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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →

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Photos: A lively homecoming for RJD2 at Union Transfer

RJD2 | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com
RJD2 | Photo by Kate Harrold | www.kateharrold.com

Philly beatmaker RJD2 played a homecoming show on Friday night before a colorful and hula-hoop-bearing crowd at Union Transfer. On the tail end of a tour in support of his 2013 outing More Is Than Isn’t, Ramble John Krohn made the Union Transfer show an all-Philly affair, with hip-hop impressionist Lushlife opening the show heavy on new material and DJs Aaron Ruxbin and Jack Deezl of Actual Records spinning in between sets. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at MilkBoy, The Wood Brothers at Prince Music Theater, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival and more

Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic
Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic

Foot-stomping folk rock band Katie Frank and the Pheromones will fill MilkBoy with their Americana roots sound tonight. This is the band’s record release party for Counting Your Curses, their debut full-length from Elizabethtown, Pa. native Frank. The band broke through with their country-influenced, twangy sound and shared their tunes with us in a Studio Session. Fit to their sound and style, their newest record was recorded in a homey, carriage-like recording studio outside of Philadelphia with Kawari Sound, according to an interview they did about the new album with The Vinyl District. Joining them will be indie-pop folk favorites The Lawsuits and folk/Americana artist Kevin KillenThis 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased here.

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Watch RJD2 depict the (potential) future of music in “Descended from Myth”

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Photo: http://jasontoddcooper.com/site/#1

Producer/musician RJD2 lets the instruments play themselves in his new video for “Descended from Myth” from his latest album More Is Than Isn’t. In the clip, there is a giant contraption of different instruments such as horns, drums, and a keyboard that are all playing the instrumental track without any human forces. You see the sticks hitting the drums and the keys on the keyboard being pressed but no one is there. About halfway through, a man and woman emerge and marvel at the sight. Could this be the future of music? You decide below. Get tickets for RJD2′s show at Union Transfer on February 21st here.

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Dive into RJD2′s vinyl collection with Fuse TV’s Crate Diggers (playing Union Transfer 2/21)

rjd2-at-the-canal-club-featured“My first and foremost thing when I was young and digging was, I was just looking for a record that I’d never seen before,” Philadelphia based DJ RJD2 says in this week’s episode of Crate Diggers. “I do believe that if you do this long enough, you just get a sense of intuition…you know when a record intrigues you and you know when it doesn’t.”

After last week’s release of More Is Than Isn’t, RJD2 lets Fuse TV dig into more than just his personal vinyl library. In 17 and a half minutes, get to know how collecting records has impacted the DJ / producer / musician’s life, both in and out of his career. Also this week, RJD2 announced his first performance in support of the new album; he’ll be at Union Transfer February 21st, tickets and details here. Check out the Crate Diggers episode below.

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Listen to a new RJD2 song, “Temperamental,” featuring Phonte Coleman

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Photo: http://jasontoddcooper.com/site/#1

Philly DJ, beatmaster, multi-instrumentalist and maker of all-around good grooves RJD2, releases his new album More Is Than Isn’t on October 8th. Assisting RJ on the album is Aaron Livingston (who is in Icebird with RJ), STS and Khari Mateen, Blueprint, and singer/rapper and songwriter Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange) who sings on “Temperamental.” The soulful track was premiered yesterday via Esquire Magazine, along with an interview – listen to it below, and read their conversation about what RJD2′s been up to here.

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RJD2 shares “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” off of More Is Than Isn’t (playing Morgan’s Pier on 8/1)

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Set for release on October 8th via his own Electrical Connections label, RJD2‘s More Is Than Isn’t will be the Philly DJ / producer’s 5th record released during his 15 year career.  “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” is the first single from the LP and nudges RJ Krohn’s sound in a world music direction while keeping things grounded with a three-dimensional percussion layer that features a gritty clap line and scratchy synths.  RJD2 plays a DJ set at Morgan’s Pier on August 1st; tickets and info for the 21+ event can be found here.  Stream “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” below.

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RJD2 Releasing New LP (Playing Two Shows at Morgan’s Pier)

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RJD2 has been on the music scene for a while, producing rap and dance tracks as well as making some infectious electronic music on his own.  And if you don’t know him from his albums, you might recognize him from this.

This October, RJD2 will release his fifth full length LP, More Is Than Isn’t, featuring a wide variety of genres as well as a few guest appearances from artists such as Phonte Coleman and Blueprint.  While the album isn’t out until October 8th on his label RJ’s Electrical Connections, you can catch the Philly artist at Morgan’s Pier this Thursday as well as Thursday August 1st.  Click here for ticket info for this week’s show and check out one of his track “Ghostwriter” below.

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Listen to an RJD2 remix of “Would That Not Be Nice” by Divine Fits (playing Union Transfer tonight)

Philly beatmaker and sonic architect RJD2 dropped a remix today of “Would It Not Be Nice” by indie supergroup Divine Fits, who are in town tonight for a show at Union Transfer. The remix sets Britt Daniel’s husky howl against glitchy 8-bit synth jamming; it’s like how the Divine Fits might have existed on an old school NES cartridge. Listen to the remix over at RCRD LBL, and get information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s City Bisco Festival (starring Disco Biscuits, Diplo, RJD2 and more!)

Photo by Dave Vann

This weekend, the always-adventurous Disco Biscuits are taking over The Mann Center for the Performing Arts for their first City Bisco festival. As we’ve reported already, the lineup is a slammin’ mix of nimble beatmakers and instrumentalists, from hit-maker Diplo and turntablist A-Trak to local electronic mainstay RJD2 and the Biscuits themselves. You can check out the full schedule here; tickets and more information are available here.

And today, readers of The Key, you’ve got your chance to win weekend passes to City Bisco. Just comment below and let us know who you’re most excited to see on the lineup. Leave your first and last name – we’ll choose a winner tomorrow at 10 a.m. and contact them via e-mail. Get in the mood for the show by checking out The Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco Spotify playlist here.