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Hear Full Bush, Resilient, Lizdelise and more in NonMutant Presents’ Unite! benefit compilation

Full Bush | photo by Lindsay Steigerwald | via facebook.com/FullBushBand

Brooklyn-based label NonMutant has just released Unite!, its second volume in a series of charitable Bandcamp compilations. The 26-track volume features songs from emerging Philly and NYC artists, including familiar faces Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Lizdelise, Full BushResilient, and many more. All proceeds from its sale will go to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy organization that focuses on securing protections and educational access for immigrants, preventing deportations, and supporting LGBTQ immigrants. Continue reading →

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Resilient is better than ever on its new album How to Peach

Resilient | via facebook.com/ResilientTheBand

As Drive By Truckers wrapped up the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, Resilient premiered their new album How to Peach back in Philadelphia at The Barbary after dropping it on Bandcamp earlier in the day.

The Philadelphia rock four-piece released its debut, Imagining Things, last summer, and they’ve been a consistent name in the local show scene since. Last week they were featured along with Honeytiger and The Vernes at The Key’s Philly Music Showcase, the first of a series hosted at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Resilient at MilkBoy, Small Circle at The Balcony, Mark McGuire at PhilaMOCA and more

Resilient | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Resilient | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly hard rockers Resilient hit the MilkBoy stage tonight alongside Honeytiger and The Vernes for The Key’s Philly music showcase. It’s been just about a year since their last EP, Imagining Things, and the band is readying a new collection of songs for release this summer. Meanwhile, Honeytiger just recorded an ace Key Studio Session and The Vernes continue to dish out dreamy summertime indie pop. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; watch Resilient rock “Medication” in the XPN Studio below, via VuHaus.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Maitland at Johnny Brenda’s, Resilient at World Cafe Live, Old Maybe at Everybody Hits and more

Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Atmospheric rock four-piece Maitland celebrates the release of it’s latest full-length, Glimpse, tonight with a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s. The record is the product of personal isolation and reflection, as singer and songwriter Josh Hines detailed in an interview with our Tyler Asay. Read that story here, stream Glimpse below and get more info on tonight’s 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Just Announced: Resilient, Honeytiger and The Vernes will inaugurate The Key’s Philly Showcase at MilkBoy

Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney
Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney | courtesy of the artist

Here at The Key, we love Philly music — that, I hope, is kind of evident. We love going out to see live shows, we love hearing new artists from our community for the first time, and then bringing them to you. Which is kind of the idea behind The Key’s Philly Showcase, a new series of gigs we’re partnering with MilkBoy to present.

Beginning July 26th, we’ll bring some of our favorite new discoveries from the Philly scene to the stage on the final Wednesdays of the month, kicking off with a gig headlined by asskicking hard rock outfit Resilient. Led by singer-guitarist Erin Fox, the band wowed us with their 2016 debut Imagining Things, and their tremendous live energy when we caught them onstage at an International Women’s Day benefit this spring. They’ll be joined by Honeytiger, whose Half Clean LP spanned the blues-driven minimalism of The Black Keys with infectious and poppy modern rock hooks. On the pure pop side is The Vernes, a five piece that put out their self-titled debut in March; they’ll round the bill out with breezy and wistful summertime pop jams. Continue reading →

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Stream Cayetana’s jam-packed and resilient LP, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Well, friends — the day has finally arrived. Philly’s favorite punk trio has gifted your patient waiting by dropping an early online stream of their new record, New Kind of Normal, over at Hype Machine. And gosh dang, what a gift this is.

Cayetana’s new album does not disappoint in the slightest, as the record’s twelve songs weave a beautifully powerful rollercoaster narrative where the band faces adversity and personal struggle with a resilient roundhouse kick to the face. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ecstatic Vision at the First Unitarian Church, Resilient at Tralfamadore

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Ecstatic Vision | photo via facebook.com/ecstaticvision

Ecstatic Vision, riding high after the release of their latest Raw Rock Fury LP, play the First Unitarian Church tonight. The local psych-rock outfit spoke with The Key’s Brian Wilensky about their “blistering” new effort earlier this week, highlighting the songs’ party rock vibes that are carried over from the live shows. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Listen to Raw Rock Fury single “You Got It (Or You Don’t)” below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Resilient

Philly rock outfit Resilient hit The Key’s radar this winter with a powerful and superfun music video about problematic creeper dudebos, and it was definitely a moment of realization. A moment, more bluntly, of “Good lord, how the heck have I slept on this band??” So apologies to Erin Fox on vocals and guitar, Katie Fox on drums and Alicia Dickerson on bass for being late to the party. That said, the part of me that grew up on rugged minor key riffs and distortion pedal rock of Jane’s Addiction and Babes in Toyland is super pumped that I made the discovery all the same.
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Don’t be like the dudebro predator in Resilient’s new “I’m Onto You” video

Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney
Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney | courtesy of the artist

Scrolling through my Facebook feed earlier today, I came across a story my friend posted about a dude who was waiting behind her at a convenience store this morning, making lewd kissy noises, touching her back. Which, first of all, gross. What grown-ass man behaves like this? The answer is astonishingly simple: so, so very many of us. And it’s a problem.

Today is International Women’s Day, but it shouldn’t just be about a hashtag or (for us musically inclined folks) hastily mixing a relative handful of women-forward artists into a playlist and then moving on. It should be about actively listening to stories like this from our sisters and reflecting on them, internalizing them. Checking our egos and the whole “not all men” nonsense at the door, being aware of our behavior and actively striving to freaking do better all around the calendar year.

Which leads us to the latest video from Philly hard rock four-piece Resilient, who perform at Underground Arts tonight at a benefit for the Crossroads Women’s Center. In it, we find ourselves at a raucous house party gig to the tune of “I’m Onto You,” a rager from Resilient’s 2016 record Imagining Things. But as the band plays on, there’s an uncomfortable undercurrent via your stereotypical loud, red-solo-cup-pounding, backwards-white-ballcap dudebro who harasses pretty much every woman around him, getting the cold shoulder (deservingly so).  Continue reading →

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20 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2018

Some of our unsung favorite albums of 2018

Fun fact: in a total coincidence of timing, The Key released our best albums of the year list on the same morning that NPR Music, The Guardian, and Paste rolled out their respective lists. Most other major and minor music publications followed suit in the week that followed, social media was aflurry with immense list excitement as much as total list fatigue.

The best hot take I saw in the fray came from Boston journalist Nina Corcoran (a writer for NPR Music, and Pitchfork, among others), who simply Tweeted: “The 50 Best Albums of 2018 That Didn’t Have a PR Machine Churning Behind Them.”

It’s frustrating, but true. It’s daunting when you’re reading about mostly the same albums in a slightly different order, and it begs some consideration. Like I’ve said in the past: while there is power in consensus, how does that consensus get there? Through mass recognition, through large teams of music journalists with widely eclectic tastes finding 15 or 50 or 500 albums (seriously tho, I’d love to see a top 500 list in haiku form) that they can all agree are great. And that happens when artists and their labels have the resources to seriously and steadily push those records to said journalists.

So what’s to become of a release by Philly rapper Ivy Sole, who self-released and self-promoted her outstanding 2018 outing Overgrown? Or one by Columbus psych/folk/punk collective Saintseneca, which did have label support on their beautiful Pillar of Na, easily the best record of their career, but the “campaign” behind it was limited?

My favorite lists, by comparison, are like the one you’re about to read — not driven by consensus, not presented in a ranked order. Not fostering a frustrating sense of competitiveness in an already-frustrating music scene. One that merely collects records that our team is tremendously excited about, and thinks you should make a point to spend some time with. Continue reading →