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Transport yourself back to sunnier times with Carl Bahner’s remix of “Not My Girl” by Tokyo Police Club

Carl Bahner | photo by Andy Gore | via facebook
Carl Bahner | photo by Andy Gore | via facebook

Carl Bahner, drummer of the Philly indie-rock band Cheerleader, has been reinventing himself for the last year or so as an electronic music producer — eponymously going by the handle Bahner. His specialty: remixing songs of fellow modern rock bands like The Griswolds and Panama Wedding.

His latest creation is a remix of “Not My Girl” by the Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club. Bahner turns the mid-tempo track into an upbeat song that highlights the newly reverberant vocals of lead singer Dave Monks with buzzing productions dominating the background. It’s the perfect track to transport you back to sunnier days and away from the bitter cold that’s just gotten hold of Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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The best 25 tweets we’ve seen about #XPNAtoZ (so far)

photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

We’re just over a week into our #XPNAtoZ special. If you haven’t tuned in, don’t worry — as of this writing, we are still on the letter L, meaning we’ve got half the alphabet to go! The #XPNAtoZ hashtag is the destination of a perpetual flow of commentary on our programming adventure. We love reading the feedback (good and bad) from our listeners and hearing about the memories sparked by each song. Continue reading →

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Dave Hause announces new Bury Me In Philly LP, dances his cares away in “With You”

Dave Hause
Dave Hause | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

After a punk-tastic 2016 (which included the release a new record and a string of dates with Bad Religion and Against Me! with his pure punk rock band The Falcons) Philadelphia singer-songwriter Dave Hause is diverging, announcing his aptly titled third solo effort Bury Me in Philly, leading this new era with his newest single “With You”.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Lily Mae at World Cafe Live

Lily Mae | photo via facebook.com/lilymaemusic

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Lily Mae is bringing her acoustic stylings to World Cafe Live tonight opening for Yael Naim. She released her sophomore record, Closer, on November 11th and its acoustic ballads you fall in love with this folk-pop all over again. If you’re a frequent reader of The Key you’ll know where to go for tickets and show info, but if you’re not just click here. You can also check out the title track for her new LP below. Continue reading →

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Check out two immersive new tunes from Philly singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy

Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/
Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy gets an A+ for song titles. The Philly singer-songwriter just this week released two tracks from his forthcoming record, and they are called “Primal Whistle of the Wind” and “Hobnob With the Doomed.” I don’t think anymore needs to be said; these curiosity-inducing phrases get your brain working before you even hit play (or maybe it’s just me).

“Primal Whistle of the Wind” is carried by resonant acoustic guitar and paired with earnest vocals that depict a struggle to escape an emotional purgatory. “Hobnob with the Doomed” is driven forward by similar instrumental arrangements with slight deviations in style. The lyrics appear to introduce a narrative, that could span the LP, in which listeners and / or the storyteller venture down a road that leads them out of purgatory, but quickly transitions into Hell.  Continue reading →

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Philly collective Killiam Shakespeare will perform for the unveiling of two new projects at Village of Arts and Humanities

Killiam Shakespeare | photo via Facebook
Killiam Shakespeare | photo via Facebook

The SPACES Artist in Residence Program at the Village of Arts and Humanities on Germantown Avenue debuts its first international artist residency this Friday, December 9th. From 6 to 10 p.m. it hosts an exhibition opening party with musical guests Killiam Shakespeare. Continue reading →

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Get to know Inner Temple on their newest LP Captivity

Inner Temple | photo via https://www.facebook.co/innertemplepa
Inner Temple | photo via facebook.co/innertemplepa

Inner Temple is a band based in northeastern Pennsylvania that is brand new to The Key’s radar. Aside from the fact that it was released in 2016, the group’s most LP Captivity is a quintessential late ’90s / early 00s alt-rock record: heavily distorted guitars, driving percussion and coarse vocals that were popularized by powerhouses like System of a Down and Bayside. The record, which was worked on with Citizen’s Matt Kerekes, came out in October and you can listen to them below. Continue reading →