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Watch The Obsessives embark on a virtual adventure in “Surfer Rosa”

The Obsessives | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Jessica Flynn
The Obsessives | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Jessica Flynn

The Obsessives give us a taste of their newly announced, self-titled sophomore record with the anthemic power-pop of “Surfer Rosa”.

Stuck in a moral Water Temple of sorts, the duo of Nick Bairatchnyi and Jackson Mansfield navigate their way through a “straight-from-the-cereal-box” video game, learning their path through painstaking trial-and-error. The fantastically vibrant instrumentation puts on a front for the self-deprication, as the band sings of hitting themselves for keeping at the losing battle of life and love. As goofily as the pair may attack these situations of repetition and subsequent feelings of displacement, the underlying carefree attitude represents the real courage these boys have to be themselves and actually have fun with their lives, despite the constant battle with the UFOs in their lives. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Sofia Verbilla of Harmony Woods

Sofia Verbilla of Harmony Woods | photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN

Candid and genuine, Harmony Woods’ singer and songwriter Sofia Verbilla will openly cop to how much time she’s spent reflecting on her own talents, impugning her own songwriting skills, wondering if she’s got what it takes to overcome at turns significant self-doubt and claim confidence in her own creations.

It’s a tenuous tightrope she seems to have found some familiar comfort in walking, as the Philly rocker capably straddles the stark contrasts of both her self-effacing and introspective and hot-pink-haired ass-kicking-frontwoman personas, at once conflicting and complementary, while she negotiates an earned place for herself and the HamWoo crew to stand out among Philly’s basement DIY rock-and-rollers.

They’ll be back onstage in Philly on May 30th, opening for Slingshot Dakota at Everybody Hits. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Dawes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thin Lips, Steve Gunn and more

Dawes
Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

If you happen to get caught up in a Bill Murray-esque existential loop this Groundhog Day, rest assured that there are plenty of concerts that would be simply wonderful to see for the rest of eternity. The week leading up to it isn’t too shabby, either — but that’s live music in Philly for you. Here are 19 concerts to see in the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Supporting Something Greater Than Ourselves: Lame-O’s rock residency moves into its fourth year at Boot & Saddle

Wildflowers of America opens up the first show of Lame-O Records’ 2019 Rock Residency | via instagram.com/lameorecords

This year marks local DIY label Lame-O Records’ fourth annual Rock Residency at Boot and Saddle. More than just a showcase of artists on their roster, the series of concerts also gives back to the community: each year, all profits collected from the weekly shows go to Philadelphia charities, benefiting a range of causes, from LGBTQ advocacy to education funding.

“We ask the artists to pick locally because one of the biggest things about Lame-O Records is the community aspect,” says label founder Eric Osman. “So we like to give to organizations who are doing work for the community. We all are a part of this community and want to give back. It all goes to benefit these organizations in the city, no one is really getting paid.” Continue reading →

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Radiator Hospital, Shannen Moser, The Guests, Hurry and more will play benefit gigs at Boot & Saddle this month

Radiator Hospital | still from video // Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Hurry | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

As 2019 gets into full swing, Boot & Saddle will continue what’s become an annual tradition for the venue. Throughout the month of January, local bands will take the stage for two series of shows benefitting various local charities.

The third annual Peace & Noise series kicks off this weekend, with a show featuring The Guests on Saturday, Jan. 5, and continues later in the month with Radiator Hospital. The Peace & Noise shows will benefit charities including the Philadelphia Tenants Union and Decarcerate PA. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Three Man Cannon will play World Cafe Live’s Spotlight Artist series

Three Man Cannon | photo by | via press release

On the heels of their self-titled album released this past March, Three Man Cannon will be playing a free show at World Cafe Live upstairs, as part of the venue’s Spotlight Artist Series. Signed to Lame-O Records, it’s not surprising that Three Man Cannon incorporate that same punk rock with folk charm that echo the likes of Slaughter Beach, Dog and The Obsessives. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: King Krule, Mdou Moctar, Get Better Fest, Sheer Mag and more

King Krule | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

This week, your options include mysterious surprise sets and high-profile pop shows, roots and blues (Robert Randolph, Deb Callahan) as well as indie-minded benefits (The Districts playing for Beyond The Bars, the two-day Get Better Fest). Here are 16 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Queen of Jeans, The Diplomats, Drive-By Truckers, Lorde and more

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead. Continue reading →