We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.
Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →
Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.
Philly guitarist and songwriter Tom Hamilton has worked with forward-thinking jammers Brothers Past, Disco Biscuits and Kurt Vile, and tonight he brings his long-running American Babies project to Ardmore Music Hall. It’s always been an eclectic group, drawing on the fringes of CSNY-esque folk to Built to Spill style indie rock. Its latest, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, comes out March 18th via Royal Potato Family, and tonight American Babies light up Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the new song “synth driver” below. Continue reading →
Much like the running of the bulls from which they are named, San Fermin tore through the Arden Gild hall in Delaware last night. Playing to a near-capacity crowd, a rare standing show for the hall, San Fermin balanced material from their eponymous debut and forthcoming album Jackrabbit.
Philly garage rock dudes RFA open the show for The Once Was tonight at MilkBoy. The four-piece has a Strokes-y sense of swagger and reverence for catchy, vintage rock and roll. Last summer, they placed second in World Cafe Live’s Beta Hi-Fi competition and will be recording a new EP with their winnings this January. Below, check out their Up Late in the Evening EP and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →
For the past seven years, infectious New York folk / pop trio The Spring Standards have headed to Delaware over the holidays to headline packed houses at Arden Gild Hall. It’s a sort of homecoming for them – even though their career has been based in NYC, the bandmates grew up in Delaware and Southeastern PA, and each year they spend Boxing Day on the stage playing with their family and old friends in the crowd.
“It’s a great time to reconnect with our roots,” says singer and multi-instrumentalist Heather Robb. “That area will always be our true home.”
Last year, The Spring Standards released Live from Delaware – an album documenting their 2012 shows at Arden, and this year they’re releasing a companion concert film – with animated vignettes and other flourishes – at the Boxing Day Spectacular. Continue reading →
Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle is releasing his latest record, Absent Fathers, in January. It’s a companion LP to his September record Single Mothers, and in support of the new collection, Earle is going on a winter tour that brings him through our area twice. He’ll hit up Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware on February 26th, and then will play the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on February 27th; Gill Landry opens both shows. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. This fall, Earle played a World Cafe Session while on tour through Philadelphia; listen to the session here and watch a video for “My Baby Drives” below. Continue reading →
Purling Hiss head down to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall tonight with Thunderhawk and St James & The Apostles. The local rockers released Weirdon earlier this year, their second effort for Drag City. Hiss frontman Mike Polizze spoke with The Key last week in the inaugural “Gearadelphia” feature, discussing his live gear set-up, his ambitious dream studio and the times when things go wrong on stage. Read the full interview here and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →
After a well-received showing at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ukrainian four-piece DakhaBrakha returns to the area tonight for a headlining gig at Arden Gild Hall. The band calls their sound “ethno-chaos,” but what that really means is they’re a melting pot that transcends easy descriptions. You’ll hear a little bit of Eastern European folk music with sounds from India, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia in the mix tonight. To get an idea what that sounds like, check out their Take Away Show below and pick up tickets and more information here. Continue reading →