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Brooklyn’s St Lucia hits The TLA tonight in support of their 2013 debut When the Night. The band’s sound is heavy on the sparkle and shimmer, creating a fully-enveloping sonic environment that translates exceptionally well from headphones to a live show. The Key’s Skye Leppo spoke with frontman Jean-Philip Grobler last week about the record and touring; check it out here and pick up tickets for the all ages show here. Continue reading →
Residuels debut their new look as a four-piece tonight at Boot & Saddle. After drummer Pat Troxell dispersed for sunnier days in Georgia with his other band Creepoid earlier this year, frontman Justin Pittney thought the group was put to rest. But a working relationship with Iggy Pop and some choice advice inspired him to charge on with a new line-up and new album, recorded at Uniform Recording with Jeff Zeigler. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Maligned” below.
New Jersey punk group Aspiga celebrate the release of What Happened To You? at Ortlieb’s tonight. The LP marks Aspiga’s second effort for Paper + Plastik records, following 2012′s Every Last Piece full-length. On “My Little Eraser,” the first song shared from the new record, Aspiga hardens their pop-punk sound with an aggressive pace and a knack for brevity. More information for the 21+ show with Thing Lips, By Surprise and Fo A Cha can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to “My Little Eraser” below.
While setting up for his Key Studio Session, John Sharkey III of Dark Blue remarked that he’d just revisited some of his old Psychedelic Furs records. “People keep comparing my voice to Richard Butler, so I figured I should listen,” he said. “Man. They wrote some fantastic songs.” While it might be a stretch to call Dark Blue a direct descendent of the Furs – or any post punk band specific, despite what your Joy Division meter might be telling you – one commonality they share is placing mood and ambiance at an equal level of importance as tight songwriting. Continue reading →
There’s something about the saxophone that seems to push its practitioners, more than any other single group of instrumentalists, to test sonic limits. Travis Laplante is undoubtedly part of that tradition. His solo work utilizes an arsenal of extended techniques to make his one horn sound like a battery of instruments, while he and altoist Darius Jones explore extremes of volume and breath in the quartet Little Women.
Collingswood, NJ native Ben Vaughn will come back to our neck of the woods for a pair of shows up river around Christmas. The leader of the Ben Vaughn Combo has been writing new material that he’ll hopefully share with fans at John and Peter’s in New Hope on December 26th before traveling thirty minutes down the Delaware River to The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on December 27th.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has announced a spring tour that brings him to the Academy of Music on April 8th. Rice, whose songs “Cannonball” and “Volcano” made appearances on the inaugural 885 All Time Greatest Songs Countdown in 2004, releases his third studio record My Favorite Faded Fantasy today.