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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian of Geology live and acoustic on WXPN Local

Eliza Hary Jones and Greg Jehanian
Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian have been tight for years, going back to their time sharing the stage in West Philly art-pop outfit Buried Beds.

Jones has also performed with hard touring outfits Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, whole Jehanian was the longtime bassist for post-hardcore faves mewithoutYou until about a year ago. This Saturday, the two old friends will team up once again for a co-headlining show at Boot And Saddle — Jones performs material from her 2016 solo debut Because Become, while Jehanian’s band Geology digs into this spring’s Healers. Continue reading →

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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH The Verb at Silk City, Diana at Boot and Saddle and A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia jazz-inspired hip-hop artist MH The Verb plays tonight at Silk City. The rapper recently released a video for his song “Last Dance” commemorating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut in collaboration with his production collective ArtHouse95. Check out the video for “Last Dance” below and click here for more information and tickets. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balance and Composure at Union Transfer, Rosali at Hi5 Studios, Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle and more

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darla at Boot and Saddle, Katie Ellen at First Unitarian Church, Hawkwind at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band
Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band

Boot and Saddle gets one hell of show as fusion jazz hounds Darla take the stage, celebrating the release of their newest record Darla Rolls the Dice! with Nik Greely & the Operators, as well as Roz and the rice cakes. The octet keeps it upbeat by blending their smooth brass instrumentation with grooving back beats, staging a great night of good times and great tunes. More information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calender, and also check out Darla’s visit to The Key for a intimate Studio Session here (and listen to the audio below!) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honus Honus at Boot and Saddle, Sun Organ at Kung Fu Necktie

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

In light of his recent debut solo album release, I would say now is the perfect time to catch Honus Honus live. Use Your Delusion is the product of years and years of touring and making music with his band Man Man, which gave him a decade to cultivate his own personal persona and style. Honus Honus is playing tonight at Boot and Saddle with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Pink Mexico. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more details on this 21+ show, and check out the video for “Heavy Jesus” below. Continue reading →

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Step into the haphazard menagerie of Honus Honus’ debut, Use Your Delusion

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Honus Honus | portrait by Mustafa Shaheen | courtesy of the artist

There’s something about the distinctly recognizable drawl of Ryan Kattner, who performs under the moniker Honus Honus: it makes me want to get up dance and write in my diary at the same time.

The newly released Use Your Delusion is the debut solo album of Man Man’s frontman. There is no way to label this album as the product of just one genre, so the umbrella label of experimental rock will have to do. Now that this highly-anticipated record is finally here, I’m not sure I can handle how great it is. In the twelve tracks that make up this album, Kattner incorporates music reminiscent of Vampire Weekend’s style of plucky indie-rock songs, Hamilton Leithauser-esque yowling and the unmistakable sardonic crooning that you would only expect from Honus Honus himself. Continue reading →

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Take a dive into Queen of Jeans’ beachfront fantasy with the video for “Moody'”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney
Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

Local outfit Queen of Jeans just released a video for their track “Moody” off their debut self-titled EP, released back in May.

This track is reminiscent of ’60s pop music with an ethereal overlay of Queen of Jeans’ signature retro-rock vibes. The video begins with the band lazing around in a beach house with their respective instruments and ends with a romp in the sand and a group dive into the ocean. Continue reading →