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Free at Noon Flashback: December’s Artist to Watch Dawg Yawp mesmerizes with their unique brand of sitar-heavy rock

Dawg Yawp | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Dawg Yawp | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

WXPN’s December Artist to Watch Dawg Yawp certainly did not disappoint today at their Free at Noon show.

Helen Leicht said it best, “They had me at sitar.” The duo from Cincinnati consisted of Tyler Randall, Rob Keenan, a sitar, an acoustic guitar and an array of homemade productions that  created the illusion of a much larger band than stood before the crowd that day. I typically try to draw comparisons between the band I’m writing about and another well-known artist so that readers can get a better grasp on the sound of the group set before them. I say this with the utmost sincerity, Dawg Yawp’s sound can be categorized as nothing except completely original. A feat very difficult to achieve in today’s scene that is so densely saturated in guitar rock. Continue reading →

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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH The Verb at Silk City, Diana at Boot and Saddle and A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia jazz-inspired hip-hop artist MH The Verb plays tonight at Silk City. The rapper recently released a video for his song “Last Dance” commemorating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut in collaboration with his production collective ArtHouse95. Check out the video for “Last Dance” below and click here for more information and tickets. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry and Fruit Bats at Underground Arts

Lizzo
Lizzo | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Minneapolis artist Lizzo is bringing her spunky style of alternative hip-hop to the Foundry at the Fillmore tonight. She is currently touring in support of her first release with Atlantic Records, Coconut Oil. Tickets and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar; watch the video for “Phone” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tinmouth’s modern take on the ’80s underground with new A Letter From Home EP

Tinmouth | photo courtesy of the artist
Tinmouth | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly alt-rock trio Tinmouth just dropped a two-song EP in anticipation of their ten-day tour starting on December 2nd. The EP, A Letter From Home, is a modern take on all of your favorite ’80s underground music a la Yo La Tengo and R.E.M. This release precedes an planned 2017 full-length record. Continue reading →

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Explore the somber western landscape that is home to Brandon Can’t Dance’s “Angelina”

Brandon Can't Dance
Brandon Can’t Dance | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Brandon Can’t Dance, also known as Brandon Ayres, released a new track called “Angelina” this week, the latest teaser his forthcoming LP Graveyard of Good Times. The record is out January 13th via Lucky Number Records.

“Angelina” is only the second song released off the record and we already can’t wait. It opens with a coarse acoustic guitar riff and a musical monologue about a woman struggling with depression as her friends build lives of their own. The story might as well have come right out of a Flannery O’Connor novel, and Ayres follows with some gravelly vocals that are a stark contrast to those in the first song released off the album, “Smoke and Drive Around.” Continue reading →

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Post War Dream’s “Fading In” serves as a catalyst for a necessary conversation

Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/
Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/

The first track released off Philadelphia band Post War Dream‘s projected 2017 release We’ll Be Just Fine takes a heavy topic and starts a necessary conversation.

“Fading In” details the devastation of addiction, and is meant a beacon for those struggling with it, as well as those who care about them. Continue reading →

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Get to know Henri Tyler at his EP release show tonight at Bourbon and Branch

Henri Tyler | photo via facebook
Henri Tyler | photo via facebook

Strings is Henri Tyler‘s first EP written from the perspective of a semi-seasoned Philadelphian.

The NJ native is a student at Drexel and wrote his self-titled debut about his transition into city and college life. Strings begins with the similarly titled “Pulling Strings,” a ballad carried by heavily distorted guitars, impassioned vocals of Tyler and a motif of evading the past and attempting to embrace the future. Henri Tyler is very new to The Key’s radar and all prospective fans should familiarize themselves with the soaring vocals and pop/rock wit displayed with lyrics like “Hey, you sold your soul and got away” from “The Field.” Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Dominic debuts with “Birthday Song,” hear him interviewed by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dominic Angelella has been in more bands than anybody else I know. Going back a decade to his time in Dice Raw’s Nouveau Riche, his versatile chops have carried through Zoe Kravitz’ first band Elevator Fight, his own long running DRGN King project and Lithuania, his punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog. Not to mention his stint playing guitar in Philly favorites Hop Along.

This winter, Angelella is releasing music under his own name for the first time, first name only; Dominic‘s Goodnight Doggies drops on Lame-O Records on February 3rd. You can pre-order a vinyl copy here, and get a digital pre-order here. It was recorded with Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms, who plays in his current live band along with Andy Molholt of Laser Background.

The record has an eclectic and super lively vibe, very much reminiscent of another prolifc and fun artist, Harry Nillson. The first single, “Birthday Song,” is out today, and we’re excited to bring you a first listen to it below. Continue reading →