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Robyn’s Honey odyssey peaks with a victory lap at The Mann Center

Robyn | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

We don’t deserve Robyn. Her music, her moves, her endless energy and empathy on stage, any of it. But we do need her. To see her perform live is to feel revived, cleansed of woes and worries both personal and communal, however temporarily. Any opportunity to dance it out with her in a space full of likeminded disciples is a gift. To see her three times? On a tour that has quickly pivoted from showcasing to celebrating what may go down as the album of her career? This provided the serendipitous opportunity to see one of this generation’s pop greats do what too few of her contemporaries can. From Washington, D.C. to Barcelona, and ultimately to Philadelphia, she took roughly the same set of songs and made them feel perfectly tailored for every unique space and crowd. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Robyn will headline The Mann this summer

Robyn | photo by Mark Peckmezian

Her tour this winter skipped over Philly, but we’ve just learned that Robyn will be coming our way soon. The Swedish pop star just added a couple of shows on either side of her previously-announced Pitchfork Fest appearance in July, with a headlining show at The Mann Center on July 17. Robyn released Honey, her much-anticipated first album in eight years, last October. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Maureen Walsh’s top five life-affirming songs of 2015

Kendrick Lamar in the "Alright" video
Kendrick Lamar in the “Alright” video

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, Key contributor Maureen Walsh shares the year’s most life-affirming songs.

2015 has been the year of battling injustices, terrorism, and Trump.  Sometimes you need someone to sing you a song that will get you through the insanity.  Luckily, a group of artists delivered. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Maureen Walsh’s Top 5 EPs of 2014

Charlotte Church | via facebook.com/charlottechurchofficial
Charlotte Church | via facebook.com/charlottechurchofficial

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, Key contributor Maureen Walsh shares her favorite EPs of the year.

Within the past few years, artists have gotten more creative with how they release their music. One trend that is resurging is the EP. The EP used to be an extra set of songs that was released between albums. Lately, however, EPs are a way for artists to put out material and not be constricted to having an entire album’s worth of songs. This frees them to create short experiments and release material more frequently. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Robyn + Diamond Rings, Natalia Kills at Electric Factory

RobynFor the uninitiated, Swedish electro-pop sensation Robyn is nothing more than a flavor-of-the-month artist whom the Internet recently declared worth a listen—making last year’s single, “Dancing On My Own,” just another track on everyone’s “Best Of 2010″ playlist. But she’s actually been cranking out hits for more than a decade and a half, having released her first single—”You’ve Got That Somethin'” (off her debut album, Robyn Is Here)—back in 1995, at the age of 16. Since then, Robyn has released a pair of R&B-inspired pop albums (1999’s My Truth and 2002 Don’t Stop The Music) before reinventing herself as a dance-pop artist with her 2005 self-titled album; last year’s Body Talk Pt. 1, meanwhile, was the first in a trilogy of albums released in 2010 that helped solidify her position within the collective consciousness of the blogosphere. With seven albums and a handful of Top 10 singles now under her belt, Robyn has more than enough material for an extended set during tonight’s show; how much of her performance features songs from the first half of her repertoire (and how many people in the audience recognize them), however, is anyone’s guess. Robyn performs with Diamond Rings and Natalia Kills at 7:30 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the show are $28.

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Robyn at Electric Factory on Feb. 3!

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for Robyn‘s performance at Electric Factory on Thursday, February 3rd. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2nd. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you confirm that you’ll be attending the show, your tickets will be waiting for you at the venue’s box office. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)