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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Petal, Aspiga and more…

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton born, Philly based outfit Petal are this week’s Key Studio Session band. Led by Kiley Lotz, the group released its debut LP Shame last October and brought some of those songs in for this live session. Check out “Sooner” below and download the full set here; Lotz and her band play The Menzingers’ annual holiday show in Scranton on the 19th, Underground Arts on the 20th with Bayside and Boot & Saddle next month.

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PREMIERE: Aspiga contribute “I’ll Make You Believe” to Arbor Christmas comp

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Aspiga | photo by Julie Wackerle

The annual Arbor Christmas compilation and variety show have long been a point of anticipation for fans of South Jersey’s alternative music community. Nearly a dozen bands contribute original seasonal songs to the benefit album each year, while co-founder Mike Maier works tirelessly with his crew of variety show organizers to continue something that has become a holiday tradition for so many people.

Now in its sixteenth iteration, this year’s festivities will take place on December 19th in Haddon Township, NJ and December 20th in Collingswood, NJ with live bands, sketch comedy and food. Joining the compilation line-up for the fourth time are alt-punk outfit Aspiga with “I’ll Make You Believe.”

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Listen to some catchy indie pop on The Not Fur Longs single, “Lemonhead”

 

The Not Fur Longs | photo via Facebook
The Not Fur Longs | photo via Facebook

The Not Fur Longs are a delicate and playful indie-pop group from our neighbor state, New Jersey. Today the group released a new song that will be featured on their debut full-length album.

Titled “Lemonhead,” the song follows suit with The Not Fur Longs other releases, featuring polished, yet understated instrumentation. The focus is instead put on vocal harmonies and clever lyrical turns — such as the cheeky reprise of “Mrs. Robinson, you look like an old man”. Continue reading →

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Minnesota emo frontrunners Tiny Moving Parts will be at Siren Records next week

Tiny Moving Parts | via http://www.redbull.com/us/en/music/stories/1331676026062/tiny-moving-parts-pleasant-living-album-premiere
Tiny Moving Parts | Photo by Kyle Reinford | via Red Bull Music

Tiny Moving Parts will be returning to Doylestown’s Siren Records next Wednesday, July 15. The show will serve as an early kickoff to their 2015 US summer tour.

The twinkly emo band hit the ground running with the release of their official 2012 debut, This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship. The album was a crazy collection of speedy, mathy, and shouty songs that all sounded delightfully happy, regardless of their downcast lyrical themes. Continue reading →

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Watch Aspiga destroy at PacMan in the new music video for “Fortunes”

Photo via facebook.com/aspiganj
Photo via facebook.com/aspiganj

New Jersey’s Aspiga have premiered the music video for their song “Fortunes”via Substream Magazine. The song is a catchy melodic punk anthem off of their latest record What Happened to You? and the video shows the band in their natural state – destroying each other in pin ball and Pacman. The band will be playing Creep Records July 18th with Night Trip, Hemingway, and Northern Lakes. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Ortlieb’s, Jacqueline Constance at World Cafe Live, Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

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Aspiga | photo via Facebook

New Jersey punk group Aspiga celebrate the release of What Happened To You? at Ortlieb’s tonight.  The LP marks Aspiga’s second effort for Paper + Plastik records, following 2012′s Every Last Piece full-length.  On “My Little Eraser,” the first song shared from the new record, Aspiga hardens their pop-punk sound with an aggressive pace and a knack for brevity.  More information for the 21+ show with Thing Lips, By Surprise and Fo A Cha can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to “My Little Eraser” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Warhawks at Bourbon and Branch, Deb Callahan Band at Steel City, Aspiga at Studio Luloo

Photo via facebook.com/thewarhawks
Photo via facebook.com/thewarhawks

Gloucester City rockers The Warhawks return to play Bourbon and Branch tonight. Two years ago, the band did an interview with the Key’s John Vettese where they discussed their recording process, their inspiration and their experience at SXSW. Last month, the band released their latest EP Exodus. The newest music is slightly more aggressive than their previous work. Along the same lines, the video for their single “Just Let Me” shows a very punk rock recording session. Listen to “Just Let Me” below. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Kung Fu Necktie, Minus the Bear at the Electric Factory, Our Griffins / Rosu Lup at North Star Bar

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
New Jersey punk outfit Aspiga will play at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band released their split 7 inch record Aspiga/Among Giants back in July. Stream the record below and revisit their performance from our Key Studio Sessions here. Tickets are available at the door for $8.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall