Setting Sun and Quitzow @ the Khyber, Philadelphia

Young Love Records darlings Setting Sun and Quitzow, both of whom released new [wonderful] albums this month, Children of the Wild and Art College, respectively, have hit the road to pimp out the musical gems nationwide. Tuesday night, they kicked off the string of dates at Philadelphia’s Khyber bar bringing their beautiful brand of indie and electronic pop to the City of Brotherly Love.

The evening opened with ZibraZibra, a trio from Minnesota who excel in bringing the dance. The three, who go by pseudonyms The Z, KillaVanilla and Red Baron (The Atomic Wolf), produced super catchy electronic beats while dancing around the room with energy that somehow only continued to soar. Head over to their MySpace page and check out their dance inspiring tunes.

Quitzow, fronted by the lovely Erica Quitzow, took the stage next for a rousing electronic set with catchy keys provided by Quitzow herself, pounding beats from Miles Kennedy, pulsing bass lines from Setting Sun front man Gary Levitt and beautiful and fun cello parts. The set kicked off with the fun and quirky “Peanut,” my personal favorite from recent release Art College, sampling a vaguely familiar classic children’s song.

She delves into heavier territory with the dark “Stay Away From John” and the warped dreamlike sound of “Love” before falling back into pulsing dance party bass lines and contorted synth parts with “Art College.” It was with the title track of the new record that Quitzow and co. seemed to settle into the set after a bit of a shaky beginning, being the first night of a 29 date tour.

“R. Crumb” and its successor slowed the set down a bit and brought about a far more mundane sound than I’d normally associate with Quitzow. The middle of her set saw Quitzow playing the acoustic guitar on bass heavy tunes without any keys or synth, creating a more minimalist indie rock sound that was executed just as wonderfully as Quitzow’s ambitious electronic sound that I love.

The set returns to its electronica jams with “Cats R People 2.” Quitzow introduced it by purring into the microphone and asking the audience for “lots of cat noises, please,” a request which was readily answered. Quitzow’s vocals really shined through on this song, displaying how beautiful her voice is.

gary levitt, setting sunA very brief intermission occurred following Quitzow’s set as the six on stage rearranged themselves and set up to perform Setting Sun’s set. Decidedly less electronically influenced than the evening’s predecessors, Setting Sun powered through a fantastic set of jaunty and catchy indie pop rock tunes rife with guitar and drum hooks.

The set started out upbeat and catchy with “What We Wanted” and the addicting “No Devil Me No More” before taking a heavy and intense turn with “Carry Me Away” and “Love My Love.” In the middle of the set, Levitt announced the fantastic news that both Setting Sun’s and Quitzow’s new records broke onto CMJ’s Top 200, a first for both acts. (On behalf of PopWreckoning, I’d like to extend congratulations and say it’s more than deserved!)

The energetic feel of the evening came surging back, following some slight technical difficulties, with “Happy Joy” and “The Only One.” The latter, one of my favorite Setting Sun songs, is an upbeat love songs that removes itself from being sappy with its hook-laden chorus and rocking instrumentation.

Quitzow setlist:
01. Peanut
02. On TV! (download)
03. Stay Away From John
04. Love
05. Art College
06. R. Crumb
07. unknown
08. Cats R People 2
09. Sponsor (It Didn’t Mean A Thing)
10. Jackpot

Setting Sun setlist:
01. What We Wanted
02. No Devil Me No More
03. How Long
04. Carry Me Away
05. Love My Love
06. Happy Joy
07. The Only One
08. Overjoyed

Tour Dates
Jun 27 – Room with a Brew / LEONARDTOWN, Maryland (All Ages!)
Jun 28 – The Spazzatorium Galleria / GREENVILLE, North Carolina
Jun 29 – The Acoustic Coffeehouse / JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee
Jun 30 – Lenny’s / ATLANTA, Georgia (w/ Cat Riley & Nerdkween (cd release!))
Jul 02 – Murphy’s / MEMPHIS, Tennessee (w/ The Warbles)
Jul 03 – The Hallway / TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma (All Ages! w/ The Beau Weevilz)
Jul 04 – Andy’s / DENTON, Texas (w/ Admiral David V.)
Jul 05 – Soundpony / TULSA, Oklahoma (w/ Lindsey Neal)
Jul 06 – The 806 / AMARILLO, Texas (All Ages! w/ P.L.O.Y.)
Jul 07 – The Atomic Cantina / ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (w/ Bellemah)
Jul 08 – The Totah Theatre / FARMINGTON, New Mexico (All Ages!)
Jul 09 – Indie 103 Presents Club NME @ Spaceland / LOS ANGELES, California
Jul 10 – Rickshaw Stop / SAN FRANCISCO, California (w/ The Love X Nowhere)
Jul 11 – The Crepe Place / SANTA CRUZ, California
Jul 12 – Jambalaya / ARCATA, California (w/ John Ludington)
Jul 13 – Kelly’s Olympian / PORTLAND, Oregon (w/ Testface)
Jul 14 – The High Dive / SEATTLE, Washington
Jul 16 – Neurolux / BOISE, Idaho
Jul 17 – Boing! Collective / SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (All Ages!)
Jul 18 – The Lions Lair / DENVER, Colorado (w/ Able Archer & Princess TIger)
Jul 19 – Oleaver’s / OMAHA, Nebraska (w/ Landing on the Moon!)
Jul 20 – Ronny’s / CHICAGO, Illinois (w/ Dirty Diamonds)
Jul 21 – Mac’s / LANSING, Michigan
Jul 22 – Small’s / DETROIT, Michigan ( w/ Statement of a Burning Paradiso)
Jul 23 – Howlers Coyote / PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (w/ The Bossettes)
Jul 24 – The Annex for Club NME / NEW YORK, New York ( w/ Siwat)
Aug 02 – 60 Main (All Ages) / NEW PALTZ, New York (w/ John Ludington and DUFUS)
Dec 07 – TREIBHAUS / Lucerne
Dec 12- Glazart / PARIS

Setting Sun: website | myspace | review of, listen to Children of the Wild | live review
Quitzow: myspace | review of, listen to Art College
Young Love Records: website | myspace


One Response

  1. Very nice!!

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