Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

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Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

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Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →


El Caribefunk, Black Landlord, Needle Points are on the lineup to this Year’s 2nd Street Festival, which is going to be really really fun

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One of Philly’s best free festivals / block parties is back for it’s sixth year, and this is looking to be the one best yet.

The 2nd Street Festival, which takes place on 2nd street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street in Northern Liberties, will be jam packed with craft vendors, tasty food and tastier beer. But most importantly, great music. The lineup has some pretty great acts including TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Needle Points, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Black Landlord, DRGN King, Weird Hot, El Caribefunk, Milton, The Hello Strangers, Mock Suns, and more. You’re excited already, aren’t you? Well then make sure you head over to NoLibs on August 3rd to join in on the fun! And remember, it’s free, so bring your friends and family and any other random people you may know.

The complete lineup can be found after the jump, along with music from some of the artists on the bill.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Landlord at MilkBoy, Light Heat at Race Street Pier

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Philly orchestral pop outfit Grandchildren are returning to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released their folksy, acoustic-yet-electrified album, Golden Age, in May – a unique sound both classic and very modernized. Grandchildren will also be playing with The Eastern Sea and Ton-Taun. Check out Golden Age below, and find tickets here.

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Just Announced: Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza with St. James and the Apostles (at Kung Fu Necktie on 10/28)

Two things we know about the guys from Black Landlord: they like to dress up, and they like to bring the party. So the Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza just announced at Kung Fu Necktie is sure to be a mix of spooky seasonal pageantry and funky, danceable good times. (Possibly aided by the fact that some of the Landlord crew bartends at KFN.) Opening the 21+ show are buzzing, skronky locals St. James and the Apostles – who just released the album Baphomet, a title with all kinds of demonological implications. Tickets are $10 and available here. Below, watch Black Landlord’s Key Studio Session video and check out some tunes from St. James and co. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Landlord at Union Transfer, Gladys Knight, Freddie Jackson, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and The Delfonics at the Dell Music Center, and Harsh Vibes at North Star Bar

Tonight Black Landlord are headlining the All Star Beasties’ Rock N Tails benefit show for the non-profit organization Street Tails Animal Rescue. Curse of Samsara, The High Five, Goddamnit!, and Hang Up to Flat will round out the line-up for a night of . Tickets for the all-ages show are on sale for $20 here.

R&B music legends Gladys Knight, Freddie Jackson, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and The Delfonics are coming together tonight at the Dell Music Center to honor the 30-year career of WDAS radio host Patty Jackson. The anniversary show starts at 7PM and tickets are on sale here for $35-$75.

Local band Harsh Vibes, along with Spotted Atrocious, are opening up for Parlor Mob at the North Star Bar tonight. Tickets for the 21+ show are available for $12 here. Listen to Harsh Vibes’ 7″, Magic Pentagram, below.


Download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Vol. 3 (feat. mewithoutYou, Psychic Teens, White Birds, + more)


The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 3—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 18 local acts, including DRGN King, Blayer Point Du Jour, Plow United, Weston, Surgeon, Break It Up, Black Landlord, Crills Wilson, Psychic Teens, The Bad Doctors, Ben Smith, The Tressels, Saturn Never Sleeps, White Birds, Andrew Lipke, Ports Of Call, mewithoutYou, and Young Statues.

Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Zachary Deveraux Fairbrother, Jake “Rabid” Nisenfeld
Jeremy Quattlebaum, Joshua Pannepacker, and Maureen Walsh, as well as photographers Eric Ashleigh, Michael “Kraus Phade” Béon, Kate Bracaglia, Michelle Holshue, Mattias Nilsson, Eric Schuman, and Rachelle Lee Smith for sharing their work.

Click here the download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I and Volume 2.

Track listing:

DRGN King, “Holy Ghost”
Blayer Point Du Jour, “Mansion Party”
Plow United, “Martin”
Weston, “Love And Rockets”
Surgeon, “Greed”
Break It Up, “Subterranian”
Black Landlord, “Last Night”
Crills Wilson, “Grifter”
Psychic Teens, “Red”
The Bad Doctors, “Sisyphus And The Gate”
Ben Smith, “Love Potion No. 10″
The Tressels, “Cold Blue Eyes”
Saturn Never Sleeps, “Hearts On Fire”
White Birds, “Floating Hands”
Andrew Lipke, “Sleep Like A Child”
Ports Of Call, Ballinora
mewithoutYou, “Tie Me Up! Untie Me!”
Young Statues , “Athens”


Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company to host a benefit for Black Landlord’s Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams

We’ve given a lot of love to Black Landlord this year, having featured the local act our inaugural Key Studio Sessions Live concert (as well as in a Key Studio Video Session). So it was with a heavy heart that we read the news about how the band’s frontman, Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, was recently hospitalized. Thankfully, the folks at Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company have organized a benefit to help Maxx deal with the massive medical bills.  Make Major Moves‘ Brian McManus sums it up pretty succinctly:

Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams: lead dude of Black Landlord (and formerly of the Goats and Incognegro), noted beer drinker and actor. You know him. You LOVE him. Well he’s not been doing so hot of late. Hospitalized for the better part of a month, in fact. Why? We’re not sure, but dammmmn you’re nosy. Anyway, this is America. So, naturally, the medical bills have ballooned at such a rate and to such a degree that Maxx can no longer keep up. Enter the Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams benefit. Like Maxx, it is outsized and thoroughly original.

From the benefit organizers:

Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company will be hosting a benefit for Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, Monday, December 19th 2011. The charismatic leader of Philadelphia’s own Black Landlord, and formally of The Goats and Incognegro, was hospitalized for the better part of a month which has resulted in medical bills far too large to endure.  To help support the cause the event will take place 4 – 7PM, with live auction beginning at 7PM at Standard Tap, located at 901 N. 2nd St, featuring an unprecedented offer

The “Philadelphia Golden Ticket” will allow the auction winner a non-transferable, unlimited Two Ticket Pass to any of the shows, at any of the designated venues, any time between Jan 1st 2012 – December 31st 2012.  Yes, this includes sold out shows and yes, this means you could potentially go to an unlimited amount of shows with a guest, at any of the following venues, any time throughout the year.

Venues include: Electric Factory, Mann Center, The Trocadero, All R5 events, Theatre of Living Arts, Festival Pier at Penns Landing, Union Transfer, Milkboy, The Note, Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Brendas, The Fire, North Star, Fergie’s & Time!

You can find more information at the event page on Standard Tap’s Facebook.


The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Philly’s house band, Black Landlord

Photo by Eric Ashleigh

For this month’s Key Studio Video Session, we profiled the funk-punk-hiphop force of nature that is Black Landlord. On the heels of its fantastic new EP, What You Mean to We, the nine-piece band headlined our inaugural Key Studios Sessions Live Concert last month. In our interview, charismatic frontman Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams (formerly of Incognegro and The Goats) shares his thoughts on rocking crowds, playing party music with substance, and being viewed as Philadelphia’s house band. Stream and download highlights from band’s set and watch our video below; download the entire performance as a ZIP file here.

The Key Studio Session #3 – Black Landlord from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Coming this Wednesday: Black Landlord’s Key Studio Session and video

The Key Studio Video Sessions return this Wednesday with a video of Black Landlord. Every Wednesday we offer a free Key Studio Session download with a local band, however once a month we’ve begun releasing a video session with a local band. The live concert footage was recorded at our very first Key Studio Sessions Live concert with Work Drugs, Hezekiah Jones with Andrew Lipke and the Landlord. We’ll also have free downloads of the songs from Black Landlord’s live set from The Key Studio Sessions Live at World Cafe Live. In case you missed the first two Key Studio Video Sessions, watch the videos with Sisters 3 and Blayer PointduJour and The Rockers Galore below.