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Get Better Fest 5’s initial lineup includes Solarized, Control Top, Big Nothing; benefits Morris Home and Black & Pink

Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records
Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records

Each spring for the past four years, Get Better Records has thrown an event that always leaves us looking forward to the next. The local independent label just announced Getter Better Fest 5, happening over three days in May at two locations — this year it’s the First Unitarian Church and LAVA Space. Not all of the bands have been announced yet, but with initial lineup we have so far, it’s already shaping up to be a stacked weekend of tunes. And Get Better Fest is as much about the community as it is the music — the festival always seeks to promote a diverse and inclusive lineup, all while raising money for local and national organizations. Continue reading →

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Stream Big Nothing’s wildly jam-worthy, self titled EP via Brooklyn Vegan

Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

You were given a warm introduction to new local super-group Big Nothing last week when we premiered their power-chord heavy, helluva ride of a single, “Cincinnati.” Now you can become even more well-acquainted — become pals even — by listening to the band’s full self-titled EP. Though officially out on July 28th, the crew has shared an early streaming of the EP via Brooklyn Vegan. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Big Nothing explores the void on “Cincinnati”

Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

There’s an undeniable pedigree to new locals Big Nothing, pointing strongly back to the bustling West Chester punk scene. Guitarist Matt Quinn played in Crybaby with Ed McNulty of Beach Slang, while Pat Graham (also on guitar) fronted WC heroes Spraynard. A bit geographically separate, but no less connected, is bassist Liz Parsons — who hails from Flemington, NJ’s Casual — and drummer Chris Jordan, of Gainesville, FL’s Young Livers (a group that, incidentally, took their name from a great Rocket From the Crypt song).

Basically, it’s a crew of rad people who love hooky, riff-driven punk with strong pop sensibilities, who found themselves living in Philadelphia and wanting to start a project in the vein of Superchunk, The Pixies and The Replacements. Or, as Graham puts it over email, “we’re four Philadelphians coming together to explore the existential void…Big Nothing exists in order to never lose sight of doing what makes you happy. We are here to have fun, break things, and do whatever we want all of the time.”

That begins with “Cincinnati,” a track we’re stoked to premiere for you today. Continue reading →

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Cloud Nothings lead a four-band bill of gritty indie rock at Chameleon Club

Cloud Nothings | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Cleveland indie rock band Cloud Nothings played a killer, high-energy set to close out a four-band bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on Sunday night. Blending the grittiness and raw power of garage rock with the high energy of pop punk, the band went in heavy and unrelenting; throughout the set, lead vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi was one of the hardest playing guitarists I’ve seen live.

The quartet performed songs from their latest release, Life Without Sound, as well as tracks from older releases including “I’m Not Part of Me” from Here And Nowhere Else. They had great energy in their musicianship, but the stage presence could’ve been a little more enthusiastic. The crowd nonetheless showed their enthusiasm for Cloud Nothings’ music through singing along and much head bopping. I wasn’t so keen on the muddy layering of instruments and vocals; I’ve seen countless bands in my life and it’s always bothered me when the instruments and vocals aren’t balanced. On the other hand, I’m wondering if it’s part of the band’s live sound. Continue reading →

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Watch Harmony Woods perform Nothing Special tracks at WTSR Underground Live Session

Harmony Woods | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | via harmonywoods.bandcamp.com

We’ve been pretty fairly hyped about Harmony Woods recently released debut album, Nothing Special, over here at The Key. We profiled the band early this week and we’ll be there at their album release party at JJ’s Diner. So it’s no surprise we’re also pretty fairly hyped about the band’s recent stop at WTSR Studios. Continue reading →

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Get ready, because Harmony Woods’ Nothing Special might be the best indie rock record you’re going to hear this spring

Harmony Woods | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | via harmonywoods.bandcamp.com

It’s hard to believe that Harmony Woods hasn’t even been a going concern for a year, and yet they’re ready to make a huge impact on the Philly music community. The project of singer-guitarist Sofia Verbilla went from knocking us out at basement shows in the fall to the announcement this spring of Nothing Special, the band’s debut long-player set for release on May 5th via Honest Face Records.

In addition to possessing a classically awesome voice that totally slays in an indie rock setting but could also slay in a pop sense given the chance, Verbilla is a gifted scene-setter and storyteller, and the attention to narrative detail all across the record reminds me a lot of Death Cab For Cutie’s The Photo Album — particularly on “Jenkintown-Wyncote,” Nothing Special‘s first single, which made its way into the world back on April 1st. Continue reading →

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Michael Cormier announces debut solo LP Make Believe It’s Nothing, streams two singles

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Michael Cormier | photo via artist’s Facebook

We first met Michael Cormier as the drummer in Friendship, a trio of Mainers that officially rooted down in Philadelphia about two years ago. They won over our hearts with pensive songwriting and aching, soulful arrangements, anchored by Cormier’s expert percussion at live gigs and on their 2015 highlight You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. Now Cormier will step out from behind the kit, announcing his own debut solo LP Make Believe It’s Nothing and sharing a pair of lead singles.

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Download Roof Doctor’s farewell EP, So Long and Thanks For Nothing; see their last show tonight at PhilaMOCA

Roof Doctor | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roof Doctor | photo by Mariel Celentano | courtesy of the artist

Over the past five years, Philadelphia four-piece Roof Doctor has brought tight-as-hell instrumental jams and a healthy dose of cutting snark to the local basement show scene. That concludes tonight, as the band plays its farewell show at Eraserhood performing arts space PhilaMOCA. To go out with a couple new jams — and leave no piece of recorded content unreleased — Roof Doctor unveiled one final EP, So Long And Thanks For Nothing, a title that couldn’t be more them if it tried. Continue reading →

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Nothing share unreleased “Spell” track for Our First 100 Days benefit comp

On day #56 of the current presidential term, Philly shoegaze punk outfit Nothing added their previously-unreleased song “Spell” to the Our First 100 Days comp. The digital benefit collection is a joint effort from Secretly Group, 30 Songs for 30 Days, and Revolutions Per Minute working to minimize the negative effects the new administration will have on some crucial organizations.

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