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Listen to Beach Slang’s punked-up cover of “Love My Way”

Beach Slang |  via Facebook.com/beachslang
Beach Slang | via Facebook.com/beachslang

During their recent US tour with Cursive, Philly fuzz rockers Beach Slang made a pit stop at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn to record their punk rock take on the 80s classic “Love My Way.” Originally by British rockers The Psychedelic Furs, singer-guitarist of Beach Slang James Snyder mastered the raspy, British-accented vocals that are a staple of frontman Richard Butler, but replacing the catchy xylophone sounds from the original track with a funky bass and guitar combo. Continue reading →

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Listen to a summery new song from Work Drugs, “Minor Flaws”

Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Summertime synth poppers Work Drugs have been tossing out catchy tracks for their upcoming album, Louisa, like it’s nothing. Their latest, “Minor Flaw” opens with an 80s pop sound that is immediately captivating. The well-worked combination of sunny riffs and just the right amount of reverb come together perfectly alongside lyrics like “like a prayer that I used to remember or just a reason to keep me hanging on.” You can catch Work Drugs playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Tutlie, and The Chairman Dances. Tickets are still available, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar; you can check out ”Minor Flaws” below. Continue reading →

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Watch the earthy new music video from Dylan Jane, catch her tonight at Key Fest

Dylan Jane | From the video for "Land and Sea" | Directed by Bob Sweeney
Dylan Jane | From the video for “Land and Sea” | Directed by Bob Sweeney

Back in January we were graced with Dylan Jane’s delicate and sincere sound for a studio session for The Key. We’re happy to hear from her again as part of Friday night’s folksy  /rootsy lineup for the second night of Key Fest.

Her new music video for “Land and Sea” shows how she is a multidimensional musician: Jane started out as a guitarist, and even though her music is gentle, its moving arrangements demand attention. Continue reading →

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Fan the flames with the latest rocker from South Philly’s Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″
Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″

South Philly five-piece Sheer Mag has released a new 7″ (a followup to their debut released in Sept. 2014), and it’s full of rock/punk/pop anthems that are equally as heavy as they are catchy.

They’ve also accompanied the opening track, “Fan the Flames,” with a music video that confirms something we already found out at SXSW: this group can have a damn good time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Milton at Hard Rock Cafe, Wild Orphan at Tin Angel and more

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance: A set of simmering Philly hip-hop and R&B with Brielle, The Bul Bey, Jacqueline Constance and Tiani Victoria

Brielle
Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

I kind of see our first-ever Key Fest as a tour of the Philly scene, from the basements to the coffeehouses and ending up in thenightclubs. Since the concluding night of the series happens to be on a Saturday, we had to make it a party by getting together some of our favorite voices in Philly hip-hop and R&B and bringing them to the MilkBoy stage. Here’s a look at what’s in store. Continue reading →

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Meet Clique: An emo punk band taking over Philadelphia basement shows

Clique | Photo by Emily Scott
Clique | Photo by Emily Scott

The four twenty-something guys of the Philly band Clique wanted to break in their new outdoor chairs that their friend Michael Kuhn (aka experimental percussionist Nah) trash-picked. So we sat on bassist Travis Arterburn’s porch and talked as the four-piece band smoked cigarettes and slung back a few beers and the sun began to set.

Since releasing their self-titled EP, Clique has made a name for themselves within Philadelphia basements and DIY spaces. This isn’t their first take as a band, as members of the band come from different groups formerly existing in Philadelphia.

Singer/guitarist PJ Carroll played in Girl Scouts (which played their last show last June) and The Hundred Acre Woods while Arterburn played in the now defunct Ted Nguyent.

Their sound has changed pretty drastically. Ted Nguyent was a fast-paced punk rock group, in which Arterburn played drums. Girl Scouts was straight-forward math rock and The Hundred Acre Woods had an indie folk punk sound.

And then there’s Clique: an emo rock group with dark guitar riffs and strong basslines. Continue reading →

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Amanda X, Shannen Moser and more will support Girls Rock Philly via the Girls To The Stage comp

Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Take a bunch of talented woman playing punk music in Philadelphia, put them on a record and you have Girls To The StageOn April 29, the First Unitarian Church will host the release party for the new compilation and all of the proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit mentoring organization that seeks to empower Philly’s young women through music education and activities. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A folk / rock ramble with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

While Thursday night starts out Key Fest with a indie / punk bang, Friday opens it up into something more spacious with a night of expansive, Americana-tinged folk / roots / rock and roll. Continuing our series of preview rundowns for this first-ever Key-curated celebration of local music, today we’ll take a closer look at the three artists joining us for the second night at MilkBoy. Continue reading →