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Purity Ring weave magic, wonder at Union Transfer (photos, review, setlist)

The excitement in the air was thick Tuesday night, as the sold-out crowd waited eagerly for Purity Ring, the breakout Canadian dream-pop duo whose unique stage show landed them on many “best live bands” lists in 2012.  It’s an honor not normally bestowed upon electronic acts (it’s harder to convey passion while turning knobs or manning pedals)—but Purity Ring are not your typical anything. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frances Quinlan at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Palma Violets at Kung Fu Necktie, Chris Forsyth at Johnny Brenda’s, Purity Ring at Union Transfer

For The Key’s final Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA tonight, Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan will perform a rare solo set of brand-new songs.  Her local pop / punk band released the impressive and intricate Get Disowned in 2012, pairing pop hooks with punk arrangements and Quinlan’s honest vocals.  Following the set, Quinlan will screen a 1950s Fellini film that gave an early Hop Along song its name.  Admission is a suggested $5 donation for this all-ages show.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.  Below, stream “Tibetan Pop Stars” from Get Disowned.

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Purity Ring debut a new video for “Lofticries” (playing Union Transfer on 01/29)

Electronic duo Purity Ring debuted their video for “Lofticries” on Pitchfork.tv today.  The video follows a continuum of four characters coming across surreal vignettes depicting birth, death and sickness.  It was directed by AG Rojas, the acclaimed music video and short-film creator who also directed Jack White’s “Sixteen Candles.”  Purity Ring’s “Lofticries” was included on the band’s debut album Shrines, out earlier this year through 4AD.  They’ll hit Philadelphia on January 29th for a show at Union Transfer with Young Magic; tickets and information can be found here.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Michael Kiwanuka at The Trocadero, Glen Hansard at Union Transfer, The Sheepdogs at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Last week Barclaycard announced their Album of Year shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize.  It surprised no one that London-based singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka was one of the names on that list, nominated for his debut full-length Tell Me a Tale.  Though he’s only 25, the BBC Sound of 2012 winner’s music is unequivocally inspired by the soul and folk musicians of the sixties and seventies.  Kiwanuka plays The Trocadero tonight, along with fellow British folk singer Marcus Foster and Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby.  Doors are at 7:00 for the all ages show, and tickets are $16.50 here.  Below, watch the video for “I’m Getting Ready”.

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