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Just Announced: The Spirit of the Beehive and Abi Reimold will open for The Districts at Union Transfer

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

We’re very excited for The Districts‘ forthcoming third LP Popular Manipulations around here at Key HQ, especially after watching them slay five new songs from the record at NonCOMM last week. To make their August 11th album release party at Union Transfer even more of an event, the band just announced the openers for the show, and it’s turned into a tremendous all-Philly bill. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Districts’ album opener “If Before I Wake”

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After a tremendous set at last week’s NonCOMM-vention, Philly-via-Lancaster four-piece The Districts unveiled the latest teaser from their new Popular Manipulations LP, due out August 11th on Fat Possum Records. “If Before I Wake” is the album’s opening track, and it builds and burns across three minutes of swelling guitars and hammering drums, a good gateway into a tremendous album.
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NonCOMM Recap: The Districts never let us down

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The end of The Districts newest single “Ordinary Day” rings out with an echoing chorus that includes the line “I’ll let you down again” – more than a little bit ironic, then, that they seem to be just absolutely incapable of letting down a live audience.

As just the third act of 2017’s NonCOMM, there’s still plenty of ground left to cover in the week, and plenty of yet-to-be seen sets and surprises along the way. But The Districts came out swinging, and set quite a high bar for the rest of the week’s performers. With a set filled with material from their upcoming summer release Popular Manipulations, it’s easy to think that the audience might have gotten restless without anything to sing along to, but the case was anything but. New bangers like “Point,” “Salt,” and the absolutely incredible “Violet” (frontman Rob Grote’s favorite track off the new record) rang true and found their mark in the packed upstairs house. Continue reading →

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Listen to Marley McNamara talk about building your own path in music, managing The Districts and more on 25 O’Clock

Marley McNamara | via 25 O’Clock

One of the hardest-working behind-the-scenes people in Philadelphia’s music community is Marley McNamara — manager of The Districts, The Dove and the Wolf and more, show-runner at Johnny Brenda’s and all around rock and roll enthusiast.

This week, she appeared on the latest episode of the 25 O’Clock Podcast with host Dan Drago, and the two talk about how McNamara forged her own path in the music world, how she found the artists she works with and why she prefers working in places that value musicians for their creative vision and not their commercial appeal.

Listen for lots of conversation on the Philly music scene, about how Car Seat Headrest helped her stay tapped into music fandom, why The Districts are distancing themselves from “Funeral Beds” and the reason she’s totally okay with that. Stream it below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young Statues at Boot & Saddle, The Districts and Abi Reimold at Chameleon Club, Mick Jenkins at The TLA and more…

 

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

South Jersey emo four-piece Young Statues makes their return to the stage tonight at Boot & Saddle, playing their first gig in two years. Their last release was 2014’s The Flatlands Are Your Friend, so we imagine some new material is in the works for a third album. Whether any of that makes the setlist tonight is unclear, but hey, any chance to hear them rock out on “Athens” is fine by me. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Districts get weird upstairs at Fergies’ in “Ordinary Day” video from their new Popular Manipulations LP

The Districts | photo by Pooneh Ghana | via Noisey

We’ve had the latest single Lititz sons The Districts, “Ordinary Day,” in super heavy rotation over here at XPN HQ, and for a band that boasted a standout cut called “Bold” on their last album, 2015’s A Flourish and A Spoil, this jam lives up to that name.

Their trademark build-to-catharsis effect is more emphatic than ever, and lead vocalist Robby Grote is unabashed, not holding back at all in his delivery — he lets his mellifluous voice rip in a way we haven’t heard previously. All signs are indicating that their forthcoming third album Popular Manipulations is moving in step.
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Just Announced: Abi Reimold will tour with The Districts this April

Abi Reimold | via abireimold.bandcamp.com
Abi Reimold | via abireimold.bandcamp.com

Self-professed “sad alternative girl” Abi Reimold has just announced that she will join The Districts on tour this April. Her last official release was 2016’s Wriggling, but she’s been keeping busy since then with a string of local dates, an appearance on an ACLU-benefitting covers compilation, and a Little Elephant session where she debuted a new song, “Workshop”. She and her band will rendezvous with their tourmates in Albany for a 4/12 gig at The Hollow. Continue reading →

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The Districts return with brand new single “Ordinary Day” from forthcoming LP

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The Districts | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The Districts are ready to forge ahead after a whirlwind couple of years, sharing a brand new single called “Ordinary Day.” The track comes from the Lititz / Philadelphia outfit’s third LP, due out later this year via Fat Possum. The dynamic quartet also has a long list of tour dates coming up, making a stop at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on April 28th.

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The Districts, Son Little, Good Girl, The Dove and The Wolf and more to play #AmplifyPhilly SXSW showcase

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For the third year running, the Philly music scene has its own SXSW showcase on 6th Street in Austin. This year’s #AmplifyPhilly party, co-sponsored by the City as well as the folks from RecPhilly, takes place March 14th, 2017 — the second night of SXSW — at Buffalo Billiards, with a headlining performance from rock and roll force of nature The Districts.

Also on the lineup is electro-rock / soul soundscaper Son Little, eclectic pop visionary Bilal and dynamic R&B four-piece Good Girl. Philly / LA artist Julian King joins the lineup as well, along with breezy indie poppers Queen of Jeans and spacey folk duo The Dove and The Wolf; between sets, DJ Aktive spins.  Continue reading →

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The Districts’ Pat Cassidy shares charity single under Sweet Vermilion moniker

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Pat Cassidy (Sweet Vermilion) | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last Friday, President Trump passed an excutive order barring citizens of seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. If you’ve been anywhere other than under a rock since then, you’re aware this decision has sparked quite a bit of controversy, and now, Pat Cassidy is adding his voice to those in opposition. Earlier today, The Districts’ guitarist shared two new songs under his Sweet Vermilion moniker, “Daybreak//Misunderstanding” and “Patient Sounds”. All proceeds will benefit the International Refugee Assistance Project, and you can download them now via his Bandcamp page. Continue reading →