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Just Announced: Beirut will play The Tower in February, releases new song “Gallipoli”

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Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Beirut likes to make us wait for new music. It’s been over three years since the release of their last album No No No, but we now have news that the Santa Fe-based band led by Zach Condon will return with a new album in early 2019. The 12-track album, Gallipoli, will be released on February 1 via 4AD Records, and Beirut will play a show at the Tower Theater on Feb. 15. Continue reading →

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Beirut’s global pop shines at The Tower Theater

Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Beirut | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

On paper, Beirut is the most hipster band ever. A dude from Santa Fe names a band after a city in Lebanon cause it’s a bummer, and goes off on world tours fusing pop rock sensibilities with a flair for world music.

In real life, Beirut is a band full of talented musicians that mix and match genres that you wouldn’t think would work, but heck yeah they do. First of all, brass is massively under utilized in popular music. Period. Beirut makes it happen, though. It adds a somber layer to their sound, for sure. Something that is as equally inspired by funeral processions as it is mariachi bands. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Electric Factory, Beirut at the Tower, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965

We have been big fans of Philly indie rockers The Districts for some time now. Since their formation in 2009 the band has quickly ascended the ranks of Philly indie rock, rapidly becoming the unequivocal “band to watch”. Recently we here The Key got a chance to talk to the band about this journey, which continues with what is arguably their biggest Philly show to date tonight at the Electric Factory with Lady Lamb and fellow Philadelphians Purples. You can click here to get more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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20 must see shows in November

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

As we enter November, there’s a month filled with excellent shows coming into Philly. Here’s 20 must see shows that we suggest you choose from to put on your social calendar. Continue reading →

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Come Alive: Eternal Summers LIVE, Nick Diamonds and Jamie xx on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon
Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon

It’s been about a year since our friends Eternal Summers released an album, so that must mean it’s time for them to release another album! We’ll be joined yet again by the Roanoke trio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, as they play songs from their newly released LP, Gold And Stone, live in our studio. Tonight’s full two-hour show also features a spotlight on City Of Quartz, the new solo album from Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns). Plus a few of these selections in the mix:

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Watch the new music video for Beirut single “No No No”

Beirut | Zach Condon | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Beirut | Zach Condon | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Beirut have released a music video for new single “No No No”. The song itself is classic Beirut, with a gentle, steady rhythm and crooning horn section, but the video changes things up a bit. Bandmates play loaves of bread, outdoor grills, and stuffed skunks. It all gets a little surreal, as plenty of strange happenings occur during the video, and the word “NO” pops up in boldface font throughout. Continue reading →

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Download the title track from Yellow Ostrich’s new album (playing Kung Fu Necktie 10/26)

New York indie trio Yellow Ostrich is offering a free download for the title track of their forthcoming album, Ghost, which is set for release October 22nd. Yellow Ostrich, originally a solo project by Alex Schaaf, morphed into a duo before the release of its debut record, The Mistress. By the time their sophomore album, Strange Land, came out in May, Schaaf and drummer Michael Tapper picked up Jon Natchez of The Antlers and Beirut as well. Yellow Ostrich will be playing at Kung Fu Necktie on October 26th; tickets for the 21+ show can be found here. Grab your download in exchange for your email address in the player below.