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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 →

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The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andrew Lipke with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at World Cafe Live, The Chelsea Kills at Boot and Saddle, Abi Reimold at Pearlstein Gallery and more…

Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN

Intersect: Andrew Lipke will be performing tonight at World Cafe Live with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The Philly composer, who enlightens audiences with his unique combination of folk and classical music, will be transforming rock and roll in a special performance with some of Philly’s most talented musicians. More information here. Continue reading →

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Local bands will face off at Drexel’s Battlefest II

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

Cold Fronts, Abi Reimold and Edelweiss will face-off at Mad Dragon Music Group’s Battlefest II, performing round-robin style at the Pearlstein Gallery in Drexel’s URBN Center Annex on Wednesday, February 24th.

Less battle of the bands and more Jools Holland-esque showcase, the local outfits will be set up simultaneously and will perform one song at a time before handing the mic off to the next group. Continue reading →