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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltv
Matt O’Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodonnelltv

You’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. Continue reading →

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood jams at The TLA

Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck
Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck

In the midst of the tragic breakup of The Black Crowes, two great things happened. The first of which is Trigger Hippy, a band who played the XPoNential Festival last Summer and consists of Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman. The other is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which incorporates the Crowes’ lead singer as frontman / guitarist. (Technically, the Brotherhood started in 2011 as a side project, before The Black Crowes broke up).

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood took the stage Sunday night at the TLA on South Street, and put on a trippy set reminiscent of a Grateful Dead from the mid ’70s. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Phox takes the audience’s breath away at today’s Free at Noon

Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Today’s Free at Noon performance was a great one from the Wisconsin-based alternative folk band Phox, whose set included material from their debut album, which came out last June. Throughout the entire performance, the crowd was quietly enjoying the band’s soft yet powerful music, and mesmerized by lead singer Monica Martin’s powerful voice. Continue reading →

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Six Philly artists that will benefit suicide prevention at the Winter Doldrums Festival

Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Divers | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

It’s that time of year again where the best part of winter – the holiday season – is over. Now it’s just cold and snowy out with nothing but Spring to look forward to (except Valentine’s day if you have a significant other, but everybody knows V-Day is overrated). But not to fear, the 3rd Annual Winter Doldrums Festival is here to cure your lack of cheer!

The crazy-good lineup has a blizzard’s worth of talent, and to top it off, it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds from the show will enter the pockets of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Guster performs new and old songs to a sold-out crowd

Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack

World Cafe Live hosted legendary modern rock band Guster this afternoon for a Free at Noon performance. The set featured songs from a variety of albums, including old hits like “Satellite” and new jams like “Simple Machine.” The band’s catalog, which spans over 20 years, drew a crowd from a variety of ages, all of which were singing and clapping along. Notably, band members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds showed off their musicianship by playing a variety of instruments throughout the set, including the guitar, bass, xylophone, tambourine, and keyboards. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: DRGN King skips their day jobs to rock the first midday concert of 2015

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack

WXPN’s 2015 Free at Noon Series kicked off with DRGN King this afternoon, and boy was it a great way to kick off the new year. The band, including lead singer/guitarist Dom Angelella – who said he had to take off from his day job teaching guitar today just to perform – played a wildly energetic and rambunctious set. Tracks performed included hits from their latest album, Baltimore Crush, such as “Undertow,” “Don’t Trust the Sad Boys,” and “In the Future.” Continue reading →

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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

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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 →