Concert Review: Tycho @ Union Transfer (April 19, 2014)

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A good majority of the WKDU staff could be found at the Union Transfer last Saturday. The much anticipated return of Tycho, both in Philadelphia and in recording, led to a sold out show. Their latest album, Awake, has been a station favorite here, and for good reason. Mainman Scott Hansen’s project has evolved from solo to trio, whose recent live performances include a backing band. Beyond that, the synth-heavy music of Tycho is both tranquil and engaging. Each song will take you on a ride, changing vibes at every turn.

If we weren’t already excited for Tycho, a few weeks before the show it was announced that California natives Gardens and Villa would be the opener. I’ve been told by many that their live show is incredible, and after avidly listening to their two albums (Dunes, was most recently released in February) I was already interested in seeing them live.

We were able to get right to the front with no problem during Gardens and Villa’s set which was awesome because we were right in the midst of the band’s high energy set. The lead singer Chris Lynch’s numerous flute solos combined the poppy sounds of the synths with tribal influences.

            Black Hills and Orange Blossom form their first release were personal favorites of mine. They also played a lot of songs from their latest, Dunes. The moody purple lighting on the stage was an excellent touch as well. They ended their set with lots of applause, and they expressed their gratitude to the crowd.

            Tycho came on soon after, in which time the audience was chanting in excitement. Hansen got on the mic to explain that they were fixing some technical difficulties on stage. After fixing the problems, the show started with a bang. If you are not familiar, Scott Hansen is also a very well known graphic artist and it would be no surprise if he had something to do with the projected visuals. Serene settings of beaches and minimalist designs coincided with each song. The title track from Awake kicked things off. They also played a lot of songs from 2011’s Dive release as well. What I found most appealing was the live drums, which gave each song a different feel, something not heard in their recorded works. The entire set was mesmerizing and I don’t think anyone wanted it to end. Being right there by the band was also an amazing experience.

            For the encore, they played the two songs everyone was waiting to hear: A Walk and Montana before giving a hearty thanks to Philadelphia for being such a great audience.

Be sure to check out Gardens and Villa’s Dunes as well as Tycho’s Awake, both out now!

http://www.gardensandvilla.com/

http://tychomusic.com/awake/

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1 REAL ESTATE – Atlas
2 ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
3 GARDENS AND VILLA – Dunes
4 WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In The Dream
5 GUIDED BY VOICES – Motivational Jumpsuit
6 JUAN WAUTERS – N.A.P. North American Poetry
7 BLACK LIPS – Underneath The Rainbow
8 WARPAINT – Warpaint
9 AVA LUNA – Electric Balloon
10 DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
11 HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – Small Town Heroes
12 TOGETHER PANGEA – Badillac
13 SISYPHUS – Sisyphus
14 SNOWMINE – Dialects
15 YELLOW OSTRICH – Cosmos
16 TEMPLES – Sun Structures
17 TOY – Join The Dots
18 BLEEDING RAINBOW – Interrupt
19 LO-FANG – Blue Film
20 ETERNAL SUMMERS – The Drop Beneath
21 PERFECT PUSSY – Say Yes To Love
22 WOODSMAN – Woodsman
23 CHEATAHS – Cheatahs
24 JAKE BUGG – Shangri-la
25 TACOCAT – NVM
26 CEO – Wonderland
27 FALLS – Into The Fire [EP]
28 SLEEPY SUN – Maui Tears
29 NENEH CHERRY – Blank Project
30 DRY HEEVES – Boogie Till Ya Puke

Top Played Artists 3/11-3/17

1    ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent
2    REAL ESTATE  – Atlas
3    GARDENS AND VILLA – Dunes
4    GUIDED BY VOICES – Motivational Jumpsuit
5    BLACK LIPS – Underneath The Rainbow
6    AVA LUNA – Electric Balloon
7    WARPAINT – Warpaint
8    DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
9    HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – Small Town Heroes
10    TEMPLES – Sun Structures
11    SNOWMINE – Dialects
12    JUAN WAUTERS – N.A.P. North American Poetry
13    TOGETHER PANGEA – Badillac
14    TOY – Join The Dots
15    PYPY – Pagan Day
16    CHERRY GLAZERR – Haxel Princess
17    MODERN BASEBALL – You’re Gonna Miss It All
18    NATURAL CHILD – Dancin’ With Wolves
19    SLEEPY SUN – Maui Tears
20    TACOCAT – NVM
21    WARM SODA – Young Reckless Hearts
22    DEVIL MAKES THREE – I’m A Stranger Here
23    DISTRICTS – The Districts [EP]
24    SKATERS – Manhattan
25    MARK MCGUIRE – Along The Way
26    CASKET GIRLS – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
27    NOTHING – Guilty Of Everything
28    ETERNAL SUMMERS -The Drop Beneath
29    DAMAGED BUG – Hubba Bubba
30    PAUL RUSKE – Uncertain Times

Top Played Artists 2/4-2/10

1 CHEATAHS – Cheatahs
2 TOY – Join The Dots
3 WARPAINT – Warpaint
4 DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
5 HOLY WAVE – Relax
6 JUAN WAUTERS – N.A.P. North American Poetry
7 PAINTED PALMS – Forever
8 JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW – Post Tropical
9 DISTRICTS – The Districts [EP]
10 GARDENS AND VILLA – Dunes
11 LAWRENCE ARMS – Metropole
12 SNOWMINE – Dialects
13 STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS – Wig Out At Jagbags
14 SLOTHRUST – Of Course You Do
15 DADS – Pretty Good [EP]
16 KRONOS QUARTET WITH BRYCE DESSNER – Aheym
17 TOGETHER PANGEA – Badillac
18 BAND OF HORSES – Acoustic At The Ryman
19 DOG BITE – Tranquilizers
20 GRIZZLY BEAR – Shields: Expanded
21 MT. ROYAL – Mt. Royal
22 CIBO MATTO – Hotel Valentine
23 THEE OH SEES – Singles Collection, Volume 3
24 DAMIEN JURADO – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
25 AUTUMN DEFENSE – Fifth
26 BAD THINGS – Bad Things
27 QUILT – Held In Splendor
28 HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – Small Town Heroes
29 CYMBALS – The Age Of Fracture
30 TRAPS – Boom Pow Awesome Wow

Top Played Artists 1/28-2/3

1 WARPAINT – Warpaint
2 JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW – Post Tropical
3 TOY – Join The Dots
4 THE DISTRICTS – The Districts [EP]
5 PAINTED PALMS – Forever
6 LAWRENCE ARMS – Metropole
7 GARDENS AND VILLA – Dunes
8 DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
9 DOG BITE – Tranquilizers
10 HIGH HIGHS – Open Season Deluxe Edition
11 LOS CAMPESINOS! – No Blues
12 DADS – Pretty Good [EP]
13 DAMIEN JURADO – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
14 HOSPITALITY – Trouble
15 CYMBALS – The Age Of Fracture
16 TENNIS – Small Sound [EP]
17 WOODEN SHJIPS – Back To Land
18 THEE OH SEES – Singles Collection, Volume 3
19 GRIZZLY BEAR – Shields: Expanded
20 BOY AND BEAR – Harlequin Dream
21 STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS – Wig Out At Jagbags
22 YOUNG AND SICK – Magnolia [EP]
23 AUTUMN DEFENSE – Fifth
24 SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS – Give The People What They Want
25 CIBO MATTO – Hotel Valentine
26 QUILT – Held In Splendor
27 TOGETHER PANGEA – Badillac
28 SAINT RICH – Beyond The Drone
29 JACK NAME – Light Show
30 SKY FERREIRA – Night Time, My Time