The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kate Bracaglia’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Contributing writer Kate Bracaglia opted to weigh in on the visualized music we saw in 2012.

Music videos: they’re so much fun, and sometimes they contain biting social commentary too. This year there were so many amazing vids that making this list was hard—and so quick shout-outs to Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” (filmed in Philly!), Jaill, “Perfect Ten” (colored slime, GG Allin antics), Hot Panda, “Future Markets” (weird masks/futurism), Nicky Romero, “Toulouse” (MORE weird masks, creepy dancing), and The Very Best, “Kondaine” (men visit Kenyan medicine man, get turned into goats), which were so close to making the cut. But in the end there can only be five. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Bleeding Rainbow will tour with A Place to Bury Strangers this fall

Over the last several months, Bleeding Rainbow have gone through the band equivalent of a home renovation.  A name change, the addition of two new band members and signing to a new label precede the punky shoegazers’ upcoming record Yeah Right, out on Kanine Records October 9th.  Today, the Philly quartet announced a fall tour with New York noise rock band A Place to Bury Strangers.  The tour doesn’t hit Philadelphia (though they will get to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 18th), but Bleeding Rainbow have a date with Far-Out Fangtooth and Heavy Medical at Johnny Brenda’s on October 12th (tickets and information here).  Below, watch the band work their punk riffs on “Pink Ruff”, the lead single from their new album.


Photo Recap: Pissed Jeans, A Place to Bury Strangers and Gang at Morgan’s Pier

Last night’s free show at Morgan’s Pier was a rager, headlined by Philly thrash misanthropes Pissed Jeans, with NYC white noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers and local new wave dance-punks Gang rounding out the bill. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at The Fire, Pissed Jeans at Morgan’s Pier, Blood Feathers at Milkboy, The Sun Ra Arkestra at 40th Street Field, and Safari Dudes at Fergie’s

Seattle-born musician K Ishibashi, who goes by the stage name Kishi Bashi, is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has toured and recorded as a violinist with Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and Sondre Lerche and started performing as a solo artist in 2011. The experimental indie pop artist put out an EP in 2011, followed by his first full-length solo release, 151a, in 2012. Kishi Bashi (along with bandmates from of Montreal) is playing The Fire tonight with openers Tall Tall Trees and Archer Sounds. The 21+ show is presented by Sunny Day Music and starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to the first track off Kishi Bashi’s new album in the player below.

Pissed Jeans are a hardcore/noise rock band from Allentown, PA who have released two full-length albums on Sub Pop Records. The band is playing a free 21+ show tonight at Morgan’s Pier with Brooklyn band A Place to Bury Strangers. The show starts at 6PM and is the last in the R5 Free Saturday Summer Concert Series. Download tracks from Pissed Jeans on Sub Pop’s website here.

The Sun Ra Arkestra, which formed under the leadership of Sun Ra in 1958 and now lead by Maestro Marshall Allen, is a Philly avant-jazz improvisation collective. They are playing a free show at 40th Street Field as part of the 40th Street Summer Series that starts at 6PM.

Philly rock band Blood Feathers have toured with The Walkmen and AA Bondy, now the group is playing a 21+ show at Milkboy tonight with Quiet Corral and St. James & the Apostles. Doors open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30PM. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. The band’s album, Goodness Gracious is available for purchase here.

Finally, local indie two-piece group Safari Dudes are playing at Fergie’s Pub with Austin band Good Field and Philly’s Ghost Craters. The show starts at 7:30PM and there is a recommended $3 to $5 donation for the touring band. Download Ghost Craters’ album for free here. Check out Good Field’s video for their song “When You Walk” below.