English electronic duo The Orb bring their 25th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. Bandmates Alex Paterson and Martin “Youth” Glover have marked the quarter-century milestone with a new album called More Tales from the Orbservatory, released on Cooking Vinyl this past June. The album matches the auditory structure of earlier releases, synching European-sounding house music with vocal samples that are usually spoken rather than sung. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Watch a live video of The Orb performing “Little Fluffy Clouds” below.
Last week, Diego Garcia performed a WXPN Free at Noon concert from the cafe stage of World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Next Wednesday, Garcia and his band make their way to Philadelphia to perform at the original World Cafe Live in support of the new LP Paradise, released this month. Get a taste of what’s in store by checking out the archive of their set at the Queen in its entirety below; click “launch player.”
Indie rock outfits Hop Along (from Philly) and The Sidekicks (from Columbus, Ohio) play a double header show at The First Unitarian Church tonight. Don’t miss it because Hop Along has two new songs they plan to debut on this tour. Check out show details and get tickets here. Watch The Sidekicks perform “Grace” in their Vegas Stripped Down Session and Hop Along’s video for “Sister Cities” below.
XPN welcomes Aimee Mann and Ted Leo to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. After sharing a bill last fall while Mann was promoting her latest Charmer LP, the singer-songwriter and Ted Leo teamed up for a proper collaboration called #BOTH earlier this year. The pair will return to their usual roles for this tour, however, with Leo filling in the support slot and probably reprising songs from the discography of his band The Pharmacists, as well as possibly (and hopefully) previewing songs from a new album he’s been working on. Tickets and information for the Wilmington, DE show can be found here. Below, watch Aimee Mann perform “Labrador” on Conan with help from Ted Leo.
Sparks headline The Trocadero tonight. The LA synthpop duo got its start in the early 70s, subsequently making their mark with over 20 albums. Their quirky stage presence is reflective of their quirky songwriting style, as the band of brothers Ron and Russell Mael have become known for their witty lyrics and cultural references. Sparks latest studio release was 2009′s The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman and they put out their first ever live recording, titled Two Hands One Mouth, last month. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch the band perform “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us.”
Local band Modern Baseball play The Barbary tonight. Recent headlines for the punk / pop four-piece have made references to their signing with Run for Cover Records, a reissue of their wildly popular Sports debut, a Valentine’s Day split for highly-regarded label Topshelf records and their ability to draw a crowd when they play a show. Currently on tour along the East Coast, Modern Baseball will help out fellow Philadelphians The Wonder Years with their record release show in May (more information here). Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Light Years and Safe can be found here. Below, watch Modern Baseball perform “Broken Cash Machine” for Maggot House Records‘ Piss Couch Sessions.
XPN welcomes Citizen Cope to World Cafe Live at The Queen. Cope (off-stage name: Clarence Greenwood) released One Lovely Day last year. Though primarily focusing on an acoustic singer-songwriter style these days, the Memphis-born musician and producer blends his background in hip hop with the occasional electronic flourish to amp up his laid-back delivery. Tickets and information for tonight’s full-band show in Wilmington can be found here. Below, watch Citizen Cope and his band perform “Bullet and a Target” live at the Austin City Limits Festival.
Following up her Free at Noon performance today, Ellie Goulding headlines the Electric Factory tonight. The British electronic / pop musician released her LP Halcyon late last year after topping both BBC’s The Sound Of 2010 poll and the Critic’s Choice Award at The Brit Awards that same year. Blending infectious synth hooks and soulful singer-songwriter lyrics, Goulding has placed herself in the center of a resurging musical venn diagram that includes Lykke Li, Jesse Ware and Emeli Sande. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch the video for Halcyon single “Anything Could Happen.”
Gainesville, Florida’s Hundred Waters released a breathtaking self-titled LP last year on dub step / electronic label OWSLA. In May 2012, Hundred Waters re-recorded two tracks from their full-length to be released as a limited edition 7″ through Small Plates Records (Gracie, High Highs) this coming spring. While the album cut of “Caverns” is unleashed with gauzy, twinkling bells crescendoing into multi-layered electronic patterns, the re-imagined version is a solo piano take with vocalist Nicole Miglis. Watch the Yours Truly session video for “Caverns” below; Hundred Waters will open for Freelance Whales on January 31st at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg, PA and on February 1st at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Tickets and information for both shows can be found here. Pre-order “Caverns” b/w “Visitors” here.