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Up From the Basement: Vicky Speedboat debuts tonight at Bourbon and Branch

Vicky Speedboat | Photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist
Vicky Speedboat | Photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

“It was weird, it came together so fast but it’s been in the works for so long,” says Sean Huber.

The Philly drummer, singer and songwriter is talking about Vicky Speedboat, his new punk rock power duo with Will Lindsay. Both guys are staples of the local DIY scene, Huber in Modern Baseball, Lindsay in W.C. Lindsay and together in Steady Hands. Their new collaboration is rooted in a long-standing friendship as much as a collective surplus of no-frills rock the eff out energy.

As Lindsay tells it, having a place to make noise was also clutch. Continue reading →

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Stream “Weathering Bell” from MoBo-WC Lindsay super-duo Vicky Speedboat

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Last week we showed you the debut music video from Vicky Speedboat, a supergroup formed of Modern Baseball‘s Sean Huber and W. C. Lindsay‘s Will Lindsay. This week, they released their second single from their forthcoming EP, Two Years No Basement.

The single, “Weathering Bell,” is a heavy-hitting rock song about the girl who has “Xs on her hands, always drinking with the bands.” The gritty tune is catchy with distorted guitars, thick drums, and driving bass, but the lyrics definitely have heart. It’s not easy to express your feelings over a lost loved one; Lindsay and Huber do it with raw emotion. Continue reading →

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Meet Philly punk supergroup Vicky Speedboat in the new video for “Passing Through Wales”

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

In what amounts to a Philly punk/emo supergroup, Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber and W.C. Lindsay’s Will Lindsay are teaming up for an EP under the moniker Vicky Speedboat.

The duo will release their debut EP Two Years No Basement later this month and just this week — via nerdist.com — released a video for their first single “Passing Through Wales”. The track contains all the characteristics you would expect from the power duo, including driving punk flavor with anthemic lyrics and a sharp attitude. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: John Vettese’s Top Six Philly Music Discoveries of 2017

Aleana | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Aleana | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. To kick off the series, Key editor John Vettese recaps six of his favorite Philadelphia music discoveries from the past 12 months.

Earlier today, I was listening to a conversation with Johnny Brenda’s talent buyer Chris Ward on the 25 O’Clock podcast, and he made a very interesting point. The bumper crop of musical talent in Philadelphia, or what is often perceived as such, is no sudden phenomenon. It’s not as though, pre-2006, the city was in some dire straits or a lesser creative state, and has subsequently grown and evolved to the present-day bursting of the proverbial seams.

The truth is that amazing music — rap music, rock music, pop music, soul music — has always existed in the 215; in many cases (the Gamble & Huff era), it’s downright thrived. But as Ward pointed out, a more recent confluence of factors and persons and places and institutions over the past decade (like him and JBs, I might add, or like our friends at The Deli and Jump, or like countless others) have helped amplify the scene tremendously.

Every year around this time, as we launch into The Key’s annual year-in-review extravaganza, I begin by sitting down and reflecting on the new artists and new-to-me artists who, over the past twelve months, have knocked me sideways. There have always been artists like this in Philly, whether or not the outside world is paying attention. And there always will be; even if, at some point, the zeitgeist declares Philly to be “over,” if you look and listen, you’ll find them continually creating, somehow, somewhere.

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Steady Hands take a victory lap with retrospective Rude Boys of Bar Rock LP, new single

Steady Hands' Sean Huber | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Steady Hands’ Sean Huber | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

The members of Modern Baseball are in a lot of different bands, so those trying to keep track of it all have their work cut out for them. Within the last year, we’ve seen releases from Vicky Speedboat, Broken Beak, Slaughter Beach, Dog, and Modern Baseball itself, and now, Sean Huber’s Steady Hands is primed and ready to join that list. The Philadelphia septet has just announced Rude Boys Of Bar Rock, a retrospective double LP featuring material culled from the band’s first four EPs, including a newly re-imagined version of its first, Not Many Of Us Left. To celebrate, they’ve set up a slew of release shows and premiered a brand new song as a cherry on top of it all. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Love On The Streets Festival at Paines Park, Steve Gunn at Union Transfer, John Carpenter at Keswick Theatre

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN | sikichphotography.com

Love on the Streets Festival is back for its second year today with a super packed schedule of awesome performances, food and drinks, a flea market and more, all right here at Paines Park. The event features the likes of Creepoid, Steady Hands (which features Sean Huber and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball), Mercury Girls, Amanda X, Vicky Speedboat, Hurry, Endless Taile, Weller and RFA on the XPN Mad Dragon Stage. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out songs off of Creepoid’s 2015 Cemetery Highrise Slum below. Continue reading →

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Don’t miss Creepoid, Steady Hands, Mercury Girls, Amanda X and LOTS more at Love On The Streets

 

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Creepoid | photo by Jammi York

Love On The Streets, or more affectionately known as LOTS Fest, is “reloaded” and ready to go after being rained out in May. It’s LOTS Fest’s second year running, after debuting last year in an effort to “reimagine skateboarding in the city through art and culture.” The fest will be held on Saturday, July 9th at Paine’s Park, on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Proceeds from the event will benefit Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, which aims to “rebuild and diversify city spaces and experiences that foster the love of skateboarding and urban creativity.” Continue reading →

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Your guide to Love On The Streets 2016: Who’s Playing (Lithuania, Mumblr, RFA, and more)

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

This Saturday, May 14th, the Love On The Streets festival (presented by Wahoo’s) will be held at Paines Park in Philadelphia. The festival, now in its second year, will feature food, beer, a skateboarding competition (with a grand prize of $2,000), and a huge line-up of Philly artists welcomed by XPN. It all starts at 12 noon on Saturday, and attendance is free.

Since there will be SO much going on at the festival on Saturday, we figured we should do a breakdown of all the bands that will be performing to make sure you know what you’re in for: nine hours of music, art, food, and everything else that makes Philly such a cool place to be.

The Music: XPN will be presenting the Mad Dragon stage at Love On the Streets, which will feature over 10 bands and DJs performing throughout the course of the day. Here’s a rundown of everyone that will be performing. Continue reading →

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →