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

Secret Nudist Friends | photo by Mike Arrison | | via

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 →


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 →


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

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 →


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 |

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 →


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 →


The Week Ahead: Petal, Wu-Tang Clan, Neko Case, Liz Longley and more

Wu-Tang Clan circa 1995 | via Billboard

As I type this, the temperature in Philadelphia is 17 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind chill brings it just above zero. But let’s forget about that for the moment, since there is an impressive slate of shows to warm you up this week, from garage rock locals to hip-hop legends to a slate of impressive singer-songwriters on Friday night. Here are 14 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia in the next week.
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The Skeleton Key: Ring in 2019 with Tuareg desert jams, the return of chiptune legends Chromelodeon, Kenyan benga rock n’ roll, and so much more

Hank Wood | photo by Yoni Kroll

I forget, are we supposed to take flying cars to the gig or just view it on our VR goggles? The future is so complicated.

Welcome to 2019! I hope you’re all totally recovered from whatever you did to yourself on Tuesday and Wednesday and ready to tackle the new year. There’s a lot to look forward to over the next twelve months. Hell, there’s a lot to look forward to just between now and February. So let’s get started with the year’s first Skeleton Key, your monthly news and gossip column covering all things Philadelphia DIY. Continue reading →


Full Bush, Overwinter and more will play Great How’ve You Been Fest this weekend

Full Bush | via Facebook

One of Philly’s biggest DIY music festivals returns for a second year this weekend. Presented by goodhowareyou records and Paper Scissors Media, Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 will be hosted at two South Philly DIY spaces on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, Dec. 2nd; the lineup features many of the label’s artists plus several other local acts. According to goodhowareyou, the mission is “to provide two full days of non-stop entertainment that is affordable, safe and welcoming to all, and supports artists directly.” Continue reading →


Puppy Angst introduces themselves to the scene with new single “meet at the show”

Puppy Angst | via

Philly’s Puppy Angst just made their full-band debut with the release of a single, “meet at the show.” Formerly the solo project of musician Alyssa Milman, the band recorded the new tune as a four-piece and is out on Bandcamp via Good How Are You Records. Self-described as “a quiet solo project turned noisy bummergaze,” Puppy Angst captures universal feelings of confusion and frustration with “meet at the show,” pairing the song’s themes with a bright, poppy sheen underscored with classically DIY grit. Continue reading →