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Ellie Goulding: Stars Shine Bright

Friday March 14 – Liacouras Center – Story and photos by Aran Hart

The wildly popular Ellie Goulding performed in front of a sold out crowd of avid supporters Friday night at Temple’s Liacouras Center, as part of her Spring 2014 US Tour. Goulding, the British Indie pop – synth pop – folktronica singer and song-writer shined bright in the glitzy blue and white lighting, sporting a black outfit and signature blonde locks.

Her most dedicated fans arrived as early as 1:30pm (showtime was 9:30pm), to grab the an upclose look at their coveted starling. When asked what they thought of the show, words like “heavenly” and “amazing” came gushing out to describe their ‘starry-eyed’ love affair. Much of the first 10 rows held up bright fluorescent cutout hearts with personal messages that Ellie smiled at to show her appreciation.

This was a true Pop performance, much less along the dub/chill-step lines she often toes, laced with top-tier music industry staging, back-up singers, instrumentalists, and stadium sound. Each note played and sung came through clear though the back-up harmony vocalists needed more decibels in the mix and her duet acoustic guitar and piano performance lasted a bit too long. But the truth is, this was no doubt Ellie’s show. The band was dressed in all black and the light only dimly lit their stations. Goulding was front and center in the spot light with her floor toms, effect pads, occasional acoustic guitar, and of course the mic. She claimed to be shy of talking but had no reservation dancing and belting out her ballads, playing to the crowd, and offering sincere thanks between songs.

She might not be your style, she may come off too soft, or too teeny-pop, but Goulding’s success is not up for debate. In fact, it is downright impressive – just check her online play count and accolades, wow. This can be attributed to her unique and mystical voice that remarkably blends so seamlessly with the gritty electro sounds of the dub-step world, lends itself to the catchy pop genre, and serves the emotional and freeing themes EDM songs so often feature. That versatility has Ellie getting remixed by the biggest DJ’s, jet setting on worldwide tours, being licensed for feature film soundtracks (i.e. Divergent), singing out through your speakers, and/or on major sound systems during a late-night party mix.

Her latest 2013 album titled Halcyon Days points to the freedom, joy, and carefree nature of youth. We’ll surely be hearing a lot more from the 27 year old electro-pop superstar for many years to come.

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Philly Concert Update Reaction: Jane’s Addiction Come to Town

Jane’s Addiction play the Mann Center in August

It was announced this week that Jane’s Addiction are playing the Mann Center in Philly this summer and there is a good chance it might have prompted you to wonder aloud- wait, Jane’s Addiction still exist? My initial reaction was, really, the Mann Center? My three month old niece had no reaction whatsoever.

Whatever your reaction, ultimately it’s kind of cool that Jane’s Addiction is A) still touring and B) coming to Philly this summer and I’ll give you five reasons why.

1.) There is a chance you’ll hear “Mountain Song,” one of the most bad ass rock songs written in the past twenty…no wait…twenty five years. For me, “Mountain Song” is one of the rare tunes that when it comes on the radio, I listen to it the whole way through. Granted another one of those songs may or may not be “Let Her Cry” by Hootie and the Blowfish- but that shouldn’t matter. “Mountain Song” rocks.

2.) Sitting on the lawn at the Mann Center, singing along to “Jane Says” sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer evening…especially if you can smuggle in a bottle of wine (which neither I nortwo.one.five condone.)

3.) Dave Navarro might be kind of a strange dude and he might possibly sleep in a coffin (suspected, not confirmed,) but he’s a hell of a guitar player. He’s old school, a throwback rock guitar god. There’s not many of those left anymore. We need to appreciate players like Navarro before they are extinct and all we are left with is Justin Bieber.

4.) Who plays bass for Jane’s Addiction? I have no idea. I don’t think it’s the original dude and sadly it’s not Flea. For a hot minute it was Duff from Guns ‘n Roses and then when recording their most recent album, The Great Escape Artist, it was Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio. But he’s no longer involved. So that leaves…who? Guess you’ll have to go the show and find out.

5.) Perry Farrell’s voice might not be exactly what it was, but he’s still an amazing front man and still commands a room like a true rock ‘n roller should. Similar to how Navarro is a rare breed, so is Farrell. We want our musicians to enjoy what they’re doing and Farrell seems to enjoy fronting a killer rock band more than most. Plus he says things like “now’s the time. You know I figure there’s a time for everything. The universe is so big. There’s a place for it too.” I’m not sure what that means, only that it’s a cool way to introduce a song.

Jane’s Addiction play the Mann Center August 15th with openers Die Antwoord.