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Just Announced: Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes will play the First Unitarian Church

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just made a bunch of announcements — first, he has a new solo album coming out in March called Francis Trouble. Second, he’s shared the first song from the album, “Muted Beatings.” Third, and most importantly, if you ask us, he’s heading out on an extensive tour that includes a stop right here in Philly. Hammond will appear at the First Unitarian Church on March 30. Continue reading →

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Albert Hammond Jr. debuts new video for “Carnal Cruise” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/06)

Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com
Albert Hammond Jr. | Photo by Jason McDonald | www.jasonmcdonaldphotography.com
The woods are certainly alive as Albert Hammond Jr. wanders through them in his new video for “Carnal Cruise”. In the clip, The Strokes guitarist finds himself eclipsed by hazy smoke that changes color and clouds his vision as he sings “there was something on my mind that I can’t explain.” The track is from his latest EP AHJ that was released last month on his bandmate Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. Albert Hammond Jr. performs this Wednesday night, November 6th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets are available here. Watch the video below (via ).

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Best Coast brings their own jolly dose of surf rock to the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick”

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Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Thanksgiving’s over, so you know what that means: time for bounties of the corniest, jolliest fa la la holiday cheer. While Christmas classics still run the show, it’s always fun to hear new takes on nostalgia-ridden tunes. Amazon agrees, as they’ve compiled a playlist called “Indie for the Holidays,” which includes a gleeful cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” by surf rockers, Best Coast. Continue reading →

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Record Store Day 2016: What’s Coming, What’s New, & What’s Up

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It’s almost that time of year again. Spring has (almost) sprung and Record Store Day is just around the corner. Whether or not you are a fan of RSD, it’s still an exciting time and a perfect excuse to go support your local record stores and while there, pick up something new to play on your turntable for the hell of it.

The official date this year for Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th. Metallica have been announced as the ambassadors for RSD 2016 (the past three were Dave Grohl, Jack White, and Chuck D). Creep Records, Long In The Tooth, Main Street Music, Sit & Spin, and so many other Philly record stores will be participating. To see if your local record store is participating, check out the RSD website here.

A full list for Record Store Day releases can also be found on the website, but here are a couple key releases that we have our eyes out for: Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Club at Kung Fu Necktie; Deafheaven at Union Transfer; Minas at World Cafe Live

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

If Sun Club‘s live performance is anything like the chaos of their music videos, then their show tonight at Kung Fu Necktie will be tons of fun. The Baltimore five-piece wields their instruments to make happy and poppy, lo-fi tunes. Catch them tonight at Kung Fu Necktie; get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch their wacky music video for “Tropicoller Lease” after the jump. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Music Festivals 2016 – Part One

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Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Over the past few years, the United States and Canada have finally made their mark in a tradition that’s been a longstanding one in Europe: Music festivals. This is happened to such a degree that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Wouldn’t it be great if someone singled out all your favorite XPN artists and which festivals they’re playing in one spot on the internet?!?!?!

Guess what! That’s exactly what we did here. But there’s a catch: There’s a lot of festivals that haven’t revealed lineups yet, so were only going to give you festivals for the first half of summer for now. A little later on we’ll give you the second half. (Okay, I guess that means the list is in two spots on the internet, but still. You get the point.) Without further adieu, here’s the first part of The Key’s 2016 Guide to Summer Music Festivals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at Union Transfer, Mumblr at The Fire, MECA Music Heals Benefit concert at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by Anna Webber
Photo by Anna Webber

Rootsy indie-rock band Deer Tick headline Union Transfer tonight. Their recently released album Negativity features solemn, bleeding-heart songs that are, as one could imagine, somewhat anguished, so the show promises to be moving with plenty of angst. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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