The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]


Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster playing The Mann on July 18th

benfoldsfive The “Last Summer On Earth Tour,” featuring Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster comes to town at The Mann Center on Thursday, July 18th. Also performing is singer and comedian Boothby Graffoe. Barenaked Ladies are releasing a new album on June 4th and each ticket purchased for the performance includes a voucher for a free digital download of the new album. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 22nd at 10 AM. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch Guster perform a live version of “Do You Love Me.”


Photo Recap: Ben Folds Five and Kate Miller Heidke at The Tower Theater

The much-anticipated Ben Folds Five reunion tour made its way to the Philadelphia area last night for an appearance at The Tower Theater. Australian singer-songewriter Kate Miller-Heidke opened the show; check out a photo recap of both performances in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Folds Five at The Tower, James Iha at World Cafe Live, Balmorhea at Johnny Brenda’s, Los Lonely Boys at the Strand, and Chuck Prophet at the Tin Angel

Ben Folds Five will be playing at the Tower tonight after releasing their brand new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind last week. This is the first record Ben Folds Five has released in over a decade; during the band’s hiatus, Folds enjoyed a solo career in which he produced six solo LPs. According to the band, a portion of the profits from this album’s sales will be going toward Music Education and Music Therapy. The all-ages show tonight at the Tower begins at 8 PM; ticket information can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Brick,” the from 1997’s Whatever And Ever Amen. 

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Check out a new video interview with Ben Folds Five (playing Tower Theatre 10/7)

Billboard just released a new video interview with Ben Folds Five for their Track By Track video series. For this session, the band talks about each song on their new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, their first full-length album together in thirteen years. The band gives us an insider’s look at the writing and recording process and how each song came together, including some surprising details, such how they were inspired by the Britney Spears song “Piece of Me” for their song “Erase Me.” The Sound of the Life of the Mind was released yesterday and is available for purchase here. Watch the full video interview below for more insider info on the new album.

Ben Folds Five will be playing the Tower Theatre on October 7th. Tickets and more information here.


Ben Folds Five get help from a few Muppets in the official video for “Do it Anyway”

Fraggle Folds Five

Ben Folds Five debuted the official video for “Do it Anyway” this morning, and it features some colorful characters you’ll probably recognize.  The incomparable cast of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock gives Ben Folds and his band some help during the recording session for the single, lending their musical talents on the drums and washboard while showing off some playful dance moves.  Also in the video are actress Anna Kendrick, comedian Rob Corddry and Nerdist Industries founder Chris Hardwick.  Watch the video below, and then head over to the Ben Folds Five website for some behind-the-scenes footage.

The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the band’s first full-length album in thirteen years, comes out September 18th, and they will be playing the Tower Theatre on October 7th.  Tickets and more information here.