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Alex G, Abi Reimold and more lined up for Philly Underground Fest at Villanova

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

As an end-of-semester-send off, Villanova University’s student-run radio station WXVU and the Campus Activities Team have announced the line-up for their Philly Underground Music Festival. Open to all ID-carrying college students in the Philadelphia area, the December 8th event will take place on Villanova’s campus and feature a solo headlining slot by Alex G, supported by Weekender, Abi Reimold, and Curtis Cooper.

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Folkadelphia Session: Friendship (ft. Abi Reimold)

Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.
Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.

Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mykki Blanco at PhilaMOCA, Anika Pyle at Kung Fu Necktie, Abi Reimold at World Cafe Live at the Queen and more

Mykki Blanco | photo by Bruno Staub | courtesy of the artist
Mykki Blanco | photo by Bruno Staub | courtesy of the artist

Rapper Mykki Blanco releases her debut LP Mykki this week, and kicks off tour tonight at PhilaMOCA. The Harlem native has a background in punk and performance art, and came to rap about five years ago, challenging norms and conventions over a string of mixtapes and EPs. Below, listen to the  Zane Lowe premiere of Blanco’s “My Nene,” a blend of driving dancefloor beats, hard rhymes and emotive singing. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Loops and Feelings: Watch Abi Reimold perform her new song “Stars” in a Harrisburg basement

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Before she had a band, Abi Reimold was a singer-guitarist who sometimes performed with a loop station. And even with the acclaim her debut LP Wriggling has racked up since its January release on Sad Cactus Records, Reimold still frequently hits the road lone wolf style.

Her band rules, make no mistake, but this live video of a new song called “Stars” is a reminder how much she rules on her own as well. The song is aching and expressive, weaving in harmony vocals from multiple Abis floating in the ether and then cutting them all way at a breathless crescendo. It’s a meditation on the roles we play for love, and the way those roles can change you: “baby we could be a picture we could be a movie scene / but will I wake up one morning and find that girl was never me?” Continue reading →

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Abi Reimold talks life since releasing Wriggling on the 25 O’Clock Podcast

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Since the January release of her LP Wriggling, Philly’s own Abi Reimold has been getting a lot of attention, including stopping by for one of The Key Studio Sessions in April. More recently, the Havertown native sat down with Dan Drago on the latest episode of his 25 O’Clock Podcast.

The two chatted for over an hour, and the range of their conversation was all over the place. They addressed what music journalism is at the moment, considering Reimold studied journalism at Temple. They talked about Wriggling and the sad state that it conveys, even though Reimold doesn’t see herself as the same person now. Drago shared his thoughts on the record as a listener, saying he hears different voices from Reimold at different points. Reimold discussed what she’s been doing off the stage, like photography and a follow up album, to what she does on it, such as making use of looping pedals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Abi Reimold

Wriggling, the debut LP from Philly’s Abi Reimold, is the very definition of “music with feeling.” Over the course of a dozen tracks, the album cavorts with joy and seethes with rage. Through an unbridled vocal delivery Reimold conveys pain and sorrow in a way that few of her peers can match; backed by members of Mumblr and Roof Doctor, dynamic arrangements echo the sentiment.

But these feelings, even when heavy and unpleasant, are greatly preferable to feeling nothing at all. They’re part of life, and I think that Reimold – an optimist at heart – is trying to embrace all of that with her art, both visual (she’s a talented photographer) and sonic. Wriggling is about hurt and mortality as much as it’s about love and friendship, and Reimold and her band put it on bold display when they stopped by WXPN to record a Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Watch Abi Reimold perform an acoustic session for Brooklyn Vegan

Abi Reimold | photo by Em Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.comcourtesy of the artist

Brooklyn Vegan recently began a series of acoustic sessions with up-and-coming artists (they had Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove on last week) and the latest entry in the series is Philly’s own Abi Reimold.

Brooklyn Vegan met with Reimold here in Philly to film her performing her song “Arranged” in one of her favorite spots along the viaduct. The calming trickle of rain (don’t get that nice Martin guitar wet, Abi!) accompanies her throughout the Wriggling track while her plaintive vocals echo and bounce off the damp, graffiti-ed walls. Continue reading →

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Follow Abi Reimold around New England in this awesome photo diary from tour

Abi Reimold and tour friends on the Stuck-Up Bridge in Providence, RI | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of our favorite Philly records of 2016 so far is Wriggling, the remarkable debut by singer / songwriter / guitarist (and Key intern alumnus) Abi Reimold. It’s a dynamic record that draws heavy emotions into cathartic songs via guitars and drums and Reimold’s uniquely powerful voice, as well as her skill as a writer – points of it recall Cursive, Sharon van Etten, Nina Simone and Jason Molina.

On the heels of the album’s January release on Sad Cactus Records, Reimold went on a week long solo tour of New England, and our contributing photographer Rachel Del Sordo tagged along to tour manage, sell merch and act as documentarian. Today, she posted an extensive gallery of photographs from tour on her website. Continue reading →

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Watch Abi Reimold’s new music video for “Mask” from Wriggling

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Think of it as crossing the road: Abi Reimold has released a new music video for her song “Mask” from her recent release, Wriggling. 

The video, which was directed by Jay Miller, portrays Reimold as she goes through her day from two different perspectives: one where she floats through a menial existence, and the another where she dons a chicken suit to act out and break shit. The video reflects the song’s themes of identity, anxiety, and hiding in plain sight. It begs the question, what came first: the music or the misery? Continue reading →