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Everybody Hurts: A Day Without Love share new single ahead of LP Solace

Brian Walker
Brian Walker |Photo by Abi Reimold

Solace: a feeling of comfort in times of distress. Solace is a source of relief, an alleviation of the pain. For Brian Walker and his musical project A Day Without LoveSolace was a clear choice of title for his new album, wrought with emotions but just seeking somewhere safe to lay his head. Set for release on August 30th via Sounds and Tones Records, Walker has shared the song “It Hurts” ahead of the official drop. Continue reading →

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Krispy Kareem release “POV,” play Goldilocks Gallery in August

Krispy Kareem – POV Single Image
With their first full length album Poussine on the way September 15th, local alt-shredders Krispy Kareem have released the song “POV” on their Bandcamp. A dizzying track of guttural screams and a curious chorus of “over-endowed / high in the pen,” “POV” is an exciting look at what’s to come from the band’s progression. Around a minute and thirty in, the song fades out into what we think is a quick wrap up, but instead transitions into a minute-long full frenzied jam session that injects some bouncing life into an otherwise subdued and dark track.

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Listen to three songs from Marge’s debut LP Bruise Easily

Marge | Photo courtesy of artist
Marge | Photo courtesy of artist

Marge have certainly made their mark on the scene, whether it’s being one of the first bands involved with First Time’s the Charm — a catalyst for new bands focused on the contributions of female-identified, trans and queer folks, and people of color in the DIY/punk community in Philadelphia — or their overall rockin’ sensibility and statement-making performances.

This September, the women in Marge will be releasing a full-length album Bruise Easily featuring 13 tracks, and you can get a sneak peak by checking out three songs from the upcoming LP posted on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Broken Beak share new song “Humble” ahead of debut LP

Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn
Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn

Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the conglomerate of uber-talented Philly musicians Broken Beak are streaming another single off their upcoming debut album Some Nerve being released by Near Mint Records on Friday, July 1st. The brainchild of spirited songwriter Beau Brynes has caught fire in the scene with the help of Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball — playing guitar and producing, respectively —who have been riding a wave of success following their latest release Holy Ghost just last month. Drummer Jeff Malt and bassist Evan Moorehead come in to round out the band’s roster, each appearing in multiple other Philly-based musical projects.

“Humble” has a different sound sonically compared to first single “Saint,” yet both tracks work together to tell different parts of a rich story, thanks in part to Brynes’ knack for relatable and engaging lyricism. This new track encapsulates some of the best components of Modern Baseball’s past and present tourmates — think of the zany and electrifying guitar work of Tiny Moving Parts matched with the wailing urgency of Joyce Manor. Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: Listen to Abi Reimold get serene on “Machine”

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

We’ve had a great vantage point from which to observe Philadelphia artist Abi Reimold these past few years. She’s a WXPN intern alumnus and an occasional contributing photographer for The Key – a tremendously talented one at that, who has covered festivals and studio sessions for us. We’ve also seen her forge her path as a singer and songwriter, from her 2013 Folkadelphia session to the release of 2014’s excellent Forget EP and her place in the lineup of our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses.

When Reimold sent over an early stream of her LP Wriggling last fall, it was clear something big was afoot, and when national press started picking up on it this winter, it felt less like the “exciting new artist” it may have seemed to them and more that of a hard-working songwriter getting her due. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: American Babies release first taste of new record with “Synth Driver”

 

 Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist
Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist

 American Babies bridge the worlds of psychedelia, Americana and indie-rock. They take their genre-changing attitude from frontman and main creative force, Philly-native Tom Hamilton, and are also set to release their fourth studio album this March. Today we are happy to premiere the album’s first single, “Synth Driver.” Continue reading →

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Let Charley Coin distract you with his soulful demo of “Distractions”

Charlie Coin | via twitter.com/charliecoin
Charlie Coin | via twitter.com/charliecoin

Charley Coin is the R&B pseudonym of Will Brown, a Temple Media Studies and Production major. Will has been playing drums since he was 5 and has been writing songs since his early teen years. His passion for playing and writing music led him to start producing in high school and college. With a focus on 90s-inspired R&B, Will created Charley Coin. Continue reading →

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Stream “Weathering Bell” from MoBo-WC Lindsay super-duo Vicky Speedboat

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Last week we showed you the debut music video from Vicky Speedboat, a supergroup formed of Modern Baseball‘s Sean Huber and W. C. Lindsay‘s Will Lindsay. This week, they released their second single from their forthcoming EP, Two Years No Basement.

The single, “Weathering Bell,” is a heavy-hitting rock song about the girl who has “Xs on her hands, always drinking with the bands.” The gritty tune is catchy with distorted guitars, thick drums, and driving bass, but the lyrics definitely have heart. It’s not easy to express your feelings over a lost loved one; Lindsay and Huber do it with raw emotion. Continue reading →

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Listen to rousing new single “NNFS”, from local indie-rockers Mike Pays Heat

Photo by Emily Scooby Dubin via facebook.com
Photo by Emily Scooby Dubin via facebook.com

Local indie-rockers Mike Pays Heat have been a group we have kept a keen eye on in recent months, and as they grow ever-closer to releasing their first full-length album, we suggest you pay attention as well.

Despite announcing just this week that they are replacing their guitarist, Mike Pays Heat continue to forge ahead towards the release of their debut, Tape 1 Play which is set to be out this January via Dead Medium Records. Ahead of that highly-anticipated output, the band has released their first single “NNFS.” Continue reading →