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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Electric Factory, Beirut at the Tower, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965

We have been big fans of Philly indie rockers The Districts for some time now. Since their formation in 2009 the band has quickly ascended the ranks of Philly indie rock, rapidly becoming the unequivocal “band to watch”. Recently we here The Key got a chance to talk to the band about this journey, which continues with what is arguably their biggest Philly show to date tonight at the Electric Factory with Lady Lamb and fellow Philadelphians Purples. You can click here to get more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cold Fronts’ debut LP Forever Whatever, see them at Johnny Brenda’s

Cold Fronts | Photo via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic
Cold Fronts | Photo via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic

Philadelphia indie-punk band Cold Fronts is currently streaming their new record, Forever Whatever, over at the Wall Street Journal. The album will be available October 23rd via Sire Records. The backstory of Cold Fronts’ introduction to Sire Records is quite the industry anomaly. The band was playing a show outside in the rain during Austin’s SXSW music festival in 2013 when Sire Records’ Seymour Stein walked by and noticed how much the audience resonated with the music and performance. The rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, RX Bandits at The Troc, Cold Fronts at The Depot and more

Hippo Campus | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thehalocline?fref=nf
Hippo Campus | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thehalocline

Get to Union Transfer early tonight: twin cities rockers Hippo Campus will open the show for The Mowgli’s. Think of this young four-piece as the Vampire Weekend of the midwest; they incorporate lively Afro-beat melodies into fuzzy indie rock, nicely exemplified by “Suicide Saturday,” which you can download below. Continue reading →

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Adorbs: Cold Fronts recorded a love song to Baby HAIM and it sounds completely sincere

via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic
via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic

The afternoon is dragging a bit, so I totally needed this: Philly’s Cold Fronts, apropos of nothing, dropped this high-energy, irresistable Weezer-esque song wherein frontman Craig Almquist professes his love from Alana Haim, aka @babyhaim, the rhythm guitarist and youngest of the sisters that make up the pop rock outfit HAIM. “I see you up on the TV, why won’t you be with me?”Almquist ponders with what sounds like the utmost in sincerity. Check it out below, and see Cold Fronts play it in person (hopefully) when they open for River City Extension at Boot & Saddle on April 16th (tickets and more info can be found here). HAIM does not have any upcoming Philly dates, but maybe this song might change that? Or, like, maybe it’ll make it a permanent thing. Continue reading →

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SXSW adds Cold Fronts, Alex G, Marian Hill, Moosh & Twist, Son Little, Da T.r.u.t.h, Self Defense Family and Sheer Mag to line-up

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Son Little | Photo courtesy of the artist

SXSW has announced the third wave of bands that will appear at the interactive music / film / technology festival in Austin this March, and several more Philadelphia acts are on the list. They’ll be joining previously tapped locals Cheerleader, Low Cut Connie, Time For Three and The Districts. Check out a rundown of the new additions below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mike Bell & The Movies at The Fire, The Jawn at M Room, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime
Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime

Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight.  The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut.  Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello.  Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Cold Fronts film video for “Primetime” with AltarTV

Cold Fronts | photo via www.facebook.com/coldfrontsmusic
Cold Fronts | photo via www.facebook.com/coldfrontsmusic

AltarTV has premiered a new video with Cold Fronts, filmed in Pittsburgh last week during the Philadelphia band’s recent tour.  “Primetime” comes from the rock outfit’s Pretty American EP, which was released in 2012.  With a recent signing to Warner Brothers / Sire Records, we can expect big things in the coming year from the four-piece.  Watch the video below and then download their Key Studio Session take of the song.