The Key Studio Sessions: Flat Mary Road

Philadelphia five-piece Flat Mary Road has been honing its craft for the better part of the past decade, from the warehouses of Fishtown and Kensington to the Victorian homes of West Philly, where most of its members currently reside. Helmed by singer-guitarist and songwriter Steve Teare, the band draws strongly on 80s college rock and 90s indie rock influences. You’ll hear traces of R.E.M., The Smiths and Camper Van Beethoven in their playing…not to mention Wilco, Built to Spill and Shearwater. Askew yet infectious guitar lines, emphatic vocals and observational lyrics, a bit of twang and touch of rock and roll fiddle from Pete Clark.  Continue reading →


See a day in the life of Flat Mary Road & friends in new video for “Porch Stasis”

Flat Mary Road | via the artist's Bandcamp page
Flat Mary Road | via the artist’s Bandcamp page

Last month, Flat Mary Road released their latest full length effort, Driving With The Numen. The roll-out also included a packed Boot & Saddle release show, but the Philadelphia five piece isn’t done yet. They’ve just shared a new video for album cut “Porch Stasis”, and you can stream it now via Impose Magazine. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at The Fillmore, Flat Mary Road at Boot and Saddle, Square Peg Round Hole at Johnny Brenda’s

Circa Survive | photo via
Circa Survive | via the band’s Facebook page

Doylestown rockers Circa Survive will play The Fillmore tonight with support from mewithoutYou and Turnover. The show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album album On Letting Go. Stream the video for that album’s single, “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →


Watch The Bigness, Liz De Lise and Flat Mary Road cover “All The Young Dudes” at Ortlieb’s

The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb's | still from video
The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb’s | still from video

Philly indie rockers The Bigness released their ultra 90s inspired EP Time Traveler last week. Experimental pop solo artist Liz De Lise also released her latest full length, a self titled outing reminiscent of both Neil Young and St. Vincent.

Both bands shared an album release party at Ortlieb’s, and it culminated in a packed stage singalong (along with opener Flat Mary Road) of Mott the Hoople and David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.”

It’s joyous, fun and awesome – watch it below, and keep tabs on the artists’ next moves at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Flat Mary Road put their spin on Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow”

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Flat Mary Road | photo by Dan Papa with illustrations by Steve Teare

Local indie rockers Flat Mary Road have spent the last few months finding their sea legs again after adding some new members. We heard a demo of “Littered” in November (their first recording in the latest line-up) and now they’ve shared a version of Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow” that has a little more meaning than just being a fun cover.

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Flat Mary Road shares “Littered,” plays Ortlieb’s tonight

Flat Mary Road
Flat Mary Road | photo via Facebook

After releasing The Great Talk in August of 2014, Flat Mary Road took some time off to reboot. The local indie rock band kept things quiet on social media for the most part (save for uploading a pair of album outtakes earlier this summer) but now, after gaining some new members and writing some new songs, the band is getting back in the game.

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The Key’s Year End Mania: Ellen Miller’s top five gig foods

Superiority Burger | Photo by: Ellen
Superiority Burger | photo by Ellen Miller

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, photographer Ellen Miller thinks back on her best concert sustenance of the year.

As I think back to all the different concerts and live music I saw over the last 12 months (about 60+) my mind floods with memories of not only the shows themselves but also the food I ate before or after. Whether it was a quick bite between the end of work and heading to the venue or an afternoon spent in NYC before the show, I can’t go to a concert without it involving food. I’ve even made the joke that I only go to concerts in order to have an excuse to try all this fun food! While that may not actually true, coming up with a new or fun food place to try is definitely something I look forward to just as much as whichever show I’m going to. At times I may even get more excited by the food I’m planning to eat than the actual gig itself. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cranes are Flying at Johnny Brenda’s, Lizdelise at Ortlieb’s, Amir Obè at The Troc

Cranes are Flying | via

Philly trio Cranes are Flying mixes up pop-punk and post-rock with a dose of anthemic modern rock on its latest EP, Code Switching, out today. The band has been on the scene since 2009 and celebrates its new record tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Boy Lawyer, Glenn Matthews and Flat Mary Road. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to the new EP below. Continue reading →