Items Tagged Philadelphia: Weather changes moods

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Weather changes moods

Hannah Frances | via hannahfrances.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

I will never not tell you to go see live music in some way or another. It’s part of my role here at The Key — shining a light on the artists that dwell in Philadelphia, as well as the spaces where their art comes to life. ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheeky at Johnny Brenda’s, Brutal Measures at PhilaMOCA

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheeky at Johnny Brenda’s, Brutal Measures at PhilaMOCA

Cheeky | photo via chheeky.bandcamp.com

After slaying The Key’s Philly Music Showcase with Ivy Sole and APHRA a couple months back, ambient electro-pop artist Cheeky will be wrapping her gauzy sounds around Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Listen to her ethereal new track, “mon cheri” below, then check out more details on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Lydia Lunch’s newest project, Brutal Measures, will be amping up the noise factor at PhilaMOCA tonight with some charged, crunched-up tracks. Read The Key’s A.D. Amorosi’s interview with Lunch here, then jam to a live version of “Frankie Teardrop” below. ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Healing at Johnny Brenda’s, Sunwatchers at Jerry’s On Front, Crash Course in Science at Underground Arts

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Healing at Johnny Brenda’s, Sunwatchers at Jerry’s On Front, Crash Course in Science at Underground Arts

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Come by Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a live music & spoken word event titled The Healing. Featuring an abundance of artists, from Chill Moody, Killiam Shakespeare, Jacqueline Constance, and a ton more, it’s going to be a great night of tunes. And it’s for a great cause, as proceeds from the night will benefit families in the Caribbean for hurricane relief aid. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Over in Kensington, New York instrumental collective Sunwatchers will be ...

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Weaves

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Weaves

Weaves | Photo by Katie Tapman for WXPN

Joining us for our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Toronto-based band Weaves. Formed in 2012 by singer Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters, Weaves also features bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole. The group released their second album, Wide Open, earlier this year on Kanine Records, and stopped by our studio before their show at the Boot & Saddle to perform some of the new songs live.


Beginning with the glittery stomp of “Slicked,” Weaves kick off the session with swagger to spare. ...

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#52 of The Deli NYC is online: Guerilla Toss + BK Synth Expo! + Electronic Music Issue

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#52 of The Deli NYC is online: Guerilla Toss + BK Synth Expo! + Electronic Music Issue
Main Artist you are covering (it will be added to our charts): 
Guerilla Toss
Facebook ID (READ INSTRUCTIONS UNDER THE BOX!): 
guerillatoss
Genres (for charts, pick one): 
Electro Rock
Region (for charts, pick one): 
NYC

New music seekers,

We have a brand new issue of The Deli NYC available online for you – and it’s a gooooood one, can read it here

We are super thrilled to have new DFA Records signee Guerilla Toss on the cover (check out their wonderful single "Skull Pop") streaming below.

This is also our yearly ...

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Japanese Breakfast brings home Soft Sounds to a sold-out First Unitarian Church

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Japanese Breakfast brings home Soft Sounds to a sold-out First Unitarian Church

Japanese Breakfast at the First Unitarian Church | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

It was a triumphant night for Japanese Breakfast at the First Unitarian Church. Not only was it the band’s homecoming show after an extensive US tour and the long-awaited hometown celebration of the release of Soft Sounds From Another Planet, but JBrekkie sold the dang place out. Bandleader Michelle Zauner expressed disbelief at the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, reminiscing on her days as an R5 Productions intern when she was the one mopping the church basement floor after shows. No mopping was in ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: First Aid Kit debuts powerful new material at World Cafe Live

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Free at Noon Flashback: First Aid Kit debuts powerful new material at World Cafe Live

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

It’s been far too long since the sweet sounds of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit were heard live in Philadelphia. The band — led by sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg — celebrated the release of their last album Stay Gold with a Union Transfer show in 2014, and shortly after their dazzling 2015 XPN Fest appearance, announced they’d be taking a break before working on new material.

That break ended a few weeks ago, when First Aid Kit let their new single “It’s a Shame” out into the world. ...

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Waxahatchee teamed up with Kevin Morby to record a Velvet Underground cover

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Waxahatchee teamed up with Kevin Morby to record a Velvet Underground cover

Waxahatchee | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

In between a crazy months-long tour that took Waxahatchee across the US and Europe this year, and with a fall tour that kicks off in just a few weeks, Katie Crutchfield found time to record a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours.” Crutchfield is joined by singer-songwriter Kevin Morby on the recording; the duo toured together last spring.

“After Hours” appeared on The Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled album. Crutchfield posted the home-recorded cover on her Tumblr, and tweeted, “the world is a dark place. here’s a cover of ‘after hours’.” Listen here. The Waxahatchee bandleader’s ...

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Watch The Roots play with The Dallas POPS Orchestra for their Night of Symphonic Hip Hop

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Watch The Roots play with The Dallas POPS Orchestra for their Night of Symphonic Hip Hop

The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Roots gave a performance unlike anything they’ve ever done when they took the stage with The Dallas POPS Orchestra — and guests like keyboardist Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Chaka Kahn and more –  to celebrate their Night of Symphonic Hip Hop concert at the Music Factory, and it was absolutely unreal. There were so many levels added to fan-favorite Roots songs with the help of a symphony to back them up, and this powerhouse band held nothing back. It was an enigmatic collaboration that ...

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Mitski transforms Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You” for Planned Parenthood

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Mitski transforms Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You” for Planned Parenthood

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artistMitski‘s rendition of Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You” is one of many exclusive cuts featured on the new benefit album 7 Inches for Planned Parenthood; it is transformative, ethereal and sounds all sorts of vintage. The cover sounds like it could be the 1951 track with its slow tempo and melancholic vocals, but Mitski also channels Holiday’s original intention of a classically sad love song into her modern synthesized soundscape. It’s ethereal, heavy and one of the coolest songs on the album.

Give Mitski’s cover a listen below. Also ...

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Invention and Rediscovery: Crash Course in Science continues breaking barriers on Situational Awareness

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Invention and Rediscovery: Crash Course in Science continues breaking barriers on Situational Awareness

Crash Course in Science | photo by David Uzzardi | via facebook.com/Crash-Course-in-Science-177747285586892

Crash Course In Science is truly a legendary Philadelphia band. But until a few years ago they only existed as the stuff of lore, their minimal post-punk electronic music, characterized by the strange tones of toy instruments and homemade synths, almost entirely forgotten. There was the show opening for Phillip Glass in 1980. The great “Cardboard Lamb” and “Glamour Pills” videos. The Signals From Pier Thirteen and the Cakes in the Home EPs, both club classics. An album, 1981’s Near Marineland, recorded but never released.

Their songs ...

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Listen to Questlove chat with Philly music icon James Mtume in his Questlove Supreme podcast

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For the last year, Roots drummer and musical history buff, Questlove, has been presenting his podcast Questlove Supreme on Pandora. The weekly show features musical legends telling their stories about the industry and creative process. For the past two weeks, QLS has featured South Philadelphia-born multi-instrumentalist and producer James Mtume.

Two episodes are not nearly enough to cover his eventful life and career but the Questlove Supreme team do their best to get it all in. Philly native Mtume was first known for being Miles ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s, Radiator Hospital at the First Unitarian Church, HOUND at Space 1026, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s, Radiator Hospital at the First Unitarian Church, HOUND at Space 1026, and more

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s own Vita and the Woolf return to town for the final show of their fall tour tonight. The Johnny Brenda’s gig also includes fellow locals Ellen Siberian Tiger and Baltimore’s Soul Cannon. Vita and the Woolf released their excellent debut LP TUNNELS back in June, and they’ve followed it up with a series of stunning music videos — watch the haunting video for “Sun Drop” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Local scene favorites Radiator Hospital celebrate the ...

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Ryan Tennis mixes a spectrum of influences into his new Two Days on the Fence EP

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Ryan Tennis mixes a spectrum of influences into his new Two Days on the Fence EP

Ryan Tennis | photo by ryantennis.bandcamp.com

Philadelphia soul- and folk-influenced songwriter Ryan Tennis is back with the release of spirited 5-track EP Two Days on the Fence. The prolific artist, known for his passionate performances and foot-tapping tunes, claims influences from reggae and soul to roots funk and acoustic balladry, and the new EP is no exception — Tennis’ variety of styles blend seamlessly into a unique rhythmic experience that is wholly his own.

The EP opens with a burst of energy on “Down & Up” as Tennis’ deep vocals kick into full swing, belting a catchy melody that’ll have listeners singing along in no time. ...

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Lydia Lunch Isn’t as intimidating as you think (unless you let her be)

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Lydia Lunch Isn’t as intimidating as you think (unless you let her be)

Lydia Lunch | photo courtesy of the artist

Ever since Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and the restless No Wave movement, Lydia Lunch has aggressively made noise (or made aggression, noisily) her primary color palette in which to paint pictures of haunted, hunted souls, rabid sexuality, amber decay or something in-between the three, with provocative albums and new bands to represent such tones and changes.

Lunch’s newest ensemble – Brutal Measures, a live-in-the-studio duo with drummer/electronic manipulator Weasel Walter – is what Philadelphia audiences will see October 22 at PhilaMOCA when she graces this city with one of a ...

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Mood and Mystique: Digging into King Krule’s THE OOZ ahead of his Union Transfer gig this weekend

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Mood and Mystique: Digging into King Krule’s THE OOZ ahead of his Union Transfer gig this weekend

King Krule | via facebook.com/xlrecordings

October is already a spooky month. One that is shrouded in fear, and mystery thanks to holidays like Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. Naturally, this would be the time for us to reflect on mortality and sorrow, and it makes sense that U.K. artist King Krule released his second studio album The Ooz on October’s Friday the 13th.

In a recent interview with the Pitchfork, Krule describes The Ooz as a sort of human substance that is made up of all the lackluster things in life. “It’s all about the gunk.”

And it is just ...

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Hold The Phone: Bahamadia returns with DIALED UP 2

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Hold The Phone: Bahamadia returns with DIALED UP 2

Bahamadia | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly hip-hop legend Bahamadia is back with DIALED UP 2, the second installment in a project of spontaneous self-recording she first began in 2013. The series strives to highlight how some seriously impressive recording that can be done outside of a traditional studio environment — Bahamadia recorded all 12 minutes of DIALED UP 2 on her cell phone.

It opens with a voice recording: the first thing we hear before the tunes kick in is “You don’t have to be in a studio environment at all, you can be anywhere…” As you ...

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The Lame-O’s make their recorded debut, and it’s a ton of fun

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The Lame-O’s make their recorded debut, and it’s a ton of fun

The Lame-O’s | photo via theamazinglameos.bandcamp.com

Philly label Lame-O Records has become a local fixture since it was founded in 2012, and now there’s a band that shares its name. The Lame-O’s are a local supergroup of sorts — its members include Modern Baseball‘s Ian Farmer, Lame-O founder Eric Osman who also plays in Cherry, and Evan Bernard of The Superweaks. As if these three guys weren’t busy enough with their main gigs, they somehow found time to write and record a 5-track EP under the new moniker, and the self-titled release is out now on Bandcamp.

The EP is ...

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Sleater-Kinney share “Here We Come” for Planned Parenthood compilation

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Sleater-Kinney share “Here We Come” for Planned Parenthood compilation

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Iconic power trio Sleater-Kinney are back on our radar with the release of a new song. “Here We Come” is the band’s contribution to the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood series, which features contributions from a variety of artists — musicians, writers, comedians, and more — and will benefit the nonprofit organization. The full compilation is out digitally on Oct. 20, and you can stream Sleater-Kinney’s track via Spotify below.

“Here We Come” was initially recorded for Sleater-Kinney’s 2015 comeback album No Cities to Love, but didn’t make the cut. It’s signature Sleater-Kinney sound would ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at WXVU’s Fall Gig, Dreamswell at Underground Arts, Rickie Lee Jones at World Cafe Live

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at WXVU’s Fall Gig, Dreamswell at Underground Arts, Rickie Lee Jones at World Cafe Live

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

If you missed out on getting tickets to Japanese Breakfast’s sold-out headlining show in the basement of the First Unitarian Church tonight, fear not — there’s plenty of live and local music to take in tonight. A short SEPTA ride in to the west of the city will land you at WXVU’s Fall Gig at Villanova University, and it’s a stacked show. We are, of course, biased in saying this — Key staffer Megan Cooper organized the gig, and picked some of our fave Philadelphians to play — but, I mean, look ...

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