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Catching up with Alex G at Rough Trade East in London

Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck
Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck

From bedroom recordings to all ages stages, Alex G has become somewhat of a popular name in Philadelphia music community. Since we’ve first written about the breezy lo-fi one-mand band, he’s gotten signed, gotten a few fellow musicians to help him play shows and even had an article written about him in Rolling Stone. What’s next on his list? Apparently he’s set out to conquer Europe.

Monday night, Alex G played a free show at Rough Trade East, a popular chain of record stores in the UK, to promote his new album DSU.  He’ll be in the UK until Sunday, playing a handful of shows in London and one in Manchester before he heads back to Philly. Being the cool guy Alex is, he was more than willing to chill with me backstage after the show to answer a few questions for The Key. Read the Q&A below where we talk about London, the Rolling Stone story and James Joyce. Continue reading →

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20 more Philadelphia concerts you should go to if you ever invent a time machine

LIve Aid | via retropopplanet.blogspot.com

Earlier this year, we made a list of Philadelphia concerts from the city’s rock-era history that, given access to a time machine, would be amazing to check out. It would be the live music junkie’s dream: being able to see Chuck Berry in his prime as well as catching huge bands like Nirvana and The Black Keys when they were just starting out. Of course 20 doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Philadelphia’s concert history, and when the list got a lot of response, we compilied another round of noteworthy performances from days gone by. Check it out below. Continue reading →

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What makes a tribute act tick? Find out with Get the Led Out

Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut
Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut

If you go out and ask a random bunch of Americans about their knowledge of Philadelphia, you’ll probably get the the typical cliches: cheesesteaks, Rocky, soft pretzels, the Liberty Bell, and rambunctious sports fans who once threw snowballs at Santa Claus and batteries at J.D. Drew. But there’s one more thing you should add to that list: Philly is home to the greatest Led Zeppelin cover band known to man.

Well, sort of.

I say “sort of” because in reality, the phrase “cover band” doesn’t exactly do the group much justice. Get The Led Out is more than a cover band, but the band members have trouble coming up with a better way to describe themselves. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trombone Shorty at the TLA, Tutlie at Bourbon and Branch and Crocodiles at Boot & Saddle

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Trombone Shorty | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Okay, so obviously Made in America is today, but not everybody has tickets to that. So as far as OTHER concerts to check out, Trombone Shorty is a good one. A ridiculously talented trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Shortly writes music that can really be defined in about a billion different genres, including rap, funk, jazz, and rock. You can buy tickets to his show here. Check out the video below of the band performing in New Orleans, which, by the way, will blow your freaking mind. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at Chameleon Club, Liz & the Lost Boys at Johnny Brenda’s and Delco Pacers at Bourbon and Branch

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive

Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Ortlieb’s, Made In Philly at World Cafe Live, and Perfect Pussy at First Unitarian Church

Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic
Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic

Madalean Gauze, a rumbling rock and roll singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, headlines Ortlieb’s tonight. The 23-year-old Gauze is currently promoting her latest EP, entitled American War, a stunning set of songs she recorded with members of War on Drugs and The Dead Milkmen. Ortolan and Family Vacation are also on the bill for the show. Ticket information for the 21+ is available here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thumpers at Johnny Brenda’s

Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers
Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers

Thumpers is an indie pop duo from London, England, whose high-energy performances are sure to get you dancing. The band is currently on the road in America promoting their debut album, Galore, which has garnered pleasing reviews from outlets such as AllMusic and Under the Radar. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Caribefunk at The Clubhouse, Major Van Winkle at North Star Bar and Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tonight’s concert picks start off with the energetic funkers El Caribefunk, who headlines The Clubhouse in South Philly. The eclectic Colombian band – which blends funk, samba, reggae and more – has been in residence at The Clubhouse all summer, and played tremendous sets at Love Park, Musikfest and most recently Philadelphia Folk Festival. Ticket information for the show can be found here, but first check out this awesome music video from the band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robbie Basho tribute ft. Daniel Bachman, Arborea at Johnny Brenda’s, Can You Canoe at World Cafe Live at the Queen, and Up the Chain at Tin Angel

arborea
Arborea | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s will help raise money for the documentary-in-progress, Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho, a study of the late and influential steel guitar player and composer. Performers will include Daniel Bachman, a fingerpicking folk guitar player who is a master of the six strings, along with Arborea, a husband and wife duo from Maine, Check out Daniel Bachman’s amazing NPR Tiny Desk performance below. Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Continue reading →