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Download 100+ songs from Cayetana, Screaming Females, Solarized, Palehound, and more in the Get Better Records benefit comp

Solarized | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, local punk label Get Better Records solicited contributions from artists local and national to raise funds to help those injured in the wake of the protest.

There was an outpouring from the scene, and today the label released a compilation of music from 100+ bands including Cayetana, Potty Mouth, Screaming Females, Sadie Dupuis, S-21, Worriers, Cameron Boucher, Palehound, Radiator Hospital, Mannequin Pussy, Roger Harvey, Solarized, Joe Jack Talcum, Dominic, King Azaz and more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palehound at Boot and Saddle, Pronoun at Kung Fu Necktie

Palehound | Courtesy of the artist

Along with all the other albums we’ve been waiting years for, Palehound‘s sophomore LP A Place I’ll Always Go was recently released on June 16th on Polyvinyl and it is as much fantastic as it is pure emotion. The trio from Boston brings their indie rock lo-fi sound to Boot and Saddle tonight as the second stop in their US tour in support of the new release. Joining them are Philly’s Queen of Jeans and Ursula at the 21+ show. For more information, see the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Everybody Hits, Steve Miller Band at The Mann Center, Megadeth at The Fillmore

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you need to headbang on a Tuesday. Philly’s own hard rockers HOUND will be raging at Everybody Hits tonight along with White Rope and local act Mint. HOUND is set to release their third LP in the fall, so the trio will be sure to include new tracks in the setlist that you will not want to miss. For more information on the show, click here. Check out the band’s performance at the dearly departed Golden Tea House, recorded in 2015 but only discovered this year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Redd Kross at Underground Arts, Mic Stewart at The Barbary, HOUND at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Redd Kross | photo by Xavier Benoit | via band’s Facebook page

Alt rock / punk band Redd Kross bring their tour to Underground Arts tonight. Originally active in the 80s, the duo of Jeff and Steve McDonald play their first show in an opening slot for Black Flag and the rest is history. Their latest album is 2012’s Researching the Blues, an effort that ended a 15 year recording hiatus. Watch “Stay Away From Downtown” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch a VHS bootleg of HOUND performing live at Golden Tea House

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

If you lived it, you know it was something special. West Philadelphia’s famed Golden Tea House scene transcends rose-tinted nostalgia — or the punk rock equivalent of rose-tinted, perhaps OE800-soaked nostalgia? Dust-swept, sweat-sticky, hollering-hoarse, moldy bunny-rabbit mask and inexplicable sketch of Jet Set Sail’s Mike Larkey-cluttered, ebullient and energized nostalgia?

But it’s more than all of that. Even by DIY show standards, Golden Tea was something unique; stumbling your way through the front room and grabbing your spot along the exposed brick wall, or maybe beneath the KDU poster, or under the balcony that always seemed a bit perilous. (If you knew people, you’d grab a spot on the balcony proper. I did not know people, but that’s fine.) Early arrivers would circle the front, right in the artist’s faces; latecomers or people who stepped out back for a smoke would fill the periphery or watch through the wall cutout from the kitchen (I think it was the kitchen?) into the show space. The bands would get ready, you’d find a spot somewhere to stash your bags and jackets, and once the music started you’d find a way to make it work because no other gig was going to feel close to this real.

A recently unearthed VHS bootleg of Philly power trio HOUND performing at Golden Tea captures this experience immensely well. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: HOUND

HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s been a rough week, people. That’s to put it lightly. There’s a lot of aggression in the air, a lot of frustration, and we’re collectively in need of some release. Thankfully HOUND is here to help.

The Philly rock and roll power trio are favorites of ours around here at The Key. Singer-guitarist Perry Shall first caught our ear in the lively surf-punk band Dry Feet, and is a talented visual artist in addition to a badass musician: he has designed t-shirts and album art and gig posters for folks from Modern Baseball to Mannequin Pussy, Hurry and more. Bassist Patrick Hickey hails from the jagged and atmospheric post-punk outfit Shape Breaker. Drummer Chris Wilson is best known for tub thumping in Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, though he’s been touring with Titus Andronicus of late. Basically these are three dudes seasoned in amped up garage / basement catharsis, and the four songs they performed live for us absolutely rage. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at Milkboy, Jagwar Ma at The Foundry, Hound at Ortlieb’s and more…

Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Recent Free at Noon performer Lydia Loveless is back for show at Milkboy tonight. The Ohio alt-country/rock artist released her fifth studio record Real earlier this year, a collection of songs that further cements her place as a powerhouse songwriter and performer. Watch a video for “Longer” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Basement hounds Weller team up with Steel City’s Rue for vulnerable split EP

Weller | from wellerpa.bandcamp.com
Weller | from wellerpa.bandcamp.com

Philly’s residential basement rockers Weller recently released a split EP with Pittsburgh’s equally emotional Rue, bringing together some of the keystone state’s best underground indie rock outfits. Each band takes half of the 6 song track list, collectively flowing through 18 minutes of relaxing vibes and self-reflective lyricism.

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Hound feeds off the Earth in video for “Walkin’ The Fine Line”

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hard rockers Hound bring us a new music video for their song ‘Walkin’ the Fine Line” off of the band’s record Out Of Space, out now on SRA Records.

Co-directed by vocalist/guitarist Perry Shall (who has collaborated Waxahatchee, Modern Baseball, The Spirit of the Beehive, and more) and BJ Howze, we see Shall take a camping trip, wielding only an ax and his wits to survive the Pennsylvania wilderness. As the perfect setting to further isolate Shall from his problems, he comes to figure out how music will always be apart of that struggle.

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Crash Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in the new music video from HOUND

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

Two things you should know about Philly’s HOUND: they’re loud, thrashy and a hell of a lot of fun…and they love making music videos that convey that.

Case in point: their latest video, “Cold Blooded,” illustrates the song from 2015’s Out Of Space with actual footage from singer-guitarist Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in 1998. While guitars and drums rage, Shall dances and goofs in a plastic lei and a shimmering vest; suave af. The footage was originally shot by one Joe Grisafi, and was edited together more recently in the goofy supercut you can see below by Mike Simpson. Continue reading →