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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dirty Dollhouse at MAAS Building, The Burgeoning at William Street Common, Vita and the Woolf at Ortlieb’s and more

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse goes electric for “The Last Time”

Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese | courtesy of the artist
Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese | courtesy of the artist

Back in September we heard a track called “Moonshine” from the Dirty Dollhouse project of Chelsea Mitchell. It was eerie, ominous, and a turn away from the twangy folk of the local songwriter’s earlier days. It was also the lead single from Mitchell’s forthcoming Vinyl Child LP, which now has a release date, release show, and second single called “The Last Time” that we’re premiering today.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse takes different direction on “Moonshine” from new LP

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Local singer/songwriter Chelsea Mitchell is gearing up to release a new LP as Dirty Dollhouse, the moniker for a project we first fell in love with in 2014 when it was trio with Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters. Back then the songs were folk-pop angled with earworm harmonies and an overall twang, but Mitchell is shedding that aesthetic in favor of a broader range for the new record, as you’ll hear in the premiere of Vinyl Child lead single “Moonshine” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rentiers at Ortlieb’s, Amos Lee at the Mann, Dirty Dollhouse at Bourbon and Branch

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Joel Tannenbaum | photo by Isaac Turner

The Rentiers, a project lead by Plow United’s Joel Tannenbaum, will take over Ortlieb’s for the night. The light-hearted folk inspired act can be described as more of a rotating cast of friends, the only consistent members being Tannenbaum himself and percussionist Mikey Erg of The Ergs!. The group will be joined by Brian McGee, who will be accompanied by a full band and North Carolina folk act JKutchma. Watch them perform “Stories of Adam” at Long in The Tooth, and tickets can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinmouth at Kung Fu Necktie, Tribute to Ode to Billie Joe at Underground Arts, Dirty Dollhouse at Bourbon & Branch and more…

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Tinmouth | photo via Facebook

Tinmouth close out their 2014 concert schedule with a show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The local indie rockers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session, previewing tracks from their forthcoming debut LP Says.  Check out “Same Noise” below and get the full session here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show here

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The Key presents Fireside Sessions at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest with Milton, Dirty Dollhouse and more

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Milton | Photo by Rich McKie

A new pop-up village will take over Penn’s Landing later this week as the waterfront’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off on November 28th.  A seasonal counterpart to the summer’s hit Spruce Street Harbor Park, Winterfest will feature ice skating, festive light shows and an indoor lodge with food and drinks catered by Garces Events.

And, of course, live music. We here at The Key are very excited about that part, as the folks at the Delaware River Waterfront asked us to help curate the programming – and the lineup mixes a range of artists and sounds in what we’re festively dubbing the Fireside Sessions.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse share video for “25 Shades” ahead of EP release

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Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dolllhouse | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

The ladies of local folk trio Dirty Dollhouse have unveiled a video for the title track of their forthcoming debut EP 25 Shades.  The record will be released next Tuesday, December 2nd.

The video, which was directed by Caitlin McCann and features lead vocalist Chelsea Mitchell along with Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait, follows three young women as they struggle with unhelpful and disrespectful partners.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dirty Dollhouse

I was hungover the first time I saw Dirty Dollhouse, but thankfully, so were they. It was a Saturday afternoon this spring, I had been out late at a show the night before. Sluggish and disoriented, I made my way to Bucks County’s East Coast Recording with my buddy Dan McGurk from Root Down in the Shadow to watch singer-songwriters Chelsea Mitchell, Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters perform during the studio’s short-lived afternoon concert series; one of the first things Mitchell did was apologize if they sounded off, as the band was also reeling from a whiskey and beer-fueled photo shoot, and were fending off colds to boot. Nonsense: they sounded remarkable, and their resounding Nashville-style harmonies worked wonders on my throbbing head. It was one of those rare perfect musical afternoons, and as the setlist wound into a country-folk spin on Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag,” I found myself an instantly-converted fan. Continue reading →

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June’s Communion showcase will feature Catfish and the Bottlemen, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie, Dirty Dollhouse and more

 

Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography
Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography

Communion has announced the line-up for their June showcase, taking place at Underground Arts on June 5th.  Headlining will be UK group Catfish and the Bottlemen, who just released a new single called “Kathleen.”  Representing Philadelphia will be Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and the Key-curated artist for the June lineup, Dirty Dollhouse, with more special guests to be announced.  Tickets are now available and can be found here; check out the bands below.

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