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Pilam BBQ XXXIX will feature Sad13, Screaming Females, Laser Background, A Day Without Love and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philly punk rock frat Pilam’s annual BBQ is a day-long musical endurance test, and the stuff of legend.

This year’s installment — the 39th annual, or the XXXIXth in the parlance of the gig poster —  was just announced, and its stacked as ever. Screaming Females and Sad13 co-headline, appearances are made throughout by Laser Background, Clique, Ill Fated Natives, Curtis Cooper, A Day Without Love and so many more.

22 bands, 12 hours, noon to midnight, food for carnivores and vegans alike — there’s a lot to love here. More information can be found here. Full lineup, music and more below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: A Day Without Love

Brian Walker has been feeling pretty positive lately. The Philly musician has made reflective music under the A Day Without Love banner for as long as we’ve been covering the scene here at The Key, and the project had several incarnations over the years. There was the acoustic, sensitive and Dashboard Confessional-esque early songs and shows meditating on heartbreak and sorrow. Then there was the anthemic power pop band circa 2013-14, showcased on the impressive Young Professionals EP, a collection with a sirplus of seize-the-day energy.  Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Brian Walker of A Day Without Love shares his thoughts on finding Solace ahead of record release party

Photo by Amanda Silberling
Photo by Amanda Silberling

Brian Walker, the songwriter behind indie/emo/punk band A Day Without Love, is a man who seems comfortable in his own skin. He speaks in modest tones that never once seems rehearsed or pretentious and he can discuss thoughtfully and honestly topics some would never dare breach with their closest friends — much less strangers requesting an interview.

But like any skill, and this is certainly a skill, it is not something that \Walker was born with but something that evolved from years of digging deep and not being afraid of what he might shovel up. His newest record Solace, out now and available for purchase here, is a study in how much one can grow by addressing things that are, by their very nature, difficult to tackle but worth it all the same. Continue reading →

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Listen to a candid conversation with A Day Without Love’s Brian Walker on the 25 O’ Clock podcast

Brian Walker of A Day Without Love
Brian Walker | Photo by Abi Reimold

Back in July, Brian Walker of A Day Without Love posted a moving and poignant essay on his website. Under the headline Being Black in a White DIY Scene, Walker explores exactly that: his own experiences and frustrations as both an artist and a music fan in a scene that preaches inclusivity but doesn’t always practice it. Continue reading →

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Go extra innings with A Day Without Love at the 13 track Solace‘s CD Release Party

Brian Walker
Brian Walker |Photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia-based alternative band A Day Without Love is scheduled to host a CD release party on Saturday October 15. at Everybody Hits Philadelphia. (UPDATE 9/20/16: The show has moved to Ortliebs Philly.) The thirteen-track debut album Solace was released on August 30. on Bandcamp by Sounds and Tones Records.

Brian Walker, the only permanent member of ADWL wrote and is responsible for the majority of instrumentals featured on the LP.  Walker aims to bring awareness to the importance of mental health through his music. Opening the show will be Indie-rock band Night Windows, the lo-fi alternative group Fred Beans, and the folk-inspired Crooked Orchards. Continue reading →

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A Day Without Love shares music video for new LP title track “Solace”

Brian Walker
Brian Walker |Photo by Abi Reimold

As the trees pass by at speeds that make them morph into nothing more than a sea of green, we are reintroduced to Philly alternative musician Brian Walker’s project A Day Without Love in the latest music video for “Solace.” Sitting on a train unaware of the scenes shooting pass him, a common theme of the video quickly becomes the viewers ability to see more of the world around Walker than he does.

Utterly distracted or desperately seeking to blend in with his surrounding, quietly going by unnoticed like an introvert’s dream, Walker floats through his day enraptured by his cellphone. Missing countless (and surely more important) human interactions along the way, it’s a compelling reflection of a society stuck to the virtual and missing out on the actual. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Spruce Street Harbor Park, A Day Without Love + Liz De Lise at W/N W/N, The Menzingers at The Electric Factory and more…

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s time for the next installment of the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions, and Queen of Jeans will be the headliners this time around. Last we checked in with the local favs, they were wowing us at XPN Fest. And below, you’ll find a recording of “Moody” they shot with local video crew Out of Town Films — a song we dove into on our Time Capsule series. Grubby Little Hands will also be performing tonight, and more info can be found here. Continue reading →

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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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A Day Without Love kicks off a 90 Covers in 90 Days project with Waxahatchee’s “I Think I Love You”

Brian Walker |Photo by Abi Reimold
Brian Walker | Photo by Abi Reimold

Brian Walker of the Philadelphia emo rock band A Day Without Love is nothing if not ambitious. In the last year alone, he has released three different albums on his Bandcamp, ranging from the more polished Young Professionals to the literally-recorded-in-his-own-bedroom Songs for the Lonely. Now, Walker’s set his sights on an even more ambitious project: recording 90 different covers in 90 days. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Luz at Underground Arts and A Day Without Love at The Fire

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Seattle-based hazy rock act La Luz will be taking their soundscapes to Underground Arts. Coming to fruition in 2012, they have since released three records, which each one topping the last. Their latest effort, Weirdo Shrine,  teems with summertime surf melodies. Comprised of members Shana Cleaveland on guitar, Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on bass, La Luz does not fall short. You can get tickets and more information on their show here. Continue reading →