Spelling Reform is out of time on new single “Expiration Date”

Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of artist
Spelling Reform | photo by Jonathan Brown | courtesy of artist

Philadelphia indie rockers Spelling Reform just released their latest single “Expiration Date,” the first music we’re hearing from the band’s debut LP No One’s Ever Changed.

Kicking off with a sweet dance-able bass line by Tom Howley, singer/songwriter Dan Wisniewski starts to spit Weird-Al twang style vocals, with a continuous insistence that he has “all my numbers in a row” and that it’s “just your expiration date, babe.” The easy-flowing jam created by the rest of band (Andrew Ciampa on guitar, and Mark Rybaltowski on drums) showcases a relatable fall feeling of not knowing anything, but figuring out how to get by (“master of nothing / except learning how to pretend”).

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Just Announced: Hamilton Leithauser brings 2017 tour to Johnny Brenda’s in February (maybe with Rostam)

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | Courtesy of the artist
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | Courtesy of the artist

After making its live debut at Free at Noon earlier this fall, the latest project of indie rocker Hamilton Leithauser just announced a 2017 tour which will kick off January 13th in Texas and will come to a close in Dublin, Ireland on March 12th, stopping in Philadelphia on February 9th at Johnny Brenda’s. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls bring folk-punk to The Fillmore in January

Frank Turner
Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |

British folk-rock singer/songwriter Frank Turner and his backing band The Sleeping Souls come back to Philly for a show at The Fillmore on January 20th. They played the second-ever show at the venue in 2015, and it’s been far too long since Philadelphians have been able to dance and vibe to Turner’s unique brand of happy/sad songs.

In addition to the show at The Fillmore, Turner and The Sleeping Souls will be playing a show on Halloween at World Cafe Live Wilmington.

The quintet is known for high-energy and highemotion sets that run for impressive lengths of time, like his 23-song set at the Fillmore in October of 2015. Turner’s sixth studio album Happy Songs for Negative People dropped in August of last year, and was received with mostly positive reviews praising the introspective nature of his music. Continue reading →


Indie pop queens Eskimeaux and Japanese Breakfast kick off joint solo tour in December

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | photo by Morgan Smith | | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast and Eskimeaux will team up for a tour starting this fall (and I couldn’t be more excited).

So far their are only five announced tour dates that will begin on December 14th and end on the 18th with a show on the 15th in Philly in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Continue reading →


A new battlecry for young thrill seekers: check out Brandon Can’t Dance’s “Smoke and Drive Around”

Brandon Can't Dance
Brandon Can’t Dance | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

It’s been a good year for Philadelphia’s Brandon Ayres, who performs under the moniker Brandon Can’t Dance.

He kicks off a tour with fellow Philadelphian Alex G on Halloween that will take him to locales like New Orleans, Chicago and a show in Denver where Australian rocker Courtney Barnett will be playing a set. Earlier this year he was picked up by Lucky Number Records, and is slated to release his album Graveyard of Good Times on January 13th. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strange Parts at Johnny Brenda’s and John Paul White at World Cafe Live

strange parts
Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s welcomes indie-pop duo Strange Parts. They caught our eye at WXPN with the late summer release of their song “Asleep in the Flowers” and we are excited to see them playing more and more shows in Philly. Expect to be mesmerized by the dreamy layered tracks put forth by Strange Parts, as well as the headliner: neo-blues / rock artist Adia Victoria, who was named an artist to watch by WXPN. You can go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show. Take a listen to Strange Parts’ whimsical track “Asleep in the Flowers” below. Continue reading →


Jump into the strange world of Honus Honus with “The Stripper Has No Navel”

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Man Man has been teasing new music from his forthcoming album Use Your Delusion for a while now, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is complaining.

Honus Honus, the moniker under which Ryan Kattner has performed for the past decade, just put out another track off of the new album that is set to be released later this month. “The Stripper Has No Navel” is exactly what you would expect from this famously experimental musician, but pretty surprising at the same time. I can guarantee that anyone who reads this has never heard a song about this particular subject matter, and this sometimes crude originality is apart of his appeal. Continue reading →


Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

RFA | photo via facebook

If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.

This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of four kids starting a band in college just because. Continue reading →


Meet Sun Hat, Philadelphia indie rockers with mystique

Sun Hat | photo via facebook

Sun Hat is a Philly band that has newly appeared on our radar at The Key, and is set to release their debut LP Pet Shapes on November 5th.

The trio is teasing the new album with the release of “100k”; upon first impression, it feels like a hybrid of 90s grunge and psychedelic rock. The track is dominated by distorted guitars and lo-fi vocals with laid-back Mac Demarco-esque productions scattered in the background. Continue reading →