen to a new song, “Tift,” featuring Justin Vernon from their forthcoming album.

Update: stream a new song by Polica, “Chain My Name.”

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XPoNential Fest: A stunning Saturday night with The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica and Hey Marseilles

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

All photos by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

Last night’s headlining XPoNential Music Festival show at the Susquehanna Bank Center gathered a variety of artists from across the XPN universe, from the chamber-indie tones of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles to the rousing rock and roll of Philly’s Dr. Dog; the electro-beat dance pop of Minneapolis’ Polica to Denver’s new folk torchbearers The Lumineers.

“It was a thrill having David Dye introduce us,” Lumineers frontman Wes Schultz told the crowd. “We played this festival last year; it’s good to be back.” Their set drew largely from their self-titled album, mixing in their singalongable tracks like “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines” with covers like “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” by fellow Colorado artist Sawmill Joe, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan (who headlines XPo Fest tonight). They rushed out to the lawn to perform an impromptu mini-set of “Darlene” and “Elouise” among the fans in the XPN members’ section, and even worked a few new songs in the mix.

Dr. Dog unveiled three new songs as well – the vibey “The Truth,” which was released as a lyric video last Monday, a chug-a-lug rocker called “The Distant Light” and the joyous “Love.” Their new album, B-Room, is out in October.

Check out photos from their sets, as well as openers Hey Marseilles and Polica, in the gallery below.

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Listen to a new Polica song, “Tiff,” featuring Justin Vernon (Polica playing the XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Photo of Polica lead singer Channy Leanagh by Cameron Wittig
Photo of Polica lead singer Channy Leanagh by Cameron Wittig

Polica debuted a new song this past weekend at Coachella with special guest Justin Vernon. Below, listen to a new song from Polica’s forthcoming album, “Tiff,” featuring Vernon. Polica are performing at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru on Saturday, July 27th. Tomorrow morning at 9AM, Michaela Majoun will announce the initial Wiggins Park lineup for the festival. Below “Tiff,” watch Polica perform “Wandering Star” at Coachella this past weekend.

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Watch a new live video of Polica’s “Dark Star” (playing XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill
Polica | Photo by Kyle Costill

After being wowed by Polica over and over again last year – Kung Fu Necktie, NonCOMM, Union Transfer – we’re excited that the buzzing synth-rock three-piece will be joining us this summer for the XPoNential Music Festival. They play the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, July 27, with Dr. Dog and The Lumineers. The full festival lineup will be announced in April; below, see what you can expect from their set with a new live video of “Dark Star” filmed last year at The Cabooze, an outdoor venue in their hometown of Minneapolis.