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Required Reading: Half Waif’s Nandi Rose Plunkett on being “the girl in the band”

Nandi Plunkett | photo by Tonje Thilesen via https://www.facebook.com/HalfWaif/

If you haven’t noticed by now, we at The Key are big fans of Pinegrove and Half Waif, two New Jersey bands that share a common denominator in Nandi Rose Plunkett. Both groups find Plunkett as the sole woman, one in a keyboards-backing vocals situation and the other as the founding, writing, and recording frontwoman. In other words, she is a musical force to be reckoned with.

Why, then, in 2017 – especially in an industry that theoretically draws the creatives, the open minds, the dreamers – do we find Plunkett responding to slews of misogynist aggressions against her being simply because that being is female? After originally posting last month on Twitter in response to comments on her part in Pinegrove, Nandi Plunkett has penned an extraordinarily eloquent, insightful, and sharp long-form piece published by Esquire on what it means to be “the girl in the band,” what it feels like to be a woman constantly silenced and disregarded and dismissed as a girl, as a girlfriend, as a pretty face but nothing more. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cold Fronts’ return with summer jam “Holidaze”

Cold Fronts | by CJ Harvey via https://www.facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic/

Following the release of their full-length Forever Whatever, the Philadelphia-based Cold Fronts have finally unveiled their first new music in the two years since. The indie rockers debuted “Holidaze” on June 16th, a fast-paced sunny rocker that will be a go-to jam on all of your summer playlists. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joseph Arthur at Sellersville Theater, Preen at Kung Fu Necktie, The Bul Bey at Boot & Saddle

Joseph Arthur | photo courtesy of the artist
Joseph Arthur | photo by Josephine Bono | courtesy of the artist

Prolific singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur headlines the Sellersville Theater for a perfect midweek pick-me-up. With 14 full-lenths and eleven EPs in his repertoire, Arthur is taking a look back into his long and storied career to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Redemption’s Son, his third album that was released in 2002. He is currently on a limited tour to perform Redemption’s Son in its entirety. Available June 23rd, the album will also be rereleased with nine previously unheard bonus tracks. For tickets and show information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Joan Shelley at Boot and Saddle

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his quartet of experimental jazz instrumentation with hip-hop (and a little bit of everything else) undertones to World Cafe Live tonight. The quartet’s album Black Radio won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album, several tracks featuring Philly’s own Bilal. They are currently touring following last year’s ArtScience. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kuf Knotz at Bourbon and Branch, Carolyn Thorn at Bob and Barbara’s, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s

Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Ahead of his upcoming album release, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz is stepping back onto the stage. Originally from Philadelphia but now residing in New York, Knotz will be making six stops throughout June and July between his two homes where he will be sure to mix previews of tracks from the new record with his 2015 LP A Positive Light. You can hear his upbeat, positive vibes at Bourbon and Branch with Roots of a Rebellion and Wild Adriatic. Check out the details at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry, Josh Ritter at Longwood Gardens

Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist
Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist

Can’t wait until Made in America to catch Lizzo live? The Minneapolis alternative hip hop act returns to Philadelphia for a performance at The Foundry. Following 2015’s LP Big Grrrl Small World, Lizzo released an EP Coconut Oil last year which features the singles “Good As Hell” and “Phone.” Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs revisit 2016 in new single “For The Year”

Work Drugs — covered in trademark haze

Had enough of 2016? Work Drugs sure did. The Philadelphia-based indie soft pop (self-stylized “sedative wave/smooth-fi”) duo has released a new single “For The Year” ahead of their upcoming record Flaunt the Imperfection, set for release on August 11th and currently available for preorder.

“For The Year” is a slower, more somber track that is accompanied by a video featuring a compilation of the worst and most memorable moments that made it into the media in 2016, a year that seemed relentless in tragedy and scandal. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ramona Cordova at LAVA Space, The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, Jonatha Brooke at Bryn Mawr Gazebo

Ramona Cordova | photo by Inma Varandela | courtesy of the artist
Ramona Cordova | photo by Inma Varandela | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of their upcoming release On Paper, indie artist Ramona Cordova will perform at LAVA Space. The venue is the perfect compliment for Ramona’s music and values, both working to create spaces that are inclusive and diverse and respectful through performance. Each of Ramona’s three records thus far have moved in different directions that reflect their growth and transformations over the past ten years: the boy who floated freely tells a story, taking the listener on a journey, quinn to new relationships is more expansive musically and abstract lyrically. Ramona tells The Key in a recent interview that the newest record, set for a July 4th release, is “inspired by the struggle I felt transitioning back to the United States from France: re-arising trauma, feelings of state and social oppression, hopelessness, longing to be back in a place where i just felt free.” Ramona will perform with Pinkwash, Gland, and Jenny Jones World. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →