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Chronic Anxiety takes down 9-to-5 power dynamics in “Cat Piss Wars”

Chronic Anxiety | photo by Quinton Maldonado

After releasing their debut LP last year, noise rock trio Chronic Anxiety are back with a split with scenemates Dialer. We recently heard a single from Dialer off the new release, which’ll be out March 8 on Bunny Cat Records and SRA Records, and now Chronic Anxiety has shared the first of their five tracks on the split, “Cat Piss Wars.” Continue reading →

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Stream Chronic Anxiety’s full-length debut Canopy Shyness

Chronic Anxiety | photo via Magnet Magazine

We haven’t heard much from Philly pals Chronic Anxiety since they released their last EP, Faxed, last fall. Actually, it’s totally on-brand for the band to be a bit elusive. The trio can occasionally be spotted at a gig around town, but otherwise keep a low profile and even perform under pseudonyms — that way, their songwriting can be as honest and unfiltered as they want it to be.

Chronic Anxiety is back with their first full-length record, Canopy Shyness — 11 tracks of noisy, frustrated, cathartic punk goodness. The band, according to the bio on their Bandcamp page, began as a joke a few years back when its members, all government employees at the time, needed to collectively blow off some steam. The three musicians, who go by Ambr (no e), Hey Boi and Hi Boi for band purposes, make their built-up tension evident in their songs, unleashing it more directly and forcefully with each explosive shout. Continue reading →

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Listen to new Faxed EP from Philly punks Chronic Anxiety

Chronic Anxiety | art by Clint Takeda | via chronicanxiety.bandcamp.com

Chronic Anxiety — what a band name. The tension it evokes is evident in the loud urgency of their songs, but in a way that makes listening more cathartic than anxiety-inducing. The Philly punk trio appeared on our radar a few months ago when they appeared on Bandcamp with debut EP Little Girls — read about it in The Key’s Items Tagged Philadelphia series. And though the group still remains pretty elusive, they’re now back with another EP, called Faxed. Continue reading →

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Car Seat Headrest, indie rock’s complex, post-teenage messiahs, bring anthems and anxiety to Underground Arts

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Anna Webber | courtesy of the artist
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Anna Webber | courtesy of the artist

Car Seat Headrest – who headline Underground Arts this Sunday following an appearance at WXPN’s Non-COMM convention – is the rapidly exploding brainchild of 23-year-old indie rock whiz kid Will Toledo.

With this week’s Teens of Denial – the outfit’s first studio album of new material, following a dozen or so Bandcamp releases, plus last year’s Matador-abetted re-recording of select tracks from the back-catalog – Toledo and company have fully arrived, anointed, it seems, as the inheritors of a considerable array of rock’n’roll mythologies. Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: From a J Dilla tribute to rock n’ rollers galore to so much jazz, we’re looking for love in all the right places this month

Writhing Squares | photo via facebook.com/thewrithingsquares

January might be the traditional time to make resolutions and talk about how we can go about bettering ourselves or whatever it is you’re trying to do with your life but let’s be honest: February is when stuff starts to get real. I can’t help you stop smoking or go to the gym more often, but if you’re resolved to go to more shows I’ve definitely got you covered.

This month is incredibly jam-packed with all manner of events, from avant garde jazz to wild metal to a stacked J Dilla tribute. And that’s all just in the next week! Have you ever just contemplated how lucky we are to be living in one of the best cities in the world? I have. That’s why I do this column. So let’s get started! Continue reading →

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Dialer stands up to authority in the “Dropped Out” video

Dialer | photo via New Noise

Punk scene newcomers Dialer released their first recordings just last year, and they’ll soon be back with a new split with fellow locals Chronic Anxiety. The band (which features Key contributor Yoni Kroll on keys) has shared the first single from the upcoming release, “Dropped Out,” and a video to go along with it. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: DIY Crystal Ball — Yoni Kroll’s most anticipated Philly music happenings of 2019

photo by Farrah Skeiky via facebook.com/breakfreefest

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, Key writer Yoni Kroll takes a look at what’s ahead in the local DIY scene.

When I was at Drexel I took this class on “Sociology of the Future” where a big chunk of what we did was learn how to make accurate predictions of what’s to come based on analysis of the past and present. Pretty cool, right? I’d like to say that I learned a lot about prognostication and general soothsaying in this class but considering my, uhh, educational fortitude back then it’s doubtful I showed up half the time.

Still, I don’t need a crystal ball to tell all of you about some of the amazing things we have to look forward to in 2019. So put away those tea leaves and save those complicated star charts for another time and let’s take a look at everything in store for us over the next twelve months. Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: Dancehall reggae from Jamaica, psych noise from Italy, post-punk from England…September has you covered!

Hurry Up! | photo via R5 Productions

It’s unreal just how much is happening in Philly this month. I know, I know: I say that every column. But it’s true! Never forget how lucky we are to be living in this great city that has so much going on every single night. Welcome to the September edition of the Skeleton Key. From space rock at PhilaMOCA to Mexican Independence Day at Penn’s Landing to all kinds of punk: we’ve got you covered. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Mondo Cozmo, &More, Dr. Dog, Paramore and more

Paramore | photo by Phoenix Johnson | via facebook.com/paramore

Maybe it’s those 90+ degree temps. Maybe it’s just that a lot of the best gigs are sold out. But it’s a quieter week than we’ve seen in a while for live music here in Philly. But that still means shows almost every day, including the possibility of setting up camp at Festival Pier on Friday night and staying straight through Paramore on Sunday. Here are nine concerts to see in Philadelphia in the next seven days.  Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Harmony Woods, Kendrick Lamar, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, The Wonder Years and more

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Kendrick Lamar in the “Alright” video | still from video

Between the ridiculous rain and the Ticketfly “cyber incident” shutdown, it’s been a weird week to be a concertgoing Philadelphian. Don’t let that stop you from getting out and getting to the gig, though. Here are 22 concerts you can see in and around town in the next week, from indie folk true believers The Decemberists to reigning rap king Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg Entertainment showcase tour. Continue reading →