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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jain at The Foundry, Suburban Living at Johnny Brenda’s , Last Good Tooth at World Cafe Live

Jain | photo via artist’s Facebook page

French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →

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Cruisr, Suburban Living, Cold Fronts team up for ACLU benefit at Ortlieb’s

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CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, March 29th, Cruisr, Suburban Living, and Cold Fronts will host a show at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties with proceeds supporting the American Civil Liberties Union. The trio of indie pop / rock favorites have added their names to a growing list of local bands that are organizing benefit shows and releases in the days since inauguration.

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Feel the heat of new Dirty Projectors, Sneaks and Suburban Living on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the "Keep Your Name" video
Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the “Keep Your Name” video

Once again we arrive at the end of another barn-burner of a week. That means it’s time for the Indie Rock Hit Parade to invade your personal space at 11pm ET on WXPN. Listen for a full two-hour show (shortly after the October edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a smattering of new tracks from all over the place. We’ll get to the long-awaited return of experimental pop twisters Dirty Projectors, and speculate as to what their new record will sound like. Also in the mix is a new jam from Philly based sheen-rockers Suburban Living (their new album just came out today), and a few tracks that recently got video clip accompaniment. Preview those (and more) below:

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Relive the golden years you never had on Suburban Living’s Almost Paradise

Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Nostalgia is a dangerous thing, but maybe that’s why we all love it so much. Sometimes, it’s easier to look at the past with rose-tinted glasses than to put on the real glasses your optometrist gave you, especially when there’s work to be done. Other times, though, that nostalgia lights a fire under your ass and fuels you to write a super-sleek indie pop record. This is certainly the case on Suburban Living’s Almost Paradise, which sees the newly christened four-piece taking their sound out of Wesley Bunch’s bedroom and into the big city.

Sometimes the transition from solo project to fully-realized band is a rocky one, but here, the expansion manifests itself in more subtle ways.The drums kick harder, there’s a greater emphasis on guitar, and overall, the songs have a more “in the moment” feel to them. Other than that added sonic muscle, though, the project remains largely unchanged, and that’s a good thing. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living releases “Lovely Times” off of forthcoming album Almost Paradise

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Suburban Living | Photo by: Emily Dubin

Philadelphia-based band Suburban Living recently released “Lovely Times,” a song that will be featured on their forthcoming album Almost Paradise set to be released October 7. The song is a ballad peppered with yearning for the past, a fitting theme when compared to the album’s title. “Lovely Times” is a dream pop track carried by a consistently slow temple. The vocals and instrumentals are worthy rivals to big time boy band the 1975 circa “Somebody Else.” The four-man group is signed with 6131 Records, and listeners can go out to see the band live at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties on September 24. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living announce new LP, share “Come True” single

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Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin via Facebook

Local indie pop outfit Suburban Living have returned with a new album called Almost Paradise, set for release on October 7th via 6131 Records (home to recent releases by Julien Baker and NONA). Today’s announcement came with the LP’s first single in tow, an upbeat jammer called “Come True.” The album follows 2015’s self-titled full band debut. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →

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Time Capsule: Wesley Bunch of Suburban Living on “Club Kids”

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

When Wesley Bunch moved to Philly to start a new chapter of his old band, Suburban Living, there were some things he left back in Virginia Beach, where he’d conceptualized the band three years prior. At the time, he had two releases under the Suburban Living name—one, a five-track EP called Cooper’s Dream, and another A/B side LP, 2013’s Always Eyes.

“There was a C-side of that LP,” he admits, “A digital download, a bonus track that’s literally not even on the album art of the pressing.”

He never listened to it, totally forgot about it until his new drummer, Mike Cammarata, brought it up during an early practice. “We were kind of at the point where we were working on new stuff but that wasn’t fully developed and I didn’t have any demos to present to the band to practice,” he says about the night. “And then Mike was like, ‘Yo, what about that song ‘Club Kids?’ I was listening to that 7” online and I like that song.’ And I was like, are you fucking kidding me? No, we are not doing that.”

But they did. And contrary to Wesley’s opinion—which was that it sounded entirely out of character for Suburban Living 2.0—it worked with the new lineup, specifically Mike’s drums.

In this new feature for The Key, we’re asking artists to revisit songs they may have forgotten: pieces they wrote, released, and packed away—until now. Each month, we’ll pick one band who will pick one song and tell us the story behind where they were and what they were thinking when they wrote it.

This month I asked my friend and DJ partner Wesley Bunch to kick it off, and we talked about a lesser-known track of his called “Club Kids” off of 2013’s Always Eyes. Read all about it below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Screaming Females at Union Transfer, Louie Louie at Johnny Brenda’s, Suburban Living at Underground Arts and more

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Screaming Females | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

New Brunswick rock mainstays Screaming Females will play Union Transfer tonight in support of this year’s Rose Mountain LP. They released a new video for opening track “Empty Head” last month, which follows a cast of paper cutout creatures around an industrial city. Watch it below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Vacation, Radiator Hospital and Pinkwash here. Listen back to Screaming Females’ Key Studio Session from last week here.

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