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Album premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Wild Belle makes music for an integrated world. Chicago natives, brother and sister Elliot and Natalie Bergman, draw on reggae, pop, West African and psychedelic music on its mesmerizing debut album, Isles, out on Tuesday, March 12th. Listen to the album in its entirety below.

Isles is brimming with warm, mystical grooves and dreamy dance songs laced in pop tradition. Natalie and Elliot perform many of the instruments themselves including a wide range of keyboards including piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Memory Moog, Minimoog and Casio. Elliot plays saxophone and percussion including congas and kalimba. Natalie’s lead vocals are beguiling and sensual, and the songs are complemented with bass, guitar and drums, handled by Erik Hall, who plays with Elliot in the jazz/funk/afrobeat influenced Chicago band Nomo.

Songs like “Keep You,” “Twisted,” and “It’s Too Late,” are catchy and irresistibly playful and on “June,” Wild Belle grab a page out of the playbook of the early rock steady sounds of Jamaica with refreshing results. In fact, Isles feels like a deep dive in to the classic Trojan Records catalog with great respect for the past while crafting something thoroughly modern sounding. For Wild Belle, the groove is definitely in the heart.

Isles is out Tuesday, March 12th. Buy the album here.

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Firefly Festival to Dover International Speedway, featuring Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar and more

Photo by Clara Balzary
XPN welcomes the return of Firefly Festival to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21st-23rd.  The line-up is huge this year, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Foster the People headlining the multi-day festival and over sixty of the biggest established and rising acts in the country filling out the bill.  Firefly’s diverse bill includes Vampire Weekend, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Philly’s Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and the Spinto Band, Ellie Goulding, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Grizzly Bear, Toro Y Moi, ZZ Ward, Matt and Kim, Dispatch, and new favorites HAIM, Wild Belle and Foxygen. Check out videos of some of the bands we’re most excited to see this summer and go here to view the full line-up.  Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 21st at noon; more information will be available here.

The Lumineers

Kendrick Lamar

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Photo Recap: Toro y Moi and Wild Belle at Union Transfer

South Carolinian synth-popper Chaz Bundick and his cohorts in Toro y Moi headlined Union Transfer last night in support of their new LP, Anything In Return. The Chicago group Wild Belle opened the show; check out a recap of the night in the photo gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Toro y Moi at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Citizen Cope to Musikfest Cafe

Indie chillwave artist Toro y Moi comes to Union Transfer tonight.  Born Chaz Bundick, the South Carolina native just released his third studio album Anything in Return.  Where his previous recordings were experimental collages of sonic textures and patterns, Anything in Return broadens Bundick’s palette to pair jazz and R&B structures alongside his staccato production style.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Wild Belle and Dog Bite can be found here.  Below, watch Toro y Moi’s latest video for “So Many Details.”

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Toro Y Moi releases video for “So Many Details” (Playing Union Transfer 2/11)

Chillwave / indie pop artist Chaz Bundick, known better by his stage name Toro Y Moi, gets spiffy in the video for “So Many Details,” the first single from Anything in Return (scheduled for release January 22nd). In the video, Bundick poses as the blase counterpart to a classic beauty, totally unfazed by a lavish lifestyle cruising in fancy cars, sharing a sunset at the beach and hanging out in a pretty rad mansion. Toro Y Moi is performing with Wild Belle at Union Transfer February 11th; find tickets and info at our concert calendar. Below, check out the video for “So Many Details.”

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Watch a new music video for Wild Belle’s “Keep You” (opening for Toro Y Moi at Union Transfer on 2/13)

Wild Belle – the dub-inspired electronic pop project of Chicago siblings Natalie and Elliott Bergman – premiered a new music video for their ultra-catchy dancehall jam “Keep You” at Rolling Stone today. Watch the video below, and catch the band in concert this winter when they open for Toro Y Moi at Union Transfer. Tickets and information on the show can be found here.

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Wild Belle returning to Philly, opening for Toro Y Moi in February at Union Transfer


Wild Belle is the brother/sister duo of Natalie and Elliot Bergman. They play a sweet mix of indie-pop and world/reggae influenced music and are returning to town on Monday, February 11th, opening for Toro Y Moi. The siblings caught a wave of buzz at last year’s SXSW and were recently signed to Columbia records. Below, watch the video to “It’s Too Late,” and while you’re at it, take a listen to a new song from Toro Y Moi, “So Many Details.” Go here for tickets to the show. Go here to listen to music from Wild Belle.

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Listen to Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late” (opening for Tennis at Union Transfer on Monday, October 1st)

Phil Knott Photography

If you’re going to see Tennis at Union Transfer on Monday, October 1st, be sure to get there early to see the Chicago band Wild Belle. The brother-sister duo, Elliot and Natalie Bergman, combine indie-pop, singer-songwriterisms and elements of reggae and world music. Elliot is a member of NOMO, a highly regarded African/Jazz instrumental dance band; Wild Belle grew out of Natalie adding vocals to some of the band’s music. Music fans and music industry folks took notice of Wild Belle last March at SXSW when the band did a series of well received shows. As is sometimes the case, the unsigned bands at SXSW who deliver great shows and music, wind up being pursued by labels. In Wild Belle’s case, they recently signed with Columbia. Greg Kot, the music critic from the Chicago Tribune, and one of the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ in Chicago (WXPN runs Sound Opinons on Sundays at 5PM) had this to say about the band: “Write this name down: Wild Belle. So far, the South by Southwest Music Conference belongs to them.” Below, listen to a new song from Wild Belle, “It’s Too Late.”