The Key Studio Sessions’ Riot Fest preview with Plow United and Weston

Joel Tannenbaum (left) and Brian McGee of Plow United

With a hard-hitting lineup split between two stages at the Festival Pier, there’s no doubt that this weekend’s punk rock extravaganza, Riot Fest East, is going to be an exciting, exhausting, exuberant day. For fans of the Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley Scene circa 1996, it will be especially so, since cult favorites Plow United and Weston reformed to play the big show. Both groups stopped by WXPN this month for semi-acoustic Key Studio Sessions; Plow took a rockabilly/folk approach with theirs, moving in step with singer-guitarist Brian McGee‘s impressive body of work as a solo artist, while Weston’s performance wound up floating in a dreampop reverie (they even play an unreleased new cut called “Love And Rockets”). Neither group sounds like you’d expect them to when your point of reference is loud amps and pounding drums, and that’s exactly what I love about these recordings. Tune in to XPN2 tomorrow at 7 p.m. for an extended Key Studio Sessions Hour; you’ll hear both band’s full sets (which included covers of Sam Cooke and The Pixies), Jake Rabid’s interview with Weston, and my interview with Plow—wherein they make a big announcement or three. (More tracks by Plow United, Weston, and Brian McGee after the jump.)

James Snyder (left) and Jesse Short of Weston

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1429191556 Kenny Kellner

    sorry, but Little Mile is not Little Mile without Chuck! Still love ya thought ;)

    • Guest

      Kenny – Jesse has been in Weston for 16 years now compared to the 6 years Chuck spent with the band. At this point, most diehard Weston fans that stuck with them through the years, would say stop living in 1994 and move on. 

      • Sir Guest

        preach it!

      • Guest

        As soon as Weston kicks out their member that makes rape jokes at shows, I’ll potentially start enjoying the music again.

        • Guest

          Ah, another humorless idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bullfighters Mike Kijewski

    So good!

  • Guest

    I would very much appreciate it if Brian never sang Plow songs like that ever, ever again.

  • Keith

    Awesome stuff.  It would be great to hear the full sets with the Sam Cooke and Pixies covers.