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Listen as Petunia tries to run from a really “Bad Date”

Petunia | photo by Veronica Zin | courtesy of the artist

Philly rock four-piece Petunia have dropped a brand new track, “Bad Date,” the latest follow up to last year’s EP Dailies. The song is teeming with urgency, propelled by a jittery bass and pinball synths. The lyrics barely mask strung out nerves and pent-up frustration, vocalist John Ryan breaking into a wordless howl.

Despite the pessimistic tone of a song, in a statement the band remained hopeful. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rapsody at The Foundry, Petunia at Kung Fu Necktie, Kississippi at PhilaMOCA

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Rapsody was last seen in Philly at this year’s Made in America Festival, and the city’s been awaiting her return ever since. The North Carolina MC and hip-hop artist brings her “Wisdom is Power” tour to The Foundry tonight in support of her debut solo album Laila’s Wisdom, released earlier this fall. Watch Rapsody’s video for “Power” below, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Petunia’s “Got A Job” video pokes fun at life’s monotony

Petunia | photo courtesy of the artist
Petunia | photo courtesy of the artist

Fun Philly rock trio Petunia just put out a new video for their song “Got A Job,” and it makes fun of the seemingly hard-to-swallow aspects of life…like the monotony of working a lame job at a rollerskating rink.

The exaggerated pans of the camera, soft blurred focus of dim lights, all paired with the slowed down chorus drop makes for a very visually immersive video. There’s a lot going on, but it’s also nicely simplified. And the premise goes so well with the song. It’s a very “this is what the song is about,” video, and that’s also what makes it great. Continue reading →

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Miner Street / Weathervane compilation album will help benefit Philadelphia Public Schools

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Hemming’s Candice Martello and Cayetana’s Augusta Koch with Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig in Miner Street Recording | photo by John Ryan | courtesy of the artist

Fishtown studio Miner Street Recordings and non-profit Weathervane Music have been collaborating to produce some of the most exciting musical projects in Philadelphia for awhile now — you may recognize them from the Shaking Through documentary series (which just released its latest episode with Jesse Hale Moore this morning). Now, the two organizations have announced their latest endeavor: a compilation album to benefit Philadelphia Public Schools.

Called Equal Loudness, the album will feature music from various Philly-based artists, including Cayetana, American Trappist, Square Peg Round Hole, Hemming and more, who have each donated a song to the compilation with the goal of raising awareness and bringing about change to schools in need. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Saba, RJD2, Lotus, Franz Ferdinand, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

We are here once again with your guide to Philly concerts for the coming week, and as always, your choices are many. Start out tonight with local folks Petunia opening the gig at Johnny Brenda’s, and maybe hustle across town after their set to catch the end of Jukebox The Ghost. Do not miss Saba’s first-ever performance of songs from his new CARE FOR ME project at The Foundry tomorrow. And keep the energy going across the week, ending up at Union Transfer next Monday for the terrific triple-bill of Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Bedouine. Read on for more about the week ahead: 21 shows to see in Philadelphia this week.  Continue reading →

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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 →

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Load-In to Load-Out With Carroll: A photo essay by Noah Silvestry | 2

Soundcheck complete, frontman Brian Hurlow practices his “axe-slinging” chops…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Rudoy wraps some invisible cables…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Guitarist Max Kulicke gets his hands on As Far As Gardens Go vinyl for the first time while setting up the merch table.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

While the other bands on the bill soundcheck, the boys of Carroll stroll down a windy Frankford Ave to grab tacos at the El Tlaloc truck.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

While waiting, bassist Charles McClung coins the term “burristo,” i.e. a barista who makes burritos…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Hurlow and Kulicke joke about just how difficult it is being “as handsome as they are interesting”…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Back at the Barbary, the guys catch up with friends and enjoys sets from Petunia and Thick, the two openers on tonight’s bill.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

When it comes time, Carroll take the stage and kick of their set with “Bad Water,” the driving, ear candy anthem off their 2015 debut.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

After a few songs, Hurlow asks that the disco ball be turned on. Any remaining sedentary hips start to move…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

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Carroll sound weightless on “Red Giant”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With an 11/11 release date right around the corner, psychedelic pop rockers Carroll have shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Grow. It’s called “Red Giant”, and it’s every bit as lush as the previously released “Talking To My Own Mirage”. As a child, I thought ear candy was actual candy that you put in your ears, but then I realized people were just talking about music like the kind Carroll makes. If you don’t want to wind up like me, sitting in the emergency room with a half-melted Jolly Rancher in you aural canal, I suggest you stream “Red Giant” below. Continue reading →