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Watch the video for Sonnder’s “Siren Calling,” catch them at the TLA this weekend

Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard from Philly modern rock four-piece Sonnder. After a March gig, they said they were headed off the grid to work on a follow up to last year’s Entanglement LP. Good news: we’re told Ryan Weidman and the crew are finalizing some new music that should be on the way to listeners soon. But, in the meantime, Sonnder made some waves last week by dishing out a new video for a Entanglement‘s lead single “Siren Calling.” Give it a look down below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at The Barbary, Line Leader at Kung Fu Nectie

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Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Local outfit Sonnder have plans to record some new material and take a break from playing out this spring, so catch them at The Barbary tonight. The four-piece alt-rockers will be following up last year’s Entanglement LP – stream the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Ryan Weidman of Sonnder’s songs to stay awake on the drive home from the gig

Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, Sonnder frontman Ryan Weidman reflects on the importance of staying alert on the road and the music that helped him do so 2016. The band plays the TLA on May 20 with Civil Youth, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

2016 has been a year full of mixed feelings, leading to many a mixed drink I would say. Whether it was frustration over politics, celebrity passings, or personal grievances, it is safe to say society has somewhat infamously labeled this year as one of pure misery, at least on social media. As a musician, the concept of celebrity deaths has become one of implanted glorification by the so called “27 Club.” Greats such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse to name a few all met their untimely demise at this age; so much creativity was given a period mid sentence. Musicians are serenaded with these stories at young ages, generating a morbid allure of making it that far. Turning 27 myself this year has brought out this obsession with death, making me feel like this is going to be my last year on earth to get everything I want to share out to the masses. I know what is going through your head, “Ah yes, the typical whiny musician opening his chest wide about his boo hoos towards his romantic attachment to death.” No. Some weird stuff has gone down in life leading up to my birthday last week, causing some very haunting reminders of my fragility in this world. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: mewithoutYou will headline XPN’s next Red Bull Sound Select show alongside Sonnder and The Yawpers

flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com
flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com

WXPN’s next installment of the Red Bull Sound Select concert series comes to Underground Arts this June, and the lineup is kind of incredible.

Headlining the show is Philly art-punk five-piece mewithoutYou, who released their exceptional sixth LP Pale Horses last year. The band are favorites of us here at The Key, and are incredible live performers who we’ve seen in myriad settings over the years – their set is sure to be fire. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Dr. Dog at The Fillmore, Sonnder at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | photo by Maria Kanevskaya | courtesy of the artist

Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sonnder will celebrate the release of Entanglement at Johnny Brenda’s on 4/16

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Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

I gotta tell you, it’s a little bit weird not hearing from from Philly modern rock four-piece Sonnder these past couple months.

The band wrapped its monthly singles project in late 2015, and I had gotten so used to updates from Ryan Weidman & co. on the regular that their absence seems like an eternity. So it’s nice to have some new Sonnder news to report – the band will be releasing the full-length album it was working towards this April and celebrating with a gig at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, April 16th. Continue reading →

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Download “Entanglement,” Sonnder’s final single of 2015

Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese
Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese

After celebrating their year-long singles project at World Cafe Live on Saturday night, Philly’s Sonnder released their 12th new song of 2015 today. It will be a free download until New Year’s Eve.

Like their gig-mates Summer Scouts, the seven-minute “Entanglement” blends atmospheric post-rock reminiscent of The Album Leaf with hooky modern rock a la late-era Smashing Pumpkins. Continue reading →

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A Year of Songs: Sonnder reflects on its singles project before headlining World Cafe Live

Sonnder | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Sonnder | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

A year ago today, it was Ryan Weidman’s 25th birthday and his band Sonnder was playing a show at Northern Liberties club Bourbon and Branch. The vibe that night was a bit uncertain; not bad, exactly, but definitely distracted. The local modern rock crew had released its debut EP Thief earlier in the fall, and everybody was about to go their separate ways for the holiday. No firm plan was is place about what they were going to do in 2015.

“It wasn’t like the band was divided, but we just were all super busy,” explains Weidman. Keyboard player Kat Stein was heading out to visit family in California, drummer Mike Liszka was ramping up a production project with Bel Heir. “So I just took the initiative,” Weidman says.

Over the holiday break, Weidman went into the studio with his friend Paul Hocynec of The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver. They recorded the atmospheric “Drifter,” a song notably different in vibe from Thief. “That song was important, it was just about letting go, and that’s how I felt last holidays,” Weidman says. “I just wanted to be free and have the ability to roam wherever I wanted.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer, Sonnder at Boot and Saddle, TJ Kong at Underground Arts and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident throughout the ten track album. Youth Lagoon will bring his eclectic performance to Union Transfer tonight. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the music video for “The Knower” below. Continue reading →