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It was tempting to pick one of the segments of the Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York’s new release, Fukushima, as the best song of the year. But the single most relevant and mesmerizing album of 2017 is best heard as a contiguous suite. Taking one of its five movements out of context would spoil the experience.And it’s nowhere to be found online at the moment, anyway.
In lieu of that, the single best song of 2017, Kitten, by ...
Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Agnes Obel at the 9:30 Club. There is no greater joy than seeing a band for the first time and proceeding to fall head over heels in love. Such was the case when I discovered my favorite band, and this was the case Tuesday night with Agnes Obel. While her music is more than enchanting enough, I was smitten for an entirely different reason. Poised behind her keyboard, Agnes transformed the usually rowdy nightclub into ...
Multi-keyboardist/singer Agnes Obel writes broodingly catchy songs that span from minimalist chamber pop to more ornate art-rock. She loves waltz time: most of the songs on her new album Citizen of Glass, streaming at Spotify, have a slow 3/4 pulse. David Lynch has given her his imprimatur, which makes sense, although as a point of reference, she’s closer to Basia Bulat than Julee Cruise. Obel’s got a New York gig this Saturday night, March 11 at the Poisson Rouge at 7:30 PM. Advance tix are $20.
Obel plays all the keyboards on the album other than Daniel Matz’s trautonium, an ...
Another weekend of confusing weather is approaching us, but don’t let that scare you, we’ve still got great shows to keep you from staying home!
Fishtown will be coming to life with two awesome shows at The Fillmore. Young Jeezy will be performing a sold out set downstairs. Resale tickets are available here if you don’t have tickets yet. Philly artist Rozes is playing an intimate set upstairs inside The Foundry. You’ve probably already heard her song “Roses” that she collaborated on with The Chainsmokers, and her last show in ...
New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May.
Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel takes over Union Transfer with Ethan Gruska opening. Hitting gold in ...
Danish singer-songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel played a mesmerizing set at World Cafe Live on Tuesday night. Returning to the US for part of her global tour in support of her sophomore LP, Aventine (2013), Obel primarily performed songs from that record, as well … Continued
Brooklyn lo-fi pop band Beverly will headline Boot and Saddle tonight. The group originally started as a project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose (of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls). Since then, Citron has added band members Jamie Ingalls (from … Continued
Swollen Fox Radio is a weekly Spotify playlist compiled to highlight upcoming and recently announced shows in and around Philadelphia, as well as the best new albums of the week. Listen to this week’s edition below, and find a list of the shows and albums included further below.
Upcoming shows – August 11-17
08/12 – Agnes Obel @ World Cafe Live
08/14 – Delorean @ Morgan’s Pier
08/14 – Wild Ones @ North Star Bar
08/15 – Sturgill Simpson @ The Ardmore Music Hall
08/15 – Cheerleader @ Milkboy
08/16 – Southwork @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/16 – The Lawsuits @ ...
If art-rock is your thing, Agnes Obel should be on your radar. The Danish-born pianist/chanteuse writes slow, brooding, extremely tuneful neoromantic laments that sometimes sound like Marissa Nadler with a piano – yeah, that good. Obel is playing Bowery Ballroom this Sunday night, March 2 at 10 PM; advance tix are $20 and as of today are still available.
Her latest album – streaming at Spotify – is titled Aventine. It opens with a creepily minimalistic solo piano instrumental, Chord Left, which ought to be a horror film theme. From there Obel segues into Fuel to Fire, which adds ...