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.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Morgan’s Pier, Meek Mill at TLA, and XPN Welcomes Lovebettie to The Garden

Gritty lo-fi garage rock band Purling Hiss are playing a free hometown show tonight at Morgan’s Pier with Bandname as part of R5’s Free Saturday Summer Concert Series. The show starts at 6 p.m. and you must be over 21 or accompanied by a legal guardian for entry. Below check out the official music video for the Purling Hiss’ song “The Hoodoo” off their EP, “Lounge Lizards,” out on indie label Mexican Summer.

Rapper and Philly native Meek Mill is a dedicated self-promoter. The hip-hop artist has self-produced and released 14 mixtapes and his hard work has paid off. Meek Hill has collaborated and opened for the likes of Drake, Lil Wayne, and Diddy. Now he is playing two headlining shows at the TLA tonight as part of his Dreamchasers Tour, followed by a slot at the Jay-Z-curated Made in America Festival. The first show tonight at 7 p.m. is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 11 p.m. show, which are on sale here for $57.50 each. Both shows tonight feature support by rapper Black Cobain. Below check out the music video for Meek Mill’s song “Amen” featuring Drake and Jeremih.

XPN welcomes Pittsburgh alt rock/soul band Lovebettie to The Garden in Carlisle, PA tonight. The show is part of The Garden’s Ladies of the Early Evening series, which features a free show by a female artist every Saturday evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 24th. Bring your own chairs or blanket, relax, and enjoy the free tunes. Listen to Lovebettie in the player below.


Bandname, Slutever and others will play PhilaMOCA’s Nuclear BBQ on July 15th

The folks over at PhilaMOCA have put together a mini-fest of epic proportions to welcome Alabama grunge surf rockers Nightmare Boyzzz. The line-up is fully stocked with local favorites including the pumped-up punks of Bandname, girl power-duo Slutever, and the garage-rock stylings of The Shakes and The Eeries. Also on the bill is Seattle’s pop-punk outfit Tacocat. Plus (((TACO))) of Philly’s The Love Club — fresh off their new release, Full Length — will also perform.

The fest is Saturday, July 15th at PhilaMOCA. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Expect lots of free food and drink. More details are available on the Facebook event page. Below, stream Bandname’s latest release, “King of Surfers,” from their split 7″.


Today is Philadelphia Local Music Day! Download some free music from Work Drugs, Bandname, Cheers Elephant, The Extraordinaires and Buried Beds

Here at The Key we love local music every day. Today is extra special because the folks at Loves Local Music are celebrating the inaugural Philadelphia Local Music Day. In our interview with Loves Local Music founder Monika Julien, she explained “the primary mission of Loves Local Music is to build relationships with musicians, artists, businesses, innovators, and other visionaries to organize creative events that give local Philadelphia musicians more exposure, bring awareness to Philadelphia’s local music scene, and make local music more accessible to the community.” Today, many local businesses around the city will be playing the music of five bands, putting the spotlight on Work Drugs, Bandname, Buried Beds, Cheers Elephant and The Extraordinaires. Some of the businesses participating include Johnny Brenda’s, The Lola Bean, Repo Records, Trophy Bikes North, The Marvelous! Music record store, Federal Donuts and more. Today at 1 p.m. The Extraordinaires will be playing a free show at The Rocket Cat Cafe. All participating businesses will also be handing out a download card with a song from each of the bands. Thanks to the bands and to Loves Local Music, you can download the five song sampler here.


Interview with Loves Local Music founder Monika Julien

 Monika Julien is the founder of Loves Local Music, a new organization dedicated to promoting Philly’s local music scene and supporting the local cultural economy. Currently a senior at Drexel University, Julien has been active in the local music scene throughout her college years. She’s a ska music fan, and hosts a weekly ska show at WKDU called University Goes Ska. Julien also served as the Drexel station’s Program Director during her freshman and sophomore years. A musician, she’s promoted, booked, and managed bands. Loves Local Music’s first “event” takes place on Saturday, May 12th, with Philadelphia Local Music Day, where local businesses will be playing recordings of five featured local musicians for one full workday, with the intention of increasing awareness about these bands. The five bands that will be featured include Cheers Elephant, Work Drugs, Bandname, Buried Beds and The Extraordinaires. Businesses including Johnny Brenda’s, The Rocket Cat, Repo Records, Federal Donuts, The Lola Bean and many more will be playing music from these five bands throughout the day. WXPN will also be featuring the music of these band’s throughout the day during it’s programming. The Key recently did an e-mail interview with Monika Julien, founder of Loves Local Music about this exciting, new initiative.

The Key: Why did you decide to start Loves Local Music?

Monika Julien: Being a musician and having played in bands, I know how difficult it is to get people to come to your shows, buy your records, and even just listen to your music. Today, bands have to get creative about how to promote their music – it’s not always as easy as putting your songs on the internet. Musicians are creative by nature, but I believe a great businessperson is equally as creative. I’m looking forward to using Loves Local Music as a platform to take an artistic and innovative approach to business and promotions for musicians. I have had the opportunity to meet people across the country that have launched local music initiatives in their cities, and because Philadelphia is so community-driven, I felt that bringing together the local music scene and local businesses is something that this city would totally embrace. And it is! I have been inspired by people who have taken a proactive role in promoting local culture and unifying their community, and I hope Loves Local Music inspires others in the same way.

TK: Broadly, what’s the mission of Loves Local Music?

MJ: The primary mission of Loves Local Music is to build relationships with musicians, artists, businesses, innovators, and other visionaries to organize creative events that give local Philadelphia musicians more exposure, bring awareness to Philadelphia’s local music scene, and make local music more accessible to the community.

TK: Philadelphia Local Music Day is on May 12th. This is the first “activity” you guys are doing. What other things do you have planned?

MJ: There are already plans to make Philadelphia Local Music Day an event that occurs multiple times a year, each time featuring new musicians and some new surprises. There are also ideas in the works for a few other events that will give musicians the opportunity to gain exposure in some unique ways. You will hear about them soon.

TK: What would you consider to be a successful outcome of the first Loves Local Music day?

MJ: If one person comes away from Philadelphia Local Music Day and learns about a local band that they have never heard of before, I consider this event a success. My goal is to make people aware of Philadelphia’s music scene – especially people who may not be able to attend a late-night rock show or may not know how to access information on local Philadelphia musicians. I really want people to come away from Philadelphia Local Music Day and remember the local bands being featured for the event. In an effort to make this happen, each of the participating locations will be giving download cards with a song from each of the featured bands to their customers. People will be able take a piece of Philadelphia Local Music Day home with them! My hope is that this encourages people to further explore the featured bands’ music and inspires people to want to know more about Philadelphia’s local music scene.

TK: You’ve been involved in the local music scene for the last several years; what do you like about it?

MJ: First and foremost, the music! Honestly, there wouldn’t be Loves Local Music or Philadelphia Local Music Day if this city wasn’t full of amazing musical talent. On a personal level, most of my best memories in Philadelphia involve playing shows and going to shows, working with local bands and seeing them grow. Loves Local Music is definitely a vehicle for me to tell the world how great Philadelphia’s musicians are and bring attention to the city’s local music scene. I also love the sense of community and collaboration within Philadelphia’s music scene. Of course there are amazing bands, but there are also visual artists, graphic designers, videographers, promoters, venues, bloggers, radio stations, record stores, even the people that are willing to host shows in their basements all working together to help the Philadelphia local music scene thrive.  We couldn’t do it without each other. It’s the DIT ethic – “Do It Together.” While Loves Local Music is primarily focused on promoting musicians, I also hope that an event like Philadelphia Local Music Day encourages people to support the city’s local economy; Philadelphia is home to so many amazing local businesses as well as musicians. I’m trying to bring them all together.


Work Drugs, Buried Beds, Cheers Elephant, more to be featured in the inaugural “Philadelphia Local Music Day” on May 12th

Loves Local Music, a local advocacy organization “dedicated to promoting the diverse music scene that Philadelphia continues to foster,” will present its inaugural “Philadelphia Local Music Day,” on Saturday, May 12th. As part of the organization’s goal to “plan creative events that give local musicians more exposure within the Philadelphia community,” LLM has coordinated with a handful of local businesses, which will be playing music by Philly-based bands in their establishments all day long.

From the folks at LLM:

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 Loves Local Music is proud to present the inaugural Philadelphia Local Music Day, featuring the music recordings of Work Drugs, Buried Beds, The Extraordinaires, Cheers Elephant, and Bandname. On Philadelphia Local Music Day, local businesses throughout Philadelphia will be playing the recordings of the five featured local bands in their establishments for one full workday. Philadelphia Local Music Day aims to bring awareness to Philadelphia’s vibrant, talented arts community and encourage Philadelphians to support the city’s local culture and economy.

Businesses throughout Philadelphia will be playing the music recordings of the featured local bands in their stores on Philadelphia Local Music Day, including Federal Donuts, Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat, Johnny Brenda’s, The Abbaye, Honest Tom’s Taco Shop, The Marvelous! Music Record Store, Rocket Cat Café, Trophy Bikes North, Lola Bean, Ultimo Coffee, Green Aisle Grocery, Repo Records, Smak Parlor, and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

You can find more information at the Loves Local Music website.

Watch Buried Beds’ Key Studio VIDEO Session
Listen to Works Drugs’ Key Studio Session
Listen to Cheers Elephant’s Key Studio Session



Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival coming to The Fire in February

Photo of Adrien Reju by Shervin Lainez

XPN Welcomes this year’s Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival, February 14th through the 19th at The Fire in Northern Liberties. The festival begins with an evening of duets from locals including the musical pairings of Adirien Reju with Chris Kasper, Denison Witmer with Lauryn Peacock, and three other musical couplings. Additional bands playing throughout the festival include Arrah And The Ferns, Band Name, Conversations With Enemies, Ron Gallo, The Great Unknown, and more. A complete lineup schedule and ticket information is here. Below, sample some tunes from a few of the performing acts.

Arrah and the Ferns – Wake Up by Arrah and the Ferns


Philly Local Philes: Bandname’s “Wonder Why”

It was released last November, but Bandname’s Breakfast wasn’t really an autumn album. It’s meant more for this season, a perfect record for road trips to the shore, slamming around in the heat, and backyard cookouts on cool breezy evenings. You’ll get to do at least one of those things in conjunction with Bandname’s feisty garage-punk tomorrow, when it plays Cha Cha Razzi with buzzing local fellows Kite Party and a handful of touring acts. Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into our session archives for a rendition of “Wonder Why” recorded for us right before the album’s release. Bandname plays Cha Cha Razzi, 1918 S. Bancroft St. with Kite Party, The Guru, Hot Mess and High Pop, Fri. July 23 at 7 p.m. Admission to the all ages show is $5.


This weekend’s Mercer Street Block Party lineup (including Cheers Elephant, Bandname, and Early Ape)

Cheers Elephant

This Sunday, Cloud Entertainment is hosting the free Mercer Street Block Party in Fishtown, according to The Swollen Fox. Starting at 2 p.m., there will be music, food, and a live mural. The line-up includes Cheers Elephant, Bandname, Tin Horses, Conversations With Enemies, Crills Wilson, Eric n Eric, and Early Apes.

2-2:40 – Tin Horses
3-3:40 – Eric N Eric
4-4:40 – Early Ape
5-5:40 – Conversations with Enemies
6-6:40 – Cheers Elephant
7-7:40 – Crills Wilson
7:50-8:30 – Bandname


Philly Local Philes: Bandname’s “Opportunity”

Bandname wall
WXPN Wall Signing, 2010, by Jeremy Jams and Greg Labold of Bandname

If our Best Of Philly 2010 roundup had included signatures on the XPN studio wall, Bandname would have taken the title, no question. The North Philly garage trio (referred to as such because, literally, they practice and record in a North Philly garage) had just wrapped up a speedy, spunky session when I handed them a set of markers and asked them to go at town. And they did; twenty minutes later, they were still putting finishing touches on the warped short order cook you see above, a fine compliment to their full-length debut Breakfast. In today’s Philly Philes, we’re giving you a taste (*groan*) with one of the tracks from Bandname’s session. This month they go on a short tour—dates are posted on their myspace page – but they’re back in Philly on Jan 22 for a gig at The Fire.