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Watch a super-serious Strand of Oaks cover Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Everybody has their own routine to get ready for work. Timothy Showalter’s just might be a little different (OK, a lot different) compared to the rest.

Before a show earlier this week in Athens, Georgia, Strand of Oaks posted a video of Showalter and some of the crew warming up their pipes with a cover of Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.” The camera work and black-and-white editing add an entirely new level of entertainment value. Every few seconds brings a new surprise twist to this captivating and inspirational film. Watch it below for a good laugh. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: We guarantee Josh Ritter won’t get rained out at Union Transfer

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Last year’s XPoNential Festival was an overall success, but if there was one negative takeaway, it was that Josh Ritter wasn’t able to reschedule his washed-out Saturday set. If you were one of the many who was disappointed about mother nature’s intervention, here’s some news to wipe away any bad memories: Josh Ritter is coming back to Philly and there’s no chance weather gets in the way of this one. Ritter’s fall tour will include a headlining show at Union Transfer on Nov. 5. Continue reading →

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Surprise! Camp Cope needs no notice before last-minute Troc Balcony gig

Camp Cope | photo by Joe Bloss of WXPN

When I woke up yesterday, my plans for the evening were about the same as most Tuesday nights so far this summer: Go to work, leave around nine and get home in time to watch the Phillies lose. Then I saw the news that Melbourne, Australia’s best punk rockers, Camp Cope, were headlining a last-minute gig at the Trocadero Balcony — last night. If the punk rock gods were kind enough, I maybe had a chance to make it in time for Camp Cope’s set, the last of a four-band bill.

I made it. It was as great as expected. I am sorry to Kississippi, Who Loves You and Larry Nodder, the first three acts of the night. Work commitment kept me away just long enough to miss you all. I’m sure you were great, and I’m hopeful any readers in attendance can attest to such an assumption in the comments.

Considering my attendance was as impulsive as the show itself, I did not record the order of the setlist. I can recall at least five numbers from the band’s lone LP — “Done,” “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” “Trepidation” and “Stove Lighter” — two from their more recent split with Cayetana — “Keep Growing,” “Footscray Station” — and, as pointed out in this Facebook-comment fan video, one new song. Whatever order those songs were played in doesn’t matter because what they sounded like was near-perfect. Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a new band in Bermuda Triangle

Alabama Shakes | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Anyone who attended last year’s XPN Fest knows quite well how amazingly talented Brittany Howard is. As the vocalist for the Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, she packs a vocal punch rivaled by no one. So the news that found its way through the interwebs this week was sure to excite: Howard has a new band and they’re debuting live in Nashville next week. Continue reading →

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Listen to Wolf Alice’s latest, catch them at The Foundry Saturday night

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Wolf Alice | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

The second full-length album from Wolf Alice is on the way, due out Sept. 29, and the UK-based band shared a few more pieces of it Wednesday. Along with the artwork of Visions Of A Life, they released another single entitled “Don’t Delete The Kisses.”

This is the second single from the album, following up “Yuk Foo.” As opposed to its predecessor’s angry rant of a song, “Don’t Take The Kisses” laces Ellie Rowsell’s whispering verses with an echoey chorus, all throughout a spacey pop beat that soothes instead of scolds. The shredding from the first single is replaced with layers of synths. On Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio, the four-piece explained Wednesday that the gap between the two songs won’t seem as wide once the whole album is out. We’ll hear the proof in a couple of months. Continue reading →

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Watch Chance The Rapper cover Stevie Wonder at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Chance The Rapper at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk | photo by Claire Harbage for NPR

Imagine how good a Chance The Rapper Tiny Desk performance would be. Now multiply that goodness by at least ten, and that’ll give you the performance’s true value. Chance stopped by the NPR Music offices last month and took the acoustic session series to places it hadn’t seen before. His quick set, out on NPR Music’s site Wednesday, consisted of one tune from his world-dominating 2016 release Coloring Book, one poem he wrote on his way to the office that day and one Stevie Wonder cover. Continue reading →

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Sofar Sounds, Amnesty International teaming up for global concert series

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Maitland performing at Sofar Philly, March 2014 | photo by Lindsey Borgman

Sofar Sounds has built up a reputation as an organization that puts together intimate house shows with some insane lineups. Amnesty International is the world’s largest human rights organization and a leader in combatting the refugee crisis. Add the two together and you get one massive concert series, bringing 1,000 musicians to 200 cities around the world — Philadelphia being one of them — to raise money for and gather in solidarity with refugees. It’s called “Give a Home” and it’s happening Sept. 20. Continue reading →

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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

The Dove & the Wolf | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast has long been a favorite listen for us here at The Key. Now on its 73rd episode, the podcast frequently features guests from all over scene, diving deeper into their life than we can see from the surface. Over the years, Philly music’s finest has been a consistent presence on the pod, the latest guest being Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard of The Dove and the Wolf. Continue reading →