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Interview: Eisley’s Sherri Dupree on family, anxiety and approaching the band anew

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Eisley | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Indie pop-rock darlings Eisley have a new album out called I’m Only Dreaming.  Singer/songwriter Sherri Dupree took time out of her hectic schedule to talk to The Key about the current tour, working with family, and some of the changes in the lineup. They headline tonight at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Matthew Shaver’s songs I danced with my daughter to in 2016

Beyonce’s All Night | still from video

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, Key contributor and new dad Matthew Shaver wonders how he’s going to one day explain this year to his infant daughter.

In September, my daughter was born, I know you all were wondering where I’ve been. As a gift (for when she is older) I created a 24 hour playlist of songs that I’ve liked throught my life, up to the point she was born. I’m proud of it, i think she’ll hate most of it by the time she is old enough to listen (a lot of it is not for young ears). But then my editor, John Vettese, made a light hearted comment that made me think long and hard. He wrote: “I love that you, as a parent, are putting ‘Norf Norf’ on a playlist for your child.”

Summertime ’06 was an album I listened to a lot in 2015, placed among my favorites, but it did make me think. 2016 was not kind to women, in the news, and in society. I have to explain to her at some point that we elected a man in to office that said it was ok to grab women by the pussy. Hip-hop is the result of many facets of society that are not so kind to people of color. I can explain that to my daughter when she’s older, and I’m certain she’ll understand, but I’d still have to explain that I “liked” a song that has the line “Where the ladies at, where the ho’s, where the bitches, every real ni**a knows the difference.”

So, I was going through my head thinking of lists that I could write instead. There have been a lot of positive people in Philly, a lot of positive women throughout the world I could name, but then I thought, that 18 years from now, will that list have as much weight as I hope. Maybe, but I don’t like to gamble, so instead, here are 7 songs I danced to with my baby from 2016, songs I wouldn’t be worried about telling her about when that time comes. Continue reading →

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Piebald rocks The Troc after an eight year extended hiatus

Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Piebald was cast in a very special hardcore mold, one that bore the holy trinity of Boston bands (the others being Converge and Cave In).  While their peers stayed steeped in the rough and rugged, Piebald veered off on to their own to create some of the most fun alternative rock ever made.  An important distinction between them and a lot of other alt-rock bands from the era.  Even when the songs are a bummer, they are unabashedly fun. Continue reading →

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On the late Jon Bunch, and carrying the spirit of community

Jon Bunch Tribute | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | <a href=http://www.brightloud.com target="_blank">brightloud.com</a>
Jon Bunch Tribute | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Dear Jack,

I wanted to share with you my story of what your father means to me. I never met the man, and due to the roads life takes us down, I didn’t listen to any of his early work until much later than I should have. I am a fan of Further Seems Forever, and have been since the beginning. By the time their third album came around, I wasn’t expecting much. They had two fantastic releases, but how often can a band like that cycle through vocalists before the turmoil that seemingly causes catches up, right? The first time I put Hide Nothing in my CD player, I don’t think it stopped for a full 24 hours. Continue reading →

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Boy & Bear brought Limit of Love to a devoted Underground Arts crowd

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Boy & Bear | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

When Australia’s Boy & Bear hit the stage at Underground Arts on Friday night, the fanfare was enormous. The raucous hurrahs were so loud at one point, David Hosking actually had to hush the crowd so he could get a few words in edgewise. So, imagine my surprise when I forfeit my spot at the front of the stage to wander back and get some wide shots of the show. It was little more than half full, which was a bit of a shock, and a bit more of a disappointment. Mostly because Boy & Bear are really, really, really, good. Like… really.

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Thrice prove they’re not to be forgotten at The Fillmore

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Thrice | photo by Matthew Shaver | http://www.brightloud.com/

Thrice is a rock band with a curse, one that began at a tumultuous time for rock music. The early 00s were ripe lands for something new, and the emo laden seeds of the mid to late 90s were the ones that sprouted. There were a lot of different names for the genre, but the one that landed hardest was “screamo” and due to the tag, mixed with the evolving digital press landscapes, Thrice is a band cursed to a certain place and time.

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Hinds bring the party to a Monday night at Union Transfer.

Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

After a terrible weekend, I believe that many of us needed a release.  Monday isn’t a prime party day, but I needed the positivity, I needed the community, and I hadn’t really planned it, but I needed this Hinds concert at Union Transfer.  Their unbridled optimism, mixed with a hard dose of good old rock and roll was what plenty of people needed.  Garage, lo-fi, whatever you wanna call it, it’s undeniably fun. Continue reading →

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Royce da 5’9″ is worth the wait at Underground Arts

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Royce | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

We all know the saying “Good things come to those who wait.” Royce da 5’9 is definitely one of those good things. The modern hip-hop landscape doesn’t have much room in the spotlight for an old school, battle-rap MC, so having one of the best around show up is cause for celebration in the indie circles.

So, we waited.

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Strong emotions felt during an intimate Rogue Wave concert at Johnny Brenda’s

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Rogue Wave | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

“There but for the grace of God…” Words that could potentially apply to a wide variety of situations, but quite often in music it is the luck of the draw that splits who makes it big time and who never makes it at all. That was the old days at least, these days there is a solid middle ground, a place where working musicians can thrive, make a living, and build a passionate, rabidly loyal fanbase, even if it’s just a stroke of luck that kept them from selling out theaters. Continue reading →