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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Brian Wilensky’s Top 5 Shows I Wish I Saw in 2013

purlinghissYear End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Brian Wilensky talks about great shows he didn’t see.

Those of you that work in the service industry, like me, know what it’s like to work nights and weekends; missing the shows, parties and nights out with your friends that work business hours. I raise my glass to you, as we share the same suffering because the rent isn’t free. Here are my Top 5 Shows I Wish I Saw in 2013.

1. Clinic / Grooms / The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, 9/17/2013
Liverpool’s art-psych surgical mask-wearing weird guys, Clinic, don’t tour often, let alone cross the pond. Last year’s Free Reign held true to their stagnant drone formula and seeing them convert it to a live setting is something that still spikes my curiosity. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s, Everyone Everywhere at The Barbary, The Weeks at MilkBoy, JD Malone at Burlap and Bean, XPN Welcomes Lee Fields & The Expressions to World Cafe Live

With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Almost Endless will be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career.  With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here.  Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.

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Just Announced: Everyone Everywhere playing a record release show at The Barbary on 01/19

Everyone EverywhereIt’s a slightly-delayed record release party for Everyone Everywhere!  The Philadelphia four-piece put out their second self-titled album (which we Unlocked) this past August and promptly fled the country for a tour through Europe.  The good news is that the band is back in their hometown and will be playing a show at The Barbary on January 19th with a stellar line-up local punk rock openers in Slingshot Dakota, Band Name, and Glocca Morra.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 7th at noon.  Head over to our Concert Calendar for more information.  Below, watch Everyone Everywhere’s music video for “Queen Mary II.”

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Watch a surreal video for Band Name’s “King of Surfers” (playing Kung Fu Necktie upstairs on 10/12)

Call it Band Name‘s endless summer. The Philly-based garage punks just a week ago released a zany, surreal music video for their recent single “King of Surfers.” Intercut with a montage of Daniel Johnston-style artwork by Band Name bandmates Jeremy Jams, Cat Park and Greg Labold is footage of the trio danncing in the surf of an empty beach, each wearing a giant papier-mâché eyeball on their head. They dance in circles, strike poses in the tide, attempt to body surf and completely wipe out, their ocular prosthetics remaining intact the entire time. Check out the video below, and catch Band Name next Friday, October 12th, at Kung Fu Necktie.