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Watch Sleater-Kinney cover the CCR classic “Fortunate Son” at the Women’s March on Washington

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Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

At the hub of this weekend’s Women’s March in Washington DC, Planned Parenthood hosted an expansive benefit concert, with Sleater-Kinney sharing the headlining bill with The National.

Sleater-Kinney brought something extra special to their set, with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (as well as The National’s Matt Berninger and Dirty Projectors‘ Dave Longstreth) joining them onstage to perform the Vietnam-era staple “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove releases benefit live album Everywhere for Southern Poverty Law Center

Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Just across the river, Montclair beauties Pinegrove have been continuing to use their music as a means to help others who need it. The band’s recent release Everywhere finds eight tracks recorded live during their tour with Kevin Devine, Petal, and Julien Baker, with all proceeds going towards the Southern Poverty Law Center, a “non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation”. Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Love or betrayal, death or glory

Fake Pulp | via fakepulp.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

Night settles in. The jacket that was questionably necessary in the morning now feels essential, and is not really helping besides. Little things act as triggers, like a favorite music venue revamping its menu unexpectedly, getting rid of several vegan options. Or people converging just outside the front door, chain smoking and having frivolous conversations about celebrity encounters. A recording session not going completely as planned; instructions handed down encouraging neutrality and disengagement; a Lyft driver taking the most nonsensical roundabout route imaginable from South Philly uptown.

The weekend began with division and rhetoric, that awkward dance around co-workers and casual encounters where you try to silently ascertain which side they’re on so as not to offend. Or, if you’re particularly unlucky, you find yourself among a very outspoken group who ascertained wrong, whose assumptions about your own leanings couldn’t be more incorrect. You watch the news in secret at work as the afternoon wears on, you scroll through the GIFs and memes on the long train ride home, you laugh at that hateful guy getting punched in the face over and over again. You take a deep breath. And you mobilize. Continue reading →

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Valerie June’s “Two Hearts” fill the space of a vast summer night sky

Valerie June | courtesy of the artist
Valerie June | courtesy of the artist

Valerie June‘s atmospheric soul is portrayed through her newest single “Two Hearts”, off of her soon-to-be-released record The Order of Time. Stepping into a summer night of reflection, June soulfully proclaims a broken connection between two lovers perfectly complemented by a vibe that recalls a Beach House baby with the state of Georgia.

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Watch Slaughter, Beach Dog perform inside a Chicago dry cleaners for Audiotree

Photo by Jess Flynn | https://www.facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog/photos/a.1468523240052517.1073741825.1468515970053244/1483007125270795/?type=1&theater
Photo by Jess Flynn | via facebook.com/slaughterbeachdog

Outside of doing that sports-related band Modern Baseball. Jake Ewald takes his somber voice to his project Slaughter, Beach Dog, where his melancholy tunes are channeled to a single and signature vision.

Ewald brought some of his newest tunes to a session for Audiotree’s new project “Far Out”, which takes artists to some of the nooks and crannies of this country to record some unconventional sessions. Finding himself inside a Chicago dry cleaners among the textiles and pitter-patter of a sewing machine, Ewald does what he does best by combining his wonderfully-crafted expressions of personal battles with the stripped-down depressions of a single guitar. Ewald’s songs take us on his journey, and now we can see where those journeys take him. Continue reading →