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Cayetana is touring with Camp Cope and Worriers, playing Lancaster in July

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

While we’re on the subject of outstanding releases to look forward to this spring, consider this your PSA: the sophomore record from Cayetana is going to blow your minds. On New Kind of Normal, the Philly punk trio expands its sound into more simmering and atmospheric zones than we’ve heard from it in the past, while simultaneously kicking out some of the most revved-up anthems of its catalog.

The band treated us to a rooftop performance a couple sunny Saturdays ago, and we’ll have that video — along with an interview — for the next installment of The Key Presents. For now, we bring you an exciting piece of tour news. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Geisha Facade at Boot & Saddle, Mumblr at The Barbary, The Coathangers at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Geisha Facade | photo via www.facebook.com/geishafacade

Geisha Facade were one of the local groups we spotted on Bandcamp in round four of our Items Tagged Philadelphia feature, the home-recorded psych haze of their debut LP You Went To Space, Good Bye Dear standing out from the crowd with a multitude of textures and vibes. Catch the duo at Boot & Saddle tonight; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Stream “Krime” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinariwen at Union Transfer, Oddisee at TLA, John Patitucci & Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live, and more

Tinariwen | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Grammy-award winning Tuareg group Tinariwen will bring their sweeping sounds of the Sahara to Union Transfer tonight. The Malian rockers recently released their album, Elwan, which features contributions from Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. Find more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and take a trip to a rock show in the desert by watching the video for “Sastanàqqàm” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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It’s springtime in Fishtown as The Decemberists hold court at The Fillmore

The Decemberists | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN
The Decemberists | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

A packed crowd at The Fillmore stalked the stage, awaiting Colin Meloy and the rest of The Decemberists’ circus-like performance, full of tongue twisted lyrics and fantasy. Touring on their What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World LP from 2015, old fans were shouting for earlier favorites like “Red Right Ankle” and “The Chimbley Sweep.” After opening with a passionate “Crane Wife” parts 1, 2, and 3, everyone was at ease. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ecstatic Vision at the First Unitarian Church, Resilient at Tralfamadore

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Ecstatic Vision | photo via facebook.com/ecstaticvision

Ecstatic Vision, riding high after the release of their latest Raw Rock Fury LP, play the First Unitarian Church tonight. The local psych-rock outfit spoke with The Key’s Brian Wilensky about their “blistering” new effort earlier this week, highlighting the songs’ party rock vibes that are carried over from the live shows. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Listen to Raw Rock Fury single “You Got It (Or You Don’t)” below.

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Commence freaking out, Tool will play Hershey’s GIANT Center next month

Tool | via Consequence of Sound

Prog metal titans Tool have been teasing, uh, something all year. Maybe their first album in a decade will see the light of day; maybe it was a bunch of hype for the mini-festival they’re playing at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Cali with The Melvins, Primus and The Crystal Method. Whatever the case, they’ll play a handful of other dates around the U.S. leading up to the festival, including a gig at the GIANT Center in Hershey on Thursday, May 25th. Tickets to the show go on sale tomorrow — Saturday, April 15th — at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, revisit their ominous music video for “Schism.” Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Sweet Spirit kicked out the jams with St. Mojo

Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Last November we were graced with the presence of The Pretenders at a Free at Noon concert and as Helen Leicht pointed out, today we were treated to a set by a band that Chrissie Hynde & co. would probably be fans of. Austin’s Sweet Spirit stopped by World Cafe Live while in town supporting their sophomore LP St. Mojo, a record with track after track of confident rock that is pure fun.

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An army of Hedwigs will wash cars in front of the Forrest Theater tomorrow and I can barely contain my excitement

Hedwig in Philly | via facebook.com/kimmelcenterphilly

Next week, the best rock and roll musical of the 90s — John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch — is coming to Philadelphia’s Forrest Theater for a week-long engagement. This is exciting in and of itself; the musical follows the sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, endlessly compelling story of the titular trans rocker from Eastern Germany, who migrates to the states after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Continue reading →

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Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. honors the music of Jason Molina at Underground Arts

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Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. | photo via Underground Arts

A group of musicians will honor the songs of Jason Molina at Underground Arts on Thursday, June 22nd with Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. The tribute project was originally convened by the late singer-songwriter’s Songs: Ohia and Electric Magnolia Co. bandmates and friends in 2013 following his sudden death; this summer, they’ll gather together again for a run of dates in conjunction with the release of a new Molina biography.

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