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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

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You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which ...

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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about having names in song titles that lead to great tunes. From “Valerie” and “Come On, Eileen” to “Hey Jude” or “Billie Jean,” these iconic songs all address a specific person — or at least a feeling or memory personified into a specific person. Whether or not a song’s namesake is actually based off a real human is unknown, but what is known is that incorporating names into songs seems to make them incredibly more tangible and relatable, and a lot of times, just produces some really amazing tracks.

Lovable local basement rockers RFA add to this canon ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

Los Angeles artist LP headlines World Cafe Live tonight in support of last year’s Lost on You effort. After breaking through with her song ...

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about local rockers RFA that’s just so dang infectious. From their catchy guitar riffs,to their head-bang inducing drums, to the way every single member plays with such energy and joy that you can’t help but smile and jam along, this band’s got the thing.

Closing out their stream of Out of Town Films live video releases, which included renditions of “Teenage Love Song” and “Suzie Lee,” RFA recently shared the final video in the series, in which the band performs a brand new track titled, “Down Your Street.” Mixing sunny licks with a grunge-y garage vibe, ...

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Check out RFA’s danceable heartbreak in “Suzie Lee”

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Check out RFA’s danceable heartbreak in “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Local rockers RFA put out another live video, this time for the heartache of “Suzie Lee” — sure, it’s another bang-draped band head-banging to a mid-naughty callback, but we love it.

Shot by the folks at Out Of Town Films in the same living room as their video for “Teenage Love Song,” the four piece hooks on the titular name, growling for her to never forget our narrator. Layered with manic, Fratellis-like drum work and fun-ass riffs gives the track 2006-style radio power, while the duel Telecasters add that bit of early-Bombay Bicycle Club ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Boot and Saddle gets hit with a wonderfully loaded bill topped off by pop experimentalists Purples. Their indie rock-based sound is quite whimsical, complimented by a Dead-like vibe perfect ...

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RFA will open the 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot and Saddle

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RFA will open the 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot and Saddle

Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs have been celebrating the holidays for six years running with their Holiday Spectacle at various venues around town, and their choice of support bands is always an impeccable selection of Philly’s finest. This year, the Spectacle happens at Boot and Saddle on December 17th, and finds Work Drugs teaming up with RFA, a rock and roll four-piece that is probably the closest thing the scene has to The Strokes right now. Tickets to the 21+ show are on sale naw, more more information click here. While you’re ...

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Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

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Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

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If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.

This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Last Block Party + More!

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Featured image courtesy of Samantha Sweeney

Summer is (unfortunately) turning to fall, but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop! Enjoy the last few warm weekends we have left by checking out a few of these shows.

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Cute Is What We Aim For will be continuing what has been a great year for emo/pop-punk reunions by stopping by Union Transfer. The band is currently on tour celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album, The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch. Very few tickets are still available here, so be sure to dust ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Last Block Party + More!

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Featured image courtesy of Samantha Sweeney

Summer is (unfortunately) turning to fall, but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop! Enjoy the last few warm weekends we have left by checking out a few of these shows.

Thursday 9/15

Cute Is What We Aim For will be continuing what has been a great year for emo/pop-punk reunions by stopping by Union Transfer. The band is currently on tour celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album, The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch. Very few tickets are still available here, so be sure to dust ...

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10 Great Philly Records from Summer 2016

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Featured photo courtesy of Derek Brad Photography

The conclusion of Made In America Music Festival this past weekend marks the end of Summer 2016. While you were all enjoying three months of beer gardens, trips to the shore, or cursing your electric bill, Philly’s music scene was busy churning out some incredible records, many of which drawing praise from the folks at home as well as the national stage. As we enter the Fall season, we selected some of our favorite releases from Broken Beak, RFA Sonnder, The Dove & The Wolf, and more!

El Astronauta Quaker City Night Hawks

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Brew Sessions: Epi. 2 w/ Curtis Cooper

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Brew Sessions returns with its second episode, where host Billy Cook welcomes Singer/Songwriter Curtis Cooper & RFA frontman, Dan Cousart, to discuss Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift and Radiohead’s latest record “A Moon Shaped Pool”.
Curtis sticks around to talk about recording his first solo LP, Laughing In Line, his inspirations as an artist, the untimely death of Local Punk hero Erik Petersen, and dealing with mental illness as a musician. The episode concludes with a stirring performance of Laughing In Line standout “White Lies”!

Brew Sessions is a podcast series presented by Rock On Philly that’s shot and recorded at ...

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RFA Shares Their Summer Playlist

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Featured Image courtesy of Adam Kargenian

It’s not much of a secret that we’re big fans of rising Philadelphia Rock quartet, RFA. Their latest EP, Something New From RFA, came out April of this year and has remained one of our favorite records. We asked members Dan Cousart, Christian Turzo, Brendan McHale, and Alec Powell to throw together a Summer playlist featuring some of their favorite songs! 

1.) “Freaking Out” by RFA

(All four) “Why the fuck not?”

 

2.) “Campus” by Vampire Weekend 

Dan – “Reminds me of freshman year. Perfect college record.”

 

3.) ...

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Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

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Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

She may not want to be funny anymore, but Lucy Dacus definitely has a sense of humor. Her return to Philly after a year may have seen the Richmond, Virginia rocker wearing no shoes, playing pick-less, and sporting jokes about the disco ball, but Dacus brought a night of both quiet simplicity and powerfully crushing rock and roll to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night.

Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Opening the show were West Philly dudes RFA, who both shocked and awed with their Johnny Brenda’s debut. The four ...

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Creepoid, Mercury Girls, Amanda X & More @ The Love On the Streets Festival at Paines Park.

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Text by Brendan Menapace. Images by Erin Marhefka.  After a bit of a rain delay, the Love On the Streets Festival kicked off at Paines Park last Saturday. Thanks to a gray morning and drizzly afternoon, the event took place largely under tents but the rain cleared and it all went on relatively hitch-free (albeit with […]Creepoid, Mercury Girls, Amanda X & More @ The Love On the Streets Festival at Paines Park.

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RFA Stake Their Claim with “Something New”

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Are they better live or on their records? It’s a debate that I frequently have among friends when we discuss some of our favorite bands. It’s not a critique so much as a discussion about how the experience of listening to the recorded track differs from what the band brings to the song live. Generally speaking, there are three kinds of bands in this regard: There’s the band who go into epic improvised jams (read: Phish, Tame Impala, Dave Matthews Band), the performer who engage their audience with visual and theatrical elements that reinterpret ...

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RFA Stake Their Claim with “Something New”

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Featured image courtesy of the artist

Are they better live or on their records? It’s a debate that I frequently have among friends when we discuss some of our favorite bands. It’s not a critique so much as a discussion about how the experience of listening to the recorded track differs from what the band brings to the song live. Generally speaking, there are three kinds of bands in this regard: There’s the band who go into epic improvised jams (read: Phish, Tame Impala, Dave Matthews Band), the performer who engage their audience with visual and theatrical elements that reinterpret ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here.

Frankie Cosmos returns to the First Unitarian Church tonight before heading over to Europe. When she was here last fall, Greta Kline was touring in support of a new EP called Fit ...

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music.

Performing will be a number of great ...

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Five Drexel Bands You Need To Know Now

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Packed basements, sweating under low ceilings, peering to get a glimpse of the band from behind a sea of classmates; dancing, moshing, tapped kegs, and music. These are some of the ingredients for a night out in West Philadelphia’s music scene. You’d never expect the Philly Punk/DIY Community to find its way to this part of the city given that the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are both some of the most expensive colleges in the state (the latter being the most expensive). And yet, my own introduction to Philadelphia’s music scene was through packed basements ...

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Monday Playlist: February in Philly with Cherub, Best Coast, and Kurt Cobain Tribute!

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Featured Image of Best Coast by Abby Gillardi

Happy Monday! With live music lined up all week and Super Bowl Sunday to finish it off, there is a lot to look forward to! We have a playlist for the busy week ahead and the prospect of a fun-filled February.

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Best Weekend Ever: Jack’s Mannequin, RFA, Winter Jam 2016, Muse and More!

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Featured Image by Wakana Narisako

Last weekend was a total mess as shows were cancelled or postponed left and right in Philly due to the snow storm. Hopefully, the weather won’t get in the way this weekend. Click through and see what’s happening this weekend!

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New year, new song: listen to RFA’s instantly catchy “Indigo”

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RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann

RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann | via facebook.com/RFAbandphilly

We’ve been watching garage rockers RFA (Really Fast Automobiles) for a little while around here at The Key, but it seems 2016 may be the year they get a well-deserved big break in the Philly music scene. Not only did the guys play a sold-out show earlier this week at Steel City but the also released a video for a brand new track, titled “Indigo.”

The video was shot by Daniel Siper of Bad Dad Productions and cuts to the chase: a solid performance of RFA’s brand new, instantly catchy tune. ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Duane Eubanks at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, RFA at Steel City, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s

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Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova | via duaneeubanks.com

Philly native Duane Eubanks, the youngest of the local jazz scene’s famed Eubanks brothers, returns to Philadelphia tonight. Last year, he released Things of That Particular Nature on Sunnyside Records. Tonight, he and his quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10. Tickets and more information can be found at the Chris’ Jazz Cafe website.

Local garage rockers RFA head out to Phoenixville tonight for a gig at Steel City Coffeehouse. The band recently hit up the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steady Hands at Boot and Saddle, RFA at The Fire

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Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly

Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly

Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly

Sean Huber steps out from behind the drumkit and to the microphone in Steady Hands, the folk-punk outfit he’s been fronting when percussive duties with Modern Baseball don’t have him traveling around the world. This year, Steady Hands released the very lively and revved up Tropical Depression EP – a feisty set that reminds me a lot of fellow Philadelphians Mischief Brew in the way it sonically holds The Germs and Op Ivy in equal esteem as The Pogues and Billy Bragg. Tonight, the band headlines Boot ...

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