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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.
Jersey punk rockers Aspiga are set to release a split 7” on Say-10 with the group Among Giants this July. Today, we bring you a taste of the record with Aspiga’s hard-hitting punk-rock anthem, “Direction.” Drums pound away, paired with a low marching bass and heavy guitar as frontman Kevin Day sings of love on the road. Keeping it loud and powerful non-stop during this fast paced song, Aspiga really create a feeling of anxious restlessness for this single. Check it out below and catch the group at Wah Manor in Philly on June 15th. You can also Preorder the 7” here.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.
Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 5.
South Jersey punk band Aspiga will be rocking out with Ex-Friends at the North Star Bar tonight. Aspiga released their second full-length Every Last Piece a couple of months ago via Paper + Plastick Records and found some time between East Coast tour dates to record a crushing Key Studio Session (listen back here). Aspiga will be joined by Ex-Friends (bassist Joel Tannenbaum of the recently re-banded Plow United), Relatives and Goddamnit. Tickets and information can be found here; below, stream and download “On The Defensive” from Aspiga’s Key Studio Session.Continue reading →
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If you didn’t already know, South Jersey is a hotbed of pop-punk talent. Today’s Key Studio Session guests, Aspiga, just released their second full-length, Every Last Piece, via Florida label Paper and Plastick Records, and spent the last month on tour, playing DIY shows in basements along the east coast (as well as proper shows at more formalized venues) in support of it. The band has a sound that’s at once melodic and accessible like 90s favorites NoFX, but also jagged and aggressive, a la Hot Water Music. In other words, if you spent any amount of time going to see suburban VFW hall shows with lineups of a half-dozen bands selling pins and 7″s, Aspiga is right up your alley. The band is playing its belated album release show for Every Last Piece at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, NJ on December 22; more information on the show can be found here. Below, dig into the five live recordings Aspiga made in our studio – one song from each of their releases.
Brooklyn rockabilly group The Sweetback Sisters are performing tonight at the PSALM Salon. The group’s 2011 album Looking For A Fight has a classic throwback sound to country legends like Carl Perkins with retro harmonies and lively melodies. Tickets for their all-ages show tonight can be found here. Below, watch the video for their single “Be Back Home Tonight.”