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Bucks County four-piece Eunoia will celebrate its new album in a barn in Telford

Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa
Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa

Indie/emo quartet Eunoia, hailing from Bucks County, PA, are gearing up for a record release show on June 27 at the Mulberry Hills Farm located in Telford, PA. You can check out more info about the show on the event’s Facebook page. The show is in support of the band’s debut LP, Traces of Blue. The band will be selling physical copies for $7 at the concert, but you can get a digital version on their Bandcamp page now. Also appearing on the bill are Sonnder, Church Girls, and Nathan Earl & Rachel Joy.

Originally the solo effort of Tyler McMaster, the lead vocalist and guitarist enlisted the help of Adam Kelly (guitar), Logan Freund (bass), and Tom Brucker (drums) to create Eunoia. The word “eunoia” means a positive state of mind, or beautiful thinking, and the band hopes to evoke that in their music. With influences ranging from Coheed and Cambria, You Blew It!, Thrice, and Circa Survive, Eunoia emit a positive blend of emo indie that can appeal to a wide audience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Mohican at Kung Fu Necktie

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez | Photo by Sara Stickley

The Fire’s annual Sundrop Music Festival concludes tonight and singer-songwriter-rock-n-roller Bryant Eugene Vazquez is one of the artists on the bill. Vazquez just released his latest LP, All Damn Day / The Greatest Hits, and it packs a variety of sounds – jagged soul to sunshine pop – centered by classic sounding production. You can listen to the record below and read our interview with Vazquez here, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch Pattern is Movement record their final song in a church for Shaking Through

Pattern Is Movement | Photos by Peter English | via weathervanemusic.com

It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Ben Hughes conquers a medley of storming emotions on May’s album release

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

Over the past few months on The Key, we’ve been tracking New Jersey singer/songwriter (and member of A Little Affair / Night Windows) Ben Hughes’ latest venture: opening his personal time capsule of music. He’s releasing an album each month of 2015, consisting of lo-fi solo material he recorded from 2005 through 2012.

This month’s release, Beautifully Made, finds Hughes in the spring of 2011. This was his first solo album where he included more effects, electric guitar and bass, and he didn’t play drums on all tracks. Continue reading →

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I Think Like Midnight present an evening of instrumental rock next month

I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight | photo via Facebook

I Think Like Midnight was a project born out of necessity. That is, the necessity for Philadlephia musician Andrew Chalfen to hear another record by Pell Mell, a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997. Instead of waiting for that Portland instrumental outfit to reunite, Chalfen and his collaborator Dean Sabatino hiked up to Ithaca, NY last year and made their own Pell Mell-inspired record, Warm Seclusion Structure.

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Listen to Connor Barwin’s guest DJ set on WXPN’s Top Five at 5

Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Next month, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin brings his Make The World Better campaign to Union Transfer for his second annual benefit concert, this year featuring Mac DeMarco, Marian Hill and The Suffers. Last year’s benefit was able to raise $170,000 to refurbish Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker with new playground equipment, a basketball court, a garden and more. This year, the goal is to do the same to Smith Playground, a 7-acre park in South Philadelphia, and last night Barwin joined Dan Reed on the air for a Top Five at 5 guest DJ set to preview the show. Continue reading →