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Weird Hot share cinematic video for “I Was At a Party,” prep for release of new LP

Weird Hot
Weird Hot | photo by David Kain

Weird Hot are set to release their new self-titled record at Johnny Brenda’s on December 19th.  The local “funk noir” six-piece has released a new video for their single “I Was At a Party” in anticipation of the LP, which shows a diabolical cast of characters carrying out a mission that surrounds a silver briefcase.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse share video for “25 Shades” ahead of EP release

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Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dolllhouse | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

The ladies of local folk trio Dirty Dollhouse have unveiled a video for the title track of their forthcoming debut EP 25 Shades.  The record will be released next Tuesday, December 2nd.

The video, which was directed by Caitlin McCann and features lead vocalist Chelsea Mitchell along with Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait, follows three young women as they struggle with unhelpful and disrespectful partners.

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Camden’s Graham Alexander discusses inspiration, childhood and his mindset going into his new album with Victor Talking Machine Co.

Photo via Graham Alexander Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrahamAlexanderMusic/photos_stream)
Graham Alexander | photo via facebook.com/GrahamAlexanderMusic

Rock revivalist Graham Alexander first raised eyebrows when he stepped into the music scene with his self-titled album back in December of 2011 and his pop rock magnetism quickly won him a regional fanbase. In 2012, Graham was featured in our live studio sessions, performing alongside Find Vienna, and now the Camden-based artist is back again with new jams, a new record label and a new musical approach. Most recently, he released two music videos for his newest tracks “She’s A Chameleon” and “Games”, which will both be featured on his upcoming album set to be released December 19th. The Key got a chance to speak with Graham Alexander about making new music, acting on Broadway and working with the historical and newly reformed Victor Talking Machine Company. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Long in the Tooth, Method Man / Redman at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly with DRGN King at The Fire

Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
West Philly thrash trio Hound celebrate the vinyl release of their LP Out of Time with a free show tonight at Long in the Tooth. The power trio features singer-guitarist Perry Shall (also a visual artist and show promoter, formerly of surf-punks Dry Feet), drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and Colin McGinniss on bass; the record is out now and you can rock out to “Mortality Jam” below. Information on the free show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Hiss Golden Messenger to include World Cafe recording of “Southern Grammar” on new EP

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

After his World Cafe session aired on XPN in October, Hiss Golden Messenger‘s MC Taylor hinted that something else related to those recordings was in the pipeline.  Now the North Carolina-based musician has announced a new vinyl EP called Southern Grammar to follow up this year’s Lateness of Dancers full-length, an effort that will feature the World Cafe performance of the title track.

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Cruisr’s “All Over” video will have you marveling over its seamless, engaging animation

Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)
Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)

Philly indie-pop foursome Cruisr just released their music video for their upbeat anthem “All Over” via BuzzFeed today. The track’s cheerful demeanor is mirrored in the video’s bright-colored aesthetics and seamless transitions. Utilizing snippets from iconic movies, some of which include Pulp Fiction and The Shining, the video animates the scenes with glowing pastels fitting the indie pop music to a T. Continue reading →

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BC Camplight shares new video for “Just Because I Love You”

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

With How To Die In the North inching closer and closer to its release date in January, Philly-turned-Manchester musician BC Camplight has shared a new video for album single “Just Because I Love You.”  The clip, directed by Seth Fuller, depicts the aftermath of a break-up in ultra-realistic fashion, from the periodic jolts of awareness to the eventually-regretted impulse decisions.  The song itself is a fantastic piece of soul / pop production, marking a triumphant return to form from Brian Christinzio. Check out the video below.  How To Die In the North is out January 20th on Bella Union.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Jimmy Fallon IS Bono!…Amy Adams will be Janis Joplin,…and Brad Pitt to portray Bruce Springsteen?

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Jimmy Fallon’s love affair with U2 is well known.  So when U2 had to postpone last week’s scheduled 5 day residency on the Tonight Show, naturally Jimmy and The Roots had to take over with a fantastic over of U2′s “Desire.”  Watch after the jump.  Continue reading →

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The Ghost In You’s new video for “Singing Sirens” will break your heart

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The Ghost in You | photo courtesy of the artist

The Ghost In You‘s Billy Pollard not only excels at crafting intimate bedroom songs, he also has a talent for creating animated videos on his Nintendo DS.  In 2011 he made a “flipnote studio” visual for a demo version of his song “Singing Sirens” off of Wet Wood, but just this month fastened the official album cut of the track to video instead.  The clip is reminiscent of The Snowman, showing a lonely snowman looking into a frosted window at a couple snuggling in front of a (presumably) crackling fire.  Watch the video below and get Wet Wood here. Continue reading →