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The Key Studio Sessions Double-Header: Secret Nudist Friends and Blushed

Secret Nudist Friends (left) and Blushed | photos by Emily DeHart for WXPN

In a way, doing this week’s feature as two separate sessions wasn’t an option for us. As much as they are stylistically distinct, South Philly DIY faves Secret Nudist Friends and Blushed are very much inseparable, even when they’re each off doing their own thing.

A brief accounting of spaces where they overlap: Matty Klauser sings and plays guitar in SNF, while Missy Pidgeon plays keys; in Blushed, Pidgeon sings and plays guitar, while Klauser drums. Both bands are on the roster of the local Good How Are You label / collective, a group of artists (also including Trash Boy, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, and Canine 10) that throws regular shows and one annual festival at the Vonnegut-referencing Newbold house venue Tralfamadore. And both artists upped their profile with So Cool, the Headroom-recorded split EP they released last year.  Continue reading →

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Secret Nudist Friends get weird in South Philly in the hip-shaking “Something On Your Mind” video

Secret Nudist Friends | photo by Mike Arrison | mikearrisonphotography.com | via facebook.com/SNFphilly

The bizarre new video from Philly retro rockers Secret Nudist Friends has a wild bit of Jean Luc Goddard going on in this new music video directed by Deb Gilmore, and not just because of the stylish outfits and poppy color schemes.

Amid its visual lightheartedness, there’s an overall surreal undercurrent and constant threat of violence, not unlike Pierrot le Fou. That carries from the tight shots of various bandmates’ hips shaking to the beat, to non-sequiter cuts of singer-guitarist Matty Klauser prowling the streets of South Philly with seemingly nefarious designs on the people he follows — the song, creepily, is called “Something On Your Mind” – to keyboardist Missy Pidgeon stepping from a corner store brandishing a butcher knife and chips, ready to retaliate. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gary Numan at Union Transfer, Secret Nudist Friends at Boot & Saddle

Gary Numan | Photo by John Vettese

80s New Wave icon Gary Numan headlines Union Transfer tonight in support of his new album Savage: Songs From A Broken World, released in September. It’s been over three years since the electro and industrial music pioneer’s last album and stop in Philly. Garage pop duo Me Not You opens the show. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Mt. Joy at Johnny Brenda’s, Secret Nudist Friends at Bourbon and Branch

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Penn’s Landing is the place to be on Thursday nights – Spruce Street Harbor Park presents local artists for a free summer concert series in its awesome waterfront space, and tonight is one not to miss. Hip hop sensation Chill Moody will perform with The Bul Bey, and it is sure to be an evening of chill and breezy summer vibes. For more information, click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Boot & Saddle, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet at The Keswick Theater, and Secret Nudist Friends at MilkBoy

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a gig headed up by Square Peg Round Hole. The percussion-based group is an oddity on its own, choosing slow-building ambiance over everything. The gig is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Sidney Gish, JD McPherson, Kingsley Ibeneche, Lyle Lovett, and #XPNFest of course

Kingsley Ibeneche’s Realms ensemble | photo courtesy of the artist

Okay, friends, it’s the final week in July, and that means one thing here in the XPN universe: the XPoNential Music Festival. So while that is our number one concert suggestion for the week — and who can argue with this ridiculous lineup starring Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Amy Ray, Guster, Dawes, Lucy Dacus, Caroline Rose, Y La Bamba, local folks like Ali Awan, RFA, Foxtrot and the Get Down, and Zeek Burse — there is lots more live music to see this week. From the Glasgow post-punk duo Sacred Paws tonight to the jazz stylings of Lafayette Gilchrist and the retro rock swagger of JD McPherson, here are 13 concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days. Continue reading →