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Tonight’s Concert Picks: G. Love at Electric Factory, Pet Milk at Everybody Hits, Kiska at Underground Arts and more

G. Love | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
G. Love | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

G. Love and his band Special Sauce brings their summertime tunes to Electric Factory. Their lovely yet grooving bluesy rocky funky hip-hop represents our city well and being a hometown show and all, Philly’s premier warehouse is in for a treat. The show is for all ages, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Square Peg Round Hole got signed to Spartan, released holiday song alongside Kiska

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Square Peg Round Hole | photo by Eric Tsurumoto | courtesy of the artist

Last week, local indie rock trio Square Peg Round Hole announced a new partnership with Spartan Records. The ambient / post-rock / instrumentalists will release their sophomore LP on the Seattle based label this coming March, but they also contributed a song to Homesick Again: A Spartan Records Christmas Album for the holiday season along with local label-mates Kiska.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kiska at Boot and Saddle, George Clinton at Ardmore Music Hall, Martin Sexton at Sellersville Theater

Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds
Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds

Named after a volcanic island off the coast of Alaska, Kiska released their debut self-titled record last month, and it’s a powerful explosion of rock energy. Released on Spartan Records, the album is available digitally as well as on vinyl. The Philadelphia four-piece are headlining Boot and Saddle tonight for their record release show. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to the full length below. Continue reading →

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Kiska look to explode onto Philly rock scene with new single, “Long Divide”

Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds
Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds

Kiska is not a new band to the Philadelphia rock scene…well, not really. While their self-titled album coming out on October 30 is their first, the personnel have been together for years, just under their previous name Detesto Jones. The name change is significant though, as the band hopes the new album will be enough of a change in sound to warrant a new moniker. To tease the release, Kiska just dropped a new single called “Long Divide.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Action Bronson at The TLA, Kiska at Boot and Saddle

Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer

He may have just this year released his major label full-length debut, but Queens MC Action Bronson has become a household name for people in the know since debuting in 2008. Tonight, he brings his new LP Mr. Wonderful to the TLA; it’s a fast-paced mix of irreverent rhymes and pointed delivery. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rainer Maria at Union Transfer, Kiska at MilkBoy, Voss at Underground Arts and more…

Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria | photo via Facebook

Wisconsin-born trio Rainer Maria bring their reunion tour to Union Transfer tonight. When this show was announced, Key editor John Vettese took a look back at his five favorite Rainer Maria moments, from a spring night in 2003 when the emo / indie band opened for Mates of State and played “Ears Ring” off of their then-new record Long Knives Drawn, to their final Philly show in 2006 when they closed with “Tinfoil” from Past Worn Searching. Listen to “Ears Ring” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kiska

When Owen Staszewski isn’t pounding the drums in Ruby The Hatchet, he’s at the mic for another band of heavy rocking Philadelphians – Kiska. The new four-piece is actually relatively seasoned; it formed from the ashes, as the expression goes, of Philly modern rock outfit Desoto Jones. That long-running band had been experiencing shifts in lineup as well as sonic directions, and last year came to the conclusion that it had become a different band altogether. Rounded out by Owen’s brother Adam Staszewski on guitar, alongside bassist Ean Kyler and drummer Adam Francois, Kiska was born, and set to work recording its debut LP. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head