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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Antibalas at Ardmore Music Hall, Mercury Girls at Underground Arts, Black Landlord at Milkboy

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Antibalas | photo via Facebook

Brooklyn funk band Antibalas are working some new songs on the road this month, stopping at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with Fresh Cut Orchestra. The afrobeat musicians have plans to release a new record this spring that would follow-up 2012’s self-titled LP. Back in November they paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of “Let’s Dance” – watch a live performance of that below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The End of America at Johnny Brenda’s, Mercury Girls at Boot & Saddle, Haley Bonar at World Cafe Live

The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty
The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty

The time has come for The End of America to celebrate the release of their new LP at Johnny Brenda’s. We premiered the self-titled record last week, getting an early listen to the trio’s songs about hope and challenges written after some difficult experiences. Check out “Russian Fortune” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Mercury Girls gear up for tour with bold new jam “Holly”

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Yesterday, we announced that Philly indiepop sextet Mercury Girls was part of one of the strongest tour lineups this fall, joining Foxing and Balance and Composure on a huge autumn run that comes to Union Transfer on November 18th. Today, we’ve got news of their next release – they’re on Continental Drift, a four-way split on Slumberland Records that also features Wildhoney, The Spook School and Tigercats. Continue reading →

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Stream the new Mercury Girls single, “Ariana”

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie-pop quintet Mercury Girls have released their newest single, “Ariana”, which premiered this week over at Brooklyn Vegan.

The song comes as a quick two-minute punch of catchy and synthy indie rock with a punk underbelly. It’s everything you want out of a single – a mission statement-like driving force, sing-a-along chorus, and a bright and shimmery sweetness that brightens up your day. Continue reading →

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So Long Allo Darlin’: Mercury Girls’ Kevin Attics pens goodbye letter to UK indie pop greats

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When Allo Darlin’ walk onto the stage of Scala in the Kings Cross section of London next week for their final show, they’ll likely be thinking about the nearly ten years they’ve spent together as a beloved indie pop band and the thousands of fans and friends they’ve made around the world. The Elizabeth Morris-led quartet released three full-length records in that time, their lustrous “Capricornia” single from 2012’s Europe becoming a familiar favorite for many.

Allo Darlin’ count among their fans Kevin Attics, whose Philly-based outfit Mercury Girls played alongside them at this year’s Pop Fest in NYC. Attics, who was particularly struck by the announcement that the group is disbanding, wrote a farewell letter for UK blog Gold Flake Paint this week, sharing a history of the band and his heartfelt gratitude for their existence.

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Gear up for Halloween with this spooky mix by Mercury Girls

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The members of the Philly indie-pop band Mercury Girls took some time out of their busy tour schedule to create a deliciously spooky 31 song mixtape called The Halloween Party. If you’re as sick as I am of hearing “Monster Mash” at Halloween parties, then this mixtape should be an enthusiastically welcomed alternative. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 17 (featuring Aaron West, Mercury Girls, The Dove and The Wolf and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 17
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 17

The Philly music community is our first love around here at The Key HQ, it’s something we’ll always rep loudly and proudly. But on the latest installment of our Key Studio Sessions compilation series, we allowed ourselves to get a bit more geographically relaxed.

There are still Philly ties across its 19 tracks, make no mistake. But many of the artists on this set are ones who started locally and moved away, or recently arrived on the scene from other places on the map. Or, in some cases, both. Continue reading →

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Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds: Mercury Girls

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It’s been a brutal summer this year, the type of brutal that makes me wanna curl up on the couch in the air conditioning with my cat and watch re-runs while sipping a (whiskey) lemonade. (Some call it the dog days of summer, I call it the cat days). One thing that’s been helping me survive? Making playlists of my favorite songs, just like I did back in high school, when summers were alll about cruising through in town my ‘93 Taurus, windows down and cool jams on the tape deck. (Some of my friends had CD players, but I kept it old skool).

Philly five piece Mercury Girls are essential mix-tape material. The band burst onto the scene just 2 years ago, but has already morphed into one of the city’s brightest up-and-comers, thanks to a sparkling mix of warm vocals, playful guitars, and plenty of fuzz—earning props from everyone from Brooklyn Vegan to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman, and sharing stages with Fear of Men, Beverly, and Allo Darlin’ (during Pop Fest ‘16). Earlier this year, their 7” “Ariana”/”All That Heaven Allows” dropped on Slumberland Records; later this fall, they will hit the road with Balance and Composure for a North American tour. Continue reading →