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Just Announced: Umphrey’s McGee & Sound Tribe Sector 9 coming to The Mann Center on 8/30

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Prog rockers Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 will tour together this summer, stopping at The Mann Center‘s Skyline Stage on August 30th.  Blending the jam qualities of bands like Phish and The Grateful dead with the progressive / psychedelic rock hypnotisms of Pink Floyd or King Crimson, Umphrey’s McGee are the kind of band that morph each live experience into a once in a lifetime occurrence.  They continue to tour in support of their 2011 album Death By Stereo, which featured songs from their live-setting rotation as well as new material.

Electronic rock band Sound Tribe Sector 9 will co-headline, touring behind their 2011 EP When the Dust Settles.  Though they run their own label called 1320 Records, the “livetronica” outfit focuses primarily on its live act and has closely incorporated community service into its business model.  Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, May 4th at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch Umphrey’s McGee perfom “Ocean Billy” live at Red Rocks and then check out STS9 performing “EHM.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron Maiden, Japandroids, Jeffrey Gaines, Umphrey’s McGee/G Love, and Vintage Kicks

Tonight, two legendary acts come together for one performance; Iron Maiden is playing with Alice Cooper at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Expect lots of head banging and moshing at this performance. You can purchase tickets here.

Also playing tonight:

R5 Productions presents Japandroids, who recently released their sophomore album Celebration Rockplay at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Cadence Weapon opening. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, this show is SOLD OUT!

Jeffrey Gaines CD Release Party at the Tin Angel. Gaines will be celebrating his recent album Live in Europe, from his 2010 tour with Joe Jackson. Tickets to the 21+ show are $22, the show begins at 10 PM.

Umphrey’s McGee plays with G. Love for a special outdoors performance at the Electric Factory at 8 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.

Vintage Kicks play Upstairs at World Cafe Live. We just did a Key Studio session with them that you can check out here. Show at 8 PM; tickets are $7 plus processing fees.

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Umphrey’s McGee at Electric Factory on Feb. 11th

Photo by Chad Smith

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets for Umphrey’s McGee‘s performance at Electric Factory on Saturday, February 11th. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 8th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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XPN MusicNotes: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd will headline Bonnaroo 2017

 

U2 | via facebook.com/U2

Rumors have been circling that U2 will be one of the headliners for Bonnaroo 2017.  Well, they were true, and now the entire lineup for annual massive music festival in Manchester, Tennessee has been revealed.

U2 will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd as headliners for the 16th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Music Festivals 2016 – Part Two

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Made in America crowd | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A few months ago, we gave you The Key’s Guide to Summer Music Festivals Part One, and we promised to follow up later in the summer with Part Two. Well, that time is now! We’ve compiled everything you need to know about all the music festivals for the second half of summer, including dates, locations and who’s playing what — with a focus on Philadelphia artists on the various lineups — all presented in chronological order. Don’t worry, you can thank us later. On with the festivals! Continue reading →

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Download “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C For Two Virgins)” by Father John Misty

Father John Misty | Photo courtesy of the artist and Sub Pop Records.
Father John Misty | Photo courtesy of the artist and Sub Pop Records.

This Friday, January 30th, at Noon, singer and songwriter Father John Misty is playing a sold out Free At Noon concert on WXPN. He’s playing a sold out show at Union Transfer on April 1st. Father John (real name Josh Tillman) releases his new album, I Love You Honeybear on February 10th. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by The Lone Bellow, “Cold As It Is” (plus 21 other songs from bands playing Hangout Fest)

The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lone Bellow | Photo courtesy of the artist

Sandwiched between Coachella in April and Bonnaroo in June is The Hangout Music Festival, a three day music festival held on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 15-17. This year’s lineup featured Foo Fighters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Lupe Fiasco, Cold War Kids, MisterWives and many more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, Cuddle Magic at Rigby Mansion, Hollystock Festival in Mt. Holly, NJ

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Brazilian dance group PhillyBloco are bringing the party to World Cafe Live tonight. Recently, the 20 piece band brought its signature blend of pop and samba to the Northern Liberties’ “Saturday in the Park” concert, and played an energetic Key Studio Session with a mix of new and old sounds. The Key’s Sameer Rao dug into the roots and formation of the band in an interview last year, which you can read here. Listen to “Fest Para Um Rei Negro” below . Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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It’s Jam Band Season! Get to know eclectic 8-piece band, Somewhere South

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/somewheresouthmusic

There is nothing more summery than a jam band.  Even if you aren’t a religious follower (aka Phish fan) you can still go to a show and appreciate the freeing sensation a jam band’s music gives you.  With the Phish shows just wrapping and Cheers Elephant, Umphrey’s McGee and Disco Biscuits performances in the future, we are excited to introduce you to a new jam band, Somewhere South.

Hailing from Philly, Somewhere South creates dynamic music that combines elements like horns, bass guitar, dual male and females vocals, as well as lyrics in both English and Spanish.  Their self-titled EP, includes folk, funk, and even a little bit of country twang.  Each track is different from the next, but maintains a melodic consistency that makes the young band’s work sound extremely mature. The first track “Alright” is one of their slower tracks, but sets the precedent for the rest of the EP.  It’s instantly calming in nature, and meshes well with breezy, summer weather and attitudes. The song is all about simplicity and trying to live in the moment, as they sing “Keep it simple, keep it true, keep it simple, keep it you.”

The band has been playing all around Philly, and will play next at Ardmore Music Hall on August 2nd, which will no doubt be an incredible fun experience. Listen to their Somewhere South below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby Suns at Johnny Brenda’s, Daedelus at Underground Arts, Hiding from Andy at World Cafe Live

166_The-Ruby-SunsNew Zealand’s The Ruby Suns play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psych / pop band is touring in support of their dreamy Christopher LP, which they released earlier this year on Sub Pop.  Using his world travels as inspiration for all three Ruby Suns full lengths, Ryan McPhun drew inspiration from a trip to Scandinavia for this most recent effort.  Lyrically, Christopher is a breakup album but sonically it’s an adventure into both the musical and natural landscapes of the north.  Tickets and information for theie 21+ show with Painted Palms can be found here.  Watch the video for “Kingfisher Call Me” below and download the song here.

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