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Good Old War, Young Statues, The Early November to play NJ’s Pinelands Music Festival

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

The inaugural Pinelands Music Festival brings a collection of Philly indie rock favorites to Millville in South Jersey on August 15. The event, announced this week, features acoustic pop trio Good Old War – who will be re-joined by founding drummer Tim Arnold and is set to release an album this summer. The bill also includes Young Statues, Locals and The Early November from Hammonton, New Jersey. Continue reading →

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Glocca Morra’s farewell tour ends at First Unitarian Church with Clique, Marge and more

Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband
Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband

Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.

This week, Glocca Morra officially announced their farewell tour, which spans two weeks in May and ends at the First Unitarian Church on May 30. Continue reading →

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Drexel University students rejuvenate classic Philly R&B music

 

Photo via "Uncovering the Philly Groove" event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)
Photo via “Uncovering the Philly Groove” event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)

Drexel University is heading an exciting initiative to reinvigorate the famous “Philly Groove Records,” an R&B and soul music collection from the renowned Sigma Sounds and Philly Groove Labels that is filled with many unfinished musical works.

Students from the school are taking these unfinished pieces and bringing them back to life by completing and releasing the songs into the public.

The Drexel students will be holding an event at the URBN Box Theater on Tuesday, March 3rd, to discuss the musical accomplishments of Philadelphia’s rich R&B and soul history and to officially release some of the reworked songs that they have completed. You can find more information on the discussion and presentation by heading over to their Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milton at Bourbon and Branch, Dan Wilson at World Cafe Live, Bondage and Discipline at Boot and Saddle and more

Milton | Photo by John Vettese
Milton | Photo by John Vettese

It’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping she does her knockout Sylvan Esso cover. Tickets and more information can be found here. 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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Watch the winning videos from PhilaMOCA’s first-ever Philly Music Video Showcase

The inaugural Philadelphia Video Music Festival kicked off last night at PhilaMOCA with a massively fun night of local music and filmmaking. Songs spotlighted in the Philly Music Video Showcase came in hip-hop, punk, avant garde or electronic; videos were animated and comic, experimental and surreal, narrative and cinematic; both were all-around impressive. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: July Talk at Boot and Saddle, Something Like A Monument at Ortlieb’s, Leon Chavis and Koray Broussard at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Canadian art-rockers July Talk will make a return visit to Philly tonight, headlining a show Boot and Saddle. An acclaimed band in the Toronto scene since they formed in 2012, the band released its self-titled debut LP in 2013, which is finally getting its U.S. release this March via Island Records. The meeting of co-frontpersons Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay blend the aggressive and the ethereal into catchy rock and roll, a catchy blend that cuts through particularly strongly on “Guns and Ammunition.” Check out the music video for that song below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: See Mary Poppins sing death metal, Daft Punk revealed in wood, & Watch Sleater-Kinney perform “Price Tag” live.

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Ahh yes, what would a Friday be without a beloved Disney character singing “Death Metal?’ Some interesting viral video shows Mary Poppins singing and dancing among an animated cast as they would during the original film…except the original lyrics to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” have been replaced with “something quite atrocious.” Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The Flower Show is here, can warmer weather be far behind?

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The 187th annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and still its largest indoor flower show! This year the theme is Celebrate the Movies;  expect to see Disney movies interpreted florally. The black tie gala Friday evening is the first of many special events.  The show runs through March 8th and proceeds help support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds some 1,200 families a week during the growing season, and other community initiatives.

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4 events you don’t want to miss at Philly’s first annual Video Music Festival

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TJ Kong in a still from a video by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com

Kicking off tonight and running through this weekend, PhilaMOCA will be hosting Philadelphia’s first ever Video Music Festival and it’s sure to be killer. With a four-day lineup of special events, showcases, presentations and dance parties, this weekend is going to be chock full of creative fun. Out of all the many to choose from, The Key selected four events that you don’t want to miss this weekend. Continue reading →