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Support the Attic Youth Center with Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, and Coping Skills this April

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

On Thursday, April 13th, LA songwriter Colleen Green and Philly’s Mannequin Pussy and Coping Skills will play a benefit show at Everybody Hits. The gig will benefit the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center. With Green performing full band and this being Mannequin Pussy’s last Philly show until the fall, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hear a new Colleen Green song before her stop at TLA later this month

Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O'Neal, via artist's Facebook
Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O’Neal, via artist’s Facebook

Retro-punk singer Colleen Green can’t stop: her album I Want To Grow Up was released last year to vast critical acclaim, and she’s following it up with a self-titled EP out in May.

This week she shared the EP’s first single, the 70’s inspired “Between The Lines.” Ornamented with a static drum beat and a catchy, melodic guitar lead, Green makes singing about death fun as hell. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colleen Green at The Pharmacy, The Sidekicks at PhilaMOCA, Seoul Dehli at World Cafe Live

Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O'Neal, via artist's Facebook
Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O’Neal, via artist’s Facebook

Stoner pop musician Colleen Green headlines The Pharmacy tonight, with locals Mannequin Pussy and Telepathic. Green released her third album I Want to Grow Up this past spring. A little more refined than 2013’s much-buzzed-about Sock It to MeI Want to Grow Up still packs just as sugary-sweet a punch. Listen to the title track below, and get tickets here. Continue reading →

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Colleen Green’s video for “TV” features cameos from Slutever and Girlpool

Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green
Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green

Colleen Green sure has been busy.  Upon finishing and releasing her album I Want To Grow Up she released a music video for the single “TV” which include cameos from Slutever and Girlpool (who happen to play at Union Transfer on April 28th).  The concept of “TV” came from exactly what you’d expect, Green’s love for it and the affect it had on her.  “TV is my friend and it has been / with me everyday from an early age” are the first lyrics we hear, and the song continues accompanied by satirical parodies of shows. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Melaena Cadiz, Colleen Green and more

Melaena Cadiz
Melaena Cadiz | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia debuted a session with musician Melaena Cadiz this week. The Michigan native performed six stripped-down songs, pulling from her 2014 Deep Below Heaven and including one track from her recent song-a-month singles project called “Motel Evangeline.” Take a listen to that song below and download the full session here.

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Colleen Green just wants to grow up

Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green
Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green

On her new album, I Want To Grow Up, singer, songwriter and guitarist Colleen Green has traded in the homemade, bedroom pop sounds of her previous recordings with a band that includes drummer Casey Weissbuch of Diarrhea Planet, and guitarist and producer Jake Orrall of JEFF the Brotherhood. It’s a record steeped in mid-Nineties punk influenced pop music that’ll more than satisfy for yearning for the Nineties days of old with your favorite Veruca Salt and Weezer songs. Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Don’t hold the wall

Erotic Novels | via eroticnovelsnbnj.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

There’s a great line in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one that plays in to the film’s recontextual use of corny 70s / 80s pop nuggets in a deep space universe, and also resonates with audiences on a universal level. To paraphrase: there are two types of people / robots / sentient beings out there, those who dance and those who don’t.

I am, most decidedly, one who does not. Continue reading →

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Preview Littler’s Bad Hand EP with “Running Hot”

Littler | photo by Emily Burtner | via The A.V. Club

All hail Philly-born indie rockers Littler. So far, they’re succeeding where so many others have not — they went bicoastal and have managed to continue as a band. Not long after recording a Key Studio Session and going on a U.S. tour in support of their debut LP Of Wandering, Littler’s two singer-guitarist-songwriters Madeline Meyer and Dan Colanduno packed up and relocated to the left coast.

With them came a set of songs recorded with Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio, and today word has surfaced that the band is releasing them via Yellow K records — the Maryland imprint that’s released music by Japanese Breakfast, Eskimeaux, Shelf Life and more. The collection will be called the Bad Hand EP, and you can get a taste of it over at The A.V. Club, where the song “Running Hot” is streaming. It’s got wonderful Lemonheads vibes for the olds, Colleen Green vibes for the youngs, Pains of Being Pure at Heart vibes for the mids. Which is to say bright guitars, soaring vocal melodies and hooks galore. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The City & I shares “Are You Up” from new Infinity Cat tape release

The City & I
The City & I | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Colins Regisford has been working on his solo project The City & I since 2004, but roles in local bands Mannequin Pussy and Kids put it on the backburner for almost a decade. That ends now, though, with the November 27th release of Regisford’s debut album Downer. The record will be out via the Infinity Cat Cassette Series curated by Mitski / Colleen Green drummer Casey Weissbuch (the same series that put out Philly transplants Left & Right’s Five Year Plan last year).

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