Get ready for Dock Street Brewery’s free concert to finish off Philly Beer Week with Black Landlord, Needlepoints, and more


Every year, Philly Beer Week takes ten days to celebrate the city’s beer community. With just eight days until the festivities begin on June 3rd, excitement is through the roof. While we here at The Key are ready for things to begin, we especially have our sights set on the tail end of Philly Beer Week. That’s because on June 12th, the last day of the extended week, Dock Street will be hosting a scavenger run and free music fest. Starting at 2:30pm (with music at 3pm), head to 50th & Baltimore Ave for the perfect cap to a fun-filled ten days. Continue reading →


The Opposite Ends releases spooky Halloween-inspired track “Josephine”

Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing like a blend of old school hip-hop and Motown funk to kick off the countdown to Halloween. Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams has been heavily involved in Philly’s hip-hop scene for years, ranging from his work with The Goats in the 90s to his more recent funk-inspired Black Landlord. On Monday, Williams’ newest group, The Opposite Ends, released a brand new song and video for “Josephine,” a quirky little track about an alluring but equally dangerous vampire. Continue reading →


You Do You, Darla, Abi Reimold and more will play the Clark Park Fall Festival

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The annual Clark Park Fall Festival hits West Philly on Saturday, September 19th, and in addition to the usual assortment of crafters and food vendors, it brings together a day-long lineup of local music to support education nonprofit Rock to the Future. Tapped for the show are funky favorites You Do You and Black Landlord, jazzy-prog hitmakers Darla, singer-songwriters Rosemary FiKi, Nik Greeley and Abi Reimold, and much more. Music runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and more information can be found here. Below, check out music from some of the artists and check out the set times. Continue reading →


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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Photo courtesy of artist.

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)

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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. Continue reading →