Eye Candy

Eye Candy #76: MØ and Holy Child at Union Transfer (Philadelphia), 9/26/14

This past Friday, Danish singer played at Union Transfer (Philadelphia). The singer's electro-pop had the crowd energized and dancing all night. Opener Holy Child had sparkly silver streamers laid all around and instantly took charge of the stage. Coming from Los Angeles Holy Child is made up of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller and recently released their debut EP “MINDSPEAK” (hear it now on Soundcloud). Liz Nistico (lead singer of Holy Child) was high powered on the stage, playing the songs off the “MINDSPEAK” EP and doing a sultry mash-up of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody,” and Destiny’s Child song, “Say My Name.”

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Holy Child photos (above).

The stage was cleared when MØ took over. She opened with her hit tune “XXX 88” from her full length, “No Mythologies To Follow,” released earlier this year. MØ ran from one end of the stage to the next, taking some time to interact with her audience by jumping off the stage to dance with the crowd, and crowd surfing. After an exhilerating set, the singer closed with her cover of the Spice Girl’s “Say You’ll Be There.”

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MØ photos (above).

MØ & Holy Child Tour Dates: 
SEP 26 - UNION TRANSFER / PHILADELPHIA, PA
SEP 27 - CORONA THEATRE / MONTREAL, QC
SEP 28 - THE HOXTON / TORONTO, ON
SEP 30 - CONCORD MUSIC HALL / CHICAGO, IL
OCT 1 - VARSITY THEATER / MINNEAPOLIS, MN
OCT 2 - THE GRANADA THEATRE / LAWRENCE, KS
OCT 3-5 - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, TX
OCT 7 - SPANISH MOON / BATON ROUGE, LA
OCT 8 - HOB CAMBRIDGE ROOM / DALLAS, TX
OCT 9 - HOB BRONZE PEACOCK, HOUSTON, TX 
OCT 10-12 - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, TX
OCT 11-12 - CORONA CAPITAL, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
OCT 16 - THE REGENT / LOS ANGELES, CA
OCT 18-19 TREASURE ISLAND FESTIVAL, SAN FRAN, CA
OCT 20 - NEPTUNE / SEATTLE, WA
OCT 21 - WONDER BALLROOM / PORTLAND, OR
OCT 22 - THE IMPERIAL / VANCOUVER, BC 
OCT 24 - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
OCT 25 - THE OBSERVATORY, ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Holy Child - band site / facebook / soundcloud
MØ - band site / facebook / soundcloud


Eye Candy #75: Lily Allen at The Electric Factory, 9/19/14


Samsaya performing for YNOT radio (above) before their live show - Philly's own Josh T. Landow in the mix - above photos by Samsaya.

Read on for more from writer and photographer Megan Hawkey:

Samsaya, a Norwegian singer with a reggae and a non-traditional Bollywood influenced electro-pop sound opened for Lily Allen at the Electric Factory this past Friday. She twirled and hopped around the stage singing upbeat dance tunes. Her magnetic performance kept the crowd's attention for her entire forty-five minute set.

Giant toy baby bottles changed colors with the lights as Lily Allen entered the stage to the title track of her new album "Sheezus." With her back up dancers by her side and hiding behind a smiley face pillow, Lily was quite amused when she spotted a fan's “I love Lily Allen’s baggy pussy” sign (a nod to her video for “Hard Out Here”). She smoked, drank from what looked like a Big Gulp, and danced along with the crowd throughout the night. She would occasionally talk between songs but it was impossible to make any of it out, nevertheless, the crowd ate it up. Her backup dancers re-joined her in dog head masks to end the set with my personal favorite, the aforementioned, “Hard Out Here.”

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Lily Allen photos by Megan Hawkey

Set list (according to Setlistfm):
- Sheezus
- Not Fair
- LDN
- As Long As I Got You
- Our Time
- Everyone's At It
- The Worst (Jhené Aiko cover)
- URL Badman
- No Flex Zone
- Smile
- Life for Me
- Littlest Things
- Miserable Without Your Love
- The Fear
- 22
- L8 CMMR
- Who'd Have Known
- Fuck You

Encore:
- Or Nah (Ty Dolla $ign cover)
- Hard Out Here

Lily Allen - band site / facebook


Eye Candy #74: Shonen Knife, Habibi, and Amanda X at Underground Arts 9/11/14

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Shonen Knife, (above).

Standing to the right of the stage in anticipation of Osaka, Japan's pop-punk wonders Shonen Knife was exhilerating knowing that their 2014 North American tour was taking them on a journey to play their 1000th show. After forming in 1981, playing their first concert in early '82, and getting signed soon after to K Records for their debut, Shonen Knife began coming to the attention of bands like Nirvana and power-pop contemporaries like Redd Kross. In their thirty plus years since, Shonen Knife have made it to the US off and on, and within the genesis of a two-minute pop song the band's spirit and fanbase has never waned. Their unique mixture of heavy rock and pop-punk along with clever lyrics about everything from food to animals have equated to a live show that is always loud, fast, and fun. On tour for new rock album Overdrive and with support from tour mates Habibi, and locals Amanda X, the show was the perfect mixture of fifties-tinged psych and neoteric rock. 

There was a definite eagerness to the crowd about to catch a raucous set from hometown faves Amanda X. Treating a packed audience to tracks from their new album, Amnesia, and in anticipation of headliners, Shonen Knife, the band gave it their energetic best--throwing down more upbeat power-pop tracks to start the set with Cat Park on deck, and ending it with their heavier numbers and Kat Bean's signature post-rock howl. Habibi was on next, and the five-piece from Brooklyn embodied a loose, tambourine-laden fifties psych punctuated by swirling harmonies and the simple pop beats they've become fast known for. When Shonen Knife ran onto the stage waving their banner scarves, the energy zoomed to an all-time high brought on by their own brand of fast and feverish rock n' roll. All photos by C. Marcoux.

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Habibi, (above).
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Amanda X, (above).

Shonen Knife Tour Dates with Habibi
Sep 21 @ Pop Montreal // Montreal QC
Sep 22 @ Middle East (Upstairs) // Cambridge MA
Sep 24 @ Ottobar // Baltimore MD
Sep 25 @ The Pinhook // Durham NC
Sep 26 @ Dollhouse // Savannah GA
Sep 27 @ 529 // Atlanta GA
Sep 28 @ Cobb Galleria Center // Atlanta GA
Sep 30 @ The Beatnick // New Orleans LA
Oct 1 @ Fitzgerald's // Houston TX
Oct 2 @ Club Dada // Dallas TX
Oct 3 @ Red 7 // Austin TX
Oct 6 @ The Flycatcher // Tucson AZ
Oct 7 @ Casbah // San Diego CA
Oct 8 @ Bootleg Theatre // Los Angeles CA
Oct 10 @ Bottom of the Hill // San Francisco CA
Oct 11 @ Dante's // Portland OR
Oct 12 @ Tractor Tavern // Seattle WA
Oct 14 @ Neurolux // Boise ID
Oct 15 @ Urban Lounge // Salt Lake City UT
Oct 16 @ Oriental Theatre // Denver CO
Oct 17 @ Record Bar // Kansas City MO
Oct 18 @ The Firebird // St. Louis MO
Oct 20 @ 31st St. Pub // Pittsburgh PA
Oct 21 @ The Saint // Asbury Park NJ

Amanda X Tour Dates
Oct 03 @ Ottobar // Baltimore MD
Oct 04 @ Boot & Saddle //Philadelphia PA
Oct 05 @ Union Transfer // Philadelphia PA
Oct 21 @ Cameo Gallery // Brooklyn NY
Oct 25 @ Knitting Factory // Brooklyn NY

Shonen Knife - band site / facebook
Habibi - soundcloud / born badfacebook
Amanda X - bandcamp / siltbreeze / facebook


Eye Candy #73: Perfect Pussy + Joanna Gruesome + Potty Mouth + Love of Everything

Notes from the field with photographs and a missive from our new contributor, Chelsea Alexandra: "A few weeks ago a friend approached me to see a show with her at Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church (Aug 28/2014). I was excited to see Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy, as this was the first time that I had heard of both groups. Love Of Everything (a solo artist - Bobby Burg from Joan of Arc and Make Believe) was on first; his performance, and the sounds he created, were refreshing. I was captivated by his effortless lyrics; I was an immediate fan. Potty Mouth was up next. I was really familiar with their music, and caught myself singing along to a song or two. The amount of head banging that was done by the lead singer made for fantastic pictures. I was definitely intrigued by the rough, edgy sound, along with a twist of pop in between. The energy was overflowing through the whole set. From Potty Mouth to Joanna Gruesome, the momentum in the room was still high. I had listened to the band’s “Weird Sister” album (which I recommend you listen to RIGHT NOW) and was already falling in love with the voice of lead singer. She was charming from the moment she got on stage and sang her first note, and it wasn't just her loveable charm, but the whole band, with their silly banter and the crazy power that they had brought to the whole performance. Finally, it was time for Perfect Pussy. They came, they nailed it, and they destroyed. Meredith, the lead singer brought so much raw emotion, passion, and energy, that it felt like it would make my head spin, and explode. Their set was a whirlwind, and just as soon as they came on stage, it felt like they left it again, and were finished with their set. I was craving more from them. Overall - this show was one wild ride that I would love to do again!"

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Love of Everything - band site / facebook
Potty Mouth - band site / old flame / facebook
Joanna Gruesome - band site / slumberland records / facebook
Perfect Pussy - band site / captured tracksfacebook


Eye Candy #72: Tori Amos at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center

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"Tori Amos opened a generation of grunge rockers up to a different genre of music and with her alternative style of piano playing and songwriting. The redhead became famous in the early 90's writing songs about rape and religion. Fast forward to 2014 and she is still packing theaters with enthusiastic fans in support of her new album, “Unrepentant Geraldines.” Her lyrics remain unpredictable and abstract - feeling as though she was telling the audience a story in every beautiful song. With 14 albums under her belt, she certainly had a vast array of songs to choose from. It was surprising then, and admittedly a little disappointing, that Amos only played a handful of songs from her 90's repetoire. The highlight of the evening was her performance of "Cornflake Girl," which brought the first floor of the theater to their feet. Fittingly, she ended the concert with a close to home cover of "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen." Photos and review of Tori by Megan Hawkey (Hawkey Photography)


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Tori Amos - band site / facebook