Just Announced: Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann brings a new album to Johnny Brenda’s

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Eric Bachmann, frontman and songwriter for iconic indie quartet Archers of Loaf as well as his more recent, rootsy Crooked Fingers project, has announced his second solo album, No Recover. The follow-up to his 2016 self-titled debut, No Recover will features contributions by Archers guitarist Eric Johnson and guest vocalists Avery Leigh Draut and Liz Durrett. Bachmann also shared the album’s title track, a sparse acoustic ballad that sits in stark contrast to his fuzzy indie rock roots. Yet despite the sonic shift, Bachmann’s sing-along melodies remain as compelling as ever. Take a listen below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: SOAK at Boot & Saddle, Joie Kathos at The TLA, Archers of Loaf at Union Transfer and more…

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Buzzing Irish artist SOAK plays Boot & Saddle tonight. Following up last year’s single release “Blud,” Bridie Monds Watson released her debut full-length Before We Forgot How to Dream earlier this month via Rough Trade. Her musical style is both intimate and expansive, lyrically hitting on nuanced emotions while incorporating strings, samples and atmospheric production. Check out the video for Sea Creatures below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Abi Reimold here.

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Archers of Loaf playing Union Transfer in July

Archers Of Loaf | Photo via
Archers Of Loaf | Photo via

The 90s indie rock band Archers of Loaf have reunited, and are playing Philly in July.

The band – singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price – formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1991. Their astounding debut album, Icky Mettle came out in 1993, was recorded and mixed in seven days. It was the first of four studio albums for the band that SPIN Magazine deemed “a tremendously optimistic time in underground music, that 15-minute period in the early 1990s when it looked like indie rock really might take over the world.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Archers of Loaf at the Trocadero and Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears with Donn T at the TLA

For years (13 years, to be exact), it seemed that ‘90s indie rockers Archers of Loaf were gone for good. Then, this past January, the North Carolina-based foursome reunited for a surprise set in their home state. To the delight of fans everywhere, a fall reunion tour was announced a few months later, followed by a performance at Sasquatch Music Festival. The hype didn’t stop there; in early June, Merge Records announced plans to reissue all four of AoL’s studio albums, beginning with their debut LP Icky Mettle on August 2nd. Later that month, the group made their TV debut performing their 1992 single “Wrong” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. No details have been released on what the future holds after this tour for the band, so if you want to see them before their next 13 year hiatus, you may want to be sure you make it out tonight. Archers of Loaf perform with By Surprise at the Trocadero at 9:00 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $20 and are available here.

Also tonight: XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).


This weekend in shows: Death Cab, Cold Cave at Making Time, Archers of Loaf, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and the Mad Decent Block Party

There’s lots of cool shows to check out this weekend. Here’s what we recommend.

– Death Cab For Cutie w/ Frightened Rabbit at the Mann Center at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all ages $29.50-$39.50.
– Hometown heroes Man Man with Grandchidren and the West Philadelphia Orchestra at The Trocadero at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $14.
– PhillyLOVE w/ DJ Queslove at the Electric Factory at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $40.20 (including service charges).
– Atomic Square w/ Ages and Bacio at Johnny Brenda’s. Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.
– Making Time w/ Cold Cave and Austra at Voyeur at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show $12 in advance/$15.00 at the door.

– XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).
– Archers of Loaf w/ By Surprise at The Trocadero. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $10.00.
– Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party w/ Mint Condition and Anthony Hamilton at the Susquehanna Bank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $25.75-$150.75 (additional service fees apply to different ticket levels).
– The Ettes w/ Heavy Cream and Hans Condor at the M! Room at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are

– Mad Decent Block Party at The Piazza at 1 p.m. This event is all ages and free.
– Sir Benjamin Quintet (Ben Vaughn) w/ this Sunday Dixy Blood at the Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St. (at Fitzwater) at 9:00 p.m.


Archers of Loaf tour coming to The Trocadero on August 6th

Archers Of Loaf‘s 1993 debut Icky Mettle stands alongside the work of Pavement and Sebadoh as one of the best indie albums of ’90s. In January, the seminal indie-rock act performed a reunion show at The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC—which had fans and music bloggers all a twitter with excitement. It was Archer Of Loaf’s first show in 13 years, after which there was speculation about whether or not the band would play more dates. We’re happy to say that rumors of the reunion tour are true and they’ll be performing at The Trocadero on Saturday, August 6th; tickets are $20 and go on sale this Friday, April 15th, at noon.


25 Random Points from this year’s XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo |

There are a lot of die-hards every year at XPoNential, but this year, one face in the crowd definitely stood out to those of us working backstage. Reuben Frank, who many of you might know from his reporting on the Philadelphia Eagles for Comcast SportsNet and WIP, as well as occasionally writing about music in Magnet Magacine. One of his claims to fame is his 25 Random Points column on CSN Philly, and we asked him to reprise that here on The Key, collecting things he heard and saw and thought about during #XPNFest. Continue reading →