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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Driftwood Soldier at Bond Villain, Ride at TLA and more

Harmony Woods | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Sofia Verbilla is at the songwriting helm of Harmony Woods, a relatively new installment to Philly’s rock scene. They just released their first record, Nothing Special, which, contrary to what its title might suggest, is quite lovely. Verbilla has put together a very genuine, sophisticated set of sometimes folky, sometimes punky songs. In the studio, she is joined by Brendan Lukens on lead guitar, Sophy Kelsall on bass and  Jeremy Berkin on drums; the live lineup varies from gig to gig. The current Harmony Woods configuration is wrapping up its summer tour, and plays a homecoming gig at Everybody Hits tonight. Listen to “Renovations” and check out details on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist
Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist

Kensington power punk trio Amanda X will bring their high-energy tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight. Comprised of Cat Park on lead guitar, Melissa Brain on drums and Kat Bean on bass, the group doles out hooky guitar riffs, bumping drum grooves and memorable melody lines. This summer, they will release their second full album later this summer, Giant, and based on opening track “Exquisite,” they keep up with their tendency toward dance-able guitar licks, passionate vocal work and well-crafted melodies. Check out the song below and show details at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mal Blum and the Blums at Everybody Hits, Jaheim at the Dell Music Center

Mal Blum and the Blums | photo by Chris Sikich via artist’s facebook

Singer-songwriter Mal Blum along with her band (the Blums) are coming through Philadelphia for the second show of their three-city July mini-tour, their last time in Philly being a sold out night at PhilaMOCA. Mal’s last album You Look A Lot Like Me was released in 2015 via Don Giovanni Records and balances exploration of periods of depression with well-placed humor. Catch the show tonight at Everybody Hits. Click here for more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Everybody Hits, Steve Miller Band at The Mann Center, Megadeth at The Fillmore

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you need to headbang on a Tuesday. Philly’s own hard rockers HOUND will be raging at Everybody Hits tonight along with White Rope and local act Mint. HOUND is set to release their third LP in the fall, so the trio will be sure to include new tracks in the setlist that you will not want to miss. For more information on the show, click here. Check out the band’s performance at the dearly departed Golden Tea House, recorded in 2015 but only discovered this year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Maitland at Johnny Brenda’s, Resilient at World Cafe Live, Old Maybe at Everybody Hits and more

Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Atmospheric rock four-piece Maitland celebrates the release of it’s latest full-length, Glimpse, tonight with a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s. The record is the product of personal isolation and reflection, as singer and songwriter Josh Hines detailed in an interview with our Tyler Asay. Read that story here, stream Glimpse below and get more info on tonight’s 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Weller to set out on summer tour ending with a homecoming show at Everybody Hits

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Weller | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Philly basement rockers, Weller, are hittin’ the road this summer. The band just announced a tour along the East Coast starting in June, with support from Zanders for the first few stops, and ManDancing closing out the rest.

And of course, the band has kindly saved the best for last, as they’ll finish up the route with a hooplah of a homecoming show at Everybody Hits on July 1st. Along with ManDancing, the lineup also features the likes of Clique and Tombo Crush, so it’s sure to be a grand time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Half Waif at Everybody Hits, Kneebody at Johnny Brenda’s, John Mayer at Wells Fargo Center and more…

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Half Waif | photo by Phil Randall | via artist’s Facebook page

Nandi Rose Plunkett brings her Half Waif project to Everybody Hits tonight. Doing double duty as keyboardist in Pinegrove, Plunkett’s solo project hones in on an electronic pop that was beautifully and intimately displayed on this year’s form/a EP. Stream “Severed Logic” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Shannen Moser and Russel the Leaf here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Everybody Hits, Laura Stevenson at Boot and Saddle, Strange Parts at Bourbon and Branch and more

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Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band

Providence revolutionary rockers Downtown Boys have been making a lot of noise on the underground level the past few years, and with a new deal on Sub Pop Records, this punk five-piece is poised to fight the good fight at a much bigger level. The band just released its latest single, “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” — which it told NPR was “a declaration of one’s ability to decolonize one’s mind, and the importance of fearlessly unlearning the ways white supremacy conditions people to think and exist.” Listen below, wait with baited breath (like us) to get word on Downtown Boys’ upcoming Sub Pop LP (no details are available yet), and check the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and information on the band’s headlining show tonight at Everybody Hits.
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Items Tagged Philadelphia: In like a lion

Black Urn | photo by JjCa | via facebook.com/blackurn

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

Honestly, I love the unpredictability of it all.

“It all” referring to this somewhat bonkers listening-and-writing project, of course. But also the past several days and the way music has found its way into them. A hard drive meltdown caused one performance on a jam-packed Friday to reboot 30 seconds in, the fleet-footed band somehow not missing a beat and rebounding even stronger than they started. On Saturday, a blank canvas event space (called, uh, The Event Space) hosted a varied roster made up of nimble-fingered instrumentals, soaring if somewhat bombastic pop-rock, charming metropolitan folk and one disastrously cornball crew that couldn’t even save its set with the the playing-off-mic-mid-crowd trick. With every high, there’s gotta be a low, though, and that latter band-that-shan’t-be-named definitely owned that low point at a gig that also reached close to the weekend’s heights. Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: On the proverbial hits, and how they just keep on coming

Child Savage | via childsavage.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

I don’t know what it is, honestly. Is it that I’m becoming less discerning the more music I listen to for this project? It’s possible, but I doubt it — I feel just as psyched about music as I’ve always been, and typically that sort of thing moves in an inverse direction: like the more music you consume, the more you reach burnout levels and the less stuff stands out. Is it that the quality of stuff showing up under the Philadelphia tag on Bandcamp is increasing as this project goes on? Also possible, but the one certainly doesn’t have anything to do with the other.

All’s I know is that in the first installment of Items Tagged Philadelphia, I picked out four standout releases to spotlight with relative ease, and this week — seven weeks in — I had a tough time winnowing it down to ten. Maybe I started the project on a slow week?

Whatever the case, this current batch of recordings has intertwined in positive ways with my vinyl listening over the weekend. Continue reading →