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Listen to the multi-movement suite “The Fire” from Lemon Twigs’ upcoming musical LP Go To School

The Lemon Twigs
The Lemon Twigs | photo courtesy of the artist

Beloved Long Island rockers Brian and and Michael and D’Addario, better known as the Lemon Twigs, released a 6-minute multi-movement epic “The Fire”, the third single from their upcoming 15 track “musical” Go To School. 

The album “tells the coming-of-age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy” and features contributions from Todd Rundgren, Big Star’s Joey Stephens, and the D’Addario brothers’ mom and dad. Rundgren is an obvious point of reference on “The Fire”, which feels something like a montage of 70’s styles from AOR singer-songwriters to the theatrics of Elton John and Queen. How exactly the song’s narrative fits into the larger plot is a mystery yet to be known, but the story of “The Fire” alone is satisfying and even a bit moving in its absurd drama.  Continue reading →

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(Un)certainty: New Jagwar Ma, Bat For Lashes and The Lemon Twigs on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtesy of the artist
Jagwar Ma | Photo courtesy of the artist

After an off week (to make time for that sweet, sweet XPNFest action), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK! Listen at 11pm ET tonight, right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, for a full two-hour return that’s bursting at the seams with brand new music. In the mix this for this week’s show are new tracks from Australia’s premier psych-dance troupe Jagwar Ma, teenage guitar poppers The Lemon Twigs, master of drama Bat For Lashes and much more. Check out those tracks and others below:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Boot and Saddle, Ray LaMontagne at Festival Pier, The Lemon Twigs at MilkBoy and more…

Birdie Busch
Birdie Busch | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve love Birdie Busch’s brand new Thunder Bridge, and were stoked to finally hear some of it live. The local musician brings her new tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight for a release show. Listen to the new record below, and then head to the XPN Concert Calendar to nab tickets to this special occasion gig. Continue reading →

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25 Random Points from this year’s XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

There are a lot of die-hards every year at XPoNential, but this year, one face in the crowd definitely stood out to those of us working backstage. Reuben Frank, who many of you might know from his reporting on the Philadelphia Eagles for Comcast SportsNet and WIP, as well as occasionally writing about music in Magnet Magacine. One of his claims to fame is his 25 Random Points column on CSN Philly, and we asked him to reprise that here on The Key, collecting things he heard and saw and thought about during #XPNFest. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Phoenix’s first tour in three years swings through The Fillmore in June

Phoenix | Photo by John Vettese

France synthpopers Phoenix announced they’ll be back on the road this summer, spanning the globe on a world tour set to come to this fair city on June 2nd at The Fillmore with support from The Lemon Twigs. We haven’t seen any new full releases from the alt-rockers since 2013’s Bankrupt! — and this is their first tour since 2014 — so we hope this indicates new tunes from the group are on the way as well.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thin Lips at Boot and Saddle, D.R.A.M. at The Foundry (The Fillmore), Rebirth Brass Band at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Philly pop-punks Thin Lips will play Boot & Saddle tonight as part of Lame-O Records’ “Rock Residency”. They’ll be joined by The Superweaks and The Obsessives, with evening’s performance will benefit The Attic Youth Center. At the end of the month, Thin Lips will embark on a European tour with The Superweaks and Modern Baseball, and in preparation, all three bands have contributed a brand new song to a new split EP. For tickets and more information on the show, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more on the show. Continue reading →

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New year, new Jens Lekman, Allison Crutchfield & Creepoid on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jens Lekman | Photo by Ellika Henrikson, courtesy of the artist

Time to ring in a new year of adventure on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen after the January edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll give you many reasons to start breathing heavily when you think about the music that’ll be out this year. New stuff in the mix tonight from Swedish swooner Jens Lekman, Philly drone-punks Creepoid, glam-pop young guns The Lemon Twigs and much more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Witness Weyes Blood’s stunning balladry in new “Used To Be” clip

Weyes Blood | photo by Cayal Unger | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | photo by Cayal Unger | courtesy of the artist

This past October, Natalie Mering premiered Front Row Seat To Earth, her fourth offering under the Weyes Blood moniker and her third via Mexican Summer. Similar to albums from contemporaries the likes of Foxygen and The Lemon Twigs,  Front Row combines 60s and 70s influences with modern perspective and subject matter, but where those artists tend to air more on the side of whimsy, Weyes Blood specializes in pure, unadulterated serenity. On the brand new video for “Used To Be”, Mering continues that trend. Continue reading →