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Desoto Jones to play anniversary benefit show at Underground Arts

Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist
Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist

Philly modern rock group Desoto Jones returns to Underground Arts on December 10th to celebrate ten years of their Deep Elm Records album, Aurora. All proceeds from the night will go to drummer Adam Francois and his wife Tracy as they continue to fight Adam’s battle with cancer. The show will feature an amalgam of cross-over acts to open, featuring past members of bands like A Life Once Lost and June Spirit as they embark on their current projects, Perilune and Keeper. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ruby The Hatchet and HOUND will take over Ortlieb’s on New Year’s Eve


If you plan to attend some boring New Year’s party, we suggest you opt out of that and hit Ortlieb’s for an evening of psychedelic hard rock delivered by Ruby The Hatchet and HOUND.

The New Jersey natives Ruby The Hatchet an extraordinary acid rock band, and favorites around here at The Key — their latest record, Planetary Space Child, came out earlier this year on Tee Pee Records. Similarly, the Philly native hard rock crew HOUND dropped a killer album smartly named Born Under 76 in October and since have received much love from the Philly rock community. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slowdive at Union Transfer, Arkells at Underground Arts, Plaque Marks at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guerilla Toss at PhilaMOCA, Lukas Nelson at Union Transfer, Bully at the First Unitarian Church and more

Guerilla Toss | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

New York experimental rock five-piece Guerilla Toss released its second full-length, GT ULTRA, back in June, and tonight the band brings the noise to PhilaMOCA. With warped synthesizer psychedelics and barreling dance rhythms, the band pivots between funk, punk and drove, with dynamic frontperson Kassie Carlson leading the fray Tickets to the all-ages show are still available, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Just Announced: Taylor Swift brings Reputation to Lincoln Financial Field in July

Taylor Swift on SNL | via YouTube

Taylor Swift‘s long-awaited 2017 release, Reputation, just came out last Friday, and Swift takes it on tour during the summer of 2018, with a stop at Lincoln Financial Field on July 14th. General ticket sales for the US begin on December 13th, and advance tickets purchased through Taylor Swift Tix and Ticketmaster Verified Fan go on sale on November 28th. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Jeff Lynne’s ELO will play its first Philadelphia show since 1981 in August

Jeff Lynne’s ELO | photo via jefflynneselo.com

Electric Light Orchestra hasn’t played Philadelphia since 1981, but they’re back to end next summer at Wells Fargo Center on August 24th. This is huge news for fans of the band, because chances to see this group are rare. Tickets go on sale November 17th at 10 a.m., so make sure you’re by a computer, because this one will go fast. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Barns Courtney at The Foundry, Janet Jackson at Wells Fargo Center

Barns Courtney | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photo by John Vettese

Barns Courtney returns to Philly tonight at The Foundry at The Fillmore to promote his September LP release, The Attractions of Youth. The British folk pop rocker was seen on the small stages at Firefly Music Festival this past summer, and hasn’t played Philly since 2016, so this show has been a much-anticipated return. Get details on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch the video for “Fire” below. Continue reading →

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ILL DOOTS to stage multimedia performance as part of Painted Bride arts and advocacy project

ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Painted Bride Art Center has been building its BrideNext arts and advocacy project throughout the year, and the initiative will celebrate with a culminating showcase featuring Philly hip-hop collective ILL DOOTS. The double presentation and gallery showcase will take place over two nights later this month, with ILL DOOTS and the other featured artists presenting programming that addresses local issues.

ILL DOOTS will present Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings, a multimedia concert on the theme of gentrification that “uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the residents neighboring the ever-expanding campus of Temple University,” along with an accompanying installation in the gallery space. Choreographer Belle Alvarez will present Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras, which comments on the issue of immigration. Alvarez also worked with The Key’s own Jeremy Zimmerman on a series of portraits and interviews that follows the stories of millennial organizers. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Soccer Mommy | photo via sopharela.bandcamp.com
Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, was in town recently opening for Jay Som, and now they’ll headline their own gig tonight at Everybody Hits. Past Life and Witch Bomb also play. Soccer Mommy, known for their “chill but kinda sad bedroom-pop jams,” released Collection in August; listen to standout track “Out Worn” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Olivia Neutron John at PhilaMOCA, The Lawsuits farewell show at Underground Arts, and more

Diane Coffee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

XPN Fest alums Diane Coffee bring their glam-rock sound and theatrical aesthetic to Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, Diane Coffee released a new 7″, Peel, a few weeks ago, and they’ve brought Canadian indie pop act Peach Pit along on this tour, too. Watch their performance of “Everyday” from the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →