We’re very excited for The Districts‘ forthcoming third LP Popular Manipulations around here at Key HQ, especially after watching them slay five new songs from the record at NonCOMM last week. To make their August 11th album release party at Union Transfer even more of an event, the band just announced the openers for the show, and it’s turned into a tremendous all-Philly bill. Continue reading →
The idea is simple, really: two night, two stages, only Philly bands. That’s what’s in store when Philly Music Fest touches down at World Cafe Live on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.
The biggest name on the first-year festival is Strand of Oaks, who will headline Saturday night on the heels of their XPoNential Music Festival slot, alongside Steve Gunn and Shannen Moser. Friday night’s bill is capped by Abi Reimold, who we hear is working on a follow up to last year’s excellent Wriggling LP, and Kississippi, who are readying their first full-length as well. Continue reading →
South Jersey emo four-piece Young Statues makes their return to the stage tonight at Boot & Saddle, playing their first gig in two years. Their last release was 2014’s The Flatlands Are Your Friend, so we imagine some new material is in the works for a third album. Whether any of that makes the setlist tonight is unclear, but hey, any chance to hear them rock out on “Athens” is fine by me. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Watching Philly’s Abi Reimold perform can mean any number of things — a subdued solo electric show, perhaps, or a raucous full band rock show. Or, her preferred touring method of late: solo electric with looper. It’s a craft she’s been perfecting for the past several years, allowing her to balance the best elements of both worlds in a portable setup, and it shines in a recent appearance on Toledo, Ohio’s Little Elephant sessions, which is quickly becoming the internet’s premiere studio sessions series for DIY artists on the road.
Released today, the session includes performances of two songs from Reimold’s outstanding 2016 LP Wriggling – one ofThe Key’s best albums of 2016. Aided by a floor tom, her pedal setup and her voice, “Won’t Clot” opens the set tremendously, establishing a pattern that builds and flourishes with beats and voices. “Feed” is incredible and intense on the solo electric tip, with Reimold’s powerful vocal delivery giving way to a dissolving choir of harmonies.
But the treat is a new jam called “Workshop,” which is the poppiest of the bunch. Continue reading →
Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi Reimold, The Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →
As an end-of-semester-send off, Villanova University’s student-run radio station WXVU and the Campus Activities Team have announced the line-up for their Philly Underground Music Festival. Open to all ID-carrying college students in the Philadelphia area, the December 8th event will take place on Villanova’s campus and feature a solo headlining slot by Alex G, supported by Weekender, Abi Reimold, and Curtis Cooper.
Philly DIY scene favorite Abi Reimold kicks off a late fall tour tonight at Everybody Hits with Slaughter Beach, Dog — the solo project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. Both artists released excellent records this year, and they’re joined on the bill by newcomer Harmony Woods, who impressed us this year with a haunting Bandcamp demo and a moving cover of Mitski’s “I Don’t Smoke.” Tickets to the all-ages show are $10, more information can be found at Facebook. Below, listen to Reimold’s Wriggling. Continue reading →
Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge. Continue reading →
Rapper Mykki Blanco releases her debut LP Mykki this week, and kicks off tour tonight at PhilaMOCA. The Harlem native has a background in punk and performance art, and came to rap about five years ago, challenging norms and conventions over a string of mixtapes and EPs. Below, listen to the Zane Lowe premiere of Blanco’s “My Nene,” a blend of driving dancefloor beats, hard rhymes and emotive singing. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →