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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

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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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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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Listen to a new song by Polica, “Smug” (XPN Welcomes to Union Transfer on November 5th)

Photo by Graham Tolbert
Photo by Graham Tolbert

The Minneapolis band Polica release their new album, Shulamith, on coming October 22nd. WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th with Marijuana Deathsquads. Below, listen to “Smug,” a sultry, groove heavy head nodder. Go here for tickets to Polica’s show at Union Transfer on November 5th.

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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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