Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Thursday, November 29: Passion Pit at the Electric Factory
2012 has been a turbulent year for Passion Pit front man Michael Angelakos: full of exuberant highs and devastating lows. The band’s sophomore record, Gossamer, earned rave reviews and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard charts—only to be followed by news of tour cancelations and Angelakos’s unstable mental health. Months later, Angelakos is healthy and ready to rock, and his stop at the Electric Factory should be a release for Angelakos and fans alike. The last time we saw the band live, they blew us away with their energy and raw passion—given that the stakes are higher this time around, we expect nothing short of catharsis.
8.00 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., $29.50. Tickets available here.
This Sunday, October 14th, make your way down to Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, in West Philly to connect with nature in an awe-inducing and interactive way. Hosting the event is Data Garden, an online magazine and record label that encourages the discovery of electronic music through the windows of history, science and community. Data Garden also explores the synthesis of biological and digital technologies as a channel of human expression. Participants will have the opportunity to wander throughout Bartram’s Garden and connect with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurs the distinction between biological and digital worlds.
Musicial performances for the evening include:
We asked our readers to create a caption for the image on the cover of Valtari for a chance to win a signed copy of the LP. Congratulations to Englishpie!
Ship flies over an ocean? Instagram it.
The bass-heavy and intriguing duo of Suzi Analogue and TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) formed Analogue Monsta in 2010 with the hopes of creating a unique and diverse sound, unparalleled in music today. With vast backgrounds in a wide array of styles and genres, these two bring immense talent and insight into all of their productions.
Today they previewed a track off of their new album Boom which is set to drop tomorrow. This trippy, winding, and airy production plays very well into Suzi Analogue's soothing vocals and really puts TOKiMONSTA's production skills on full display. While "So Ridiculous" is only a glimpse of what is yet to come off of this album, we can only imagine what else is in store from Analogue Monsta.
Check out the track HERE!
words and photos by Colin Kerrigan
When Broken Social Scene took the stage on Friday night as openers for TV On The Radio at the Mann Center, the rather large venue was pretty empty. It was empty compared to what they’re used to (they sold out two nights at the TLA last fall), which prompted lead man Kevin Drew to say, “We could have done this at my house,” the moment he walked on stage.
After the band finished “Cause = Time,” a fan seated in the pit section yelled out, “I love you, Kevin Drew.” Drew responded by inviting the fan and his girlfriend up on stage to sit on an amp for the entire set. The two accepted the invitation and could be seen taking photos with their cell phones, even getting a photo with Kevin Drew while he was singing in between them.
Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective directed this stunning video for Philadelphia's own Sun Airway. The video features the band performing at The Church against a backdrop projection also created by Klip Collective.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
In a cemetery none the less. Yesterday morning, The Flaming Lips took to the creepiest place on earth to perform "Do You Realize?" along with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes at Hollywood Forever Cemetary. Although creepy, still beautiful.
You can’t help but love a band that gives back to the community. That is exactly what local ambient act, Power Animal, plans on doing with the re-release of their last album People Songs. Along with additional bonus remixes, Power Animal has joined the label Human Kindness Overflowing. Under HKO, 50% of the album’s profits will benefit the Japanese Red Cross and the other half will go to charitable projects with the record label.
Power Animal has been keeping busy with being in the studio to create their next Exorcism Ep, which will also feature remixes from Teen Daze, Golden Ages, Botany, Melting Season, and many more! Power Animals hopes that their work with HKO will bring work to musicians, artists, and labels to raise money for various causes in the Philly area. This just warms my heart, if I could give Power Animal a gold star and an A+ I would.
In the mean time, start off your morning by watching their new music video for “Dear My Body” directed by Jordan Smith. Looking forward for what’s to come for the rest of the year!