Category Archives: Philadelphia

Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

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Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rockers Caracara hit us with a few teasers from their debut album Summer Megalith last month, and the anticipation has been building ever since. Now, the waiting is over, release day is here, and Summer Megalith is finally out in the world. Not to be mistaken for the bird, Caracara create the kind of spirited, honest, pour-your-soul-into-it music that is so essential to the Philly scene right now. Spattered with fuzzy instrumentals and woven with dense and reflective lyrics, the 12-track album (engineered and mixed ...

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Just Announced: Morrissey will play at The Fillmore this December for his Low in High School tour

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Just Announced: Morrissey will play at The Fillmore this December for his Low in High School tour

Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey has released the dates for his North American tour in support of his upcoming album release of Low in High School. The former Smiths frontman released the first single, “Spent The Day In Bed”, for the new album just three days ago. The Low in High School tour comes to Philly on December 4th at the Fillmore; tickets go on sale September 29th at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

 

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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When it was announced that Connor Barwin’s fourth annual Make The World Better Foundation fundraising concert was being held at the Dell Music Center and that The War On Drugs would headline, questions arose. For some, the question was “What the heck is The Dell?” and for those familiar with the city-run venue in Fairmount, the question was “Why The Dell?” The answer to the latter is that the venue is looking to throw in an occasional rock or country band to their normal summer mix of funk, R&B and soul ...

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Listen to the audio of The Clash’s 1979 show at the Walnut Street Theatre

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Listen to the audio of The Clash’s 1979 show at the Walnut Street Theatre

The Clash in Philadelphia | Photo by Todd Heft

English punk rock icons The Clash rolled through Philadelphia on this day in 1979 for a show at Walnut Street Theatre. They were only a few months away from releasing the critically acclaimed London Calling, the record that boasts the legendary photo on the album cover of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar. This photo has been called one of the greatest in rock and roll history and is almost universally recognized.

The Clash (at least in my opinion) are one of the greatest punk-rock bands to ever exist. Unfortunately, their run was ...

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Screaming Females return with new “Black Moon” single and a fall tour

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Screaming Females return with new “Black Moon” single and a fall tour

Screaming Females, photo courtesy of artist

With an extensive discography under their belts already, Screaming Females add another single to the list: “Black Moon,” their first release since their 2015 album Rose Mountain. And after more than ten years of touring, they’ve just announced a fall tour as well, which kicks off on September 24th.

The band is revered for their heavy rock and roll style driven by singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster, as well as their heart-wrenching lyrics, and describes “Black Moon” as “[a] four-minute long ripper about the earth abandoning humanity, syphoned through the near-universal experience of ending a relationship.” The single was made available ...

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PREMIERE: Secret American bring us California sunshine in “Warmth & Shelter” video

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PREMIERE: Secret American bring us California sunshine in “Warmth & Shelter” video

Secret American | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Secret American, the new solo project of Cheers Elephant‘s Derek Krzywicki, is back with a delightful video for their second single “Warmth & Shelter,” and we’re excited to premiere it right here on The Key. The title track from the yet-to-be-announced debut album coming our way later this fall, “Warmth & Shelter” exudes the sunshine-filled California spirit with an unmistakable gritty Philadelphia edge that makes Secret American’s sound so unique.

Krzywicki once called Philly home, but now dwells among the cacti out on the West Coast. The ...

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Still Freaky After Thirty Years: Revisiting Philly’s fearless EDO ahead of their School of Rock gig

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Still Freaky After Thirty Years: Revisiting Philly’s fearless EDO ahead of their School of Rock gig

Edo, circa 1994

Philadelphia always gets typecast as the underdog, this city of illusion-of-grandeur miscreants that drastically wants to be NYC or D.C. or whatever else but can’t. You probably know of the “6th Borough” label or the Rocky lovable loser trope or any of the articles that question why anybody would even try and find success in our wonderful city. Hell, even the Fresh Prince had to move to Bel-Air before he could make something of himself.

This is nonsense. Philly doesn’t want to be New York or anywhere else. Like we’re supposed to care about what goes on in ...

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The War on Drugs @ The Dell Music Center with Land Of Talk.

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  Images by Natalie Piserchio. The War on Drugs, which released their newest album last month, performed al fresco last night at The Dell Music Center as part of former Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin‘s Make The World Better foundation. Proceeds from the event will go toward assisting children, families and parks in the city. Land […]The War on Drugs @ The Dell Music Center with Land Of Talk.

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Esperanza Spalding @ SoFar Sounds/Amnesty International with Shamir and Maitland.

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Text by Maya Winneg. Images by Abi Raymaker.  Esperanza Spalding, Shamir and Maitland shared their talents in a Rittenhouse Square home Wednesday night as a part of the global “Give a Home” concert series to raise money supporting refugees and the efforts of Amnesty International. SoFar Sounds, an organization that hosts secret house shows in locations around […]Esperanza Spalding @ SoFar Sounds/Amnesty International with Shamir and Maitland.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Philly Music Fest, Jay Som at the First Unitarian Church, David Bromberg at Sherman Theater

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Philly Music Fest, Jay Som at the First Unitarian Church, David Bromberg at Sherman Theater

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The Philly Music Fest kicks off tonight at World Cafe Live with Cayetana headlining a night of Philly music, from Kississippi to West Philly Orchestra and more. Cayetana’s latest album, New Kind of Normal, is one of the year’s highlights, with the South Philly power trio expanding the range of its sonic palette, from slow burners to charging ragers. Watch the video for “Bus Ticket” below and get tickets and more info on the festival here.

This spring, Bay Area indie rocker Melina Duterte returned with the second ...

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“A Concert for Charlottesville” featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and more will be live-streamed on Tumblr

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“A Concert for Charlottesville” featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and more will be live-streamed on Tumblr

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

On Sunday September 24th at 6 PM ET, there will be “an evening of music and unity” led by Dave Matthews Band in response to the recent events in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Other artists set to perform at A Concert For Charlottesville include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant, and more.

Today comes word that this free benefit show will be live-streamed live-streamed from Tumbler. Bookmark the page, tune in this weekend, and find more info and background about ...

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Watch Ron Gallo’s fearless, frenzied music video for “Put the Kids to Bed”

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Watch Ron Gallo’s fearless, frenzied music video for “Put the Kids to Bed”

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The newly-released “Put the Kids to Bed” is the third video from Ron Gallo‘s breakout album Heavy Meta, an album  based on a dysfunctional relationship from Gallo’s past. Remnants of this relationship are very evident in the new video which, despite its simplicity, is both emotionally and visually striking.

The song itself is very hard-hitting and raw, but the setting for the video is a sunny backyard with a bed in the middle, dressed in plain white sheets — this sets the scene for a major contrast between the song and the ...

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Time For Acchin: Weird N.J. rockers Pine Barons reflect on the road to their debut LP

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Time For Acchin: Weird N.J. rockers Pine Barons reflect on the road to their debut LP

Pine Barons | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Shamong Township sits about 35 miles south east of Philadelphia, smack dab in the center of New Jersey, but it’s practically a world away.

More of a geographical boundary than a bustling municipality, it’s sliced down the middle by Route 206 and dotted with diners, delis, liquor stores and a gun shop called Pistol Pete’s. At the south border is the mouth of the massive Wharton State Forest, the nucleus of Jersey’s storied Pine Barrens region –- an area with such acidic soil that nothing but evergreens can grow, ...

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Good news for fans of The Boss as well as giving to those in need; Bruce Springsteen has released a 26-track recording from a 1978 live show in Houston, with all of the revenue going to MusiCare’s hurricane relief fund. There have been video bootlegs of this show circulating in the past, but this is the first full-concert audio-only release. As well as being available for digital download, CDs of the show will be available beginning on October 9th. Watch “Badlands” from the concert below, and purchase ...

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Angel Olsen adds a second Union Transfer show, announces a rarities and B-sides compilation Phases

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Angel Olsen adds a second Union Transfer show, announces a rarities and B-sides compilation Phases

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Indie rock singer-songwriter fave Angel Olsen just added a second show to her stop at Union Transfer; she’ll perform on December 12th as well as December 13th as an extension to her hefty thirty-date My Woman tour; tickets to the new show are on sale tomorrow at noon.

Olsen is also releasing a rarities album titled Phases on November 10th through Jagjaguwar Records. Phases is a follow-up to Olsen’s highly acclaimed 2016 release MY WOMAN. The compilation will include previously unreleased tracks as well as new tracks “Special” and “Fly on Your Wall”.

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters do “Carpool Karaoke” and cover Rick Astley

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters do “Carpool Karaoke” and cover Rick Astley

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Carpool Karaoke has become a late night staple on James Corden’s Late Late Show; Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez are among the guests who have entered the mobile song stage. Now the Foo Fighters — all 6 of them — have piled into James’ Cadillac Escalade for the latest installment.  

The 10-minute segment of Carpool Karaoke features the Foo Fighters and James Corden singling “All My Life”, “Best of You” and “Learn to Fly,” along with “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” from the Foo’s new album Concrete and Gold. They eventually Rickroll ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS

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The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS

Reasons to love SPORTS: to begin with, their mantra, “friends FIRST, band SECOND.” You can’t miss that contagious camaraderie when seeing them onstage or in the studio — free of ego, free of pretense, free of the B.S. that ultimately divides artists who are motivated by forces other than playing music they love. There’s ample laughter and supportive sentiments from bandmate to bandmate, intermixed with sick riffs and catchy melodies. It’s refreshing to see: despite their tongue-in-cheekily competitive name, SPORTS is just a group of upbeat pals who moved from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio to Philadelphia to write songs and rock shows.
Consisting of singer-guitarist Carmen ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly psych rock heroes The War on Drugs will play their first hometown show in two and a half years at the Dell Music Center in support of their fantastic new record, A Deeper Understanding. If that’s not enough reason to get you out to Fairmount Park East on a Thursday night, the concert is a benefit for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better foundation, which has been rehabbing parks and playground across the city since 2014 — their 2017 project will be announced ...

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Watch MH The Verb get real and groovy in his recorded performance at The Boom Room

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Watch MH The Verb get real and groovy in his recorded performance at The Boom Room

MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

If you missed Marcus Harris aka MH the Verb’s set at the Boom Room last Sunday, the prolific rapper’s got a gift for you — you can still catch the entire performance from a Facebook live recording.

Throughout the set, things get real funky, real reggae-filled, real zesty, and just plain real as MH the Verb and crew dose some social-consciousness upon the crowd, along with later remixing a track into an entertaining genre-swap mashup.

Watch for yourself below, then keep an eye out for MH the Verb’s next set, where you can be grooving ...

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PREEN’s s/t EP is a glorious punch dance of angsty rage

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PREEN’s s/t EP is a glorious punch dance of angsty rage

PREEN | photo via preen.bandcamp.com

Tailing last year’s release of keystoner, Philly punk rock four-piece PREEN recently released a  s/t EP on Bandcamp, which shows the crew trading in sounds of all-around fuzziness for an even more vamped up, clarified dose of angstiness.

After a brief fake-out of silence, opening track “Cereus” starts the EP off kicking and screaming; where searing guitars and vocals morph together in an almost indistinguishable array. A torrent of taunts and labels, “Wyd” holds absolutely nothing back, anchored by the twisted sing-song line, “you’re a f**cking poser, I’m a f**cking slut,” and “chug” evokes an image of the most insane ...

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The Kominas unpack the paradox of identity and music in recent Shaking Through session

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The Kominas unpack the paradox of identity and music in recent Shaking Through session

The Kominas | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly / Boston punk outfit The Kominas recently stopped by Miner Street Recordings as the focus of Weathervane Music’s latest Shaking Through installment. If you’re new to the series, for an uber quick rundown, it’s a super interesting feature that goes behind the scenes — both in artist background and technical production — as a band works through the process of recording a new song, from it’s personal, creative idea of a beginning, to its end jam of a result.

In this episode, the twelve year old band (though three years old with the current ...

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