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Hear Strand of Oaks cover Phish, Primal Scream, and The Stone Roses in new Lagniappe Session

With Hard Love finally out in the open and an extensive touring schedule imminent, you’d think we wouldn’t be hearing anything new from Strand of Oaks for a while. Well, rhetorical third person, you’d be very, very wrong.

Somewhere in the midst of the album’s busy press cycle, Timothy Showalter found time to record a few homemade covers for Aquarium Drunkard as part of their Lagniappe Sessions series. There’s a laid-back, groovy take on Phish’s “Dirt” — a recent convert as of last summer, Showalter refers to himself as “the newest Phish fan in the world” — a stripped-back, acoustic rendition of Primal Scream’s “Damaged,” and space-y exploration of The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.” You stream and download the set here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Primal Scream and Psychic Teens at The TLA

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

UK psych rock legends Primal Scream return to Philly tonight to headline The TLA. The band released its tenth album, More Light, in 2013 and is stateside this year for a run of club and festival dates, including Levitation Fest in Austin last week. Joining them on the show are the dark and atmospheric Philly power trip Psychic Teens, who are recording their third LP at South Jersey’s Gradwell House Studio. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream return to The TLA on 5/19

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

With decades of psych-rock twists and turns behind them, groundbreaking Glasgow natives Primal Scream kept things fresh on their 2013 LP More Light. Pitchfork called it their “most impassioned, holistic and ambitious album since XTRMNTR,” the record that marked a turning point in the band’s career as they began using their voice for more than just party-starting. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream playing TLA on 5/9

Photo by Piper Ferguson
Photo by Piper Ferguson
In 1991 the Glasgow band Primal Scream released one of the all time groundbreaking dance-influenced rock records, Screamadelica. It was a breakthrough album for lead singer Bobby Gillespie and company, winning the first ever Mercury Prize in the UK. Combining house music and R&B with the band’s indie rock roots, Screamdelica remains to this day one of the best and most acclaimed albums from the 90s, and on songs like “Come Together,” “Movin’ On Up,” and their cover of Roky Erickson’s “Slip Inside This House,” Screamadelica turned rock and roll inside out. While Screamadelica remains their legacy, Primal Scream has since released an impressive body of work, and their 2013 release More Light is perhaps their best release since Screamdelica. Philly fans will get to see the band in action when they play the TLA on Friday, May 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, watch a BBC documentary on Screamadelica, and listen to “It’s Alright, It’s OK,” from their recent album.

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Going outdoors with Screaming Females, Shellshag at Don Giovanni Records showcase

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

To spend the last Saturday of summer outside in beautiful weather is a must. But to get live music with the sun and warmth is even better. Throw in some punk and indie rock sensibilities and you get last weekend’s Don Giovanni Records showcase at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey. With the Raritan River as a stunning backdrop, the awesome forces of Screaming Females, Shellshag and six other bands were quite a treat. Continue reading →

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16 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2016

DONTOVERLOOK2016The thing about year-end lists, though. Stuff gets left out. Incredible records are forgotten, or simply don’t make the cut when ranking around consensus. Sure, consensus can be a powerful tool in uncovering the things that your trusted sources can agree upon, framing these things as, definitively, “the best.”

But the idea of hierarchy is in itself exclusionary. “Best” does not equal “only.” We brought you our 15 best albums of the year earlier today, but by no means are these the sole albums that are impressive or important or worthy of your ears in 2016. They’re more of a starting point.

In a lot of ways, I’m more excited about this list: 16 albums that you should not overlook in 2016. These are releases that didn’t appear on more than a single list turned in by The Key’s contributing staff – most of them aren’t ranking on year-end lists elsewhere – but they were obviously striking enough to that person that they made their personal cut. So we asked them why.

These are all excellent records. Many of them are very important records, in the same way that Chance and Solange and Tribe and Beyonce are important. And they’re not getting talked about enough, by any stretch. Start listening, start talking. – John Vettese
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Philly artists Creepoid, Nothing, Jeff Zeigler and Mary Lattimore descend on Austin Psych Fest

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Jeff Zeigler and Mary Lattimore are setting up shop at the Alamo Ritz in Austin to play their live soundtrack of Philippe Garrel’s 1968 avant-garde film, Le Revélatéur. This will be an intimate gig compared to the next of the weekend, when they’ll switch gears to play for hundreds at Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation festival at Carson Creek Ranch.

“In terms of performing at Levitation, as per usual we’re going into our set with little or no real formal preparation as it’s all improvised, so I guess the plan is to have no real plan. We may discuss the overall arc and vibe but beyond that it’ll be fairly loose,” Jeff writes.

May 8th thru the 10th marks the 8th annual festival, which was rebranded this year as “Levitation” to celebrate the first-ever reunion show from the 13th Floor Elevators, who will close out the festival Sunday night. Continue reading →