White Lies

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The members of White Lies are unabashed about their dreams of becoming arena rockers. Hell, maybe they’re already there: These Brits have backed Muse and Coldplay on massive European stadium tours and even headlined Wembley Stadium a couple years ago. Often employing laser-light shows and encouraging rhythmic clapping at their gigs, their formula of rock success is tried and true. Three albums in, they’ve returned to America for a nationwide tour. Though it’s not quite the Wells Fargo Center, the blokes are set to invade Union Transfer tonight, with support from Frankie Rose, a founding member of Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts.

To Lose My Life ... , White Lies’ 2009 debut LP, may have topped the U.K. charts, but it hardly made a dent into America’s Billboard ranking, reaching No. 146. Taking cues from other indie-to-mainstream success stories, the album featured gloomy lyrics wrapped around snare hits and distorted hooks (think The Killers). Following in that vein came 2011’s Ritual and their most recent offering, Big TV, which dropped last August. With each release, White Lies continue to rely on anthemic choruses and driving pop rock melodies.

Call them a throwback to a generation of dudes who just wanted to be rock stars. Maybe in 25 years, you’ll hear someone singing “Bigger Than Us” at a karaoke bar. // DANIEL GELB

8pm. $20-$22. With Frankie Rose. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. r5productions.com
 

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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Union Transfer , 1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/23/2014. .

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